Horse walks into a bar
YOU'VE all heard the one about a horse walking into a bar.
But this really is the case for Basil the stallion who loves nothing more than relaxing with a refreshing pint in his local.
The Welsh Cob visits his favoured watering hole every Sunday at the Meynell Ingram Arms in Burton, Staffordshire.
He enjoys mingling with the locals as he relaxes and sups on his favourite tipple in the country boozer.
The pony punter's favourite drink is the locally brewed ale Marson's Pedigree, which is always waiting for him at the bar in his very own glass.
Manager Guy Wallis added: said: "Basil is one of a kind. He's been coming in the pub for years.
"After he's been for a ride he loves nothing more than to come inside for a pint and horsing around with the locals.
"He's very cool and this is his ideal place to relax. He's a hit with the locals and everyone loves having him around.
"It doesn't seem strange having him in the pub, because he's like one of the regulars, he just pokes his head round the door and comes in and has a drink, just like everyone else."
But the nine-year-old 14.2 hands pony has been trying to get in for years, before the landlord gave in and let Basil drink his favourite brew.
"His owners have been coming here for over ten years and he would always try and get his hoof in the door," he added.
"But we couldn't deny him anymore and so he's been coming with them the last few years.
"If he's lucky we''ll give him some vegetables to go with his pint.
"I think it's fantastic that pubs still have animals through the doors, just like the old days, we encourage all country life and animals are welcome here.
“He’s become such a regular customer here that I’ve given him his own glass, which he drinks from every time.”
But Basil's owner Wendy and Harvey said they love having him with them and sharing a pint together.
Owner, Harvey Milnes said: “When I was having a pint of Pedigree, Basil would put his lips round the glass and clearly loved the smell.
“So I gave him a taste and he’s loved it ever since, but he’s not in any way a lager fan, he sticks to ale.
“We’ve never got him drunk because we obviously don’t want to turn him into an alcoholic, but he’s allowed the occasional tipple.”