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The Falcon

69 High Street, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, SG9 9AE
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Opening Information

Lunch Thursday to Saturday;
12.00 - 15.00
Lunch Sunday;
11.30 - 15.30
Dinner Thursday - Saturday;
18.00 - 22.00

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi

About The Falcon

Run by husband and wife team Kieren and Natasha Steinborn-Busse, The Falcon sits in the heart of Buntingford, a beautiful historic market town in East Hertfordshire.

The Falcon offers dishes that reflect Chef Kieren's love of great quality British food, based around seasonal, local produce wherever possible, and working with local suppliers such as The Cheese Plate, Priors Hall Farm and Amwell Fruit Company. Sunday roasts are a memorable event, with the restaurant open for a longer lunch service, perfect for family feasting.

Natasha heads up front of house, leading a warm and personable close-knit team, who are passionate about the food and wine they serve.

In a charming Grade II listed building steeped in history, the intimate main dining room seats 28 covers while two private dining rooms upstairs (both seating up to 10 guests) are perfect for group bookings where friends and families can gather to eat, drink and make merry. The private dining rooms (The Oak Room and The Drawing Room) offer reduced a la carte and Feasting Menus, featuring British classics such as Beef Wellington and Saddle of Lamb.

The building has been restored with care, featuring the original high wooden beams, open fireplaces and exposed brickwork, alongside traditional and elegant decor, to create an inviting and truly special atmosphere.

Kieren trained at The Goring, under Marco Pierre White at Quo Vadis and Alain Ducasse at The Sanderson. He was part of the original team to open St Martin's Lane Hotel and Asia de Cuba under Richard Phillips. He was Head Chef at Thackeray's in Tunbridge Wells when the restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star in 2002, before working as Executive Chef at Swan, Shakespeare's Globe and more recently at Vinoteca, overseeing five London sites.

The Falcon is open for lunch and dinner Thursday-Saturday, and an extended lunch service on Sundays.


** If you would like to reserve one of our private dining rooms or require further assistance with booking, please email [email protected] **

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

Excellent as always Such warm, friendly and welcoming staff. An absolute delight to dine there.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

Absolutely exceptional. First time here and wasn't disappointed in the least. Service was fantastic and the food was even better. Well done!

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

We had a fantastic time, great food, great service, great people and we will certainly be going again. Having a private service in ‘the Oak Toom’ was Very special indeed. Thanks to all at the Falcon for a special Birthday evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

Faultless service, and incredible food and wine. Highly recommend!

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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

The quality of the food and drink was great! We had a lunchtime meal so the atmosphere was quiet. The service was generally good, but a little slow at times. The meal was definitely value for money.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Wonderful to have found a local restaurant with London standards. The service was immaculate, the interior charming and the food excellent. Thankyou and Good Luck! We'll come again soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Lovely meal. Good value for the high level of dining experience. The food was excellent. I had the skate which was cooked beautifully and was a sizeable portion. My wife had the vegetarian option roast Cauliflower and enjoyed it. The wine we chose - Hilltop Pinot Grigio was so nice we are looking to buy some to keep at home. The service was excellent, friendly staff and attentive. The only gripe we could make was that it got very warm and stuffy in the restaurant toward the end of the meal but this hardly impacted what was a really good evening. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

fantastic restaurant , great ambience , brilliant staff particularly Garry and Natasha is just utterly delightful - Race Edward Welch

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Visited On Friday, 08 March 2019

Great food. Good wine list with sone really reasonably priced wines. Staff were attentive and lovely. Thank god you came to Buntingford. We now have a great place to eat. Hopefully more people will follow your lead

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Visited On Friday, 08 March 2019

Second visit. Not sitting by window this time, so not cold. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and thanks for the complimentary glasses of fizz to celebrate our anniversary! Will we back? Absolutely...

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Visited On Saturday, 02 March 2019

Beautifully decorated and restored building. Clearly a lot of thought and attention has gone into the layout of the restaurant. Service well meaning but fairly amateur. The food is severely lacking in both terms of flavour and value for money. We have visited on two occasions and felt both trips did not deliver on quality of food. The menu is very safe and the food is lacking that punch you would expect. Small details make this glaringly evident, new potatoes served with the fish came without even a hint of butter on them. Pork belly (£17) came with lentils that had barley any flavour and a disc of stuffing that tasted remarkably like something one could knock up at home. I think its unfair to say the food is bad here, however, it is just very safe and uninspired. It feels across the board that everything is designed with ease of service in mind, unfortunately at these prices I don't think that is acceptable. A real shame.

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Hi Tom, Thank you for taking the time to review. We value all feedback - good and bad, and your comments have been passed onto the team so the issues you had can be addressed.

Responded On Saturday, 09 March 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 02 March 2019

Service was good but food was nothing special, no vegetables other than potato

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Visited On Saturday, 02 March 2019

Fantastic food and very professional and friendly staff, we be returning again.

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Visited On Friday, 01 March 2019

Wonderful evening, service was just right and food was of excellent quality

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Visited On Friday, 01 March 2019

Fantastic food and service. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 February 2019

We had a great meal with you. The roast was spectacular and service impeccable. We will be coming again

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

A lovely evening. Staff were attentive and friendly and the service was great. Food was well presented and tasted excellent. I have and will be recommening The Falcon to others.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 February 2019

My Wife & I had a lovely evening. I requested the service to slow down a tad, over keen to please staff I suspect. Food was tasty, could have done with some veg, not a lot just a bit to colour the plate. & tastebuds. Final bill was hefty, We will reeve another visit for another special occasion.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Thank you for a wonderful family meal. The private upstairs room was perfect for a party with children as we were undisturbed and didn't have to worry about disturbing others. The quality of food was yet again exceptional and our prior request for extra side dishes for the children much appreciated. We are indeed very fortunate to have such an excellent restaurant in Buntingford.

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Visited On Friday, 22 February 2019

Very good and we had a good evening

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Visited On Thursday, 21 February 2019

My first visit to The Falcon with a friend and it will not be the last. First of all the decor was wonderful, understated and getting the best out of the beauty of the building. The service was lovely. I chose the fixed price menu for my first visit and was not disappointed. Gentle flavours combined with bold pairings. Wonderful and only 4 miles from home.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

We visited the Falcon upon recommendation we traveled from Essex to dine here and was definitely NOT disappointed. The food was of excellent quality and value for money, the staff were very welcoming and efficient in every way We will definitely return and recommend this restaurant to our freinds

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Fabulous late Sunday lunch set in an intimate smart space.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Beautiful food and very friendly staff. Worth a visit!

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