The best dog-friendly pubs in Dorset

Food and Drink, Pet friendly

Posted by Ed Roberts on 3rd June 2021

Dog-friendly pubs in Dorset

If you are hoping to enjoy a dog-friendly holiday in Dorset, then you will be pleased to know that you will never run short of town and country pubs to visit. 

All across the UK, more and more pubs have begun to welcome dogs inside, and Dorset is no different. From the alluring coastal joys of Lyme Regis and the Isle of Purbeck to the rolling hills and unforgettable natural settings of the Dorset’s inland swathes, we think Dorset provides a varied and very pretty backdrop for your next dog-friendly staycation. 

We have compiled a handy guide to a selection of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Dorset. Some are close to national trails and walks, whilst others are within a short bound of a wonderful beach. No matter where you want to stay in Dorset, why not pick your ideal base from our collection of self-catering holiday cottages?

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The Ship Inn, Weymouth

The Ship Inn, Weymouth

This old pub with picturesque views of Weymouth Harbour has been operated by the same family since the mid-1800s, although many changes have occurred since it was opened. Nowadays, The Ship Inn is a welcoming, modern prospect for lunch, dinner or a simple drink. Dogs are allowed in both the downstairs bar and dining area of this waterfront pub, and they can tuck into some treats for a small charity donation too. 


  • Classic menu
  • Doggy treats
  • Fantastic central location

Dog-friendly cottages in Weymouth

Image courtesy of @dorsetfoodiefeed and @mckstvns_2

The Royal Standard, Lyme Regis

Overlooking Lyme Regis Beach in West Dorset, The Royal Standard’s cosy interior makes it a great destination for a pint with your four-legged friend after wandering the nearby countryside trails. Dogs are allowed inside the bar on a lead or in the large beer garden which has beach access. Treat your beloved hound to a dog biscuit from behind the bar when you arrive!


  • Access to dog-friendly beach
  • Lovely Lyme Regis views
  • Relaxing pub garden

Dog-friendly cottages in Lyme Regis

Brewers Arms, DorchesterImage courtesy of

Brewers Arms, Dorchester

Idyllic pub on the banks of the South Winterbourne River in Martinstown near Dorchester. Indulge in an ice-cold drink after a sunny waterside walk with your mutt; the bar staff welcome dogs in with a tasty biscuit. On colder days, there is a lovely fire to unwind in front of at the Brewers Arms. This is a good ale pub, stocking lots of beers from local breweries. 


  • Great local food and ales
  • Fireplace for cooler days
  • Nice riverside location

Dog-friendly cottages in Dorchester

Images courtesy of @arthurmallett and @kp_harrow

The Fleur de Lys Inn at Cranborne

The Cranborne Chase AONB is one of the most exceptionally lovely parts of inland Dorset, which makes this 16th-century gastropub the place to be. The Fleur de Lys Inn at Cranborne welcomes dogs inside the bar and the staff may well spoil them with some crunchy treats; the menu for humans isn’t too shabby either.


  • A great stop-off after walkies around the woodland near the River Chase
  • Delightful local, seasonal menu
  • Doggy treats at the bar 

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The Black Swan Inn, Swanage

Handsome, remote Swanage is a superb choice for a dog-friendly holiday. There are walks galore all along the Purbeck Heritage Coast and peninsula. The Black Swan Inn is a cosy olde-worlde pub located on the High Street, so it’s easy to find. There is a great suntrap garden for the summer and wood burners inside for when the sun does not have its hat on.


  • Fantastic, varied menu full of pub favourites
  • Close to the beach
  • Wood burners inside, great pub garden for warm weather 

Dog-friendly cottages in Swanage

The Greyhound, Corfe Castle

Dogs should love this aptly named family-friendly pub; it even has it’s own themed ‘K9 menu’, how awesome is that? Corfe Castle is a great village for a day of exploration making The Greyhound a great bet for a slap up lunch or dinner after touring the castle and local walks.


  • Great location close to the castle ruins
  • Large pub garden and terrace for outdoor dining
  • Dog-themed menu

Dog-friendly cottages in Corfe Castle

The Goat and Tricycle,  Bournemouth

One of the most dog-friendly pubs in Dorset, this popular central hostelry in The Triangle offers diners a great choice of meals. Your four-legged friends can relax at your feet while you tuck into burgers, salads, pies, and much more. Head on down to Bournemouth's beach or the city gardens after your dog-friendly outing to The Goat and Tricycle.


  • Good location close to Central Gardens and the beach
  • Fabulous, inventive menu
  • Dog-friendly atmosphere and lovely staff

Dog-friendly cottages in Bournemouth

The Bull, Bridport

The Bull, Bridport

A boutique hotel with a dog-friendly bar, this is one of the more hip spots in Bridport, and it’s a forward-looking enterprise that offers an exciting menu full of amazing lunches and enticing evening meals. The bar at The Bull is always stocked with impressive spirits and wines, as well as catering for those who love an ale. Needless to say, dogs are most welcome in the bar area.


  • Chic modern surroundings
  • Interesting bar menu and drinks list
  • Central location in lovely coastal Bridport

Dog-friendly cottages in Bridport

Map of dog-friendly Dorset pubs

Find these wonderful Dorset dog-friendly pubs with our useful map.

Stay at a self-catering holiday cottage in Dorset

The best way to discover these fantastic dog-friendly pubs is by staying at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our dog-friendly Dorset holiday properties are located the length and breadth of the county from the fringes of the New Forest to the borders of Wiltshire and Devon. Browse our collection to find your ideal dog-friendly property today.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.