The Pheasant

Newbury, Hampshire
+44 (0)1635 253360

A gnarled and beamed 17th-century Inn has been given a new lease of life by energetic, foodie owners and their superb small support team


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Downstairs is low-ceilinged, cosy and warm with flagstone floors, lots of wood-burners and comfy chairs. Owner Ryan is head chef and passionate about ethically-sourced meat, the menu has regularly changing specials and local game in season but you’ll still find pub classics like pie and mash. A big garden out the back houses an outdoor kitchen, stretch tents and a barbecue in summer – a lovely spot for a pint of something from Penton Park.

Bedrooms (two are ground floor garden rooms) haven’t been refurbished yet (Billy has plans) but they are all characterful and comfortable with homemade biscuits and espresso machines. There’s a fridge on the landing you’re welcome to use. Breakfast brings local sourdough, chef’s own cereals, full English or veggie, eggs Benedict.

Visit Highclere church in the village, immortalised in the painting by David Sadler or drive to join the Test Way for over forty miles of wonderful chalk downs.

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We think you'll love

  • The food and the real ales
  • Sitting in the garden and sipping a cocktail on a sunny day
  • Walking some of the Test Way then coming back to a good supper and a comfy bed
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You should know

  • It's on a busy main road so walking or cycling from here isn't advisable
  • Mobile signal can be a bit frail


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement (6 of the rooms are dog-friendly).
Mondays, Tuesdays, and over Christmas.
Breakfast included. Starters from £5.50, mains from £13, desserts from £6.50.


Nightly price
from £85
Singles £85-£140. Extra bed/sofabed available £15 per person per night.
8 Doubles
From £85



A very well-fun place with a super team of people and energetic young owners who are on a mission to leave something better in their wake. Ethically sourced food, a well refurbished pub, happy staff, happy guests.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

There are lovely walks along the river Test from Inkpen or join the towpath of the Kennet & Avon canal at Newbury, an interesting market town with a good racecourse. For Downton Abbey fans, garden lovers and history buffs, Highclere Castle and estate is a five-minute drive. You're just half an hour in the car from Winchester for iron age forts, civil war sites, cathedral and excellent shopping.

Local points of interest from Billy & Ryan Stacey

  • We are perfectly located to visit Highclere castle, the home of Downton Abbey, you can even have a Highclere Castle gin & tonic at the bar.
  • Or perhaps you'd like to visit the Bombay Sapphire distillery? located only 20 minutes away from us.
  • For anyone after a more relaxed affair, we have a number of local walks we can recommend around the gorgeous Hampshire countryside.
  • And not forgetting the families, Finkley down farm is just 20 minutes away in the town of Andover. Perfect for tiring the kids out for the day, they have an indoor play area and petting farm.


Billy & Ryan Stacey

Billy is front of house, Ryan is head chef. Their passions are good food, ethically-sourced, looking after the lovely old building they've just rescued (it'll be here long after we've gone, says Billy) and nurturing their very well-trained and happy team. There's a lovely, energetic and positive atmosphere which is infectious - you're in good hands.