‘Free manure!’ Village pub owners who had huge pile of manure dumped outside premises with signs claiming ‘the landlord is f***ing my wife’ see the funny side by offering it out to punters for their roses
- Dirty protest alleged landlord had been cheating on spouse with another woman
- Five signs from dung-heap each bore the phrase ‘the landlord is f***ing my wife’
- Pub responded with sign saying: ‘Free manure donated by generous supplier!’
- Landlord denies allegations, saying they are a smear campaign and ‘unfounded’
A pub has jokingly hit back after having a massive pile of manure covered in foul-mouthed signs dumped outside it as a jilted lover accused its landlord of infidelity.
The dirty protest alleged the Hampshire pub’s landlord and chef, Simon Emberley, had been cheating on his spouse, Joanna, with the wife of the anonymous sender.
Five signs protruding from the dung-heap, which was left outside the award-winning Hawkley Inn, near Liss, each bore the phrase ‘the landlord is f***ing my wife’.
But the pub responded with a chalkboard sign outside which said: ‘Limited offer! Free local horse manure donated by generous supplier! Jo and Simon xx.’
The Hawkley Inn near Liss, Hampshire, has responded with a chalkboard sign outside which said: ‘Limited offer! Free local horse manure donated by generous supplier! Jo and Simon xx’
Staff posted a picture of the sign on Facebook, with the caption: ‘Simon and I are happy to share the love bestowed upon us this morning by a kind but sadly anonymous benefactor.
‘Such a shame we can’t contact you directly to thank you in person! Anyone with roses that need a boost, you know where we are!’
The dirty protest alleged the pub’s landlord and chef, Simon Emberley, had been cheating on his spouse, Joanna (pictured together)
The two-metre wide pile was so large that it caused delays for drivers trying to pass through the centre of the picturesque village, before being hosed away by workmen.
It was discovered early yesterday morning by a baffled Mr Emberley, who said he had no idea who has left it there.
Mr Emberley denied the expletive-riddled allegations, claiming the manure and messages were a smear campaign against him and were ‘unfounded and untrue’.
Speaking from his pub yesterday, he said: ‘All I know is I turned up for work at 7.30 this morning, and there was a big pile of s*** in the road.
‘I don’t know where it’s come from or who has done it, but something like this can turn somebody’s life upside down.
‘It is unfounded and untrue – whoever has done it is trying to ruin our business.’
The huge pile of dung was piled up outside the picturesque pub in the village of Hawkley
The poo is now the talk of the town, with locals speculating over who could have put it there. Mrs Emberley said the dung was ‘in the hands of the police now’.
She added: ‘We have done nothing wrong, it is very unfortunate – a group of bullies who have targeted us for no reason.
‘We’re over it – there are much more important things going on in the world. It’s time to move on and talk about something else.’
The pub responded to the manure by putting up a sign offering it to for other people’s gardens
One resident, Philip Chippindale, said he saw it on his road after a friend called him in ‘fits of laughter’.
Mr Chippindale, 70, said: ‘When I saw it, I thought ‘my God, what’s that doing there?’ It was a trailer load – people had to drive around it.
‘Somebody had already told me about it on the phone – he was in fits of laughter about it. It’s a mystery how it got there.’
Another resident on the quiet country road said his brother heard a vehicle pull up outside the pub at around midnight last night.
The pub is described as a ‘jewel’ online, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty
Police have now launched an investigation into the ‘malicious communications’ written onto the five signs stuck into the heap.
The Hawkley Inn has previously been recognised by travel sites such as Tripadvisor and Trivago for its excellent standards of food and service.
The pub is described as a ‘jewel’ on its website, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty that attracts visitors to the ‘beautiful views’ of the South Downs National Park.
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