New regulars enjoy work, rest and bray at Leeds pub

0
Have your say

It’s not the sound you would normally expect to hear at a south Leeds pub.

But regulars at the Falconer’s Rest could be forgiven for thinking they may have had one drink too many when they start to hear the sound of donkeys braying.

Debbie Wood of the Falconers Rest pub, Thorpe Lane, Middleton,' 2 donkeys Bobby and Charlie live in the beer garden  16th march 2015

Debbie Wood of the Falconers Rest pub, Thorpe Lane, Middleton,' 2 donkeys Bobby and Charlie live in the beer garden 16th march 2015

Meet Bobby and Charlie – they are two new surprise additions to the beer garden in Middleton.

The pair were rescued from certain slaughter by kind-hearted pub landlady Debbie Wood who fell for the donkey duo after learning their tragic fate.

And her new four-legged friends Bobby and Charlie are now settling in happily to their new life in a field behind the pub.

They have a wide open space and a ‘stable’ made from a converted container to live in while happily munching on hay, carrots and apples.

Kids who come in with their parents are delighted to see the donkeys.

Landlady Debbie joked: “It’s not like I don’t have enough to do with the pub and the beer barrels, but they make a great addition. Kids who come in with their parents are delighted to see them and always make a bee line for the donkeys.”

And she hopes that she can bring a taste of the seaside to the south Leeds community by offering donkey rides during the summer.

Debbie added: “In the summer we hope we can bring a bit of the seaside to Middleton and maybe do donkey rides and have a Middleton On Sea event.”

She said the donkeys, who have an enclosure near the pub’s play area, need mucking out and eat a lot of hay.

Debbie Wood of the Falconers Rest pub, Leeds, has installed donkeys Bobby and Charlie in the beer garden.

Debbie Wood of the Falconers Rest pub, Leeds, has installed donkeys Bobby and Charlie in the beer garden.

Debbie told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “They like apples and carrots and eat a load of hay.

“We have to watch what they eat as some things can be harmful for donkeys so we do ask people not to feed them.”

Debbie said the latest arrivals have brought a positive quirkiness to having a new pub pet.

And she said she hasn’t heard of any public houses playing home to a duo of donkeys in their beer gardens.

Proactis has published a trading update

Proactis achieves ‘substantial’ strategic progress