A firmly established Pheasant shoot, Combe Sydenham is a must have for any shoot portfolio. It was once home to Sir Francis Drake, famed sea captain but also skilled water engineer and a series of leats and ponds at the centre of the shoot are testament to his designs for water supply.
Drives here provide consistent, technically difficult driven Pheasants from testing terrain, with every drive subtly different- contributing to Combe Sydenham’s popularity.
Part of the beauty is the combination of scenery, with the gun line standing in both open game crop and the complimenting woodland. Whilst you can expect a steady stream of high driven birds you may also see some Partridges and wild duck.
Signature drives are Folly, Eisengard, Bird’s Hill and the Chair – although you can argue that there are many more!
The Combe Sydenham shoot lodge, although traditional, has a feeling of the class of an almost bygone era. Tom Gober Ford-Moore’s lunches here reflect this, with a little more detail in the food. He describes the styles as modern British mixed with classical French, with dishes such as delicate duck breasts served with a rich confit and cassoulet of the legs, wild sea bass baked with shrimp and samphire butter, and of course the famous truffled chicken!