The Fal­con, Den­ham Vil­lage: ‘Suc­cess of the pub is down to its tra­di­tional roots’

Jack Abell talks to another of the pubs nom­i­nated for our 2015 Pub of the Year contest

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AVIL­LAGE pub sees its tra­di­tional feel as the main for its con­tin­ued suc­cess over the years. The Fal­con Inn, in Den­ham Vil­lage, which over­looks the vil­lage green, can trace its ori­gins back to the 16th cen­tury.

It of­fers a choice of real ales and a wide range of food, and is a fo­cal point for peo­ple liv­ing in the vil­lage.

Land­lord David Brench, who has been in the vil­lage since the early 1960s, says: “It has not re­ally changed all that much since I’ve been here, and I think that is one of the rea­sons that it is popular.

“Peo­ple like the fact that it is a tra­di­tional pub, in a very at­trac­tive area. It hasn’t tried to change too much with the times.”

It is this tra­di­tional el­e­ment to the pub that has seen it be­come an at­trac­tive lo­ca­tion for film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tions to be shot there.

Over the years, episodes of Poirot and Miss Marple have used it, and it has proved popular with the Mills act­ing fam­ily.

Os­car win­ning ac­tor Sir John Mills used it when he lived in the vil­lage, and daugh­ters Hay­ley and Juliet Mills have also been vis­i­tors.

Mr Brench has been land­lord of the pub since 2001 and says although there are chal­lenges to run­ning pubs to­day, he be­lieves that his pub can re­main com­pet­i­tive.

He said: “It’s get­ting harder and harder. Peo­ple don’t go out as much or use pubs as much as they used to.”

How­ever, he added: “I think there will al­ways be a mar­ket for this pub. We have made im­prove­ments over the years but kept the tra­di­tions which has made it suc­cess­ful.”

David Brench of The Fal­con be­lieves there will al­ways be a mar­ket for a pub such as his

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