Becoming a dog-friendly pub has boosted a pub in Cork’s revenue, the owner has said.
Dog-friendly pubs are very common in Britain and are popular with people who like to have a pint or a meal after they’ve been out for a stroll with their pet.
Mossie, who runs the Blackbird pub in Ballycotton, said the establishment has always welcomed dogs.
“We’re very, very dog friendly,” he told Lunchtime Live.
“We’ve been dog friendly for the past 10 years since I took the bar over.
“It’s a bar and restaurant and we’re right here in the middle of Ballycotton.”
There is even a sign outside to encourage dog owners to come on in.
“It’s a sign outside our door - we’re dog friendly - and the sign inside our door is ‘Dogs Welcome - One Attached To The Owner’,” he said.
Most dogs are well-behaved but they do have to remain on a lead at all times.
“Usually they’re very, very good,” Mossie said.
“They sit down under the table and that’s it.
“They’re a very big part of family life and dogs can suffer if they’re left alone at home from anxiety.
“If people want to get out, they want to take the pet with them. We find especially here in Ballycotton that they come, they make a day out it, they take a walk down the pier - the whole lot.”
Although some people who do not like dogs might stay away, Mossie believes that overall his canine-friendly policies have been good for the Blackbird.
“Have we increased our revenue because of dogs? I would say yes.”
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