An unassuming exterior belies the delights within, in this hidden gem tucked away in the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland.
Family-owned and run restaurant, The Pheasant, Sorbie, offers local residents and visitors to the area, a cosy, welcoming space to enjoy a mouthwatering selection of authentic Italian dishes, all home-made in the restaurant’s kitchen.
Where Italy meets Scotland
If you haven’t tried chef Andrea Cuomo’s hand-made pasta yet, then you are in for a treat. Andrea is Naples born and bred, and offers guests a taste of real Italian cuisine at its best.
He and his Scottish wife, Morag, had been in the restaurant business in Edinburgh, before taking a break to live in Turin and experience the Mediterranean way of life.
Something a bit different
After returning to Scotland with a new baby, it took more than a year to refurbish the old pub in Sorbie, and they finally re-opened The Pheasant as an Italian restaurant in 2015.
It made sense to them to create an Italian menu, as that was where Andrea’s passion was.
Morag remembers “At the time there were plenty of choices for pub and hotel food but we felt we could offer something unique in the area”.
The concise menu includes a choice of hand-made pasta dishes – some familiar, like ravioli or cannelloni – but made following Andrea’s traditional family recipes.
“We wanted to offer some familiar dishes, but also dishes that Andrea would eat back home” explains Morag.
Making it special
The couple and their two boys – Duncan and Innes – are enthusiastic foragers, which is reflected in the seasonal menu.
They also arrange special nights to celebrate occasions like Mother’s Day and Christmas, and host food and wine tasting events.
This year, The Pheasant offered a set menu to raise money for Ukraine.
2 Wigtown Rd, Sorbie, Newton Stewart DG8 8EL
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