This delightful Cotswold country house has been appointed to provide the highest levels of…
The Falcon Inn
“Informal atmosphere and locally brewed cask ales”
Slap-bang in the middle of this pretty Cotswold village, with its lovely stone cottages, the Falcon is a charming old pub, run with loads of passion and enthusiasm by Gianni Gray and Natalie Birch. When they took over they had a vision of what makes a great village pub that truly fits in at the heart of the community – ‘a friendly place where you can relax, enjoy a good pint or a nice glass of wine and eat amazing food at a reasonable price,’ and this is what they’ve set out (very successfully) to achieve. You can expect genuine dedication to local produce, ensuring a reliable pint of real ale from some of the area’s independent breweries, enjoyed in a pub that marries contemporary comforts with age-old tradition. The fresh, vibrant menu changes every month to make the most of what’s available locally. The set price lunch menu is great value, while the à la carte offers more options. Kick things off with mixed game terrine followed by braised beef cheek. There’s a good range of steaks as well, and for dessert you could go for peanut parfait, caramelised banana and chocolate sorbet.
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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