Good Pub Guide

Good Pub Guide Food

Bar food times: 12 - 2.30, 6 - 9

Very good food can be eaten in the bar, bistro or lounges at lunchtime, and in the bistro and restaurant only in the evening: black pudding on brioche croûte with roasted red pepper, poached egg and hollandaise, smoked haddock fishcake with pickled cucumber, chilli and tomato salsa and tartare cream sauce, cumberland sausages with onion gravy, a pie of the day, bass fillet with asian-style broth, king prawns and noodles with pak choi and chilli, and puddings such as dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice-cream and vanilla crème brûlée; they also offer a two- and three-course set menu (6-7pm Sun-Fri).

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Awards

Good pub guide approved
Good pub
guide approved
Wine Award
Wine Award
Stay Award
Stay Award
Food Award
Food Award

Information

Sandwiches
Sandwiches
Cask Ales
Cask Ales
Meals and Snacks
Meals and Snacks
Credit Cards
Credit Cards
Dogs allowed in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms
Dog allowed
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms
Children allowed in: Childrens Indoor Bar
Children allowed
in: Childrens Indoor Bar

Rating and Comments

3.5/5
112 votes cast
We had a fabulous evening at the Pheasant with our two small children. We started in the lovely cosy bar and moved into the bistro to eat our delicious meal. All the staff we exceptionally friendly and accommodating.
The Pheasant is country hotel tucked away off the main road near Bassenthwaite and is full of charm and friendly fires. But if dining in the bar or bistro, don't necessarily expect value for money. Apart from the very smart, separate restaurant, this is not much more than an over-priced bistro pub, with city prices. One of our party had the pork escalope, which looked generous, but was in fact 3 thin, dry not tender escalopes on warm potatoes and green beans. I had one of their "specials", a rack of lamb. The accompanying veg was delightfully designed on the plate, with a delicious jus, but it would hardly fill you up after a walk on the fell, let alone satisfy your 5-a-day. The liver was over-cooked and bordering on hard and since when did two small lamb cutlets qualify as a rack of lamb? Most chefs and butchers would agree that 4 to 8 ribs make a half or whole rack of lamb. Maybe The Pheasant is breaching Trade Descriptions... as the wine, too, on the Bistro menu was a 2009, but turned out to be 2 years 'younger' (a 2011) at the same price.
When pointed out to the staff, they said: "We can't control what we're sent" as if that was an adequate or suitable reply. It's not all bad, the Cumberland and Venison sausage duo was delicious, but be warned, the bottom line, not the customer, comes first. With starter, main and desert, expect to pay around £27 - 30 per person, without sides (£3), drinks or wine (£16.50 upwards) and tea or coffee (£3). And no apologies!

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