‘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

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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.”

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