The Falcon Restaurant Buntingford
PUBLISHED: 11:14 30 April 2019
The Falcon is a new restaurant from Chef Kieren Steinborn-Busse and his wife, Natasha, in the historic market town of Buntingford.
The Falcon offers dishes that reflect Kieren's love of British food, based around seasonal, local produce wherever possible - deliberately moving away from overcomplicated, haute cuisine. Working with local suppliers, Kieren changes his menu regularly, based on the produce sourced from the likes of Priors Hall Farm, Amwell Fruit Company and The Cheese Plate, a local cheesemonger in the town. A sumptuous Sunday roast is a staple in the winter months while smoked and grilled meat and fish will feature in the lighter summery dishes.
The close-knit front of house team is led by Natasha, offering warm and friendly service, knowledgeable and passionate about the food and wine they serve.
The restaurant itself is a Grade II listed building that has been faithfully restored by interior designer, Jo Eastham, and features an intimate dining room of 28 covers, with two private dining rooms upstairs (seating 8-10 people each). The Oak Room and The Drawing Room offer a range of sharer menus, featuring British classics such as Herb-Roasted Rib of Hereford Beef and Roast Saddle of Lamb, perfect for group bookings where friends and families can gather to eat, drink and make merry.
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 six London sites.
When speaking of the project, Kieren comments, “We want to provide a great local dining destination, offering a space for people to drink, dine and relax. We strongly believe that the greatest pleasure in life is great food, and that happiness can be found in a homemade, delicious meal, served with love. That's what The Falcon is all about!”.
Designer Jo Eastham has taken on the challenge of restoring the building with care, looking at old photographs to recreate some of the original features. Decorative ironwork from Greenwich Forge has been installed and the exterior has been reverted back close to its original design when the building functioned as a cobbler's. The main dining room has low ceilings and wooden floorboards with a cosy, intimate feel, furnished with linen cafe curtains, antique chairs and bronze hand-blown glass wall lamps that shed a warm light over the room, reflecting off the backdrop of textured walls. Contemporary glass screens wall the entrance way to add a modern twist, commissioned specially for the project and made by a glass designer based in Brooklyn, New York.
Up a narrow staircase sit two private dining rooms, The Oak Room and The Drawing Room. Originally private accommodation, this is the first time the upstairs space has been open to the public. The larger of the two rooms features a statement table from reclaimed wood over which a bespoke rectangular Royal Bellefeu pendant light suspends, showing off the high vaulted ceiling and stunning original beams. The second room is more intimate and painted a dark Tanners Brown. Sumptuous de Le Cuona linen curtains and Rothschilds & Bickers pendant lights are reflected by a set of architectural mirrors that were once English window panes.
The Falcon Restaurant, 69 High Street, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 9AE