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“Best of British Bushy Tucker!”

The Pheasantry Cafe
Ranked #41 of 71 Restaurants in Teddington
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Bushy Park is one of London's largest Royal Parks and a very popular tourist attraction. There is the famous Arethusa (Diana) fountain at its heart, along with the smaller 'leg of mutton' boating lake, a chldren's play area, sports pitches and even a monument to the SHAPE commanders that planned the D-Day landings here. But, in contrast with nearby Richmond Park, and the neighbouring Hampton Court Palace, it has until recently been rather poorly provided with food and drink facilities. Apart from the traditional ice cream vans at the height of the season, and a kiosk serving basic snacks, there was nowhere within the park's precincts serving more substantial fare.
The Pheasantry Cafe is a brand new facility which addresses this need and from my experience so far does so rather well- particularly if you are a cake lover! Open all year round throughout the week, it is also a pleasant retreat whatever the weather. On a fine spring day the daffodils in the adjacent woodland gardens are an absolute delight,and you can enjoy a pleasant leisurely stroll alongside a stream and small lakes observing all manor of waterfowl and probably hear, if not actually see, the many parakeets which now thrive in this far from home landscape.
One brid I did not spot were pheasants, but the rustic sounding name certainly reflects the surroundings well. The cafe has a large seating area both indoors and outdoors, and is particualrly popular with young families. It is also easily accessible by walkers, cyclists and motorists alike, having acquired a new car park alongside- though mind the deer grating if you are on two wheels!
The Pheasantry serves excellent coffees- I've particularly enjoyed their cappuccinos- as well as a good selection of speciality teas and cold drinks. Food can be freshly cooked to order, though at very busy times[ such as after the Olympic Road Race when I visited- you can expect to have to wait awhile for this. Otherwise, there are ready made ciabatta breas which are promptly heated at the till point, cold sandwiches and in the afternoon an amazing selection of delicious cakes as well as the healthier option of fresh fruit.
Service is friendly and generally very efficient and you never sense any hurry to leave unless of course it's closing time. Prices are good value and perhaps even a little cheaper than similar venues in nearby Teddington or Hampton Court.
In summary, for a quick lunch or an afternoon treat, The Pheasantry is a Pleasantry, with prices that are even affordable for the peasantry!

2  Thank beachyboy59
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Staff extremely stroppy from moment you order to the moment you sit down. Queues massive and the 'new system' for ordering food at the till after you have waited 10 mins for a coffee, which goes cold by the time food arrives is not good. Overpriced given the poor service.

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1  Thank Emma T
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

very unhelpful waited a long time to be served no one said sorry pizza was cold the menu we chose was not all bought to the table the first time had to ask three times my son was very dissapointed

Thank Pamela H
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Nothing spécial food very plain they were out of coleslaw and carrot cake this yougoslave say they don't care about getting the basics

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Thank curlyfrench
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

The Pheasantry Cafe in Bushy Park opened a year or so ago and has filled the cafe gap (there was nowhere to buy a drink before it popped up). It gets very busy in school hols with children and it's a place where yummy mummies meet so take ear plugs if you don't have kids!

There's a decent range of cakes, scones, croissants etc and you can have breakfast (bacon or sausage sandwiches) or lunch there.

The set up of the food counter and pay station needs to be sorted a little better. It doesn't quite work for some reason.

The cafe area is reasonably-sized but people move chairs around and tables are often are chairless! There's seating outside which is great for warm days.

Each time I've been there have been tables uncleared and needing a good wipe. Maybe the staff need to be a little more aware of the table (and chair!) situation.

However, it's a great place for a cup of tea and a piece of cake after a walk in the gardens or in Bushy Park. For what it is, I'd recommend it but don't expect a top-end tea experience.

2  Thank jillinhamptonhill
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