When you’re holidaying with four-legged family members as well as two, or simply need somewhere to refuel after a long walk, it isn’t always easy to track down a place that welcomes dogs with open arms and a bowl full of treats. Well, we’ve done the hard work for you: take a look at our roundup of the best dog-friendly pubs to be found right across the UK.
The Falls Of Dochart Inn is the perfect place to take your pooch in the Highlands of Scotland. Named after the scenic, picturesque river that flows nearby, the Inn boasts rustic slate flooring and a large open fire: a fitting place of rest for your wet dog to dry off after a paddle in the river. Following this, a relaxed, charming walk along the riverside is the perfect way to end your day, as the Inn is located near Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
The Turks Head in Rothbury lists dogs among their most-welcomed guests, and go out of their way to show hospitality to your canine. Dogs are even accommodated in the bar area: treated to a bowl of water so you can quench your thirst side by side. The expansive outdoor area is a perfect place to relax and bask in the sun, and if you decide to spend the night, there is also one dog-friendly room available, providing a cosy, affordable resting place. With the picturesque Northumbrian coast just 20 minutes away, you pampered pup will be in doggy heaven.
The Farmers Arms in Muker is a traditional Yorkshire pub that is more than happy for your canine to pay them a visit. Professing to have an ‘unspoilt charm’, the pub prides itself on its local ales and hearty, traditional food. With a stone-flagged floor and open fire, it really is the perfect place for you to stop off in the middle of, or even after, a brisk evening’s walk. Renowned for its breath-taking scenery and varied footpaths, there’s a multitude of routes for you and your dog to explore. Not only that, but The Farmer’s Arms also prides itself on being a retreat from hectic day-to-day life, by discouraging the use of mobile phones, tablets and laptops. What better opportunity for your pooch to steal all of the attention?
The Swallow Inn near Grimsby may be the most dog-friendly pub in the world, as they will bring your pet a bowl of water and delicious treat to munch on. Located in the heart of the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds, this family-run pub and restaurant offers fresh, homemade and locally-sourced food, with the added benefit of being able to dine with your pooch. They also have a beer garden if you want to enjoy some rare English sunshine, and there’s a play area for the little ones, too.
The Lacon Arms in Hemsby couldn’t be more suited to you and your pup, as it sits just 50 yards from the golden, sandy beach nearby. They welcome dogs on the outside terracing and inside the main pub, providing they are well-behaved and kept on a lead. Water bowls are also available on request, and will be much appreciated after a long walk down the beach! For you, the restaurant provides a traditional carvery buffet, and a fantastic backdrop that’s a feast for the eyes.
Not many pubs boast three acres of green meadow for your canine to run around in! Essex’s oldest pub, the Green Man, is a must-visit for dogs and their owners. Situated outside of Chelmsford and adjacent to Hylands Park, the pubs offers an exquisite dining experience and rustic country landscape that’s a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. As well as dogs, the pub also accommodates horses, showing a unique, and animal-friendly ambience reflected in the friendly, welcoming hospitality of the pub owners themselves.
A small, endearing and quaint pub: the Swan in Maidstone prides itself on promoting traditional pub values while opening its doors to dogs. Owned by Michelle and Wendy, it has a pleasant, homely atmosphere as well as a large selection of ale and food to cater to everyone’s tastes. Water and dog snacks are readily available and the pub is conveniently located near the centre of town, giving you ample opportunity to shop when you’ve finished your beverage.
The clue is in the title of this pub: The Shepherd and Dog prides itself on being ‘one of the best hiker and dog-friendly pubs’ in the whole county. It houses an exciting mix of old and new, with modern décor offsetting traditional elements that hark back to the pubs 18th century roots. The Shepherd and Dog is tucked away at the foot of Devils Dyke, near Brighton, and is surrounded by luscious countryside that makes for a scenic walk for your dog. The pub hosts a number of annual events, including a cider festival, a gin and jazz festival and a beer festival.
The Castle Inn in Lulworth Cove is a picturesque spot to take a break from your walk, and with doggy treats available from behind the bar, your pet will be jumping with excitement. And you probably will be, too, when you try one of their ever-changing, delicious local ales. Expressing their ‘extremely dog-friendly’ atmosphere on their website, dogs are permitted to roam freely throughout the pub and are even welcomed to stay the night. Significantly, there are no charges for dogs except damages, making it a fair and welcoming establishment. Located among miles of walking space, this is the perfect place for owner and dog alike.
The New Inn is extremely popular, particularly during summer, so it might be worth booking a table if you’re planning a visit! The owner and chef both have dogs themselves, so you can be sure of their hospitality, and there’s a fairly large garden area if your pet fancies a stroll while you stop for a drink and some food. It describes itself as having ‘a relaxed ambiance full of style, comfort and charm, with a smart, refurbished interior and candlelit tables’. It’s also ‘steeped in local history’: a chance for you to brush up on your history!
Woods Cafe is a quirky retreat for every season, with plenty of outdoor seating for you and your dog to enjoy, as well as a roaring open fire. And when it comes to your rumbling belly, you’ll be pleased to know that all of the food is freshly prepared upon ordering, so why not treat yourself to a delicious snack? Offering clean, healthy and wholesome food, Woods Café is perfect for any dog owner.
Have a wander along the River Parrett or up the historic Burrow Mump with your pooch, before stopping off at the King Alfred Inn. Your four-legged friend will be welcomed indoors with open arms, or if the sun is shining, you can relax in the outdoor area. If you’ve worked up an appetite, make sure you sample the King Alfred’s menu: meat is locally-sourced, with the majority coming from within a ten mile radius. The King Alfred Inn also hosts regular live music, a monthly pub quiz and numerous other events throughout the year.
Like many of the other pubs in this roundup, Y Talbot has its own resident dog, which means that if your pup is in a particularly playful mood, they may even make a friend! This historic venue is a Grade II listed building and once welcomed President Jimmy Carter, so if you often treat your dog like royalty, then this may be the place to go. Equipped with a beautiful fireplace and located just a three minute walk from the Tregaron Kite Centre & Museum, and 6.6 miles from the ruins of the 12th century Strata Florida Abbey, there are plenty of things to see and do.
Close to the Llyn Coastal Path, Tafarn-y-Plu is hugely popular with dog walkers, and is yet another beautiful Grade II listed building for you to visit while in wonderful Wales. The pubs traditional interior is matched by its surroundings: it is situated directly opposite former British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George’s boyhood home, and is just a short walk from his museum. It was also named as one of only 100 nationwide Real Heritage Pubs of Wales, and will please dog owners by allowing small pooches into its beer garden and bar area, providing that they’re well behaved.
The Pump and Truncheon is, reportedly, the only openly dog-friendly pub in Blackpool, so it’s certainly worth checking out if you’re visiting the area with your faithful friend. Dubbed ‘a hidden gem’ and ‘a hidden oasis of tranquillity’ by some, it’s a must-visit if you’re embarking on a coastal adventure. It’s also one of the only real ale pubs in the local area and has plenty of character, often holding pub quizzes and community events for all – including dogs – to participate in. Plus, if your pup is feeling thirsty, they’ll be offered a refreshing bowl of water by the delightful pub staff.
‘Our doors are open and our fires are on’ is the mantra of Cuckoo Brow Inn, a dog-friendly pub nestled in the quiet village of Far Sawrey. Located close to Lake Windermere, Hawkshead Village, Grizedale Forest and Coniston Water, there’s a plethora of beautiful places to visit during your stay in the area. The pub is also surrounded by the stunning countryside from where Beatrix Potter drew her inspiration, and is within walking distance of her charming former home. If you’re planning on staying the night, Cuckoo Brow Inn also has dog-friendly accommodation, as well as complimentary treats and water. As their slogan says: ‘muddy boots, wet dogs and children welcome’, so there’s room for everybody!