2:35pm Monday 15th April 2013
DOTTY the dray pony has become an established Sunday lunchtime sight around the steets of Stourbridge these days.
The 20-year-old driving pony arrives from her base at Six Ashes and makes her weekly trip from the Duke William pub in Coventry Street to the Plough and Harrow by Mary Stevens Park in Worcester Street carrying her delivery of Craddock’s beer.
Over the past two years, it’s estimated that Dotty has delivered 60,000 pints of traditional real ale which is brewed at the Coventry Street premises.
Proprietor David Craddock, who runs both pubs, said: “The roads are a bit quieter on Sunday when we make the deliveries.
“Dotty departs from the Duke William at 12.15pm and arrives at the Plough and Harrow anytime up to 1pm.
“She’s become such a popular sight, that people sit out in their front gardens and line the streets waiting for her to arrive.
“Then she remains at the Plough and Harrow for about an hour before bringing the empties back”.
Such is Dotty’s profile these days, she even has her own facebook page www.facebook.com/dottythedrayhorse - which keeps followers up to date with all her trips through town.
David Craddock has run the Plough and Harrow since 2006, taking over the Duke William in 2009.
He then launched his own brewery at the Coventry Street site two years ago, which has since supplied a staggering 180,000 pints.
David said: “I always wanted to run the kind of pub where I would like to be a customer. Then it made sense to launch a brewery that made the kind of beer I would like to drink.”
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