Looking for a stylish yet cosy bolthole that’s easy to reach from town? Here it is. Opened two years ago by charming young Jack Greenall, the Pheasant ticks all boxes. Though just moments from the M4, the old drovers’ inn stands alone and feels properly rural, with uninterrupted views across the Berkshire Downs. Inside, thanks to the spot-on taste of Jack and interior designer, Flora Soames, it’s smart and sophisticated yet also intimate and warm in its racing green and red (the inn is much frequented by trainers and jockeys) with a constant buzz at the bar and plenty of quiet, comfy corners. Upstairs, 11 immaculate, spoiling, incredibly good value bedrooms, full of thoughtful extras. As for chef Andy Watt’s superior pub grub, it’s spot on too: Scotch eggs like you’ve never tasted before, chateaubriand of Wiltshire beef to share and fabulous puddings. Jack has a hit on his hands, but he doesn’t stand still: now there’s a gorgeous new private dining room and a shoot room too.
Doubles from £115
+44 (0)1488 648284; thepheasant-inn.co.uk
Go for a walk around the nearby and famed location of Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, and the surrounding Capability Brown gardens.
Stick around for the Sunday lunch – it’s done properly with a great wine list.
Head straight to Garden Art in Hungerford for delightful garden goodies, then to JAX, a fantastic women’s clothes shop on site, stocking irresistible cashmere, jeans and shirts.
CLAIM TO FAME
Ask Jack about The Pheasant’s Curraghmore House single estate whisky, which can be poured from its oak cask in the bar.
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