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
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