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The Pheasant at Keyston: A delightful country pub with a talented new team





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With a lovely location, long history and talented new team at its helm, Keyston’s The Pheasant is fast becoming known as the perfect country pub. Here, we find out more about it.

The Pheasant at Keyston has a south-facing rear garden
The Pheasant at Keyston has a south-facing rear garden

Where is it?

The Pheasant is a traditional thatched pub nestled in the Cambridgeshire countryside at the heart of the beautiful village of Keyston, located 15 miles from Huntingdon and easily accessible off the A14 (postcode: PE28 0RE).

What will I find on the menu?

The pub offers honest, fresh and locally sourced food on modern British menu, complemented by an extensive yet eclectic wine list. It changes in line with the seasons, of course, and there are exciting specials. The menu spans both a la carte and pub classics, all carefully put together by head chef Thomas Whincup.

The Pheasant at Keyston offers a modern British menu that changes with the seasons
The Pheasant at Keyston offers a modern British menu that changes with the seasons

The February-March a la carte menu, for example, features starters including cured sea trout 'pastrami' with kohlrabi remoulade and red sorrel, and venison and black garlic terrine with port and pear chutney and sourdough toast, while mains include chorizo-crusted pollock fillet with butterbean cassoulet, wilted spinach and crispy cavolo nero, or slow-cooked lamb shank with crispy polenta, shallots and green beans and mint salsa.

You can also order pub classics like fish and chip, pie of the day, or sausages and mash.

What’s it like inside and out?

In the relaxed yet bustling bar you will find an open fire, comfy chairs and cosy corners.

Alternatively, the recently redecorated bright and airy restaurant has views over the country garden and surrounding fields, which sets the scene for a romantic dinner or lunch and is ever-popular.

The south-facing beer garden is the perfect spot to relax with a drink after a long walk in the countryside. Guests can ask for walking maps of the local area and four-legged friends are welcome to join their paw-rents in the bar area and garden.

And to drink?

The Pheasant offers a selection of real ales, cocktails and mocktails, as well as an extensive wine list and bar snacks.

With an extensive wine list and cocktails and mocktails, plus real ale, you won't go thirsty at The Pheasant in Keyston
With an extensive wine list and cocktails and mocktails, plus real ale, you won't go thirsty at The Pheasant in Keyston

Who runs it?

Stevie and the team took over the lease of the pub in early October 2023. Having worked at The Old Bridge Hotel in Huntingdon for more than 20 years, Stevie is now immensely proud to have taken the reins at The Pheasant.

The move is especially apt as his career in catering started right here at The Pheasant 25 years ago, when he was 17. He is putting the pub back on the map as a go-to foodie destination, and is committed to making the pub something the village of Keyston can be proud of.

The Pheasant at Keyston is a traditional country pub run by a talented new team
The Pheasant at Keyston is a traditional country pub run by a talented new team

I’m in. When is it open?

Pub opening times: Monday-Saturday, 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-6pm

Food service times: Monday-Saturday 12-3pm and 6-9pm; Sunday 12-4pm

The Pheasant is closed on Sundays from 6pm

Address and contact details

Visit The Pheasant at Keyston, Huntingdon PE28 0RE.

Find out more at thepheasantkeyston.co.uk or by calling 01832 710303 or emailing enquiries@thepheasantkeyston.co.uk



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