The Pheasant in Shefford Woodlands has been providing hospitality since at least the late 16th century when it was a resting place for drovers transporting livestock from Wales and the West Country to London. A few things have changed since then, most recently in 2016 when the pub was taken over by Jack Greenall. A significant but sensitive renovation followed which increased the seating area and the number of bedrooms and added an upstairs dining room. The pub won many friends and admirers for the quality of its food, the friendliness of its atmosphere and the variety of its events. Since late March, however, all these have been pleasures of memory only.
Fortunately, that has changed.
“We’re delighted that The Pheasant re-opened its doors in time for lunch on Saturday 4 July,” Jack Greenall said. ‘We were quietly preparing for this for some time. In particular, we’d been working closely with our experienced health and safety consultants to ensure that we could open safely and responsibly whilst ensuring that our guests can enjoy the same level of delicious food, fantastic personable service and a great atmosphere. All the hard work and preparation seems to have paid off as we’ve more than delighted with the response since we returned.”
The Pheasant is now open for both restaurant and hotel bookings and looks forward to welcoming you back. You’re advised to book in advance to avoid any disappointment.
“Obviously, some things have changed,” Jack continued, “but we feel that some will be changes for the even-better. For instance, our beautiful Garden Room has been designed by the brilliant florist Sarah Styles with the Mediterranean in mind. Olive trees, lavender, and open sides on to the garden on warm days creates the perfect feel for a long lunch or special dinner. We are happy to take requests for the Garden Room when taking reservations – just let us know.
“Our bespoke Pheasant picnic hampers are another innovation,” Jack added. “You can choose from our delicious menu showcasing the best local produce. These are ideal for a family day out, a special occasion or a picnic in the garden. Beautiful handmade wicker hampers complete with cool bags are available to buy – please just let us know if you would like one when ordering.”
The Pheasant also participated in the government’s Eat Out to Help Out initiative during August.