Farewell to Irene Kershaw

Here at The Pheasant we regard many of our regular guests as family, and many of you will already have heard the very sad news that Irene, the matriarch of the Kershaw family and one of the three partners in The Pheasant Inn, passed away recently.
Irene and her husband Walter ran the very successful Copper Kettle Tearoom on Front Street in Bamburgh for many years, and when the couple bought The Pheasant Inn in 1985 it had a chequered history and was badly in need of some TLC.
True to character and never one to retreat from a challenge, Irene rolled up her sleeves and got to work alongside Walter and their son Robin to transform The Pheasant Inn into an award-winning country pub serving simple, unpretentious food with good wine and real ales, alongside comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation that every year welcomes hundreds of visitors to our beautiful county of Northumberland.
Irene passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 5th, 2017 aged 80 years, after several months of illness, bravely borne. Family and friends gathered together to attend a thanksgiving service at St Peter's Church in Falstone to celebrate her life, and we think she would have been both touched and pleased that so many people turned out, and made kind donations in her memory, totalling £660 divided equally between Tynedale Hospice at Home and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Her influence and her unwavering instinct for providing warm and welcoming hospitality will always be with us and she is very much missed by the family and the Pheasant’s team of staff.
Walter, Robin and Angela would like to pass on their thanks to everyone for their kind words and for their support over the last few months.

The Pheasant Inn's new holiday cottage proving popular

Garden Cottage The Pheasant Inn Kielder

Since we opened the doors to Garden Cottage, our new self-contained holiday cottage just yards away from the pub, we have had nothing but kind words from the guests who have stayed there.

It’s lovely to see that all the hard work involved in taking the old house back to its bare walls and creating a warm and welcoming Northumberland holiday cottage has paid off. ‘Immaculate, very comfortable and beautifully furnished’ are just some of comments from guests.

Garden Cottage is ideally placed if you are looking for bed and breakfast accommodation near Kielder Observatory, and is proving popular with star-gazers of all ages. Although the cottage is completely self-contained and has a fully equipped kitchen, many of our guests have gone for a mix and match approach to catering, eating breakfast at the cottage and dining in our restaurant or bar in the evenings.

Our first guests in Garden Cottage were Mr and Mrs Goodson and their friends, who took the time to drop a review onto TripAdvisor: “Our second stay at this beautiful inn was all we knew it would be. It has everything you could possibly want for a relaxing stay. The hospitality is outstanding, the food is superb and the setting is beautiful. Ideal location if you are planning to visit the Kielder Observatory.

We were two couples and we were delighted to be the first guests in the newly-renovated Cottage. It really is amazing. Fully equipped for self-catering if that's what you want. State of the art appliances. Nothing has been overlooked. Luxuriously furnished throughout. Both spacious bedrooms have en-suites with walk-in shower. The living area has a wood burning stove which made the cottage even more cosy on the wet and windy nights over the New Year break. My husband and I travel a great deal and this is the first time I have been so impressed to add an entry to TripAdvisor. Anyone staying here I am sure will feel the same. Book up and enjoy!”

We are really pleased to see the cottage proving so popular. Do get in touch soon if you are looking for a holiday cottage in Northumberland for key dates such as Christmas or New Year, as bookings are coming in thick and fast.

Sweet dreams at The Pheasant Inn


The Pheasant Inn housekeepers Karen and Amy

Here at The Pheasant Inn we have a continuous refurbishment process to keep both the pub and our Northumberland bed and breakfast accommodation up to high standards. This winter has been no exception, with lots of work going into refreshing the en-suite bathroom and shower areas in our eight guest rooms.  Anyone who has taken on the task of cleaning and replacing the grouting and seals in their own bathrooms will know what a long and back-breaking job it is, but we’re happy to do it to make sure our rooms are clean and comfortable, and to please the eagle eyes of tourist board and TripAdvisor inspectors.

Speaking of comfort, if you’ve stayed with us you will know just how irresistible our ‘oh so comfy’ beds are after a day out in the fresh air followed by a tasty meal in our bar or restaurant. The last few weeks have seen us busy installing several new beds, along with a range of beautifully soft and luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets.

Running a busy b&b accommodation means the washing machines and dryers are constantly on, and we recently switched from laundering our linen in-house to outsourcing it to a local company, to take some of the workload off our team and make sure all our bed linen and fluffy towels are still finished to the highest standards.

We hope we’ve created the perfect environment for encouraging sweet dreams - come and visit us soon and tell us what you think.  

Awards and reviews

"Good people, good place, good food, good beer."

visitor from London

"An old English pub with modern accommodation in an idyllic spot. Good food, friendly staff ...need I say more? Fitness Centre? The great outdoors!"

visitor from Somerset

"The Kershaws' cooking is fresh, generous and flavoursome, producing wholesome traditional English fare."

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  • Trip Advisor Hall of Fame
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  • Visit England Four Star Award
  • Visit England Silver Award
  • Visit England Breakfast Award
  • AA Gold Award
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  • Walker Welcome
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