Food // The Pheasant, Hightown 

Country pubs serving great food can be hard to come by, so if you find a warm, inviting pub that has a menu filled with delicious starters, hearty mains and tempting desserts, enjoy and spread the word! And this is how I feel about The Pheasant in Hightown.

Rurally located and surrounded by fields, The Pheasant is a delightful restaurant located in an old pub. It’s not somewhere I would typically call in for just a drink as every table during our visit was filled with diners. And once we took a look over the menu, I could see why. Known for great food, we decided to treat ourselves to three courses. With a variety of starters to choose from, it took a while to make our final decision.

I opted for the salt and szechuan pepper squid, whilst my Mum chose the breaded brie. However, we both could have selected a variety of other starters too. Both dishes were a decent size; perfect for hitting the spot but still leaving you hungry enough for your main course.

The squid was simply delicious, lightly battered, just the right amount of chewy and a hefty side of aioli to accompany! I had a bite of my Mum’s brie and it was lovely – she commented the accompanying chutney was a lovely mix of flavours.

I think our plates went from full to empty in approximately 5 minutes, which moved us on to the mains! We visited on a Sunday so we had a selection of roasts or the main menu to choose from. Whilst I had great intentions of having a roast, I spotted a diner on a neighbouring table having an amazing looking pie and I just knew I wanted to try it! Having spoken to the extremely helpful waitresses, I was advised it was the roasted winter vegetable tart.

Whilst I’m not a veggie, I often choose the veggie options when eating out so this was perfect. Filled with butternut squash, beetroot, cheese and a walnut and Stilton crumb, it was amazing! The portion size was massive and the flavours complimented each other perfectly. Accompanied with a portion of Parmesan and rosemary sweet potato fries on the side, it was a meal I won’t forget in a while.

Mum opted for a traditional roast – well, one of us had to, seeing as it was Sunday! She chose the roast striploin of beef and we were both astounded with the mass of food on her plate! Complete with all the trimmings; goose fat roasties, greens, honey roasted carrots, mustard seasoning, a huge Yorkshire pud and lashings of gravy; I have it on good authority that it was delicious!

And moving onto desserts….yes, I don’t know either how we had room, but just like the two courses previously, the menu was just good not to have a break and sample a pudding! After two large courses, I wanted something light. Having spotted chocolate brownie and sticky toffee pudding, I decided to try and be good (I know, pointless after two courses and a glass of rose prosecco!) by opting for the sour cherry and nut florentine. Whilst, Mum went for the option of mini dessert and hot drink – choosing apple and blackberry crumble and a latte.

And again, the desserts were just marvellous. Flavoursome and just enough to leave you feeling comfortably full, without needing to roll home! The florentine was light yet the nutty flavours worked so well with the sour cherry. A real palette cleanser. Whilst Mum was highly impressed with the option of a smaller dessert and a hot drink – just want she wanted to complete her meal.

Everything from the food, to the service and decor was spot on. Having not even heard of the pub-restaurant prior to our visit, it’s the kind of place you want to tell everyone about to visit and try! Inside the decor was warm and bright, with pops of pink and open roaring fires. Complete with a lengthy marble bar ( a blogger fave) and an outdoor seating area – thanks to it’s rural location, you would be happy to visit at any time of year – from bright sunshine to the dreary rainy day it was when we went. Somehow, good food helps you forget about the weather outside, funny that…..

*The Pheasant paid our bill in exchange for a review. All thoughts are truly my own and we had a fantastic time – thank you so much! 

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