Introduction: Nestled in the heart of Buntingford at 69 High Street, SG9 9AE, The Falcon Restaurant is a testament to the rich tapestry of English history. This Grade II listed building, dating back to the 16th century, has transitioned from being a hub for various trades to a Michelin-recommended culinary destination. Today, it offers exquisite dining and a chance to immerse oneself in a storied past.

A Building with Many Lives: The Falcon’s walls have seen an array of tenants over the centuries, including a shoemaker, a watchmaker, and a boot repairer. In 1960, it transformed into Bourne Cottage, a single residence, before reopening its doors as a business in 1991, featuring a restaurant downstairs and living accommodation upstairs. This evolution speaks to the building’s enduring place in the heart of Buntingford.

Careful Restoration: The restoration of The Falcon was a labour of love, undertaken with the utmost care to preserve its historical essence. The original wooden beams, exposed brickwork, and the exterior reminiscent of its days as a cobbler’s shop all contribute to the building’s charm. These elements blend seamlessly with modern comforts, creating an ambience that is both cosy and elegant.

A Nod to Local Heritage: Under the stewardship of Chef Kieren Steinborn-Busse, The Falcon champions local produce, reflecting a deep appreciation for British culinary traditions. The menu, crafted around seasonal and local produce, echoes the building’s own historical journey through the ages.

Buntingford: A Historical Hub: Buntingford has a tale to tell. Once a crucial staging post on Ermine Street, the main Roman road connecting London to York, it played a significant role in English history. Travellers and traders would stop here, replacing weary horses with fresh ones. The town was dotted with coaching inns, providing food, shelter, and rest – a tradition of hospitality that The Falcon proudly continues.

A Dining Experience Enriched by History: When you dine at The Falcon, you’re not just enjoying a meal but partaking in a historical experience. Each dish served is a nod to the building’s past, to the town’s role as a historical crossroads, and to the local produce that has been part of the region’s culinary fabric for centuries.

Conclusion: The Falcon is more than a restaurant; it’s a journey through time. It’s where the past and present meet, offering a dining experience enriched by the building’s storied history and Buntingford’s enduring legacy. We invite you to step into this historical haven and savour our dishes’ taste and the stories they tell.