UK's Grumpiest Landlord Has Cat Called Hitler
A video has emerged of Britain's grumpiest and most eccentric pub landlord - a man who not only offers no welcome, no WiFi and no service, but also has a cat called Hitler.
Steve Cotten, owner of the Poltimore Arms in a remote part of Exmoor in Devon, is so against customer service, in fact, he refuses to pull a pint - even if one of his punters happens to be Prince Harry.
But exactly how has the 59-year-old managed to maintain a business despite doing just about nothing? Well, it all happened by chance.
Steve took over the pub seven years ago and for a long time he was happy drinking alongside his furry pal Frederick Albert Hitler until locals found out it had reopened.
He said: "I had no customers at the beginning. It was fantastic and I sat by the fire every night getting drunk.
''Then people started coming in. I never told anyone I was open. I said to the first one 'what do you want?' But they kept coming."
Since then, his pub has become a bit of a novelty, attracting royals and celebrities who head to the area for a spot of hunting or shooting.
However, the landlord refuses to give anyone the royal treatment - he's equally rude to all customers who happen to walk through the door.
Steve added: "Everyone knows there is only one rule in the pub and that is everyone is equal.
"We have had the richest people in the world here during shooting season, literally billionaires who land their helicopters on the field and I treat them all with the same disdain and disapproval.
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"They all love it though. No-one else talks to them like crap like I do. Everyone pours their own drinks and I often get them to work behind the bar...
"Prince Harry was a really nice chap. He used to come in with his friends before he ran off with Meghan Markle and I would make them pour their own drinks...
"Damien Hirst was another regular visitor. He didn't drink though but his ex-wife Maia used to join him and she would knock back 8-9 pints of the strongest ales."
Despite the long list of A-list customers, Steve says there's one true star - his ginger moggy Hitler. The pet has become so popular he even has his own Facebook page.
He added: "In the last week alone he has picked up a further 500 followers. When I rescued the pub I went in the rescue centre and said can I have the nastiest, most hostile cat you have.
"He was feral and totally insane. He would rip me to shreds every night and attack anything that moved but has calmed down over the years.
"He is fine with customers now but still scares off a lot of the dogs."
With a name like that, we're not surprised.
Although the landlord, who models himself on famous outlaw Dick Turpin, has been raided six times by HMRC, he insists that the overheads are low, including electricity which costs him just £37 a month.
He also cuts costs by keeping his options limited, only serving one gin, one whiskey, a few spirits and a few beers.
Steve concluded: "All pubs are about people. I let them have some beer, they give me some money. They normally give me more than the cost of the round.
"HMRC really think I am Dick Turpin so I like to play that character a bit."
Featured Image Credit: SWNS
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