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26 July 2014
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The Pheasant Inn

Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9YE

£55.00 Pubs , British Cumbria
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  • Wine: £17.50
  • Champagne: £35.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2pm 6-9pm

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This charming 17th-century inn close to Bassenthwaite Lake has pretty much got it all, from a cottage garden for summer cocktails to a chintzy lounge with winged chairs & polished brass for fireside chats in winter or a spot of afternoon tea with all the dainty accoutrements. The oak-panelled Fell restaurant offers up-market dining in a setting of polished glasses & starched linen (think venison loin or roast guinea fowl), although the recently opened bistro is a better bet for cheaper & more casual meals – burgers pasta, coq au vin & a children’s menu. But for real character & atmosphere, head to the tiny bar where brass beer pumps glow in the lamplight & the shiny blood-red walls are finished in yacht varnish. It all adds up to a star turn in this neck of the woods.

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  1. During a recent trip to the Lake District, the owner of our guest house suggested that the girlfriend and I try The Pheasant - a hotel and restaurant near Bassenthwaite Lake.The restaurant is actually made up of two separate rooms - The Fell Restaurant and The Bistro.  Both share the same menu, but the former includes a 'cover charge' of £2.50 for 'relaxed ambiance', views and home-made bread.  We opted for The Bistro.The scotch eggs were a great start, with a lovely soft yolk and a crispy outside.  The ketchup was home-made and had a bit of mustard in it to give it a bit of a kick - something a bit different.Scotch egg.My chicken and vegetable pie was piping hot.  The pastry top was crisp, while the filling was full of moist chicken.  However the accompanying vegetables - green beans and broccoli - were quite bland and unseasoned.  The mashed potatoes were fine though.Chicken and vegetable pie.The girlfriend's lamb was soft, juicy and had a nice pink colour.  The gravy worked well with the lamb, while the mint sauce had both mint and onion flavours in abundance - perhaps too much.Medium-rare lamb.While there were a few things we would have preferred differently, we nonetheless had a positive experience at The Pheasant.  Its modern feel (despite it being in a very old building), attentive and friendly staff, and proximity to Bassenthwaite Lake will appeal to the many visitors around there.Dimple glass.
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