A Hearty Yorkshire Welcome
The Settle eight mile loop is highly recommended and our reviewer hopes just enough to work off the Falcon Manor breakfast
Review by Catherine Ferguson
Stepping into Falcon Manor, the first thing you notice is the hearty Yorkshire welcome. The wellies by the door, the roaring log fire and enormous arm chairs all scream ‘winter cosiness.
Falcon Manor is just ten minutes walk from the centre of Settle, a bustling historic market town in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Dating back to 1851, the Manor has something of a Cluedo air about it; I almost found myself wondering whether it was Professor Plum or Rev Green with the lead piping in the dining room.
Formerly known as Ingfield Hall, it was commandeered by the RAF in the early 1940s and subsequently morphed into a variety of post war bars and hostelries, no doubt filled with the Yorkshire hospitality that still seeps from every corner. If only walls could talk…
The jewel in Falcon Manor’s crown is undoubtedly their brasserie. A locally sourced, seasonal menu is reassuring simple and the portions are more than ample. The dining room is elegant, but still welcomes weary walkers after a day of yomping round the Yorkshire Dales.
I kicked off with the King Scallops, Quinoa broth, fennel, leek and oyster mushrooms, all absolutely sublime. Next stop was the fillet steak, perfectly cooked with an earthy, rustic taste and the chunkiest chips this side of the Pennines. Although the front of house staff were great, the waiting staff were a little inexperienced, but it didn’t detract from the delicious menu.
The Manor’s 16 bedrooms and suites are tastefully decorated, very much in keeping with Falcon’s style. The roll top baths in the bedrooms are complemented by modern en suite shower rooms stocked with the ever-popular L’Occitane Provencal toiletries. Beds are huge and comfy, although the lack of zip and link does mean that, unless your sleeping position is statuesque, you do need to mind the gap.
Breakfast at Falcon Manor is another hearty affair, with the full Yorkshire breakfast, grilled Manx kippers and Eggs Benedict all on the menu. Bellies well and truly lined, there’s breath-taking countryside to explore around Settle, with the Yorkshire Dales National Park quite literally on the doorstep. For those less keen to wander through the Great Outdoors, Settle is a pretty little market town full of teashops, pubs and some quirky small shops. A little further out of town, The Courtyard is also worth a visit – shopping, art and dining in a little hamlet of converted barns.
Rooms start at £95, with a Fizz Friday Special of Dinner Bed and Breakfast and a bottle of Prosecco from £145 per couple. There are plenty of downloadable walks available. The Settle eight mile loop is highly recommended and just enough to work off the Falcon Manor breakfast. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself…
Enquiries; Falcon Manor, Skipton Road, Settle, Yorkshire BD24 9BD / 01729 823814 / www.falconmanor.co.uk/