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WHERE IS IT? The Falcon Inn , 77 Gomer Street West, Willenhall WV13 2NR WHEN IS IT OPEN? Midday to 11pm (Monday to Saturday); midday to 10.30pm (Sunday) WHAT IS IT? A bit of a legend, actually. CAMRA Pub of the Year from 2005 to 2007, and joint winner in 2009, the Falcon remains the flagship real ale venue in these parts.

Boasting seven keenly priced beers, the pub has been run by the same family for more than 25 years and has established a strong following in the Midlands.

Built in 1936, it has two rooms - a lively bar and a quieter lounge - and is home to popular darts and crib teams. A real traditional local serving the community.

You enter via a corridor that is lined with train prints and served by one long serving-bar.

The lounge (it says smoke room on the door) is in white and has prints on the walls.

The bar room is in gold, with a green tiled string course and a chocolate coloured ceiling. The seating is cream and there are a few prints and artistic beer mats on the walls.

There's an outside drinking area, too.

Online reviewers say service is friendly and the clientele a busy mix of locals and real ale enthusiasts from further afield.

WHAT'S ON TAP? Olde Swan (Ma Pardoe's) Dark Swan; Olde Swan Bumble Hole Bitter; RCH Pitchfork; Exmoor Gold; Salopian Oracle and guest beers. Others served in recent months include Kelham Island Pale Rider, Acorn Stingo, Skinner's Wheat Beer and Jaipur.

DOES IT DO FOOD? No, this is a proper drinking man's pub!

DID YOU KNOW? Looking to learn more about the the Black Country's heritage? The Falcon is handy for the nearby Willenhall Locksmith's House, which celebrates the efforts of the small family-run lock making businesses which thrived over a century ago.

The house is recreated with the actual belongings and furniture of the Hodson family of lock makers, the last inhabitants of 54 New Road, Willenhall. Costumed guides escort you around.

The Locksmith's house is not open every day, and visits are by appointment only. Pre-book by calling the Black Country Living Museum on 0121 520 8054.

GET IN TOUCH Call 01902 633378.

PUBNAMESOLD COURT HOUSE * THE Earls of Dudley used to hold their court at this boozer in Kingswinford, where constables and other local officials would be appointed. But by the 19th century, the court had all but died out, and the building became an inn.

ALENAMESDUCK SOUP * NO, it's not the Marx Brothers' famous movie, but a great tipple brewed by the Warwickshire Beer Company Ltd in the small village of Cubbington. They also offer the cheeky Ffiagra, Lady Godiva and Ball Stitcher among the 10 beers regularly on sake.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 29, 2011
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