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“Beer, bacon, beer, beer and beer”

The Pheasantry Brewery
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“Beer, bacon, beer, beer and beer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

I always try the local brew out of interest and politeness when I'm on holiday. In Nottinghamshire this year, the pub advised The Pheasantry Brewery's Pale Ale, a light but full-bodied pint with a lovely hint of elderflower. "It's just two miles away", I was informed. That meant it was within easy walking distance of our holiday cottage, but also meant, as pedestrians, we had to walk alongside the busy A57. Be careful if you don't drive there.

It was a Sunday late morning and the Brewery was quiet. Only two other people were in the courtyard seated area and we decided to have a breakfast in bread (baguettes?) each. Mine was bacon and egg, my wife's bacon and mushroom. With coffee. Without a discernible delay, our food was delivered, hot, tasty, moist and obviously freshly made from locally-sourced ingredients. This was obvious from the flavours, far superior to the bland homogenised fare served in too many cafes and restaurants I've experienced.

It would be a waste to visit a brewery and merely have a late breakfast washed down with good coffee, would it not? You just know that makes sense.

The bar was promoting a 3 beer taster for not very much at all. £3 maybe. The attentive barman explained that we could have three different beers in 1/3 of a pint glasses to try them out. A bargain, an excuse to drink good beer on a late Sunday morning. What's not to love?

Since we'd sampled the Pale Ale the previous evening, we elected to try the Bitter, the Dark Ale and the dancing Dragonfly, a summer ale. On holiday, in the sunshine, having snacked generously on good locally-sourced grub with three hand-crafted fine ales to sample? I guess that's as good as Sunday gets. Each was delicious in its own characterful way, the Dragonfly a perfect palate-cleanser after the heavier bitter and the strong dark ale. A terrific way to spend a few idle hours on a Sunday.

We went back later in the week and spent £70 on beer to take home. Some things you just have to do. We were just sorry that a tour of the brewery wasn't available at a time to suit us that week. We'll be back.

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Retford, United Kingdom
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“Food ok - service needs improvement”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

We came a few weeks ago and although the food was alright we were appauled with the service! We waited 15 minutes to be served and it wasn't even busy but the guy serving seemed more interested in his mobile phone than serving us. As I said when the food arrived it was ok and it was worth the wait but he seemed so uninterested and bored that to be honest it put us off. Such a shame as the building itself is lovely. I think the staff just need to learn to smile more!

  • Visited July 2013
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“Service a big let down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We have visited The Pheasantry many times since it opened but the last two or three times we have been we have been very disappointed with the service
We arrived on time for our per booked table to be told it wasn't ready, fair enough we sat at the bar and was given a menu to peruse.15 minuets later we were told our table was ready and told which one it was. (Not shown to it)A further 10 minutes passed before anyone came to take our order,with yet a further 25 minutes before our starters arrived. From. Finishing our starter to the Main course arriving another 20 minutes passed. We don't like to be rushed but this was took the biscuit Lunch turned out to be a very long drawn out process Such a shame as when they opened the young lady they employed was a great asset, organising staff, tables and customers alike but since she has left it's going down hill at a rapid rate of knots. Shame as we have recommended this place to many of our friends and acquaintances but will now be telling anyone who asks to avoid it.There are much better places to eat nearby that offer top quality food and service

  • Visited August 2013
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“Lovely place, nice menu”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Pheasantry is a lovely barn conversion to brewery and restaurant, very tastefully done and in a lovely location.
This was my second visit, this time for Sunday lunch. Service started off very well, welcoming smiles etc and quick to take our orders for drinks and food. Nice menu however would have liked to have seen a few of the regular in week items on there as well such as their superb burgers to suit younger family members, instead we were restricted to the few items on the Sunday menu.
Food beautifully presented, however the samphire with my rather small sea bream fillet had been pan fried which made it very woody and difficult to chew - personally I think samphire should be steamed. The roast beef, was I am told lovely, slightly rare, and the chicken breast with stilton and asparagus was well received too.
Unfortunately service then became very slow and after quite some time I had to ask for the desert menu consequently our deserts were very slow to arrive and then didn't arrive together. Strawberries with chantilly cream and shortbread very disappointing, far too much vanilla and my shortbread was under cooked and far too thick, this overpowered the few strawberries I had. This is prime local strawberry season and I really feel this could have been better on several angles.
All in all a lovely place, nice menu but a bit overpriced for what we experienced on this occasion

  • Visited July 2013
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Retford, United Kingdom
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“Another superb dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

We visited The Pheasantry for a light lunch as well the opportunity to sample the Dragonfly and Best bitter. The menu offers a wide choice from salads to full meals. Our baguettes were all delicious, served on fresh crusty bread and garnished with a side salad and crisps. Our choices of hot beef, smoked salmon with lemon and dill mayonnaise and sausage and Stilton are all highly recommended. A delicious, but really unnecessary, side order of homemade fries completed the meal. Sadly we had no room to sample the desserts as the baguettes were very filling. As ever, we found the staff to be welcoming and efficient. It is wonderful to see that the hard work of the owners and staff is being recognised by increasing numbers of diners, as well as visitors to the brewery itself. This place really deserves to do well.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Deborah C
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