Britain’s ‘grumpiest landlord’ has replaced his dead cat Hitler with Osama

One of the grumpiest landlords in the UK has replaced a dead cat who sported an unfortunate name with another one equally controversial one. 

Steve Cotten, 59, who runs the Poltimore Arms in Exmoor, had a cat called Hitler but sadly the moggy died. 

But rather than get another cat with a standard name such as Garfield, he got another one and called it Osama – after the dead terrorist Osama bin Laden.

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And the new addition has already met members of outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson's family.

The landlord has a history being a grump, as he makes all customers – including Prince Harry – serve themselves and says he'd be perfectly happy drinking on his own every night at the venue in Yarde Down, Exmoor.

But after the death of his resident ginger moggy named Frederick Albert Hitler – which Steve acquired after requesting the "nastiest" cat they had at a rescue centre – he is now embedding Osama bin Yarde, known to locals now as Ozzy.

Steve said: "Osama was given to the pub as a feral farm kitten about four weeks ago.

"He's now 12 weeks old and not a replacement for Frederick Albert Hitler who sadly got run over by an electric car. But he is his successor.

"I've gradually been introducing him to the pub life by showing him pictures of snarling dogs and Claire the barmaid.

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"Hopefully he will have a long and happy life as Fred did."

Steve runs the boozer in a remote part of Exmoor in Devon – and insists all punters pull their own pints.

His boozer has no phone, television or mod cons and is fully off-grid and has become a favourite among royals and celebs who frequent the area for shooting and hunting.

But landlord Steve said it doesn't matter who comes through the doors – he is equally rude to everyone – and tells all customers to serve themselves.

All visitors who were greeted by Hitler will now have Osama welcoming them.

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And Steve says the two cats share many similar characteristics.

He added: "They are very similar but Ozzy is too trusting at the moment. He's been slowly meeting and greeting customers and he met Boris the Prime Minister's sister Rachel last night.

"But unlike Boris, Ozzy's black and white and hasn't learnt how to do a sneaky cheese and wine party yet.

"They got on brilliantly – he's absolutely adored by everyone."

Steve saved the historic pub several years ago – but after a career in precision engineering admitted he had no idea how to run a boozer.

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He initially told no-one he had opened and enjoyed getting drunk alone by the fire – but his brash and unorthodox manner created a buzz and the crowds began to flock back.

Inside the pub itself there are several rooms adorned with bizarre decor including multiple pianos and a dead ferret stuck to the wall.

He models himself on famous outlaw Dick Turpin as he travels on horseback and often sports full attire including jacket, hat and gun.

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