The Pheasant Inn
“Popular pub with magnificent rural views”
High on the sandstone ridge of the Peckforton Hills stands Beeston Castle. Enjoying a similarly lofty position on its west-facing slopes, overlooking the Cheshire Plain, is this 300-year-old former farmhouse and barn, where only five families have been licensees since it first became an alehouse. Such is its elevation that you can see the Welsh hills and two cathedrals, Liverpool’s 23 miles away and, much nearer, Chester’s. Particularly familiar with the Pheasant are walkers and hikers on the Sandstone Trail, the long-distance footpath that links Frodsham on the Mersey with Whitchurch in Shropshire. On a fine day the obvious place to be is in the flower-filled courtyard or on the terrace, but when the weather dictates otherwise grab a space by the big open fire in the wooden-floored, heftily-beamed bar. Here you’ll find four real ales, three from the Weetwood Brewery near Tarporley. The kitchen makes extensive use of local produce, while much of the seafood comes from Fleetwood in Lancashire. There’s a good choice of sandwiches and salads, and bar snacks include crispy pork crackling with apple sauce, and honey-glazed chipolatas. The daily-changing restaurant menu offers a wide choice of modern British and European dishes. Comfortable en suite accommodation is also available.
Facilities – at a glance
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £12.95
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Open all year
- Wide selection of wines by the glass
- Micro Brewery Ale
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About the area
Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.
While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.
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