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“Pretty Thatched Inn in deepest rural Dorset”
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Brace of Pheasants
Ranked #1 of 1 Plush B&B and Inns
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Pretty Thatched Inn in deepest rural Dorset”
Reviewed April 7, 2011

This is everything a thatched inn in a pretty hamlet in a remote Dorset valley should be. A warm welcome, cosy room under the thatched roof (don't expect a large room - this is an ancient building - but paradoxically a huge bath in the bathroom), local produce at very reasonable prices, a good selection of local ales and ciders and we liked the wine-by-the glass selections we made. A cheery welcome at breakfast from the other guests as well as the staff set us set us into the right mood to enjoy our day in Dorset - a flying visit sadly, but we'll be back.

P.S. I'd love to click the 'Plush' box below - so nearly true as it's in Plush but this is an old Inn not the Ritz.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 9, 2011

We initially booked The European, which went out of business just a week before our planned weekend away. Thankfully, the Brace of Pheasants, not too far away, had a room free.

Although we'd seen this inn during our search for accommodation, the photo's of the pub area made us a little wary. But when we arrived, the bedrooms were as good as in the photo's - modern, fairly spacious and comfortable.

The food was high quality, although 'true' vegetarians (as opposed to fish eaters) might struggle to get a decent dish, especially if you don't book a table for before 8pm on a Saturday. I say this, as we were caught out a bit. Fridays are fairly quiet, so to come down to the restaurant after 8pm on the Saturday to find the restaurant full was quite a surprise. Especially as we'd had an encouraging chat over breakfast with the chef, concerning what he would make for us that evening!

By the way, we stayed in room 8, which has a 'Japanese plunge bath' (apparently). If choosing to use this, make sure you give yourself about 30 minutes for it to fill up.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Blackburn, England
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Reviewed March 3, 2011

We stayed in skittle alley No. 2.
The rooms are very tastefully decorated. The blackout blinds and the oh so comfortable bed (Hypnos {the best} I was told) meant we had to set an alarm so as not miss breakfast, the surroundings are so tranquil. The bathroom is of very generous proportions.
We couldn't sing its praises more.
The beer is tasty (Doom Bar) and reasonably priced.
The staff are very customer focussed and more than willing to help.
The food is extremely good and varied with an emphasis on local sourcing.
Do not, however, be put off by first sight, it doesn't look much from the exterior on arrival, but the delights once inside are to behold.
The only downside is that the humongous baths can only be filled halfway before becoming cold. Had we been 30 or 40 year younger then we could have enjoyed some really good clean fun. Alas unfortunately we weren't.
As to the "Brace of pheasants" I was pleasantly woken on both mornings to the sound of a Cock Pheasant gently muffled by the glazing and blind (The females are generally quiet). We live in the countryside and have several pheasants in the garden most of the time during the day.
There is a spacious car park too.
One thing though, you definitely need is a car (and possibly a SatNav) to get there.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

We have just come back from a great weekend. The Brace of Pheasants was a wonderful place to escape to. Rooms were good and food was excellent- good value for money. Will definitely return- only downside was that on Saturday bar did not open until 7pm in evening.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Amport
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

Very nice little pub with good food and clean, comfortable rooms. Nice spacious bathroom and a large luxurious looking bath. Only problem was that they did not provide sufficient hot water in the tank to fill the bath. I would guess a lot of guests come here to enjoy the excellent walking along the Wessex Ridgeway etc. If you're hoping for a nice warm soak in the bath afterwards, this is not the place for you!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

We visited this lovely idyllic pub for 3 nights from 3-6th Jan. It nestles in the tiny village of Plush. Very quiet and peaceful. Our room was in the annexe and was superbly decorated and always lovely and warm when we arrived back in the late afternoon. The menu changed slightly each evening to ensure we did not eat the same twice. Venison steak and pheasant were succulent and the sauces complimented the dishes well. There was a wide range of fish and game. Compliments to the chef! We were made to feel very welcomed and nothing was too much bother for our hosts. We could not fail to recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Swansea County, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 3, 2010

The road/country lane that we took to Plush from Piddletrenthide included a short, steep hill with a rather sharp bend which I could imagine might be quite difficult in winter but when we stayed at the Brace of Pheasants in October it helped to emphasize the overall rural setting in which the pub is found. The Brace of Pheasants is close to the epitome of a chocolate box cover thatched country pub. The thatch itself may look as if its due for replacement but that did not reflect on anything else we experienced in our three night stay.
When we arrived mid afternoon we were the only customers in sight but we got an extremely warm welcome from a pleasant lady manning the bar, so we sat for a while and enjoyed the first of many excellent cask beers in front of the log fire. When we did get up to be shown our rooms we were taken to what I think was the converted skittle alley at the rear of the pub (there are other rooms up stairs, in the pub). There are four rooms at the rear. Ours, the furthest from the pub, consisted of a good sized bedroom and large bathroom. The bedroom was comfortable and clean. It incorporated a large double bed with firm mattress, a leather sofa, large wardrobe with plenty of hangers, and dressing table. They are obviously geared up for walkers here with umbrellas, trays to hold muddy boots etc. The bathroom was looked (but was not) a bit cold compared to the comfy room. It was pine based which gave it a seventies look despite the fact that it was clearly much more recent. The main feature of the bathroom was the massive bath (or if you are shortish, the swimming pool). We were told that if you filled the bath then you had to wait half an hour or so fir the water tank (one per room) to refill. The rainforest shower in the bath was by far a better bet and was excellent. The height of the bath may be an issue for the longitudinally challenged.
I wasn't there when my wife was shown the electronics bit but there seemed to be an advanced hifi/satellite system in the wardrobe. Quality of the room on the sleeping scale was excellent, nice large firm bed, comfortably warm, and absolutely peaceful. Great.

Back in the bar, we were able to select whatever we wanted to eat off the a la caret menu as part of our dinner, bed and breakfast deal. Every night the food was excellent, the service was very pleasant and efficient, and the surroundings were all that you would expect from a cosy country pub. We heard during our stay that the Brace of Pheasants had won the 2011 Dorset Dining Pub of the Year. Why the 2011 award is made in October 2010 I don't know. But we did see this confirmed in local papers during our stay and based upon our experience I wouldn't argue. One other point whilst on the subject of food, the staff were very flexible at least as far as I was concerned. Not being a great black pudding fan, I asked if I could substitute bacon for black pudding. There was no problem.

Final mention then to the beers. There were three casks behind the bar, two on the go at any one time. We had the choice of Doombar (always a good bet) and Yeovil Ales Star Gazer. No contest. Go to the Brace of Pheasants for all it offers and whilst you are there have a pint of Star Gazer, its as wonderful as its name.

In summary a great stay, in very good accommodation, with good food, beer and efficient and friendly service. We would definitely return here. Ideally we would give a 4.5 score overall but Trip Advisor doesn't let you do this.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Brace of Pheasants
Address: Plush DT2 7RQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Plush
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Plush
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Brace of Pheasants 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carol and Phil Bennett welcome you to our 16th-century thatched inn located in the heart of Hardy's Dorset. We have converted the old skittle alley and function room into four comfortable and stylish bedrooms. After a good night's sleep, you will be set up for the day with a cooked breakfast to your liking. Local ales tapped from the cask, wines by the glass and delicious food. ... more   less 
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