The Falcon at Hatton

A Taste of India at The Falcon at Hatton 

Wednesday 12th Jun 2024 |

There are few more pleasant places to spend time than an English pub in the countryside (in my opinion of course).

If you can also enjoy an exceptional Indian dinner and stay in comfort overnight, that’s even better. And that’s exactly what you can do at The Falcon at Hatton, in the heart of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. 

This lovely pub is stylishly decorated and has a large garden (complete with three igloos). And there are six double and two twin ensuite rooms adjacent to the pub in a separate building. We checked into No 8, a large, comfortable double room with plenty of storage, ensuite shower room and everything we could need, from a fridge to tea and coffee-making facilities and even an iron and ironing board  

Having settled in we headed across the courtyard to the pub for a pre-dinner drink. A pint of the local Banks bitter was pronounced delicious and my cocktail (at the suggestion of the charming barman) called The Falcon’s Herb Garden was so zesty and refreshing. It was time to make some menu decisions. 

After spending some time working in London, award-winning chef Krishnapal Negi decided to head for the countryside to showcase his authentic Indian cuisine in a pub environment. Krishna’s at The Falcon is the latest of his ventures. While Indian food is what makes this pub different, the menu also offers traditional pub classics, so there’s something for everyone.  

As lovers of Indian food, we went straight to that menu with its great choice of dishes drawn from the recipes Chef loved when growing up in the Indian Himalayas. We started with the light-as-air mini pappadums, served with two chutneys (and my two favourite, as it happens) – chilli and mango.  

I chose both my dishes from the specials menu, starting with the mustard fish tikka. Tilapia fillets marinated in Dijon mustard seeds, garlic, curry leaves and spices and finished in the tandoor. Melt-in-the-mouth fish with such delicately balanced spices. We also enjoyed the crispiness of a luscious onion bhaji (always a favourite) served with more of that fruity mango chutney. 

For mains we tucked into the chicken jalfrezi, an aromatic combination of chicken breast pieces cooked in onion, tomatoes, garlic, bell peppers and spices; and the nihari ghost, a lamb dish from northern India slowly cooked in a blend of spices. The best lamb dish I have had for quite some time.  

The accompaniments were just as delightful. The fluffiest pulao rice cooked with cumin and spices and a bowl of aloo jeera – potatoes tempered with cumin seeds and cooked in onion and tomato masala. And of course, no Indian meal is complete (for me) without a garlic naan – pillowy bread topped with garlic, coriander, and butter. What a feast. 

But we weren’t finished yet. We had to try the mango kulfi – which was the right decision. Beautifully fresh and cooling with strong mango flavours, such a great finish to our meal. And just a (very) short trip home to our lovely room for a great night’s sleep. 

When morning came we had to take a meander through the greenest countryside (naturally). Taking in the fresh country air, listening to the birdsong around us and enjoying the bucolic views. Before returning to our home-from-home at The Falcon for a full English breakfast. The perfect start to the day and the perfect end to a lovely stay in a country pub with a difference. 

Words by Sandy Cadiz-Smith 

Birmingham Road, Hatton, Warwickshire, CV35 7HA
01926 484281
info@thefalconathatton.com

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