The Pheasant

Pub with rooms in Neenton, Shropshire

Curator's notes:

  • Spruced up in country-rustic style
  • Fine local micro-brewery ales
  • Championing local produce
  • Don't miss the Sunday roast platters​
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Speak to us on +44 (0)20 8161 0100

Overview

Situated opposite the charming church in the heart of sleepy Neenton, The Pheasant is now thriving as a proper country pub, deep in the Shropshire Hills. Lovingly restored by the local community in 2014 where the villagers rallied and formed the Neenton Community Society to restore and reopen The Pheasant, it's now a social hub and a cracking rural inn.

It's certainly no ordinary pub: there are regular quizzes, live music on Sunday afternoons and other events such as classic car days during the summer. The village fête takes place in the pub garden and the Neenton Duck Race on the nearby River Rea.

With an enticing country-rustic feel throughout, be charmed by The Pheasant's gorgeous interiors. Sink into a deep sofa in the informal bar which boasts rugs on tiled floors, wood-burner fronted by comfy armchairs. Or enjoy hearty, home-cooked seasonal food in the stunning new Oak Room dining room. Accommodation in the form of three comfortable upstairs rooms completes this pleasing picture.

It's the perfect spot for exploring South Shropshire's glorious and undiscovered countryside, the Severn Valley and the foodie town of Ludlow - or while away the afternoon on one of the picnic benches in the sheltered orchard garden with colourful borders and planting.

Rooms from

Doubles and twins: £75

Good to know

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Alfresco and private dining

Family favourite
Children are allowed throughout the pub and with a kid's menu and play area in the garden, families can expect a warm welcome.

Outdoor adventures
The glorious border country of Shropshire is a walker's paradise - don your walking boots and explore all the stunning countryside has to offer.

Rooms

An external staircase leads to the three cosy and spotless upstairs bedrooms, which are simply decorated and have everything you require for a comfortable stay. Expect excellent beds topped with quality linen, duvets and throws, and a smart tiled bathroom with modern fittings. The largest room is in the original 18th-century building and offers period charm and great country views.

Restaurant & bar

Recently established on Shropshire's culinary pub map, The Pheasant's menu works with the seasons, successfully combining pub classics with more inventive daily specials. Expect hearty cooking, great flavours and generous portions - their doorstop sandwiches are not for the faint-hearted and will keep you fuelled for an afternoon walk across nearby Clee Hill.

The kitchen makes good use of the top-notch local produce on the doorstep, notably potatoes, lamb and pork from nearby farms, alongside game from the Wheathill shoot and venison reared in Mortimer Forest.

The Pheasant is a true rural free house and fully taps into the thriving local micro-brewery scene. Championing brews from such as Big Shed Brewery, Ludlow Brewery Company or perhaps Town Crier from Hobsons Brewery, with a regular gem from further afield, namely Copper Hop from Long Man Brewery in Sussex on our visit. The short, carefully selected list of wines comes from Bibendum, with all 30 wines available by the glass.
Things to do

On Neenton's doorstep lie 600 miles of byways and bridleways, threading their way across some of Britain's most spectacular landscapes. Most ramblers head for the four dramatic ridges of Wenlock Edge, the Long Mynd, the Stiperstones and the Clee Hills - A E Housman's 'blue remembered hills'. Just 3 miles from the Pheasant lies Brown Clee Hill, Shropshire's highest point - with breathtaking views stretching from the Cotswolds to Snowdonia and the Peak District to the Brecon Beacons. There is also a host of gentler, less demanding walks to enjoy throughout the region, and a stroll up to Five Springs on Brown Clee is the perfect prelude to a fine dinner.

With its steep-sided, densely wooded hillsides and awesome industrial legacy, Ironbridge Gorge is one of the most dramatic landmarks in the region - if not the whole country. There's so much to see and discover that a visit to the museums at Ironbridge - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and often described as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution - can grab your attention for hours, even days.

Look out for the brewery nights and foodie events at nearby Hobsons Brewery, which includes a brewery tour and beer tastings. Established in Cleobury Mortimer by the Davis family in 1993, is one of the leading craft brewers in Shropshire and one of the most sustainable breweries in the country. The owners are passionate about craft and provenance and the primary ingredients are sourced within 30 miles of the brewery.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Ludlow
Taxi from station: 21min
Drive: 13min from Bridgnorth, 45min from Shrewsbury​

Address

Neenton, Shropshire WV16 6RJ

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