Hotel opens new rooms

FIVE luxury rooms inspired by Suffolk legends have been unveiled at The Pheasant, a gastro pub and hotel on the Suffolk and Essex border.

The Coach House at The Pheasant in Gestingthorpe, boasts five bedrooms named after famous local icons, including Constable and Sudbury’s own Thomas Gainsborough.

Co-owner Diana Donoghue said: “We decided to name the rooms after local notable people to celebrate our region’s heritage.

“Iconic figures like Gainsborough and Constable are well known, but we also wanted to celebrate lesser known people who have strong connections to this area.”

They include Captain Lawrence Oates, a Royal Dragoon who accompanied Captain Robert Scott on the doomed expedition to the South Pole in 1910 and who’s family home was in Gestingthorpe.

Earlier this year, The Pheasant was named as The Best Food Pub for 2011 in East Anglia.