Our most recent ‘Pub Club’ with friends saw us head to The Falcon in Warmington. The building was a Wobbly Wheel pub for years, but a fire saw it close and then be reopened as the Banbury site of a Brunning and Place pub and restaurant.
In the short time it’s been open, The Falcon has made itself known in the area, with many friends recommending it to me. After an issue with our booking – ie, it wasn’t in their booking sheet – we were thankfully found a table on a busy Saturday night.
The Falcon isn’t the cheapest pub restaurant and is a bit pricier than most of the good village pubs locally so it’s a special occasion meal out rather than a popping out for tea place.
There’s lots of choice on the menu. We decided against apperitifs, but all of us had starters. If you’re a fish fan or like country flavours there are starters like rabbit, pheasant and prune faggot, and crayfish and crab spring roll. I chose the deep fried brie with cranberries and a pecan salad. It was really delicious and a good portion size to set me up ready for my main and dessert.
If you don’t want a full on main, The Falcon offer light bites instead. A perfect sizeto have starter main and pudding, my choice was the wild boar and chorizo meatballs with pappardelle pasta, in a tomato and basil sauce. It was really simple, but beautifully cooked with a really warm flavour. The light bites are a smaller serving size and most of the girls chose one of those dishes.
With some traditional pub meals on the main menu like sausages and mash, steak burger, honey roasted ham egg and chips, and steak, there were also plenty of fancier options. Chicken with celeriac puree and parmesan gnocchi and malaysian fish stew were interesting choices. We weren’t short on chips or vegetable sides like in many restaurants and no-one had any complaints about their meals
Of course I had to have a pudding. I couldn’t resist the sunken chocolate pudding with ice cream and it was definitely worth having. The puddings are the most traditional course on the menu, but a good choice and something for everyone, with ice creams, sorbets and cheeseboard also available.
The only issue we had was the waiting to catch a waiter. We’d asked for tap water when we did our drinks order at the table, and got brought a jug. But no glasses. We finally got some after asking the waiter a second time. Then we gave up waiting for him to bring the bill, so sent someone up to the bar to ask for it. It was a Saturday night and fairly busy, but given we were a big group I’d have expected a bit more customer service and attention by the time the place emptied out.
There’s also plenty of places at The Falcon to sit and have a drink. The outdoor area looked nice too, so we might have to go back in the summer for lunch maybe taking our son. The children’s menu has smaller versions of the main dishes. It’s much nicer giving children the same as the adults.
If you’re in the Banbury area and want to have a treat meal out, then check out The Falcon. It does get busy though, so at weekends make sure you book.
The Falcon at Warmington, Warwick Road, Warmington, Banbury, OX17 1JJ
01295 692 120