We are located on top of a hill in a semi rural location in the picturesque village of Ridgeway. Boasting original beams and fireplaces in the snugs and hayloft, the original parts of the Phoenix Inn are some 400 years old.
Visited the Phoenix today, 7th August, with my family for a celebration meal.
Five in the party, skewer starter for one order wasn't good. And four members ordered beef roast for the main. Now on the menu it states pink. But there is pink and there is raw! One of the family could only eat the very outside edges of one slice of beef. Vegetables were hit and miss in either too soft or rock hard. Another wasn't able to eat the beef as it made them feel sick because it was so raw.
When I commented on this at the end when someone finally came to the table I was told that the beef is brought in precooked and that's just how it comes when it's sliced.
Won't be going there again unfortunately. That's the third time I've been and the food has been disappointing, but today was just a waste.
And in this current climate value for money is top of the list.
We visited June 5th 2011. Never again!
We purchased three meals: 2 roast pork lunches and one beef lunch. I had the beef, which came with a steak knife on my plate! Why I asked myself... once I tried to cut my meat I realised... wow tough as old boots! The veg was tasteless. We got two roast potatoes and a thimble of gravy. Rubbish quality and rubbish value.
My wife had pork, which comes with a free 1-inch edge of white flobby fat... yuk!
Search around and avoid at all costs.
Visited recently, having booked a table in the restaurant.
I chose a mixed grill. Unfortunately it was served on a cold plate and apart from the chips, egg and onion rings, all the meats and black pudding were lukewarm. A shame because the presentation was good.
Will certainly return but will request that food and plate are hot.
Had another great meal at this pub - never been disappointed - they keep changing the menu every couple of months so you always have a varied choice. It gets very busy especially on Sundays so you may have to wait a short while for a table but its definitely worthwhile.
We went to the Phoenix Inn as a family of five with three young boys on a sunny Saturday afternoon. We were so impressed by every aspect of the pub, from the staff to the food to the cost.
The children's menu was fantastic, you are usually faced with chips, nuggets and limp looking burgers but here the quality of the children's food was exactly the same as the adults'. It's the first time all three boys eat everything without a single moan! The presentation of all the meals made you want to taste it, and when you did you weren't disappointed. The value for money was excellent and the outside seating is vast.
Would highly recommend and will go again, very, very soon.
We went to the Phoenix for our Sunday lunch a few months ago, excellent food and staff, couldn't have asked for better, the food was hot, well presented and huge platefulls. The desserts were great too.
Since then we have been back a few times, and shall continue to. I can just imagine the roaring fires on a winters day.
Went for a 5-6 hour walk around ford. Called in at numerous pubs from The Gate at Troway to The Swan at Ridgeway which were all great friendly pubs but then we fell upon the Phoenix: non smoking, busy but comfortable, great food and pleasant staff. "Shall we stay or move on," we asked at every watering hole. "Move on" was the reply at all the other pubs but not the Phoenix.
What was supposed to be a 5 hour stroll was cut short by the "holdability" of the Phoenix. Fresh cut citrus fruit for drinks, staff efficiency, a large grassed area for kids to play, a massive patio for parents to keep an eye out, select beers, fantastic knowledge of house wines and good clean home cooked food.
10/10 from 6 keen beer drinking men and the same from 6 very keen wine swilling women.