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The Coach House at The Pheasant
Certificate of Excellence
Strabane, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“An Absolute Gem!”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Wondered why the Pheasant at Gestingthorpe received only 5star reviews - Now we know! A warm welcome, beautifully appointed bedroom with great facilities and wonderful views. The five course tasting menu is perfectly balanced in taste and content and introduced us to so many different dishes. Four nights, five courses each night, and not one dish repeated. Oh! And we almost forgot the brilliant breakfasts. Scrambled eggs as they should be but so rarely are. The produce is so fresh and James is an inspired chef who obviously cooks from the heart. It took us a long journey to get to this pretty village inn, but it was well worth the effort. No wonder it is so well patronised by the locals.
A mention too, that the local bus passes the door every hour and will stop on request.
Thank you Diana, James and all your lovely staff - your reputation is well deserved.

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We booked the Secret Escapes deal with cream tea, 5 course taster menu and bed and breakfast. We had a marvellous suite called the Captain Oates with a stunning, uninterrupted view of the countryside on the first floor - lovely large bed, gorgeous bathroom with the biggest Jacuzzi bath I've ever seen! plus a wonderfully large walk in shower. The cleanliness of the room was absolutely faultless, you could even see your reflection in all the chrome appliances!

The food was scrumptious using all locally sourced products plus from their own gardens. We ordered a wonderful Prosecco which at £20 was reasonably priced.

Diana was very welcoming and friendly as two were the two waitresses that served us.

A very pleasant stay and we would love to go back sometime to sample the A La Carte menu.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We loved our recent overnight stay at The Pheasant. We booked via Secret Escapes and had the deal including cream tea, dinner (taster menu) and breakfast. Everything was as fantastic as other reviewers have described before. We had already noted with the owners that one of us didn't eat fish and the other didn't eat red meat and they had thoughtfully created our taster menu around this, couldn't of chosen better courses ourselves. So nice to know that most of the produce is grown at the premises or locally sourced produce. Very welcoming and friendly. The room (The Samuel Courtauld) was just perfect for us and great bathroom with walk-in shower. The views were gorgeous even though it was a damp and misty day. Just want to go back and visit in summer and maybe enjoy the local country walks. Very good value and would recommend.

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King's Lynn
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

This offers luxury accommodation in a modern setting. We had the Samuel Courtauld room with an Art Deco theme, with glorious views of unspoilt open countryside.
The taster menu was unlike anything we had tasted before and was excellent in both presentation and taste.
Would recommend this to anyone touring Suffolk and wants to be spoilt.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This was a special deal and included afternoon tea, a tasting menu and breakfast. The Pheasant is in rural North Essex but not far from lots of interesting places. We had a nice suite on the ground floor with a pretty patio area (best in summer) and it was large with spacious shower room and dressing area. Very comfortable bed and pillows and good tea and coffee facilities with a small fridge also. Food was tasty and staff and other guests all friendly.

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Set in the peaceful countryside this is the perfect retreat. A warm welcome when you arrive, and everything in the rooms was excellent. All the food was outstanding and we would recommend the Pheasant to everyone.

Room Tip: We had our dog with us and enjoyed the ground floor room with French doors out to the garden and the...
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We had a super one night stay on the offer of afternoon tea, 5 course tasting menu dinner and full breakfast the next day. We were greeted with a glass of Prosseco on or arrival and from there on our hosts were first class. We stayed in the John Constable room on the first floor and the views were wonderful over open farmland. The room had everything we needed, including walk in shower. The tasting menu was excellent and the wine list was varied and good value for money. The local church in Gestingthorpe is also the home to a memorial to Capt. Oates of Scott fame. We could not have asked for more from a short break and our hosts deserve continued success!

Room Tip: The view from the John Constable room on the first floor are great over open farmland
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Property: The Coach House at The Pheasant
Address: The Pheasant Audley End | Nr. Castle Hedingham, Gestingthorpe CO9 3AU, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Gestingthorpe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Gestingthorpe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Coach House at The Pheasant 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Awarded Best AA Pub for England 2015 and Pub of the Year for Alistair Sawdays 2015 The Coach House at the Pheasant 5 Star Inn AA rated, offering luxury accommodation on the Essex/Suffolk border. Our charming country pub has an excellent reputation for its fresh, seasonal menu and relaxed atmosphere. Entry into the Good Food Guide and Michelin Guide 2013/2014/2105/2016. James & Diana Donoghue the owners are hands-on every day to make sure that your stay is superb. ... more   less 
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