No long faces for pub chain as it welcomes horse-drawn drinkers

Leicester Arms

PUB operator Brakspear is going back to its roots by highlighting its horse-friendly establishments on its website, so drinkers can arrive on four legs without worrying that their mounts will have nothing to drink themselves.

Explaining the new initiative, Emma Sweet, Marketing Manager for Brakspear, which runs pubs in Kent, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, said: “A lot of our pubs were originally built as coach and horse inns, so it’s a great way to incorporate a pub’s history with its modern offering.

“In these eco-conscious times, we wanted to remind people that some of our pubs can cater for those arriving on horseback,” she added.



Publican Lawrence Bowes who runs the Leicester Arms, in Penshurst – which is currently in the running for the Best Dog-Friendly category of the Great British Pub Awards, says he has been welcoming horses since he and his family took over the pub three years ago.

“I’m sure the Leicester Arms was welcoming them long before that,” he added.

“Living in the countryside, lots of people ride horses, and we’re lucky to have several great routes in the local area, so stopping for a pint and a bite to eat on your horse is easy. We make sure that both rider and horse are well looked after.”

The company’s website,, and its app allow customers to search all Brakspear pubs using filters such as horse-, dog- and family-friendly.


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