Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nowt Flash but a Very Tasty Meal; This Week We're at THE FALCON in Hilton. Dave Robson Gives His Verdict

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nowt Flash but a Very Tasty Meal; This Week We're at THE FALCON in Hilton. Dave Robson Gives His Verdict

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NAME AND ADDRESS: The Falcon at Hilton.

TYPE OF FOOD: Fairly traditional range of home-cooked pub grub, with the occasional surprise thrown in.

PRICE RANGE: Most mains come in three categories - PS8.50, PS10.95 or PS12.95, with smaller versions of the first two at PS6.50 or PS8.95. Steaks cost a bit more, while the bumper mixed grill will set the carnivorous among you back PS17.50.

COST: Pint of Fosters, PS3.75; glass of house red wine, PS2.95 (small) to PS5.75; gin and tonic, PS3.95; fresh orange juice, PS1.75.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: It felt relaxed and welcoming the moment we walked in, although it was fairly quiet - probably because it was midweek and the weather outside was a typical British summer's night: overcast, cold and damp. We ate in the spacious bar area, with its tasteful decor, plenty of tables, background music at perfect volume (even Eighties classics can be too loud, but they were just right here) and quaint little sayings painted on the wall - "enjoy the simple things" was my favourite. Or, for the same price, you can use the adjoining restaurant area, which looks a bit posher and even has a piano if you fancy tinkling the ivories. And when darkness fell, the room also had strings of coloured fairy lights. No, I don't know why either, but I still rather liked them.

CHOICE OF FOOD: Just right - lots of variety but not so vast you spend half an hour perusing the menu, then regretting your choice when it arrives.

WHAT WE ATE: For starters, I enjoyed a couple of tasty Thai fish cakes with sweet chilli dip (PS3.50), while Mrs R chose the "two pappadums" option with dip (PS2.95). For mains, I stayed nautical with a Fisherman's Pie (PS10.95), largely in the hope I could use the sentence "large chunks of tasty fish" like other reviewers do. Well guess what? It was full of large chunks of tasty fish, although the accompanying veg seemed a bit half-hearted. …

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