We have eaten many superb lunches here over the years and decided to have a 3 night break recently. The bar is full of atmosphere and I have no problem at all with the locals using it, as some people have complained about! The lounges are warm and cosy with log fires and the new Fell Restaurant is tasteful and comfortable.
We did find the bedroom was very average and rather faded and in need of decor, even though we didn't have the basic room. We have stayed in far better for less money, although the bathroom was first class. Although the inn is very old, if the bathrooms can be upgraded to that standard surely the bedrooms can be as well. The bed itself was very comfortable however.
The food in the Fell Restaurant was absolutely superb on the first evening, with little interesting tasters provided before our meal. However, the menu never changed on the 3 evenings we were there, apart from a couple of minor details. It was completely meat based, apart from one fish dish each on the starters and main course menus. I had to have the same thing on 2 of the evenings, as it isn't always possible to like everything and there was no vegetarian option should you be a vegetarian. The portions were small and as for vegetables.... forget it! I certainly did not get the recommended amount of greens during my stay. One night there was a tiny stem of broccoli and a tiny baby leek. Another night there was one baby carrot and a parsnip. Everything was arranged on the plate as it was served, so no opportunity to have more vegetables. Although we had booked dinner, bed and breakfast, it turned out that only £35 was allowed towards the dinner. Considering the excessive price of each course, we always had extra to pay. Two scallops for £10? They were ingeniously cooked and full of interesting flavours, but extremely insubstantial. I can't imagine staying for a week if the menu doesn't change in that time and it would certainly cost more than we bargained for in the extra cost of food.
The breakfasts were only average and what you expect and the help yourself starters were very poor and limited and you couldn't even help yourself to fruit juice, which is what I like to start breakfast with. It had to be ordered and would come eventually, depending on how busy the staff were.
All in all a pleasant stay in an atmospheric inn, but overpriced.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dating back to the 17th century, this former haunt of the famous huntsman John Peel has been entertaining guests for the past 300 years in the traditional Cumbrian manner with stunning food and refreshment and good old fashioned values. With an abundance of unique period atmosphere and a sense of timelessness with the clever mix of luxurious, contemporary comforts provides The Pheasant a well deserved national and International reputation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Pheasant Hotel Bassenthwaite
- The Pheasant Inn Bassenthwaite/Keswick, Lake District