We arrived at the Pheasant after a walk on the fells, having previously seen it's website and thinking it worth a visit....... we arrived in the very narrow hall, with a lounge on one side, and a restaurant on the other, the bar was at the end, but shut up with the lights out! This was 2:40 in the afternoon and their website said it was a well known Lakeland bar full of character and listed the beers they have on offer! I had also read about it's afternoon teas, so thought we might try these instead. Sadly there didn't seem to be any staff on, despite there being other customers in the building, several of whom were also looking for staff to pay their bill! We eventually found the reception, a table at the end of a corridor and then a member of staff arrived and seemed most put out that people were waiting. It was eventually our turn to be served and we were told that Afternoon Tea did not start for another 15 mins, but were shown into the Lounge to wait..... We eventually had our order taken at 3:05, but can't say we were over impressed. The Scones, all two of them were tiny, and no where near enough for the mountain of jam, cream and rum butter. The cakes, were OK but a few small ones thrown on a large plate was not great presentation!
We got the impression that it wasn't a pub, but a hotel and fine dining establishment and that they didn't want passing trade (obvious from an overheard conversation), and that it was only for the local gentry!
I had to laugh when I saw their advert in the current edition of Lakeland Walker magazine, they will look after your muddy walking gear while you have a pint of beer by the fire.... not our experience.
Over all not a great experience and not one to recommend!
- 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