The Falcon Inn, Painswick welcomes walkers following the Cotswold way across Gloucestershire. Painswick, self-titled Queen of the Cotswolds, in the middle of rolling hills is crammed with narrow lanes with Cotswold stones houses. Painswick is also home to the Rococo Garden which is well worth combining with a trip to the Falcon Inn.
The Falcon Inn, built in 1554, sits opposite the well-manicured Church of St Mary with its 99 Yew trees – locals tell us that the 100th simply won’t grow! We enjoyed a cosy window seat with prime view of the church yard. It was quite refreshing to see an extensive Gin menu, with Cotswold’s Gin at the top of the list and for vodka fans there’s a pretty good selection too.
No Sunday is complete without an English roast and the smiley waitress soon brandished two stacked plates of roasts, parsnips and tender rib beef. Accompanied with seasonal veg and scrumptious gravy, this was the kind of dinner that novelist, Edna Ferber, describes as:
“Roast beef, medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy.”
Now it was quite difficult not to eat three full courses, but we’d simply have been rolling home! But we did enjoy two desserts that married both the modern and the retro. Tom’s retro style peach melba with raspberry jelly certainly harked from a 70s dining era, whilst my salted caramel and chocolate tart definitely followed more recent gastronomic trends.
The Falcon Inn certainly offers a warm welcome and makes a great pit stop for anyone schmoozing through the Cotswolds.
Things to know about Falcon Inn:
- Sunday Lunch – 12 Noon to 3.30pm – booking is advised on 01452 814222
- There’s also live music on most Fridays every month.
Disclosure: Our lovely Sunday dinner for two was organised complimentary through Crimson Edge PR/Falcon Inn, but all thoughts, opinions and nonsense are strictly my own!