Last weekend we were invited to stay at The Falcon Hotel in Painswick. It’s in the heart of The Cotswolds, one of my favourite parts of the country. The village is beautiful and The Falcon couldn’t be easier to find, situated opposite a beautiful church. The Falcon has a really good size car park on site making it really accessible.
The Falcon had a really welcoming feel as soon as we walked in, with fresh flowers everywhere, so much light streaming in and lots to look at. We were given the key to our room which was outside of the main building in The Coach House.
The Coach House has one main entrance which leads to three different rooms. Ours was on the first floor and was one main room with two sleeping areas – a double bed on one side and twin beds on the other side. The room was really well decorated to be in keeping with the traditional feel of The Falcon. As the building dates back to 1554 it’s nice that they have been sympathetic in the restoration.
Our room overlooked the driveway next to The Falcom but it wasn’t at all noisy. There were beautiful big windows and an en suite bathroom with a shower over the bath. Really the bathroom could do with slight modernisation as they shower wasn’t very powerful and the en suite as a whole felt quite dated. There were lovely complimentary toiletries and plenty of fluffy white towels too.
The room also had a dressing table that was topped with a tea and coffee making station which included The Falcon logo mugs and even Kit Kats and bottled water. Lovely treats after a long drive. Although we we had UHT milk in our room the information said that fresh milk was available on request if we would prefer.
We had dinner at The Falcon and although we were the first diners, and the restaurant was empty and full laid, we had to wait for a table in the bar area – whilst the pub goers at the table were moved to a different part of the bar and our table was laid for us. I’m not sure why we couldn’t have had one of the many tables that were already set and this did make us feel quite awkward – especially as the children were getting restless whilst we waited. Once we were sat down the children were brought colouring books and pencils to keep them occupied whilst we looked at the menu.
The children had a dedicated children’s menu and from it then chose tomato tagliatelle and cod and chips. The portion sizes were both fantastic and it was all beautifully cooked. Little Man loved both his fish and the chips – especially when he had his own pot of tomato ketchup brought out for him.
For starters Hubby had the Pork Pie and Mustard and I had Homemade Crackers and dips. Hubby really enjoyed his pork pie and it was the perfect portion size for a starter. I loved the dips that my crackers came with although the crackers were quite tough and thicker than I was expecting but this is probably due to them being homemade.
For our mains Hubby chose the tri0 of sausages which came with mash, peas and thick gravy. It was his ideal type of meal – really wholesome and full of flavour. He commented on how nice to mash was and found it a really good portion size.
I had a chicken and leek pie which came with a portion of chips and seasonal vegetables. It was a huge serving size and I really enjoyed it. The top of the pie was really light and well cooked, the pie middle was full of flavour and the seasonal vegetables were perfectly cooked and a great variety of flavours. The only thing that could have possible made this dish even better would have been a jug of gravy on the side for the chips and vegetables but it was just as delicious without.
Our daughter was sadly under the weather and after not eating her main we decided to skip dessert – something we never do lightly! The dessert menu was full of the same great variety as the other courses and we would have loved to have sampled it.
We went back to our room and put the children to bed where they slept really well. Hubby and I did find that we didn’t sleep that well. This was a combination of things really. The lack of headboard on the bed meant that our pillows kept trying to slide down the back of the mattress and as a whole we didn’t find the bed and pillows very comfortable but I think this is down to personal taste and someone else could have a great night sleep in the same bed.
Breakfast the following morning was fantastic. We both had full english breakfasts and could help ourselves to the buffet too which consisted of cereals, juice and fresh fruit. The children were happy with their cereal and we really enjoyed our cooked breakfasts.
Before we knew it we were checking out of The Falcon to head home. The Falcon was a lovely place to stay – with or without children. The rooms are all individual and beautiful. The food is great quality and they have extensive drinks options too. In the evening The Falcon has a really nice atmosphere whether you are eating or just there for a drink. To top it off, Painswick has to be one of the most beautiful villages I have seen – so a great location for a beautiful hotel and restaurant.
Disclosure: We were invited to stay at The Falcon on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.