Beer-loving horse barred from English pub

September 30th, 2008 - 5:59 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 30 (IANS) Peggy, the horse who became world famous for her habit of turning up at a British pub for a pint of beer, has been banned by the landlady fearing for new carpets.”Although she is probably cleaner than some of my customers, I had to put my foot down and show her the door,” said Jackie Gray after the drinking house underwent a refit, complete with new carpets.

The horse was banned recently, British papers reported Tuesday.

The 12-year-old mare used to enjoy a pint of John Smiths bitter - an English beer - and a packet of beef flavoured potato crisps alongside owner Peter Dolan inside O’Malleys pub in the town of Jarrow in eastern England.

She hit the headlines around the world, even appearing on German television, in October 2006 when Gray, having recently taken over the pub, spoke of her shock at finding Peggy among her regular customers.

“It was a hot day when the horse came in and I was shocked at first because I have never run a pub before,” the landlady said.

Dolan, a retired oil rigger who bought Peggy eight years ago, discovered her fondness for the pub when she followed him inside one day.

Peggy reportedly still comes to the pub, now named the Alexandra Hotel, but is tethered outside a window from where she can see her former drinking buddies enjoy their pints.

“People come into the pub and the first thing they say is ‘Where’s Peggy?’ I tell them she’s kicked the habit and is teetotal now,” said owner Dolan.

“No-one even took any notice of her. Everyone just saw her as one of the locals.”

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