Established in 1999, the Royal Falconer is the oldest and most iconic pub in Redlands. It was purchased by six friends in 2019.
All six had been loyal patrons of the pub and knew the original owners personally. They had joked about buying the business if it ever came up for sale. When it did, they readily agreed to the acquisition. They care about “keeping The Falconer tradition going.”
They quickly realized they needed to make necessary upgrades while keeping the original atmosphere. The furniture had been damaged, patched up and had multiple layers of old paint. Brass fixtures had tarnished. Lighting was poor. Walls were dark.
They stripped the furniture, re-stained and varnished it.
They removed the brass, cleaned, polished and re-hung it, brought in brighter lighting that had more of a “pub feel,” cleaned and rehung the European football banners, re-upholstered bar stools and repainted the walls.
The original bar remains (and remains the longest bar in Redlands). Unfortunately, they had to remove the beloved wooden arches over the bar because of health codes, but the restaurant now has a more spacious feeling.
With a nod to Redlands history and old European pubs, historic photos from early 1900s Redlands now hang on the walls. Three of the owners are golfers and members of Redlands Country Club, so many of these photos reveal the early days of the club.
They purchased English Rose wallpaper made in England for the hallway. It has become a favorite “selfie station.” They created a new logo for the pub’s street sign. The Henry VIII stained glass hangs over the entry. Their next project is enhancing the outside by building planters. ALL this renovation occurred without closing the establishment! But, what about the food?
Three of the kitchen staff have been Falconer employees for 10 years, so they are familiar with the menu. They have kept the beloved hand-battered fish and chips, pub burgers, bangers and mash and scotch eggs. They have added newer pub items – pub steak, Guinness beef tacos and current favorite, Guinness pot pie. The bartender has created some signature cocktails, such as the 50-50 martini featuring cream and fresh, local orange juice — a nod to the local citrus industry.
They purchase much of the ingredients for food and libations locally from Washington Produce and Wild Goose Coffee Roasters. Their goal for this year is to develop relationships with local growers to purchase many ingredients fresh from the farms. In addition to serving a wide assortment of food and beverages, the Falconer also host a range of weekly activities of interest to patrons.
An eclectic range of live music can be heard some Fridays and Saturdays. Children are welcome to the pub from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. so they can participate in these experiences.
There is also a Kid’s Activity Page they created to keep children engaged while waiting for their meal. The Royal Falconer is a great place to host an event. Birthday, graduation, engagement, retirement, wrap, post-season or post-tournament parties of up to 50 people can be accommodated in the upstairs room.
The new owners consider themselves as “stewards of the Falconer” and want everyone to know “the pub is in good hands; it’s going to last”. They invite everyone to the unveiling of their newest creation, Irish tacos on St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, March 17.