A great pub located within spitting distance of one of Europe’s busiest railway stations.
The Falcon has been sympathetically refurbished and decorated, and the outcome is an extremely well-constructed pub. Original floorboards have been stripped back and the stunning mahogany panelling and fireplaces have been restored to their previous splendour. Chandeliers and opulent lighting create a nice ambience and a central bar service area means you shouldn’t have to use your elbows when ordering. In actual fact, The Falcon has previously been in the Guinness Book of Records for having the longest bar counter in Europe.
There is a constant trickle of people wandering in and out, some staying for a quick drink, others lingering over a bottle or eating in the dining area. The age group is varied, and due to the close proximity of the train station there are many people grabbing a quick drink before continuing their journey. Other customers are local residents, shoppers and workers.
There is an area designated solely for dining and table service is available. You can also eat less formally in a more relaxed area of the pub. The trio of grilled fish: Scottish salmon, sea bass and cod loin with lemon and basil sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal greens is a definite favourite at £13.45. A good selection of steaks is also on offer, plus pub classics like gammon streak and eggs with chips. Sunday lunch is served and starts from £7.95.
As a Nicholson’s pub, the choice of real ale on offer is very impressive. There are over a dozen ales available at any one time with tipples sourced from all over the UK. There is also a comprehensive list of wines on offer, which start from around a tenner a bottle, surprisingly affordable for central London.
The Last Word
With its very respectable pub grub and award-winning ales in opulent surroundings, The Falcon is one of the best examples of the Nicholson’s group.