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Julie Bain, who runs the Crown Hotel in Manningtree, has created an à la carte menu for dogs.
The pub landlady told Heart: "There's a totally separate area for the dogs and at the moment the dogs are actually dragging their owners through the door so it's a really good feel-good factor for the trade."
On the menu, a choice of chicken, ham, beef, turkey or sausages - as well as free doggie biscuits and water.
And it doesn't stop there!
Julie, who owns a Yorkshire terrier-poodle cross called Jazz, added: "We're working on doggie birthday parties with a special cake made by our chef Becky using a special ingredient as well as a dog walking club."
Two fairground workers have pleaded not guilty to charges they face over the death of a school girl on a bouncy castle in Essex.
An aircraft hangar has been damaged in a blaze at Southend Airport.
Residents and businesses are being encouraged to tell Essex County Council whether they can access superfast broadband.
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