Landlord adds dog food to the menu - but pooches have to mind their manners!

Chard & Ilminster News: Gavin Ridley and his pet dog, Milo, at the Poppe Inn in Tatworth. Do not fear - this photo was set up just to illustrate the story. Dogs are NOT actually allowed to sit at the table for their dinner! Gavin Ridley and his pet dog, Milo, at the Poppe Inn in Tatworth. Do not fear - this photo was set up just to illustrate the story. Dogs are NOT actually allowed to sit at the table for their dinner!

LANDLORD Gavin Ridley quite literally hopes making a ‘dog’s dinner’ of things could be the key to success at at Somerset pub.

Gavin took over the tenancy of the well-known 15th century Poppe Inn pub at Tatworth, near Chard, on Hallowe’en night last year, and gave pub-goers something to chew on when he added a new concept to the bar menu – dog food!

While some readers may think Gavin is barking mad, he explained to the News that he hoped the added extra to the normal menu would be welcomed by dog walkers in the area.

“It means dog owners can come in for something to eat and treat their dog to a meal as well,” he said.

Gavin, who is himself a dog lover, said he had seen the idea work well at a pub elsewhere in the country and thought he would give it a go at the Poppe Inn.

“It’s something a bit different, and I hope dog walkers will come in and enjoy it,” he said.

He said dog walkers merely popping into the pub for a pint and a packet of crisps could also treat their animals with the bar stocking a range of dog biscuits.

Gavin was quick to reassure people, however, that the preparation of human food and canine meals were kept entirely separate.

Not wishing to end up in the dog house, Gavin said there was also an animal-free area for people to dine in at the pub.

And don’t worry, our photos this week are just to illustrate the story – dogs won’t get to sit at table (or the bar) and still have to mind their manners from the comfort of the floor.

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9:48pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Mark1970 says...

Dog's have been part of a pub for years so nice to see a tradition of a man walking his dog, just so that he could pop into the pub for a pint.

Only downside are the thugs with their pitbulls and other dangerous breeds trying to look the big I am. Sadly dogs and dog owners have changed a lot.

Shame this was not allowed in most places in Taunton as I know quite a few dog owners who would be happy.

Still nice gimmick for the pub, and free publicity, as some of our news gets mixed up between Bridgwater, Chard and Taunton.

I can safely say you will not find many dog walkers from Taunton walking 16 miles so they can go and have a pint.
Dog's have been part of a pub for years so nice to see a tradition of a man walking his dog, just so that he could pop into the pub for a pint. Only downside are the thugs with their pitbulls and other dangerous breeds trying to look the big I am. Sadly dogs and dog owners have changed a lot. Shame this was not allowed in most places in Taunton as I know quite a few dog owners who would be happy. Still nice gimmick for the pub, and free publicity, as some of our news gets mixed up between Bridgwater, Chard and Taunton. I can safely say you will not find many dog walkers from Taunton walking 16 miles so they can go and have a pint. Mark1970
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4:52am Thu 10 Jan 13

Mark1970 says...

Wish I could go LOL on that comment bts73 but cannot. I am an animal lover, and animals are only as bad as their owners, so I would sooner drive over their owners, rather than the dogs.

Most dogs will bite or attack, but as their nature.

Pitbulls and some other dogs are deliberately trained to attack and be fierce.

I grew up with dogs and worked with them doing YTS in kennels. My dream was to be with the RAF display team but never ended up in that trade.

Small dogs such as poodles, jack russel's and Shiztu's can be nasty gits as well despite their size and how people see them.

When I worked in a kennel I was a bit terrified to go into a kennel where there were two dobermans's to give them their food.

One of them took a bit of a liking to my leg and god's honest truth but how can you shake off a doberman humping your leg.

I asked the kennel maid to go in after that.

And before you start freespeech, I done YTS when I was 16/17 years of age at Chevely Kennels near Bristol boss was a bloke called Dick who was an ex copper. I also worked at Urchingwood Manor near Yatton or Congresbury before that at the stables Lord and Lady Hall.

I have checkable background do you?
Wish I could go LOL on that comment bts73 but cannot. I am an animal lover, and animals are only as bad as their owners, so I would sooner drive over their owners, rather than the dogs. Most dogs will bite or attack, but as their nature. Pitbulls and some other dogs are deliberately trained to attack and be fierce. I grew up with dogs and worked with them doing YTS in kennels. My dream was to be with the RAF display team but never ended up in that trade. Small dogs such as poodles, jack russel's and Shiztu's can be nasty gits as well despite their size and how people see them. When I worked in a kennel I was a bit terrified to go into a kennel where there were two dobermans's to give them their food. One of them took a bit of a liking to my leg and god's honest truth but how can you shake off a doberman humping your leg. I asked the kennel maid to go in after that. And before you start freespeech, I done YTS when I was 16/17 years of age at Chevely Kennels near Bristol boss was a bloke called Dick who was an ex copper. I also worked at Urchingwood Manor near Yatton or Congresbury before that at the stables Lord and Lady Hall. I have checkable background do you? Mark1970
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10:11am Thu 10 Jan 13

David Pincombe says...

I suppose sawdust on the floor instead of carpet could be classed as "going green"
I suppose sawdust on the floor instead of carpet could be classed as "going green" David Pincombe
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6:57pm Thu 10 Jan 13

FreeSpeech? says...

Mark1970 wrote:
Wish I could go LOL on that comment bts73 but cannot. I am an animal lover, and animals are only as bad as their owners, so I would sooner drive over their owners, rather than the dogs.

Most dogs will bite or attack, but as their nature.

Pitbulls and some other dogs are deliberately trained to attack and be fierce.

I grew up with dogs and worked with them doing YTS in kennels. My dream was to be with the RAF display team but never ended up in that trade.

Small dogs such as poodles, jack russel's and Shiztu's can be nasty gits as well despite their size and how people see them.

When I worked in a kennel I was a bit terrified to go into a kennel where there were two dobermans's to give them their food.

One of them took a bit of a liking to my leg and god's honest truth but how can you shake off a doberman humping your leg.

I asked the kennel maid to go in after that.

And before you start freespeech, I done YTS when I was 16/17 years of age at Chevely Kennels near Bristol boss was a bloke called Dick who was an ex copper. I also worked at Urchingwood Manor near Yatton or Congresbury before that at the stables Lord and Lady Hall.

I have checkable background do you?
Just let us know when there something you haven't done or don't know about, save a lot of time our little font of all knowledge.
[quote][p][bold]Mark1970[/bold] wrote: Wish I could go LOL on that comment bts73 but cannot. I am an animal lover, and animals are only as bad as their owners, so I would sooner drive over their owners, rather than the dogs. Most dogs will bite or attack, but as their nature. Pitbulls and some other dogs are deliberately trained to attack and be fierce. I grew up with dogs and worked with them doing YTS in kennels. My dream was to be with the RAF display team but never ended up in that trade. Small dogs such as poodles, jack russel's and Shiztu's can be nasty gits as well despite their size and how people see them. When I worked in a kennel I was a bit terrified to go into a kennel where there were two dobermans's to give them their food. One of them took a bit of a liking to my leg and god's honest truth but how can you shake off a doberman humping your leg. I asked the kennel maid to go in after that. And before you start freespeech, I done YTS when I was 16/17 years of age at Chevely Kennels near Bristol boss was a bloke called Dick who was an ex copper. I also worked at Urchingwood Manor near Yatton or Congresbury before that at the stables Lord and Lady Hall. I have checkable background do you?[/p][/quote]Just let us know when there something you haven't done or don't know about, save a lot of time our little font of all knowledge. FreeSpeech?
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12:13am Fri 11 Jan 13

Mark1970 says...

Freespeech why not share something that you have done or actually know about life?

Indulge us sometime.

Unlike some people I actually went to work when I left school £27.50 on YTS for a full weeks work.

None of this claim that your parents are kicking you out and the council will house you, or get pregnant and you get a council place.
Freespeech why not share something that you have done or actually know about life? Indulge us sometime. Unlike some people I actually went to work when I left school £27.50 on YTS for a full weeks work. None of this claim that your parents are kicking you out and the council will house you, or get pregnant and you get a council place. Mark1970
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