Top 5 dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds

Food and Drink, Pet friendly

Posted by Ruth on 5th November 2018

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a favourite destination among both two and four-legged visitors. With so many opportunities for walking and an abundance of honey-coloured villages to visit, it’s heaven for dogs and their owners.

There’s nothing better than embarking on a walk when you know there’s a cosy pub waiting for you at the end. The Cotswolds is packed with charming inns where you can enjoy a refreshing pint and some home-cooked food, and many welcome dogs too with an array of paw-friendly treats.

To help you plan your next Cotswolds holiday with your pup, here are five of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds.

Duke of Wellington, Bourton-on-the-Water

Duke of Wellington

This newly refurbished pub in one of the Cotswolds' prettiest villages is sure to be a hit with the whole family, the four-legged ones included. The relaxed pub has a menu full of crowd-pleasing favourites like gourmet burgers, cod and chips, a good range of curries and a pie of the day. Plus, kids can choose from their own menu.

When it comes to dogs, they are just as well-catered-for – four-legged guests are welcome in both the bar and the beer garden, the latter of which is a tranquil spot overlooking the River Windrush. Grab a pint of the local ale and soak up the peaceful atmosphere with your pup by your side in this sleepy Cotswolds village.

🍽 Top dish: You can’t go wrong with the pub classic of bangers and mash.
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🏠 Location: Sherbourne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2BY
📞 Contact details: 01451 820539 | website | Facebook
🛏 Stay nearby: Hatties House | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs


The Lamb Inn, Burford

The Lamb Inn

A little further along the River Windrush is Burford, a charming Cotswolds village with bags of quintessential character. It’s home to The Lamb Inn, a 15th-century hotel with an excellent restaurant. Dogs are welcome in the bar, lounge and garden of this historic building, complete with flagstone floors and exposed beams.

Perfect all year round, you can cosy up by the roaring fire in the winter or soak up the rays outside in the summer. If you’re peckish, the menu offers a little more than your standard pub grub, with mains including fillet of sea bass, loin of venison and chateaubriand steak with triple-cooked chips. For Fido, there’s even a dog menu he can peruse!

🍽 Top dish: The sticky toffee pudding is to die for.
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🏠 Location: Sheep Street, Burford, OX18 4LR
📞 Contact details: 01993 823155 | website 
🛏 Stay nearby: Rosebank Cottage – Cotswolds | sleeps 2 + 1 dog

The Exmouth Arms, Cheltenham

The Exmouth Arms

If you’re after a more vibrant Cotswolds pub, head to Cheltenham’s bustling Bath Road where you’ll find the Exmouth Arms. The perfect pit stop after a day dipping in and out of the city’s trendy boutiques, this dog-friendly Cheltenham pub has a cool and modern vibe with a busy schedule of events.

Dogs are just as welcome as humans, with dog treats on the bar and water bowls for them to use. They’ll love the large beer garden where they can have a snooze while you tuck into delicious food like homemade fish finger sandwiches and double-stack burgers.

🍽 Top dish: The Sunday roasts here are legendary and go perfectly with a pint of local ale.  
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🏠 Location: 167 Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LX
📞 Contact details: 01242 528149| website | Facebook
🛏 Stay nearby: Halfpenny Retreat | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs

The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

The Fleece Inn

It’s not quite in the Cotswolds, but we couldn’t miss this pub off our list. The Fleece Inn has a legendary reputation as one of the best pubs in the area, and it’s made even better by the fact that dogs are welcome too. Built in the early 15th century and now run by the National Trust, it has everything you could want from a pub: roaring log fires in winter, a lovely beer garden in the summer and bags of old-world charm throughout.

Dogs are warmly welcomed and can enjoy the dog treats behind the bar, water bowls throughout the pub and even have their pick of two types of dog beer! Humans will love the hearty pub fare, including the award-winning pies.

🍽 Top dish: Anything with asparagus – the pub celebrates the locally grown vegetable throughout May and June, and you won’t find it fresher anywhere else.
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🏠 Location: The Cross, Bretforton, Worcestershire, WR11 7JE
📞 Contact details: 01386 831173 | website | Instagram
🛏 Stay nearby: Charlotte Cottage | sleeps 2 + 3 dogs

The Gardeners Arms, Alderton

The Gardeners Arms

The Gardeners Arms could be one of the most dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds. Four-legged guests can expect a warm welcome from resident pub dog, Teddy, and then enjoy a complimentary bowl of water and even a fresh towel to clean off with after a muddy walk. If they’ve worked up an appetite in the surrounding Cotswolds countryside, they can choose something tasty from Teddy’s Dog Menu.

And for humans? Well, there’s plenty to like – the 16th-century pub has charm in abundance and its menu features an ever-changing rota of specials made with the finest local produce. There’s even a speciality vegan range for those who want a plant-based meal and children have their own menu too.

🍽 Top dish: The steak, ale and Stilton pie is a hearty Cotswolds classic.
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🏠 Location: Beckford Road, Alderton, Tewkesbury, GL20 8NL
📞 Contact details: 01242 620257 | website | Facebook
🛏 Stay nearby: Parys Lodge | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Now you’ve whetted your appetite for a dog-friendly Cotswolds holiday with our round-up of our favourite pubs, why not browse a selection of dog-friendly cottages too? Our blog features some of our favourite Cotswolds cottages where four paws are just as welcome as two feet, or you can browse the full collection below.


Map of the top 5 dog-friendly Cotswolds pubs

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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.