A PICTURESQUE pub near Stroud is under new management. 

The 18th century Falcon Inn at Painswick, has today unveiled a new management team who say they are focused on reconnecting with locals in the area.

New manager Lauren Hemmings, and new head chef Jake Haddon, have both taken over the running of the business. 

Both are local to the area and have extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

At the back of the pub is the historic Falcon Bowles Club - which was established in 1554 and is the oldest club in the country.

To the front is the famous St. Mary’s Church, with the 99 yew trees which surround it.

Speaking about her new role, general manager Lauren said : “I am over the moon to be taking over such a historic, and important, Cotswold’s institution.

Stroud News and Journal: New manager Lauren Hemmings and new head chef Jake Haddon, have both taken over the running of the"The Falcon is such a beautiful site, and the reception Jake and I have had from the locals has been superb.

"We’re really looking forward to getting to know more of them over the coming months.”

As part of their new approach, The Falcon will be offering a 15 per cent local discount to all in Painswick and the surrounding area - just for being neighbours - alongside teaming up with local walking groups and events.

There’s also a new menu available, with more locally sourced ingredients featured.

Owned by Balfour Winery, The Falcon at Painswick has been serving this area of the Cotswold for almost 300 years.

The inn, which also has 11 bedrooms as well as a dedicated private hire space, is a popular spot for weddings as well.