THE owner of North Devon’s popular fundraising duck has admitted his pet loves nothing more than a pint at his favourite pub.
Barrie Hayman, 67, and two-year-old Star have become local celebrities and are well known for their efforts in raising money for Children's Hospice South West.
They have been known to frequent a number of local haunts over the years, including The Westleigh Inn, near Bideford, but it seems they have found a new hangout.
The pair have recently been spotted at The Old Court House in Chulmleigh, a traditional thatched country inn which dates back to 1633.
And it appears the duo’s new watering hole is down to a change of address.
“We lost our cottage where we were living in at Eastleigh and we moved into a caravan near Chulmleigh and someone recommended the Old Court House Inn to me,” said Barrie.
“When I walked in I said to the barman do you mind if I bring in a duck and he was a bit surprised at first, but they welcomed us in and everyone has just really taken to him.”
It is not just Barrie who is partial to his favourite drink, an Exmoor Ale, at the pub. Star also likes to take a sip straight from his pint glass.
“He loves watching the rugby with me and one day while he was still quite young he was sat on the arm of the couch and I had my beer there and suddenly all I could hear was this slurping sound and there he was drinking my beer,” added Barrie.
“He does a lot to help out with raising money for Children’s Hospice South West and all he asks for in return is an Exmoor Ale.”
Owner Sam Moyse has run The Old Court House for the last 18 years.
He said: “We’ve had many different animals here over the years, donkeys and horses for example, it’s what a thatched country inn should be about.
“Everybody in the pub enjoys seeing the duck wandering round and he even preens himself in our dog bowl.
“We’re a family pub so the children love it and so do a lot of the villagers. It’s just really different and interesting.”
He added: “Barrie tells me it’s the duck who drags him here!”