“ 71 High Street Biggleswade, Bedfordshire England SG18 0JH. Tel: 01767 313653. „
If I sound a little like Victor Meldrew here, I apologise in advance - "I DON'T BELIEVE IT!!!!!" "Why, dear old Mr Snappy - what's the problem?" Well here I am, for some reason casting my eye over 'towns in Bedfordshire' on dooyoo and I find that someone has written an op on a pub in the town where I live. It's only a small town and I never even realised we had a category - let alone that someone had gone to the trouble of writing about one of our pubs. Well what's special about the 'Golden Pheasant' ? Not much really. It is quite an old pub which has been given a new lease of life in the past four years since Landlord Dick Brown took over. Dick is an ex-policeman and as such he certainly runs a 'safe' and well ordered Pub. The Pheasant is quite a small pub right in the centre of our small market town. It has just the one Bar, served inexpensive and traditional English pub style food. Most of the folk who frequent the pub are regulars. It's not a trendy or 'circuit' style pub. No Disco music, flashing lights and sadly very few young girls with skirts up nearly past their waist! It is very much in a traditional style. The customers sit at the bar on around the dozen or so tables in the pub and talk. It's a community pub - but saying that, it has seen changes in recent years. The introduction by the new Landlord of a regular Food menu, plus a selection of quality real ales has lifted the pub from what it tended to be 20 years ago - a real 'spit and sawdust' type place. In fact, in those days I was a regular there at leasat once a week - because I played in their Pub Darts team! Oh yes, many a night of after hours drinking when we'd come back from an away match. Desperately trying to beat our best player who we thought we could take money off after he'd sunk 15 pints that night. Oh no though - he could still bang in the 140s and find the double, whilst we were bleary eyed and beaten! If ever you are in the vicinity, the Golden Pheasant would not neccesarily be top of your agenda to visit. But it's close to the Bus station and the walk into town from the Railway station will bring you pretty much straight to it. It's homely, comfortable and you'll be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome from Dick and his regulars. It's a Charles Wells pub - a Bedford brewery - and a pint of their excellent 'Bombardier' would serve you well. Or these days you can even get a decent cup of Tea or Coffee at the bar if you are not in the mood for alcohol. Well that's about all there is to say about this traditional pub. If you want 'trendy', go elsewhere (not that we've really got as far as 'trendy' here in Biggleswade!). If you fancy a REAL Pub - it's called the 'Golden Pheasant'.
The Golden Pheasant in Biggleswade is one of those pubs where you can relax over a pint (or in my case, a nice cuppa!) on a Saturday afternoon, or in fact any afternoon of the week. It's quite an old pub, with only one bar,but this is where it's charm lies. The clientele are mostly regulars, Biggleswadians who fancy a quick half while having a bit of a chat with their mates, but there are also people that come from further afield because it has been recommended to them. It welcomes children during the day, although I haven't seen many, probably because it is a very small pub, so no room for them to run about in. Unfortunately there is no play equipment out the back, although there are a couple of tables for people to sit at in the warmer months. Having said this, I have yet to see anyone using them! Everyone congregates in the bar, regardless of the weather. It is not really a young person's pub, as they tend to go to another, bigger pub in Biggleswade, but you can get small groups of lads sometimes. There is never any trouble there. Touch wood! The decor is typical of an older pub, such as brass plates on the walls, old fashioned pictures and saucy signs. Like most good pubs, food is served regularly throughout the day and evenings and is very tasty indeed! It's very basic, such as sausage, egg and chips, or omelette and chips etc. but the portions are generous and it always comes steaming hot. I can especially recommend the toasted sandwiches. As far as prices go, I am not really in a position to quote beer prices as I always tend to go for soft drinks such as Britvic orange, being a driver, or as I said before a pot of tea. The cost of a Britvic Orange is around 90p, for a smallish glass. There are many other pubs around Bedfordshire that are far more modern, offer a wider menu of food, with live acts, but regulars at the Golden Pheasant don't want any of this. I onl y go there with my daughter at the weekend after we've done our shopping, and it's nice to relax with a Britvic and cheese and tomato toasted sandwiches. If I want more, there are other pubs I can go to.