Town centres have been going through a tough time of late but we’re finally seeing signs of recovery. Falkirk is no exception to this national trend and there’s one business sector based in and around the High Street that’s certainly booming.
Cafes, restaurants and sandwich shops are opening at a steady rate, meaning that you have plenty of options if you fancy a tasty lunch or just a cup of tea and a cake.
The Courtyard in Baxter’s Wynd opened several years ago, but it’s in the ideal location to capitalise on the public’s growing demand for eating out. It’s just yards away from the High Street, and stands next door to that other well-established Falkirk town centre business, The Wheatsheaf.
It’s a bright, spacious bistro that’s open throughout the day, meaning you can visit for a late morning coffee, a filling lunch or your evening meal.
I was accompanied for lunch by Falkirk Herald sports editor – and former nightclub doorman – David Oliver. My choice of dining companion wasn’t well received by another of my editorial colleagues, but I won’t bore you with petty office politics and just say that the two of them can carry on fighting for my affections if they really want to.
It was 2 p.m. by the time we arrived, but the room was still busy with late-lunchers, which is always a good sign of a popular eatery.
The friendly staff quickly took our order, and before I had the chance to become bored with David’s transfer speculation chat, our starters had arrived; breaded haggis fritters for me, and stuffed jalapenos for him.
Both were accompanied by a tasty mustard mayonnaise dip that really added to the crisp flavours.
I have a real weakness for macaroni cheese. Yes, I know it has a calorie count that would make a chip shop owner blush, but when it’s done well, it’s hard to resist.
The Courtyard’s variety was creamy and delicious, although I regretably didn’t order their ‘deluxe’ version, which comes topped with tomato and bacon. But then there’s always next time.
Falkirk’s finest sports reporter opted for the Courtyard chicken breast, which comes stuffed with haggis, and rated it as the best thing he’s seen since Jay Fulton slotted home against Celtic to complete a sensational passing move at Hampden Park. Only joking; he said it was “very tasty”.
I enjoyed The Courtyard. It’s good value, good food and in a great location.
Baxter’s Wynd, Falkirk