The Pheasant Inn Pub with rooms in Higher Burwardsley, Cheshire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Former farm in the Peckforton Hills
  • Oozes 17th-century charm
  • Stunning views across Cheshire Plain
  • Great food all day
  • Peaceful refurbished rooms
  • Superb walking; on Sandstone Trail

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The Pheasant Inn Higher Burwardsley, Cheshire, CH3 9PF

The personal touch

Hidden down country lanes and tucked into the hillside high in the Peckforton Hills, the Pheasant draws the crowds for the far-reaching views across the Cheshire Plain to the Welsh mountains, best enjoyed from the fabulous tiered patio with a pint of local Weetwood ale in hand. It’s a rambling place and records indicate the Pheasant was already a pub in 1650, though it was also once a farm, and further back in time still lies the origin of the name Burwardsley – clearing in the woods. The oldest part, the half-timbered sandstone farmhouse, is the setting for the beautifully refurbished beamed and wood-floor bar, which has a bright, modern feel and claims to house the largest log fire in Cheshire. A tasteful contemporary style extends to the imposing, stone-flagged conservatory restaurant where you can drink in that magnificent vista towards North Wales. This is great walking country and this gorgeous inn is conveniently located in the middle of one of the biggest walks in the county, the 34-mile Sandstone Trail.

Sticky fingers

Family rooms are available (sofa beds – £15 per child) and children are welcome in the pub where they have their own menu

Muddy paws

Expect a big welcome for your canine companion in the bar and they are welcome to stay overnight


There’s a sunny terrace, perfect for fair-weather drinking and taking in the magnificent view across the Cheshire Plain, and a large beer garden


What’s the Damage?
12 doubles/twin £100 – £145

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access to pub & restaurant
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking


AA 5 Silver Star Inn & 1 Rosette


The Pheasant Inn Higher Burwardsley, Cheshire, CH3 9PF

Do not disturb

The old barn has been skilfully converted into very comfortable bedrooms, plus there are further rooms in the pub, which boast original beams, big bathrooms and memorable views. All twelve rooms are boutique-hotel standard having been recently refurbished, so expect all to be individually designed with attractive soft furnishings, rich colourful fabrics, statement wall coverings, big lamps and comfortable wooden beds. Tatton Room is rather grand with a vaulted beamed ceiling, swish fabrics and furnishings and a big modern bathroom. Also, expect Apple TVs, Wi-Fi and media hubs, fresh coffee, decent teas and homemade biscuits, and Spa by Kasia toiletries.




What’s the Damage?
12 doubles/twin £100 – £145

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access to pub & restaurant
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking


AA 5 Silver Star Inn & 1 Rosette

Eat & Drink

The Pheasant Inn Higher Burwardsley, Cheshire, CH3 9PF

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5.95-£8; Main Courses: £12.50-£25; Desserts £6.50)

The Pheasant operates as a destination dining pub as well as a canteen for hungry walkers, so there some great sandwiches (rib-eye steak, Dijon mustard, dill pickle, caramelised onion), generous sharing boards and bar bites like Scotch egg with house chutney. Raw materials are sourced, where possible, from local farms and waters or the nearby Cholmondeley Estate, and translate into the likes of venison with bubble-and-squeak, game faggot, blackberries, chocolate and red wine sauce, and some great pub classics, perhaps steak and kidney pudding and beer battered haddock with chunk chips. Top marks, too, for the entirely local cheese board offering Burts Blue, Snowdonia Black Bomber, Sharrock Lancashire. Comforting homemade desserts include cherry and almond tart, or there are several flavours of Cheshire Farm ice cream. Twelve wines by the glass from a decent list and four real ales on handpump complete the picture.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Food all day: 12pm – 9.30pm (10pm Friday & Saturday; 9pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
12 doubles/twin £100 – £145

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access to pub & restaurant
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking


AA 5 Silver Star Inn & 1 Rosette

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

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Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, Tattenhall CH3 9NE

The Cholmondeley Arms serves a few of the 40-plus varieties of Cheshire Farm ice creams and sorbets on its menu, but if you still want to taste more, visit this family-run business and see how it's made. With a play barn for the kids and a cafe for the grown-ups, it's no wonder the farm attracts 500,000 visitors each year.


Cheerbrook Farm Shop, Newcastle Road, Nantwich CW5 7EL

Award-winning farm shop offering top quality local food including plenty made on site. They are so proud of their 'perfect sausages' that you can order them online by the. Great for browsing as well as shopping and there's a cafe too.


Hollies Farm Shop, Little Budworth CW6 9ES

Now run by the fourth generation of the same family that started it in 1959 as a roadside vegetable stand, this exceptional farm shop now sells produce from more than 40 Cheshire suppliers. Stock up with local fruit and veg, homecooked meats, homemade pies, bread, cakes and preserves before having a cuppa in the on-site coffee shop.


Ginger and Pickles,3 Mill Street, Nantwich CW5 5ST

A bakery and teashop with a good choice of leaf tea and some great cakes.


Willington Fruit Farm and Farm Shop, Willington, Kelsall CW6 0PH

You might recognise the home-pressed apple juice sold at this well-stocked farm shop as it appears on the drinks list at the Cholmondeley Arms and The Roebuck. Apart from farm-made apple juice and cider, there is a vast range of local fruit and veg, honey, cheese, eggs and ice cream. From June onwards, you can buy strawberries picked straight from the field. Closed Mon-Wed.

Out & About

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Churche's Mansion Antiques Centre, Nantwich CW5 5RY

A splendid timber-framed Elizabethan mansion that luckily escaped the Great Fire of Nantwich in 1583. Grade I listed, it’s a rare survivor and is now home to an antiques shop specialising in furniture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. They have a great selection of Windsor chairs and also antique Welsh oak furniture as well as smaller pieces.

Places to visit


Erdigg, Wrexham LL13 0YT

This very atmospheric country house dates to the 18th century and is ideal for exploring 250 years of the life (both 'upstairs' and 'downstairs') of a gentry family. There's a unique collection of servants' portraits, as well as fine furniture, textiles and wallpapers, plus a 485-hectare country park and formal walled garden.


Nantwich Museum CW5 5BQ

Small local museum with displays about (amongst other things) Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich's Great Fire, the English Civil War and the Battle of Nantwich (1644). The Millennium Gallery houses a diverse selection of temporary exhibits.


Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Chapel Lane, Beeston CW6 9JX

In a dramatic setting, perched on a high crag, the 'Castle of the Rock' is famous for its spectacular views. You can see eight counties on a clear day, from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. As well as the views, there's lovely woodland to explore, with wildlife trails, regular events, and the chance of a bacon sandwich.


Cholmondeley Castle, Cholmondeley, Malpas SY14 8AH

A delightful early nineteenth century Gothic castle, with turrets and battlements and beautiful gardens, still home to the Cholmondeley family. There are fifty acres of stunning ornamental gardens, which have been extensively developed over the past sixty years by Lady Lavinia Cholmondeley, and 670 acres of historic parkland. The hugely popular, annual festival of motorsport, the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, with racing, demonstrations and displays, is held at the Castle. (The castle is not open to the public except groups by prior arrangement).


Stretton Watermill, Stretton SY14 7HS

One of the best preserved demonstration water-powered corn mills in the country. Visitors can see the ancient wooden machinery in action, hear about the history of the mill, have a go at milling grain, work miniature models, and enjoy the beautiful countryside setting.


Fenn's, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve, Wrexham SY13 2PQ

These three peat bogs make up the third largest area of lowland raised bog in Britain. Most ‘mosses’ in the UK have been drained, so the area is a rare survivor. No commercial cutting has taken place here since 1991 and the place is a haven for wildlife. A number of circular, waymarked trails will take you through this fascinating habitat.

West Cheshire offers plenty for walkers of all ages and levels of fitness. The Sandstone Trail passes the door of The Pheasant and provides unbroken and often elevated walking, from Frodsham on the Mersey Estuary to Georgian Whitchurch in north Shropshire; and there are plenty of other walks as well, taking in wild moorland and rocky ridges, or delightful towns and villages. Further west, the Offa’s Dyke Path follows the Welsh border down from Prestatyn.

A great selection of cycle routes suitable for everyone can be found here. There are nice flat canal towpaths and gentle inclines as well as serious downhills and exciting off-roading. The Cheshire Cycleway offers 176 miles of varied terrain, and there are also several National Cycle Network routes in the area.

The Chester Food and Drink Festival takes place at Chester Racecourse at Easter, and then there’s the Nantwich Show and International Cheese Awards in July, the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival in September, along with the Cheshire Food Festival and then the North West Food Lovers Festival in October. Rewind North, the 80s Music Festival, takes place in August, and the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (just one of many events at Tatton Park) in July.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Follow signs to Burwardsley off A534 between A41 at Broxton and A49 at Ridley

By Rail: Nearest station is Chester (11 miles)


, Higher Burwardsley, Cheshire, CH3 9PF

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