Country Pub & Restaurant on Essex/Suffolk Border

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The Pheasant at Gestingthorpe, award winner of the best newcomer restaurant in Essex in 2008, and Best Food Pub in East Anglia 2011, Finalist for the Best Rural Business in East Anglia 2011 and Finalist for the Best Gastro Pub in Essex 2011.

Owners Diana & James Donoghue have transformed the business since taking over in 2006, with the addition of a Smoke House and a 5 bed-roomed boutique style bed and breakfast.

The Pheasant is set in the middle of rural countryside, ideal for long walks, situated between Castle Hedingham and Sudbury.

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Our Garden and Keeping Bees

James’s former profession was garden design, James exhibted at the RHS, Chelsea flower show 2003, you can now visit his garden at the Pheasant and as you will see, gardening is still a huge passion of James. There are raised vegetable beds to provide the fruit and vegetables for the restaurant, all organic, such as various tomatoes, which have been grown from seed. In addition, James keeps Bees and uses some of his honey for dressings and salads in his recipes.