ST MAWGAN, Nr Newquay, TR8 4EP
This wisteria-clad, stone-built inn situated in the Vale of Lanherne is just four miles from Newquay. It can trace its ancestry back as far as 1758, but is thought to be even older. By 1813 the pub had been renamed more than once, and in about 1880 it changed again to The Falcon Inn, an allusion to the nearby estate's coat of arms. Throughout much of the 20th century the inn was run by members of the Fry family; the present innkeepers are David Carbis and Sarah Lawrence. The Falcon's interior is cosy and relaxed, with flagstone floors and log fires in winter; there's a large attractive garden, magnificent magnolia tree and cobbled courtyard for alfresco summer dining. An ever-changing selection of predominantly West Country real ales is augmented by rotating real ciders, and a dozen wines are served by the glass. Lunchtime brings snacks like Cornish pasty and breaded scampi, plus an appetising range of sandwiches. There's also a good choice of hot dishes, all home made, such as soup of the day, pâté, pie, fish and curry every day. The evening menu is served in the more formal restaurant; main courses include rose veal burger with red onion marmalade, Cornish blue cheese and 'real' chips; Nalli gosht - braised lamb shank cooked with chillies, yogurt and honey, served with coriander rice and naan bread; steak and kidney suet crust pudding with real ale gravy, chips and peas; pan-roasted locally smoked haddock, bubble-and-squeak and poached duck egg. Three comfortable, individually furnished en suite bedrooms are also available, and events like charity quiz nights run throughout the year. Contact the pub for details of the beer and cider festival.