The Falkners Arms in Fleet is bidding for the Pub of the Year title
Raising thousands of pounds for local and national charities every year, the Falkners Arms is a true community pub.
The popular watering hole, located at the heart of Fleet’s Ancells Farm estate, holds two family fun days a year in May and September.
“We pick a local charity or a child who may have a condition and needs some help and raise money for them,” said Kina Adat, who helps run the pub with Ray Amiss when landlady Theresa Underwood and her partner Dave McGuire are on holiday.
“This month’s family fun day raised just over £3,000 for a young local girl, while the one in May raised about £13,000 for When You Wish Upon A Star, a children’s charity that grants the wishes of children who have a life-threatening illness.”
The pub, our latest contender for the News & Mail Pub of the Year 2013 title, also helps the local community action group, Friends of Ancells Farm, by hosting annual quizzes and donating prizes and hosts presentation nights and barbecues for local football clubs.
Every Saturday night the pub features the very best live music around with Amber Jayne making her Falkners Arms’ debut on Saturday and Sounds of the Suburbs performing on September 28.
The monthly karaoke nights also prove popular, with the next one tomorrow.
“We also have monthly ‘Bandaoke’ nights where instead of singing with a computer and recorded music customers can actually sing with a live band,” said Kina.
“We use a brilliant band called JukeBox and the events are very popular.”
The spotlight will also fall on the stars of the future when the pub hosts another open-mic Junior Live on Saturday from 3pm to 5pm. The event, first held at the pub in May, gives youngsters aged eight to 13 a chance to sing or play a musical instrument in a relaxed and informal environment.
Each child can choose to perform on their own, as a duet or as a band.
The session is free and donations will be welcome on the day to the Falkners Arms’ nominated charity, The Dream Factory.
The pub also offers an extensive selection of Cask-Marque approved real ales, lagers and wines and an excellent value lunchtime menu, including daily specials, traditional Sunday lunches and summer weekend barbecues.
The lunch menu includes dishes such as steak and ale pie, Thai green curry and rice, scampi and chips and lasagne along with light bites such as toasties, baguettes and jacket potatoes and a range of puddings.
Customers can catch all the top sporting action on the pub’s big screen and there is also disabled facilities, free wireless internet access and a large garden with a children’s play area and bouncy castle in the summer.
The pub also offers private buffet services for parties and can even book a band.
The Falkners Arms is owned by Mitchells & Butlers and leased by partners Paul Moroney, Steve Read and Iain MacDonald. Theresa has been at the pub for about seven years and Dave for about five.