London Road, POULTON, Cirencester, GL7 5HN
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 apple and treacle-cured salmon with cucumber and horseradish; chargrilled quail with lentils, creamed kale and pine nuts; or twice-baked crab soufflé, before moving on to fillet of hake with cassoulet of cannellini beans, chorizo, grilled artichokes and cherry tomatoes; slow-cooked Kelmscott pork belly with creamy mash, sauerkraut and glazed baby carrots; or butternut squash and ricotta tortellini with roast squash, crispy sage and beurre noisette. There's a good range of steaks as well, and for dessert you could go for steamed orange marmalade pudding with a lightly spiced custard, or chocolate fondant with toasted coconut, mango and chilli gel and coconut sorbet. You can have the cheese board with three cheeses, or five if you've got room for more.