The Pheasant Pub with rooms in Neenton, Shropshire

Prices from:
£75 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Community rescue of derelict pub
  • Spruced up in country-rustic style
  • Tip-top local micro-brewery ales
  • Championing local produce
  • Don’t miss the Sunday roast platters
  • Simple, comfortable rooms; top beds
  • Explore the Shropshire Hills

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Overview

The Pheasant Neenton, Shropshire , WV16 6RJ

The personal touch

Rescued from a 9-year closure and restored by the local community in 2014, the Pheasant, a once derelict roadside inn is now thriving as a proper country pub and is situated opposite the charming church in the heart of sleepy Neenton deep in the Shropshire Hills. Without a pub, post office, village hall, school or playground, and no pub since 2006, the villagers rallied and formed the Neenton Community Society to rebuild and create a bright future as a sustainable rural community, with the acquisition, restoration and re-opening of the Pheasant as a social hub being the flagship project. Having bought the pub in 2013, they also acquired land behind the pub and planning permission was given to build seven houses and the subsequent sale of the houses helped fund the restoration and extension of the Pheasant. The result is a cracking rural inn, with a country-rustic feel throughout the relaxed and informal bar (rugs on tiled floor, wood-burner fronted by deep sofas and armchairs) and the stunning new Oak Room dining room. Hearty, home-cooked seasonal food, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients, and accommodation in the form of three simple very comfortable upstairs rooms complete the pleasing picture. Well run by Mark & Sarah and perfect for exploring South Shropshire’s glorious and undiscovered countryside, the Severn Valley and the foodie town of Ludlow.

Sticky fingers

Families can expect a warm welcome as children are allowed throughout the pub. There are baby-changing facilities in the disabled toilet, a good children’s menu, a new play area in the garden, and youngsters can be accommodated overnight.

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bars (water bowls & biscuits provided) and overnight in the bedrooms by prior arrangement

Alfresco

Rear terrace with picnic benches and a sheltered orchard garden with colourful borders and planting. Alternatively, bag a bench at the front and watch the world go by with a pint of Hobsons.

What’s on?

Being a community-owned pub, there’s always something going on to keep the locals entertained. There are regular quizzes, live music on Sunday afternoons and other events such as Classic car days during the summer. The garden is the location for the village fete and the Neenton Duck Race on the nearby River Rea, with proceeds going to the church and charity.

What’s the Damage?

3 doubles/twin £75 – £95; dinner B&B £110-£135

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled toilets & access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

 

Sleep

The Pheasant Neenton, Shropshire , WV16 6RJ

Do not disturb

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 – excellent bed topped with quality linen, duvets and throws, and a smart tiled bathroom with modern fittings, including excellent showers. The largest room is in the original 18th-century building and offers period charm and great country views.

Creature comforts

Tea & Coffee; top beds and linen; REN toiletries

Gadgets

Television

What’s for Breakfast?

Classic Full Shropshire breakfast; Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Egg; Smoked Haddock & Poached Egg; Buffet of cereals and juices

What’s the Damage?

3 doubles/twin £75 – £95; dinner B&B £110-£135

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled toilets & access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

The Pheasant Neenton, Shropshire , WV16 6RJ

Mastering the menu

Having plied the stoves and worked front of house at several large hotels over the years, chef-landlord Mark Harris and partner Sarah Cowley jumped at the chance to manage the Pheasant for the community and have not looked back, loving every minute of the challenge to establish the Pheasant on Shropshire’s culinary pub map. Mark’s menus work with the seasons and successfully combine pub classics with more inventive daily specials. Expect some good hearty cooking, great flavours and generous portions – excellent sandwiches (sirloin steak, caramelized onion and tomatoes, served with salad and chips) are not for the feint-hearted and will keep you fuelled for an afternoon walk across nearby Clee Hill. Mark 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.

On the menu

(Starters: £5.50-£6.50; Main Courses: £9.95-£17.95; Desserts £4.95-£7.95)

Potted pork, sticky apple & crackling salad

Smoked haddock Scotch egg, curried mayonnaise

Calves’ liver, creamed potatoes, red wine jus, crispy bacon & shallots

Hobsons beer-battered haddock, hand-cut chips, mushy peas

Salmon supreme, lemon, prawn & pea linguine, white wine cream

Eton mess, raspberry sorbet

Lemon posset, Chantilly cream, homemade shortbread

Artisan cheeses, spiced plum chutney

Lunchtime sandwiches & ploughman’s platters

Sunday Roasts

(£11.95; 2 courses £14.50; 3 courses-£16.95)

Sharing platters of local beef, pork belly or whole chicken, served with cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding and seasonal vegetables

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (Sundays 5pm)
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm (No food Sunday evening)

Local, local, local

Meat – Beaman’s Butchers, Low Town, Bridgnorth

Lamb – reared in nearby fields…!

Potatoes – Mark Lloyd, farmer in the village

Fruit & Vegetables – Rowlands, Shrewsbury (www.rowlandsltd.co.uk)

Game –Local shoots

Venison – Mortimer Forest

Water – Wenlock Spring

Coffee – Danielle’s Coffee, Burwarton (www.daniellescoffee.co.uk)

Hobsons Brewery, Cleobury Mortimer (www.hobsons-brewery.co.uk)

Big Shed Brewery, Shawbury (www.bigshedbrewery.co.uk)

Ludlow Brewery, Ludlow (wwwtheludlowbrewingcompany.co.uk)

Hop & Stagger Brewery, Norton (www.facebook.com/HopandStaggerBrewery)

Six Bells Brewery, Bishops Castle (www.sixbellsbrewery.com)

Behind the bar

The Pheasant is a true rural free house and fully taps into the thriving local micro-brewery scene. Both pump clips and the ‘Coming Soon’ board champion brews from such as Big Shed Brewery (Engineers Best or Tyger Tyger), Ludlow Brewery Company (Ludlow Gold or Blonde), Three Tuns Brewery (Solstice), 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, so you can explore better wines without risking the whole bottle. Danielle’s excellent coffee is roasted in nearby Burwarton.

Bar snacks

(£3-£7.50)

Pork pie & tomato pickle; whitebait & tartare sauce; nuts from the Ludlow Nut Company

Time at the bar

12 noon – 3pm; 6pm – 11pm; Saturday 12 noon – 11pm (9pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

3 doubles/twin £75 – £95; dinner B&B £110-£135

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled toilets & access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

 

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 – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Pheasant

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Ludlow Brewing Company, Ludlow SY8 2PQ

In converted railway shed, this artisan brewery doesn't do guided tours as such but you can pick up bottles of brews like Ludlow Best and Black Knight from the shop and it also has its own small bar where you can taste before you buy.

3

The Three Tuns, Salop Street, Bishops Castle SY9 5BW

The renowned and historic Three Tuns and adjoining brewery (under separate ownership) has been the community hub of this unique little town since 1642. Explore the independent shops and rest and refuel on good food and a pint of Clerics Cure at this friendly and unassuming pub.

4

The Woodbridge, Coalport TF8 7JF

Visiting Ironbridge, then seek out this handsomely refurbished pub situated on the banks of the River Severn, a mile downstream from Ironbridge, and named after the wooden bridge that once connected the pub to the village of Coalport. Superb raised terrace with river views for summer sipping.

5

The Ludlow Food Centre, Bromfield SY8 2JR

Part of the Oakly Park Estate, the Ludlow Food Centre offers a unique food shopping experience where farming, food production and retailing come together under one roof. Buy beef, lamb, Old Spot pork and game reared on the estate, and vegetables from the walled garden, as well as top quality produce from local artisan producers, many of whom make the food by hand on the premises. Allow time for breakfast, coffee or lunch at the excellent all-day Ludlow Kitchen Restaurant.

6

Ford Hall Farm Shop, Tern Hill Road, Market Drayton TF9 3PS

Part of England’s first community (& organic) farm, set up over 65 years ago, the farm shop is run by tenant farmer Ben Hollins, who sells farm-reared beef, lamb and pork alongside fresh locally grown and organic vegetables, local honey and jams, organic bread, speciality cheese and much more. Don’t miss Arthur’s Farm Kitchen in the converted barn.

7

Apley Farm Shop & Café, Norton, Shifnal TF11 9EF

Stock up with Shropshire grown and reared goodies from the butchery, deli, pantry and bakery at this excellent farm shop on the Apley Estate, including estate reared beef, pork, venison, chicken and game, and produce from the walled garden. It also sources the best produce from local suppliers and artisan producers for the farm shop and the adjacent Creamery Café.

9

Hobson’s Brewery, Cleobury Mortimer DY14 8RD

Established in Cleobury Mortimer by the Davis family in 1993, Hobsons 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. Look out for the brewery nights and foodie events at the brewery, which includes a brewery tour and beer tastings.

10

Wye Valley Brewery, Stoke Lacey HR7 4HG

Wye Valley Brewery is a friendly, family-run brewery that cares about real ales, real pubs and real people. Established by Peter Amor in 1985, the brewery moved to Stoke Lacy in 2002 and it is now recognised as Herefordshire’s leading cask ale brewery. You can visit the Brewery Shop and there are regular brewery tours and tastings during the year.

11

Tally Ho, Bouldon, Craven Arms SY7 9DP

Exploring Clee Hill on foot, then plan your route to take in the traditional Tally Ho at Bouldon, buried down twisting lanes in the heart of Corvedale. Recently resurrected by a polar explorer, it offers local ales and hearty food.

12

Harp Lane Deli, 4 Church Street, Ludlow SY8 1AP

Established in 2014, this independent deli is run by people who are passionate about quality food and drink. Food is fresh prepared daily in the kitchen using seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. Call by for excellent coffee and cake, warm lunches or choose sandwiches, terrines and tarts from the deli counter, and peruse the shelves full of goodies to take home.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Pheasant

Activities

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The Edge Adventure Activities Centre, Much Wenlock TF13 6DB

The Edge Adventure Activities Centre at Much Wenlock, south-east of Shrewsbury, offers the chance to indulge in a huge range of popular activities. There's clay pigeon shooting, archery, zip wire, quad biking and much more. It's a great venue for a family party or a birthday treat.

9

The Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth WV16 4AX

There can be no finer way of seeing and appreciating the Shropshire and Worcestershire countryside than from the carriage of a steam train. The 16-mile heritage line runs along the Severn Valley from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth.

10

Bridgnorth Golf Club WV16 4SF

This picturesque 18-hole, mainly parkland golf course is a delight to play. Some holes are on springy hillside turf, while others are on land overlooking the Severn flood plain.

11

Ironbridge River Cruises TF8 7NJ

Enjoy the River Severn from the water at Ironbridge and get a unique view of the world-famous, historic structure. Gliding through the water, you may even spot otters, deer and kingfishers. There’s always plenty to see on the Severn.

12

Fly with Buzzards , Church Stretton SY6 6TA

Soar above Shropshire in the company of buzzards, savouring the stunning views of verdant landscapes from a two-seater glider. One-day flying courses are available to give you a taste of adventure.

Shopping

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Roses & Fishes, Broad Street, Ludlow SY8 1GZ

This boutique-style shop in Ludlow's elegant town centre offers a wide and striking range of inspiring items, including soft furnishings, furniture, table lamps, chandeliers and limited-edition prints, plus original works of art and jewellery.

6

55 Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1BB

Shopping is a real pleasure at 55 Mill Street in Ludlow - a collection of traders housed among the historic buildings in this wonderful old town. Expect a treasure-trove of decorative antiques, French brocante (bric-a-brac), vintage clothing and textiles, architectural antiques and garden furniture. 01584 877200.

7

Burway Books, Church Stretton SY6 6BN

Situated in the charming little Shropshire town of Church Stretton, Burway Books is a proudly independent bookshop where you can browse and buy to your heart's content. Expect to see some of the very collectable Lone Pine titles by Malcolm Saville - the stories are set in the locality.

8

Bodenhams, Broad Street, Ludlow SY8 1NG

Bodenhams on Ludlow's picturesque Broad Street is the place to go for an extensive range of men's and ladies wear for use indoors or outdoors. The black-and-white timber-framed building in which the shop is based dates back more than 600 years.

23

The Peony Shop, Shifnal TF11 8PF

Expect beautiful arrangements of this beautiful flower at the Peony Shop in Shifnal, near Telford. There are also fascinating factory tours and workshops.

Places to visit

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Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford TF11 8UP

Based at Cosford, between Shifnal and Albrighton, the Royal Air Force Museum has over 70 aircraft of international importance housed in three wartime hangars. See the world's oldest Spitfire and visit the museum's acclaimed National Cold War Exhibition.

4

Attingham Park, Atcham SY4 4TP

Attingham Park is Shropshire's leading year-round attraction, and with its acres of parkland, miles of walks, walled kitchen garden and graceful mansion, you can see why it draws so many visitors.

13

Ironbridge Gorge, Ironbridge, TF8 7DQ

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.

14

Shipton Hall, Much Wenlock TF13 6JZ

Located in a glorious setting in the Corvedale Valley, southwest of Much Wenlock, Shipton Hall is renowned for its stunning views and gardens. A prime example of Elizabethan domestic architecture, a stone dovecote, 12th-century church, four-storey tower and rococo interior décor enhance Shipton’s appeal.

15

Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock TF13 6HS

Shropshire contains many hidden gems and this is surely one of them. Wenlock is all that remains of a medieval priory. During the 19th century it was the home of William Pennybrookes, a leading figure in the local Wenlock Olympian Games, which are still running today.

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Bodenham Arboretum, near Kidderminster DY11 5TB

A short distance to the northwest of Kidderminster, Bodenham Arboretum is an oasis of trees, shrubs, pools, meadows and avenues where you’ll find more than 3,000 species from all parts of the world. The Arboretum covers 156 acres and there is an award-winning, environmentally sensitive building housing a visitor centre and lakeside restaurant.

17

Upton Cressett Hall, near Bridgnorth WV16 6UH

Upton Cressett is a splendid 16th-century Elizabethan moated manor house with a Grade-I-listed turreted gatehouse. John Betjeman described it as ‘a remote and beautiful place.’ Working Tudor fireplaces, a banqueting room and an original oak spiral staircase are among the hall’s many features.

18

Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury SY1 2AT

You’ll find a great deal to occupy and entertain you in the historic border town of Shrewsbury, including its wonderful castle housing the impressive collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust. Expect uniforms, paintings, weapons and medals from the 18th century to the present day.

19

Acton Scott Farm, Church Stretton SY6 6QN

Located in 18th-century buildings to the south of Church Stretton, Acton Scott’s historic working farm is a great visitor attraction for all the family to enjoy. Its key aim is to provide a fascinating glimpse of rural life at the turn of the 19th century.

20

Dudmaston, Quatt, Bridgnorth WV15 6QN

The story of this 17th-century country house, south of Bridgnorth, has a fascinating contemporary twist. Discover Dudmaston’s family history in the lived-in family rooms and the see the wonderful art galleries, described as housing ‘one of the most important private modern art collections in a country house setting.’

21

Chillington Hall, Brewood WV8 1RE

The present hall is 18th century and the parkland was landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown in about 1730. In the grounds you’ll find a spot known as ‘Giffard’s Cross.’ This is where a previous owner, Sir John Giffard, is alleged to have killed a panther with an arrow from a crossbow.

22

Boscobel House, Brewood ST19 9AR

Over the years historic Boscobel House, not far from Chillington Hall, has been a farmhouse, a hunting lodge and even a holiday home. However, its greatest claim to fame is as a hiding place for Charles II after the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Walking

www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/walking

On Neenton’s doorstep lie 600 miles of byways and bridleways, threading their way across some of Britain’s most spectacular landscapes. The glorious border country of Shropshire is a walker’s paradise. 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.

Cycling

www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/cycling

There’s huge potential for cycling in Shropshire, with many good circular routes starting in the county’s market towns. For something more adventurous, try the Shropshire Cycleway, which follows the county’s meandering boundary. There are also various national cycle routes running throughout the region, including the Mercian Way and the Six Castles Cycleway.

Events

www.foodfestival.co.uk

www.ludlowfringe.co.uk

www.ludlowspringfestival.co.uk

www.shropshiretourism.co.uk

www.bridgnorthfestival.org.uk

The Wenlock Olympic Games, held every July, is one of the region’s more unusual traditions. Elsewhere, there are festivals, carnivals, fairs, shows and exhibitions throughout Shropshire all year round. The Ludlow Spring Festival in May is famous for its classic cars, great real ales and fantastic music. In summer, Ludlow comes alive during its annual fringe festival, and in September the historic old town plays host to the popular food festival where you’ll find passionate local chefs, workshops, hands-on cookery demonstrations and foodie surprises. The Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival, held from mid-August until early September, includes great music, art, film, poetry and much more.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Neenton is located on B4364 Bridgnorth to Ludlow road, 7 miles from Bridgnorth and 12 miles from Ludlow.

Address:

, Neenton, Shropshire , WV16 6RJ

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