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The Pheasant Inn, Higher Burwardsley, Cheshire
If you've mistakenly bought into the notion that Cheshire is an entirely flat county, a trip to The Pheasant Inn will quickly put you right. It's an uphill drive, along narrow lanes, to reach this popular old inn on the slopes of the Peckforton Hills. An attractive little cluster of sandstone buildings set around a cobbled courtyard, it's flanked by a large but well camouflaged car park on one side (very handy) and a big beer garden on the other. This is a popular spot for a country lunch or dinner but with 12 comfortable bedrooms on offer, you can stay over and really make the most of its biggest selling point: a fabulous view that stretches across green fields to the distant Welsh hills.
A blissful sunset view followed by the sound of tawny owls calling across the fields… what's not to love?
The hotel is just outside the sleepy village of Higher Burwardsley and around 20 minutes' drive from Chester.
By car: The inn is 4 hours from London and 1 hour from Manchester. Free parking is available at the pub.
By train: Chester is the closest station, 25 minutes' drive away. Crewe Station has direct links to London and is a 40-minute taxi ride away. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
It's popular with weekending couples, walkers stopping off along the Sandstone Trail and anyone who loves a drink with a view. The cosy bar rooms make for quite a convivial atmosphere and fellow diners are a surprisingly cosmopolitan bunch - including French, Americans and Norwegians.
Service & Facilities
Tucked away to the side of the pub there's a good-sized beer garden, with plenty of tables dotted around.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs are welcome throughout the inn, including the bedrooms.
Eaton has the best view but Tatton is biggest and swishest, with a high beamed ceiling, plush furnishings and windows on three sides. Newest addition to the accommodation is Pennsylvania Cottage, a smartly refurbished three-bedroom property just across the road from the car park.
Standard, Barn, Executive, Superior rooms
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower, free toiletries, free Wi-Fi, HD TV, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
Local produce on the menu includes several cheeses plus ice cream from the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm, just down the road. The cooked-to-order dishes at breakfast (where there's also a small buffet) were a hit, particularly the delicious Eggs Royale.
The Pheasant Inn: AA Rosette, modern British and European-inspired dishes, seasonal ingredients, local produce, sandwiches, burgers. Open for lunch and dinner from 12pm. Mains from £10.50.