As pubs and restaurants in the Peterborough area go, you would be hard pushed to find a grander looking building than The Golden Pheasant at Etton.
You cannot help but be drawn to the the Grade II Listed Georgian manor house, which was converted to a village pub 50 years ago.
That said I had always found the place a little soulless on previous visits down the years, but had heard there were new people in and it was on the up again.
Well, moving the bar (which is stocked with plenty of real ales by the way) more central as you enter the pub has certainly made a difference in what is a big room, as has the change of furniture.
As for the restaurant area at the back, while it is still in need of a little TLC it also looks better, particularly with the chunky farmhouse kitchen type tables.
And as for the food, well that’s a step up from my last visit as a diner a couple of years ago too.
You can order nibbles or bar snacks and there’s a children’s menu, but we went with the main dinner menu which isn’t huge but covers all bases and includes some standard fare alongside some interesting and slightly more adventurous options.
On the one hand you can have griddled English asparagus with a free range poached egg and parmesan shavings or freshly made bruschetta with marinated feta cheese, olives and cherry tomatoes, and on the other there is fish and chips, scampi and chips or lasagne.
Anyhow, I have been getting through a whole lot of patés recently, and decided to see how the home-made chicken liver, brandy and port paté with fruit relish and toasted bread stacked up. To be fair, not bad.
It was a nice sized portion, with plenty of toast (which I like), had quite a strong “metallic” taste that you expect from chicken liver (I couldn’t taste the brandy or port though) but made for a nice combination with the sweet fruit relish.
Donna went for the house moules mariniere; a nice big bowl of tasty mussels in a classic white wine sauce that went down nicely with the huge chunk of soft chiabatta.
Absolutely no complaints.
The large starter portion of Thai spiced salmon fish cakes followed, and Donna was impressed with the flavours - a nice strong fishy taste with the spices kicking in too.
Certainly the highlight of the meal for me was my main course - a nice tender, meaty chicken breast supreme, and very well cooked it was too, not a hint of dryness and succulent from first forkful to last.
The skin- not to mention the adorable smokey bacon it was wrapped in, just added to my tastebuds’ delight, as did the creamy dauphinoise potatoes and the slightly thin yet still extremely tasty cream sauce. A winner in my book.
A pint of Stella and a soft drink, and the bill came in under £30, which was reasonable enough.
7 out of 10
The Golden Pheasant, 1 Main Road, Etton, Peterborough.
Telephone: 01733 252387.
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Griddled English asparagus; free range poached egg, parmesan shavings £5.75
Chicken liver, brandy & port paté; home-made with house fruit relish, toasted bread £4.90
Freshly made bruschetta with marinated feta cheese, olives, cherry tomatoes £4.90
Classic mussels; house moules marinières with crusty bread £6 or large £11
Thai spiced Scottish salmon fillet fishcakes, home-made with sweet chilli dip £5.75 / Large £8.50
Soup of the day; home-made with warm bread £4.40
Scottish salmon fillet; griddled English asparagus, white wine & cream sauce, buttered new potatoes £14.90
Broccoli and cheese crumble; home-made with new potatoes, dressed salad leaves £9
Home-made Willow Brook Farm beef, or vegetarian lasagne – chips, dressed leaves £8.90
Willow Brook Farm chicken breast suprême wrapped in bacon; English asparagus mousse, cream sauce, dauphinoise potato, broccoli £14.90
Home-made pie of the day with puff pastry crust; chips, seasonal vegetables £9
Large house beer battered fish; hand-cut chips, home-made mushy peas, tartare sauce £9.90
Wholetail scampi & chips with dressed salad leaves or garden peas £9.25