Located just off junction 14 of the M4, this savvy country pub offers a touch of class and a versatile menu for travellers seeking to avoid the motorway services. The Pheasant wears its age well, although a modern makeover has transformed it into a comfortable, cosy and soothing botlhole combining the virtues of a neighbourhood boozer and refuelling point. The food is pitched perfectly, offering an easy run through sandwiches, sharing boards and salads alongside more ambitious ideas such as coconut-crumbed king prawns with lime and sweet chilli sauce, chicken schnitzel with parmesan sauce or fillet of bream with grilled Mediterranean vegetables and basil pesto. Breakfast is a handy call, children have their own mini menu, and Sunday night is pizza night. Casual vibes, cheerful service and up-to-date bedrooms earn bonus points.