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Lincolnshire village pub brings back bartering

Landlord David Hurst accepts two partridges
Customers have offered carrots and partridges as payment for drinks

Drinkers at a Lincolnshire pub no longer have to pay for their pints in cash - after landlords decided to allow bartering.

Carrots and dead partridges have been exchanged for drinks at the Bugle Horn in Bassingham.

Some drinkers have also volunteered to wash-up or decorate the pub.

Landlords Matthew Walsh and David Hurst said it was a way for independent pubs to compete with special offers at larger chain bars.

'Win-win situation'

David Hurst said: "We can't compete on the prices - there's no way that we can.

"We try and give something else back to people, we're always open to new ideas."

Matthew Walsh said the initiative had brought back a buzz to the pub and village.

"If it can be used or gives benefit to us, or saves us money, it means then we can keep our costs down and not pass on huge price increases to the customers.

"For everyone it's a win-win situation."

The pub is also aiming to set up a football team and a book club in the village.

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Carrots and dead partridges have been exchanged for drinks at the Bugle Horn in Bassingham



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