Brace of Pheasants
16th-c thatched pub with friendly service, popular food and pleasant garden; comfortable bedrooms
The good pub guide review
A highly recommended old thatched cottage tucked away down narrow, country lanes, with perfect walking country all around. The beamed bar has windsor chairs around good solid tables on patterned carpeting, a few standing timbers and a huge heavy-beamed inglenook at one end with a good warming log fire at the other. Cerne Abbas Ale and a guest such as Flack Manor Double Drop are tapped from the cask alongside a fine choice of wines with 20 by the glass, and two proper farm ciders. A decent-sized garden (the perfect play space for young pub dog Lucy) includes a terrace and a lawn sloping up towards a rockery. It's just the place for spending a weekend in attractive and comfortable bedrooms; our readers enjoy the annexe ones which are spotless and have their own little terrace. Breakfasts are first class.
The good pub guide food review
Particularly good food from a daily changing menu with an emphasis on local suppliers includes trio of smoked fish with sweet beetroot relish, bubbling cheesy mushrooms, garlic and herb marinated venison steak with port and redcurrant sauce and confit garlic mash, beer-battered fish and chips, marinated goats cheese salad with walnuts, baby potatoes and beetroot, pan-fried duck breast with caramelised orange and madeira sauce and potato rösti, and puddings such as warm malva pudding with brandy glaze and stem ginger crème anglaise and flourless chocolate praline cake with chocolate sauce.