Keyston Airstip & The Pheasant Inn
5th August 2018. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon - flying off to the 690 metre grass strip at Keyston and wandering off to the local pub for Sunday lunch. Our friendly CFI David D was on hand to offer advice on grass strip landings and our deputy CFI Pete even dropped in for a Coke with his student Maria on a cross country flight. 3 Cessna 152s and Mike's PA-32 made the trip. One visiting pilot said it was the biggest aircraft he'd seen at the strip and stopped for a chat with the team.
The Pheasant started serving top quality food in 1964, before the term Gastro pub had been invented. It's a beautiful, thatched, traditional inn, 12 miles west of Huntingdon, set in a sleepy farming village. The large bar is a traditional and un-spoilt mixture of oak beams, large open fires and simple wooden furniture. At the rear there’s an airy Garden Room with a sunny patio garden beyond. The staff are lovely, mega friendly and the food was amazing with all but one of our group (Fish Cakes on a Sunday?) optioning for the Sunday lunch roast beef! The village is listed in the Doomsday book and cheeky Dan asked if Dave remembered the thatched pub being built. Better not book David for you GFT Dan!