Timmy the Pub Dog's favourite five Cotswold locals
PUBLISHED: 09:34 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:57 20 February 2013
He's a dog with exceptional taste ... and he's on a mission!
Address:Originally brought up in The White Horse in Chedgrave, South Norfolk. A run-down village boozer my owners took over because they were fed up having to travel far to a decent local. They completely refurbished it and built up a brilliant trade of drinkers and diners. Successful village pubs need added attractions and they put on lots of special events (Last Night of the Proms, Bastille Day, Beer Festivals with Morris Dancers, etc., and even a Dog Show in aid of the local dogs home - Dog with the waggiest tail - over 80 canines came and the local radio station did a live broadcast for the day). There was a jogging team The White Horse Terriers which, I think, had more to do with the post-running rehydration!
While Pub Dog I got involved in supporting the launch of The Kennel Club Open for Dogs campaign. Now why arent we welcomed everywhere? Especially in these difficult times. Whether its the old man taking the dog for a walk or a family with their pet pooch, theres no doubt dog lovers like visiting welcoming pubs after a healthy walk. Nothing beats dogs outstretched before a roaring fire, fine ales and wines being sampled and meals and snacks being consumed (see below). And theres no law or Health & Safety nonsense that stops us being welcomed into any pub or restaurant.
After moving here 18 months ago Im now regularly found on the other side of the bar in the various pubs around where I live. I guess my Favourite Five are The Cat & Custard Pot (Shipton Moyne), The Potting Shed (Crudwell), Kings Arms (Didmarton), Black Horse (Amberley) and when I go to watch the rugby The Pulteney Arms in Bath. At each one the staff and locals all love to see me and they always have my (and my owners) favourite ale. Theres always sure to be one or two canine buddies in the bar too! When Im further afield, The Red Lion at Ampney St Peter is a must. Just spoilt for friendly choice here in the Cotswolds!
Age:Five next May.
Sex:Male and I lick anyone to death who might suggest otherwise.
Breed:People down here are quite savvy about wildlife, the country and dogs and most people recognise Im a Border Terrier.
Favourite food: Just about anything but I particularly fancy crunchy dog biscuits and the odd scrap of meat when in one of my locals.
Favourite crisps:Jalapeno.The Tavern at Kemble railway station always has them when I come off the train from a day-trip to London.
Favourite drink:Take a look at my photo. Of course, I always appreciate a bowl of fresh water to help wash down the snacks I get.
Favourite customer:Anybody whos prepared to make a fuss of me (and nearly everybody does, of course).
Favourite walk:All around where I live in Tresham.
Favourite spot:In amongst the locals around the bar.
Dislikes / pet hates:None really. Im a friendly chap ~ typical of most people and dogs you meet in your local. Well-run, welcoming pubs with great atmospheres, ales, food and wines seem to bring out the best in everyone. Mix in a few pooches and its just heaven, isnt it? Mind you . I get a little nervous when I hear people ask for a hair of the dog.
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