3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to EDP Norfolk today click here

Pub Pets: Charlie at The Cellar House

PUBLISHED: 17:01 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:01 20 March 2017

Charlie at the Cellar House in Eaton

Charlie at the Cellar House in Eaton

Archant

It is not just people who help make the atmosphere of a pub – it is also the resident pets which make the bar their home

Charlie at the Cellar House in EatonCharlie at the Cellar House in Eaton

Every pub has its regulars – but there are none as popular as the resident dog, soaking up the attention from customers, loitering for titbits and taking their place at their favourite table – usually by the fire.

As part of a new series, we are looking for Norfolk’s favourite pub pets – whether your local has a dog, cat or even a parrot, we want to hear about it.

Charlie in the beer garden at the Cellar House in EatonCharlie in the beer garden at the Cellar House in Eaton

Many pubs in the county not only have their own pets making themselves at home, but also welcome customers’ four-legged friends. And if you have been out for a long walk with your dog there is nothing nicer than ending it with some refreshment in a warm and inviting pub.

This month, we meet four-year-old golden retriever Charlie who is resident at the Cellar House in Eaton. 
Such is his popularity he even has his own Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Cellar House owners Victoria and Grahame MacDonald took over the pub when Charlie was a puppy so he has very much grown up in the bar.

“Everybody loves him but he’s a rubbish retriever as he 
never brings anything back, but he does great tricks for a doggy treat. His favourite is sausages from our suppliers, Harvey’s Butchers.”

Although the couple don’t live at the pub, they are there most of the time so Charlie has very much got pub life in his blood.

“When we go to the pub he even recognises the phrase ‘Cellar House’ and gets very excited when asked if he’d like to go to the Post Office – which is now located inside the pub and brings in a lot of people, often with their dogs,” says Victoria.

The couple also run the White Lodge at Attleborough and the Old Ram at Tivetshall St Mary and both are dog 
friendly – with the White Lodge even having a snug with its own water bowl.

“Being a dog-friendly pub creates a really nice atmosphere and it is always a talking point. We find that many people take their dogs out for a walk and end it with a drink in the pub and Charlie loves to meet other dogs. Here at the Cellar House it is a relaxed environment and this time of year, the fire is roaring, so customers like to warm themselves in front of it – and their dogs tend to sit and do the same,” she laughs. w

The Cellar House, 2 Eaton Street, Norwich, 
NR4 7AB, www.thecellarhouse.co.uk.

Follow Charlie on Instagram and Twitter @pubdogcharlie.

Does your local pub have its own resident pet? Are you a landlord or landlady whose pet is an important part of your team? Email us at norfolkmagletters@archant.co.uk

More from People

Tucked away in a small village, a trust is working hard to preserve a unique part of our shopping history

Read more
September 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018

We discover the story behind a beautiful pedal boat being built in Norfolk and meet the craft’s remarkable creator

Read more
September 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

World number one, multiple grand slam winner, Paralympic medallist - it’s hard to believe it’s little more than a decade since Alfie Hewett first tried wheelchair tennis

Read more
September 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

As the circus celebrates 250 years Susie recalls a memorable visit to Great Yarmouth’s Hippodrome

Read more
September 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018

As the popular Irish comedian Dylan Moran heads to the county we ask him what showgoers can expect

Read more
September 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Great Yarmouth circus owner Peter Jay shares his Super Seven cultural picks - from news hopping to the ultimate fast food burger

Read more
August 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tim FitzHigham is king of the bathtub boat, clown of endurance dance, and a brave and loyal Norfolk man, writes Rowan Mantell

Read more
August 2018

Paul Howard’s charming creations are made from driftwood combed from Norfolk beaches. But his story begins with a very ill little boy...

Read more
August 2018

If you cherish our maritime environment, why not join the growing army of beach clean volunteers determined to protect it from the catastrophic impact of plastic pollution?

Read more
August 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018

We meet Nigel Corley, organiser of the Hunstanton Kite Festival and Classic Car Rally

Read more
August 2018

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search