Pub ban is a cat-astrophe!

Swindon Advertiser: Ember the cat has been barred from the Blunsdon Arms, pictured with Kellie Watkins and Sarah Harrison  Ember the cat has been barred from the Blunsdon Arms, pictured with Kellie Watkins and Sarah Harrison

A FAT ginger cat has been barred from a north Swindon pub for repeatedly ignoring calls for last orders.

The pushy puss – who has been named Ember by customers, has literally set up home in the Blunsdon Arms and doesn’t seem to have any wish to leave the bar. Her favourite position is under the outdoor heaters, but she is just as happy purring to punters inside. Staff have had to put up a sign on the front door saying: “Please note the cat is barred,” to try and prevent Ember from interrupting customers eating food.

The mystery cat – who is assured of a plentiful supply of tasty snacks from punters and staff, has been happily frequenting the pub for eight months.

“I think she gets better fed than me,” said the pub’s manager, Mark Burton. “She is very forward and goes for everybody’s lap when she comes into the pub.

“As we do a lot of food, we have to keep chucking her out. She turns up at 7am looking for food and is so friendly and quite unusual. Obviously she likes people or is very lonely.”

Whether Ember has a real home is a mystery but some people believe her real name is Jasmine. She has become a legend at the pub and a Facebook page may be set up in her honour. But due to health and safety regulations, she is not allowed because the pub sells food.

“Everybody has to stop letting her in, as I spend half the day chasing her out,” said Mark laughingly.

And Ember knows her prime position, as the only cat in the pub, makes her very lucky.

“She stares other cats out if they appear outside the pub,“ said Mark. “She is very territorial.”

Staff member Kellie Watkins said: “She will just sit on my shoulder for ages. She can be a pain though when she sneaks inside, as she tries to sit on top of tables and watches people eat their dinner. She gets so much to eat here including fish, cat food and chicken.”

She has been given her name because of her ginger looks, but also because Ember inns own the popular pub, which has been open for two years.

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11:18am Tue 14 Oct 08

Casual Observer says...

I'm happy to be corrected but if this is a pure ginger cat then it's probably not a female. Should have called it Ginger.
I'm happy to be corrected but if this is a pure ginger cat then it's probably not a female. Should have called it Ginger. Casual Observer

12:17pm Tue 14 Oct 08

Grimaldi says...

What an absolutely fascinating story! The world is in the grip of a financial crisis the like if which has not been seen for decades, but no need to worry - the Blunsdon Arms has a cat that sometimes pops in to the bar. Good. God.
What an absolutely fascinating story! The world is in the grip of a financial crisis the like if which has not been seen for decades, but no need to worry - the Blunsdon Arms has a cat that sometimes pops in to the bar. Good. God. Grimaldi

12:22pm Tue 14 Oct 08

Casual Observer says...

Crikey yes you're right - the banks are in trouble so normal life must discontinue. Anyway, you're a fine one to talk about triviality! (Riiiiiiichard, Boothby Pagnall et al)
Crikey yes you're right - the banks are in trouble so normal life must discontinue. Anyway, you're a fine one to talk about triviality! (Riiiiiiichard, Boothby Pagnall et al) Casual Observer

4:23pm Tue 14 Oct 08

Grimaldi says...

If you knew what 'musical' atrocities were committed by
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
iiiiiiiichard, Rollo, Pye, Ondes,Chamberlin, Yodelling and Clover on their Nondos, Fingles and Jabadao de Quimpers, you wouldn't use the word 'trivial' so lightly.
If you knew what 'musical' atrocities were committed by Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiichard, Rollo, Pye, Ondes,Chamberlin, Yodelling and Clover on their Nondos, Fingles and Jabadao de Quimpers, you wouldn't use the word 'trivial' so lightly. Grimaldi

4:46pm Tue 14 Oct 08

ourtone says...

Oh come on Gurmpy Grimaldi! Cheer up Casual Observer.

This is a Purr-fect example of the kind of Tail that the local press can Litter the paper with. They are very truthful. They certainly call a Spayed a Spayed. You can Paws for a moment and Claw your way through the story before you have to Flea back to the Rat Race.
Oh come on Gurmpy Grimaldi! Cheer up Casual Observer. This is a Purr-fect example of the kind of Tail that the local press can Litter the paper with. They are very truthful. They certainly call a Spayed a Spayed. You can Paws for a moment and Claw your way through the story before you have to Flea back to the Rat Race. ourtone

4:48pm Tue 14 Oct 08

I Too says...

Trivial tosh.

Nice cat
Trivial tosh. Nice cat I Too

4:50pm Tue 14 Oct 08

I Too says...

This is a Purr-fect example of the kind of Tail that the local press can Litter the paper with. They are very truthful. They certainly call a Spayed a Spayed. You can Paws for a moment and Claw your way through the story before you have to Flea back to the Rat Race.

Is anyone keeping 'tabs' on this?
This is a Purr-fect example of the kind of Tail that the local press can Litter the paper with. They are very truthful. They certainly call a Spayed a Spayed. You can Paws for a moment and Claw your way through the story before you have to Flea back to the Rat Race. Is anyone keeping 'tabs' on this? I Too

5:20pm Tue 14 Oct 08

Casual Observer says...

Grimaldi wrote:
If you knew what 'musical' atrocities were committed by
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

iiiiiiiichard, Rollo, Pye, Ondes,Chamberlin, Yodelling and Clover on their Nondos, Fingles and Jabadao de Quimpers, you wouldn't use the word 'trivial' so lightly.
Sorry Grimaldi, I'll be more careful next time.
[quote][p][bold]Grimaldi[/bold] wrote: If you knew what 'musical' atrocities were committed by Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiichard, Rollo, Pye, Ondes,Chamberlin, Yodelling and Clover on their Nondos, Fingles and Jabadao de Quimpers, you wouldn't use the word 'trivial' so lightly. [/p][/quote]Sorry Grimaldi, I'll be more careful next time. Casual Observer

5:43pm Tue 14 Oct 08

mush1234 says...

i remember the landlord mark burton from the cross keys many years ago he was a **** then
i remember the landlord mark burton from the cross keys many years ago he was a **** then mush1234

5:46pm Tue 14 Oct 08

mush1234 says...

**** that should read pushy puss if you know what i mean.
**** that should read pushy puss if you know what i mean. mush1234

6:57pm Tue 14 Oct 08

I Too says...

Hey mush 1234!
Where's you been ?
Hey mush 1234! Where's you been ? I Too
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