Meet the pub drinker that can’t wait for boozers to reopen – a HORSE that likes a pint.
The horse – called Midnight – loves a daily cider and a bag of crisps at the Meynell Arms with owner Jessie Sale.
Thankfully pubs are due to re-open soon and the 33-year-old Dales Gelding can get back in boozer in Burton-on-Trent, Staffs.
Jessie, 21, is a third year student at the University of Salford and can’t wait to get back to day drinking with her horsey pal.
She said: “I’m missing the dartboard and he’s missing the cider.
“I feel like when I come back from uni you can tell he’s getting excited, I think he associates me with the pub!
“It’s down the road from us – instead of turning left towards home he’ll always turn his nose right to hint about the pub.”
Jessie first saw the opportunity to take her beloved horse down for a drink while working at the pub during the holidays.
She said: “The Meynell has been shut for years and then it opened again last year, so I started working there straight away.
“They have an outside bar and courtyard, so I thought you know what I’m bringing him up.
“He loves a Bad Apple cider and a packet of crisps. I give him the glass and he kind of dips his tongue in.
“He tried a Carlsberg pilsner first but we thought we’d stick to cider.”
The pub is a 15-minute walk from the pub to Miss Sale’s house in Hoar Cross, a route that Midnight knows all too well after numerous trips.
“I don’t even use his rope, I just chuck it over his back and he walks there,” she added.
Apart from good company, Midnight has provided Jessie with transportation home.
She said: ”It’s great because he’s a free taxi service.”
Jessie has had Midnight since her 14th birthday and spoke of his boisterous nature.
She said: “He used to be really naughty when I first had him, and he’d run off all the time.
“He’s brilliant now though, I know what he’s thinking all the time. I can click my finer and he’ll come to me like a big dog.”