‘Our regulars come in all worn out after work and they leave here happy’
Laura Mowat talks to the landlord at THE EAGLE, High Street, Old Amersham, Ian Walker
DIVERSIFYING is one pub’s secret to staying in the game as Rod Walker who has run The Eagle in Old Amersham since 2006 reveals. Mr Walker said: “We try and be a proper pub and we are one of the few left that do that. We serve proper pub food and we try and make it wholesome. We want the pub to be cosy and homely. Nobody can ever leave here hungry and we are very competitively priced.”
The pub has a live music event every Saturday night, with music from the 60s to the present day. On a Tuesday night, it hosts a quiz. And it holds special nights – for example a ‘meet the brewer’ night with the owners of a new micro-brewery – and karaoke evenings.
Mr Walker said: “We try and do everything we can to keep people coming. We get involved in the community whenever we can, we try and make the place really friendly.
“We have the best floral display during the summer months – it is magnificent. We also have a great beer garden with a terrace, which is very popular in the summer. It is the best beer garden in Old Amersham and there is no argument about that.”
Some popular beers at the pub are Carlsberg, San Miguel and London Pride.
The landlord added: “Our regulars come in here after work late afternoon all worn out and they go home happy. That is how it has always been in pubs. There is always a familiar buzz of regulars from all over Amersham.
“My best thing about the job is the people and getting to know the different people who use the pub. The days of people filling pubs after work have effectively come to an end so it is important to do different things to get people through the doors.
“Every Saturday night when there is live music, the pub is buzzing.”