Fantastic views and enjoyable food at this clever conversion of an old heavily beamed inn; good bedrooms
The good pub guide review
From its vantage point in the Peckforton Hills, the Pheasant offers sweeping views of the Cheshire plain and across to North Wales, along with top-end hospitality to locals, walkers and guests in its 12 country-chic bedrooms. The attractive low-beamed interior is airy and modern-feeling in parts, and the various separate areas have nice old chairs spread spaciously on wooden floors and a log fire in a huge see-through fireplace; quiet background music and daily newspapers. Friendly, helpful staff serve real ales such as Cheshire Brew Brothers Gold and Weetwoods Best, Cheshire Cat and Eastgate on handpump, around 20 wines by the glass, ten malt whiskies and local farm cider. From picnic-sets on the terrace, you can enjoy one of the county's most magnificent views; on a clear day with the telescope you can see as far as the pier head and cathedrals in Liverpool. Comfortable, character bedrooms are in the main building or an ivy-clad stable wing and make a great base for exploring the area. There are plenty of surrounding walks and the scenic Sandstone Trail passes nearby. Sister pubs are the Fishpool in Delamere and the Bears Paw in Warmingham.
The good pub guide food review
As well as lunchtime sandwiches, elevated pub food might include serrano ham, melon and burrata, prawn and crayfish cocktail with caviar, panzanella and ham hock terrine for starters, roast beef and trimmings (daily), hake with wild black rice, chorizo, sweetcorn velouté and tarragon vinaigrette and hand-crafted steak and ale pie for mains, and puddings such as raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake with raspberry sorbet and sticky toffee pudding.