Feeling thirsty? Pub welcomes horses as well as riders

  • A Shropshire pub has been given a horsey make-over so that equestrian customers are catered for as well as humans.

    The Brewery Inn has recently undergone a nine-month refurbishment including some rider-friendly additions.

    Horses can now be hacked to the pub and tied up at specially installed rings. There is also a large tub of water to ensure thirsty equine can be refreshed.

    “Riders can stop for refreshments and tie up their horses using tie rings provided,” said landlord Fiona Hotchkiss. “We provide a huge tub of fresh water and there’s even a mounting block to get on and off your horse with.”

    The new facilities were launched on 22 April and have since been enjoyed by several local riders.

    The makeover is attracting plenty of interest online.

    “Within two days of the Facebook launch the post showing our new facilities had over 25,000 views and more since, which has amazed us,” said Miss Hotchkiss.

    Miss Hotchkiss, who has ridden since she was a child, believes The Brewery Inn is the first pub in Shropshire to have such facilities.

    Her late father and former pub landlord, Roger Hotchkiss, had always wanted to make the pub horse-friendly, so it was a project Miss Hotchkiss was keen to pursue.

    On 8 May the local Telford Horse Riding and Access group used the pub as a pit stop on a ride.

    “Riders have been grateful for the use of the loos, a cold drink and water for their horses,” added Miss Hotchkiss.

    “We are on side of the Silkin Way in the Ironbridge Gorge and see lots of horse riders, dog walkers and cyclists. We are hoping other pubs will see this and start to cater for horses and riders too.”

    For more info visit www.breweryinn.co.uk

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