Last month Steve arranged to take me out for dinner at a mystery location, so when the taxi arrived I had no idea where we were going to eat! As we headed away from Cambridge I knew it was out of town and after a short drive we arrived at our destination, which was The White Pheasant Country Bar and Restaurant, a white-washed 18th century building in the rural village of Fordham, situated 4 miles from Newmarket. I knew nothing about the place so I had no preconceptions, and I was pleasantly surprised by the creative, contemporary and innovative dishes. This restaurant uses locally sourced produce, has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the finest eateries in the region, and is the No 1 restaurant in the Ely area. The head chef and proprietor is Calvin Holland, and the cuisine is British/Modern European fine dining. We decided to try the new seasonal 5 course taster menu so each course was an unexpected treat of high quality, taste and beautiful presentation.
I appreciated the stylish way the dishes were presented on an eclectic selection of ceramic plates and bowls…….
Despite being a foodie and eating out a lot this was my first experience of a chef’s taster menu and I was very impressed. The courses were all small but we both felt full at the end of the evening. The 5 course taster menu costs £79.95 for two at The White Pheasant, and is competitively priced. Each dish was attractively plated and there were lots of interesting and unusual flavour and texture combinations to savour. A flight of wines at £25 a head was available to accompany each dish, which is really good value for money.
If you are looking for special occasion fine dining in the Ely area I would recommend a visit to The White Pheasant as a destination. My only gripe was that the place lacked atmosphere as it was early on a quiet Tuesday evening when we ate there, but the service is attentive and faultless.
The White Pheasant
21 Market Street
Cambs CB7 5LQ
Tel: 01638 720414