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12 Apr 2021

(Name from)

Pheasant Plucker

20 Feb 2021+

Whitley Row

Goathurst Common

Ide Hill

01732 902300

Pheasant Plucker 2021

Above photo 2021.

Pheasant Plucker sign 2021

Above sign 2021.


Known as the "Woodman" this closed in 2000 after the Council decided to raise the business rates by 280%. After being renovated by the Elite Pub chain it is hoped to reopen again as soon as covid allows in 2021.

 They are giving the date of 20th February.


From the By Angela Cole, 30 March 2021.

Elite Pubs set to open The Pheasant Plucker pub in Ide Hill, formerly The Woodman.

An ancient pub set to open next month has been given a tongue twister of a name in a nod to its history.

The Pheasant Plucker in Ide Hill near Sevenoaks, which dates back to the early 1800s, was previously known as the "Woodman" but new owners Elite Pubs looked into its past to come up with the new name which could be a challenge when you've had a drink - or even before that.

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Manager Jozsef Csendes at the Pheasant Plucker in Ide Hill.

The chain, which also runs the "Potting Shed" in Langley near Maidstone, had originally planned to open the Pheasant Plucker in February, after a full renovation, but lockdown meant the date was pushed back to Monday, April 12, when pubs with gardens can reopen under the Government's roadmap.

Its new name was chosen after it was discovered that the first wife of William Amherst, who inherited the nearby Montreal Estate from his great uncle, introduced the first Chinese pheasant to England and practised the ancient and skilled craft of plucking pheasants after many a game shoot.

A spokesman for Elite Pubs added, however, that the name was also "served with a side of tongue in cheek English humour."

The new team, led by manager Jozsef Csendes, who was previously general manager of sister pub The Vineyard, have been busy renovating and getting the pub ready to open, while keeping its traditional character with plenty of exposed beams, fire spaces and cosy nooks and crannies.

The team will be made up of some new staff and others brought in from other pubs in the chain.

Pheasant Plucker motif 2021

The Pheasant Plucker at Ide Hill features pheasants inside too.

Outdoor bookings are available from Monday, April 12, with indoor reservations following on Monday, May 17.

Jessica Lishman from Elite said: "We’re really looking forward to seeing our lovely customers, both old and new. And of course, we’re so excited to have the pub buzz back."



CSENDES Jozsef Mar/2021+


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