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The Golden Pheasant is owned by John Willie Lees brewery of Middleton and its hand pumps regularly dispense real ales in the form of Mild, Bitter, a seasonal speciality and the formidable strong ale, Moonraker.

The Golden Pheasant has acquired a reputation for serving good quality food, and justifiably so. The pub has its own chef, and has composed an imaginative menu, supplemented by mouth-watering specials.

Taking a scatter-gun approach we decided to try a dish from the specials board, Chicken topped with
Asparagus and Cheese Sauce, and a dish from the regular menu, Steak and Ale Pie. The chicken was perfectly paired with fresh asparagus spears and got a big thumbs up from our happy diner, although I would recommend the steak and ale pie, which had a delicious homemade crust and contained succulent pieces of prime beef in a rich gravy.

Meals come with a choice of fries or boiled new potatoes, both of which were fine, however our vegetables were a little cold and bland, perhaps owing to the fact that we dined towards the end of the evening and the batch may have been cooked up for the dinner rush.

Vegetables aside, it's a great place with a good selection of beer and character by the boatload. The entire pub has undergone a massively expensive refit, which instead of spoiling the appearance of the pub, has actually added to the ambience and the quality of the craftsmanship and materials shines through. A bowling green and huge beer garden are also available.

The Golden Pheasant is situated close to Plumley Station, south-west of Knutsford. It may be reached by turning off the A556 at the traffic lights by the Smoker, or by the back road from Lower Peover. It has a large car park.

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