Dog-friendly pubs in Norfolk

Food and Drink, Pet friendly

Posted by Ed Roberts on 26th May 2021

Dog-friendly pubs in Norfolk

A holiday to Norfolk should be on everybody’s to-do list. This sentiment can be doubled if you are a dog owner. Norfolk is prime walking country with long-distance trails and coastal paths galore to sniff out and one of the best ways to augment the experience is to unwind in a pub afterwards with your dog. We’ve held our noses aloft and found some wonderful pubs all across Norfolk, from Norwich to The Broads and the North Norfolk coast for you to enjoy. 

Norfolk is a fantastic place for holiday, and we have put together some handy blogs to pore over to help you get inspired; these include dog-friendly days out and top beaches in Norfolk. The county is quite vast, so why not consider staying at one of our self-catering holiday cottages? Our collection is varied and bound to entice you to discover the best of Norfolk with your four-legged friend. 

Dog-friendly cottages in Norfolk

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The Stanley Arms

The best for a city break

The Stanley at the heart of Norwich is a sure bet for a satisfying pub date with your dog. A dog-friendly pub close to the centre of the city that offers a menu populated with delicious and tempting treats, you will be glad you stopped by.

After dinner, you can wander around the beautiful city of Norwich to your heart’s content. There is an interesting city walk that takes in the historical highlights, including the city’s very impressive cathedral. 


  • Large bar with lots of room
  • Pizzas made to order with vegan options
  • Generous choice of ales and wines

Dog-friendly cottages in Norwich

The King’s Arms, BlakeneyImage courtesy of @jim.norfolk.wildlife

The King’s Arms, Blakeney

The best for a post-wild-walk pint

Take your four-legged pal into the King’s Arms in Blakeney for a warming meal and a drink after a walk on the salt marshes. The pub is a wonderful cosy respite from the gorgeous wilds of the North Norfolk Coast at Blakeney. It welcomes dogs into the bar, and it has a fantastic atmosphere and character. 

The menu of fine pub grub is joined by a seasonal specials board, and a trip to the King’s Arms offers an authentic Norfolk experience. It’s the perfect spot for a rest after a long walk.


  • Impressive seasonal specials board
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Close to walking trails through Blakeney Marshes

Dog-friendly cottages in Blakeney

The King’s Head Hotel, Wroxham

The King’s Head Hotel, Wroxham

The best for a post-boat-ride drink

Head to the heart of the wonderful Norfolk Broads to Wroxham for a day trip on a dog-friendly launch meandering along the waterways. Afterwards, seek out the bar at the dog-friendly King’s Arms Hotel. It’s a large pub with a garden and is a superb choice for a family-friendly visit. 

The menu offers a fantastic combination of English dinnertime staples like roasts, burgers and pies, and some off-piste twists on familiar meals. 


  • Great location at the heart of lovely Wroxham
  • Pub garden with tables and benches where the pooch can rest 
  • Water bowls are provided to help your hounds stay cool

Dog-friendly cottages in Wroxham

The Red Lion, Cromer

The Red Lion, Cromer

Best one-man-and-his-dog pub

Our favourite dog-friendly pub in Cromer is The Red Lion. Overlooking the pier and the beach, this pub is great for dog lovers; it even has a doggy bar with water on draught! If you fancy a plate of food, The Red Lion fare is delicious and is made from local produce and may sometimes include Cromer crab. 

There is a nice fireplace for your dog to rest in front of after a long walk along the promenade and the pier. In the warmer months, there are sometimes benches along the outside of the pub where you can enjoy a pint of beer or a glass of wine in the sunshine. 


  • The doggy bar
  • Great central location by the sea
  • The warming fireplace

Dog-friendly cottages in Cromer

The Lawns, Holt

The Lawns, Holt

The best for a pub garden

The Lawns is a classic, dog-friendly pub found in Holt along the north coast of Norfolk. Welcoming your pets into the plush bar with garden access, this is a real treat for visitors. The food is exemplary, offering the best in Norfolk surf and turf. 

Holt is within driving distance of Wells-next-the-Sea, Blakeney, Holkham and Cley-next-the-Sea, making it a great place to refuel before or after a day of strolling on the coast path.


  • Lovely, relaxed surroundings with pleasant garden
  • The staff love dogs and will make them feel special
  • Good location in the Norfolk countryside

Dog-friendly cottages in Holt

The Lodge, Hunstanton

The Lodge, Hunstanton

The best for classic pub meals

Your dog will probably be the first one through the door at The Lodge because they have heard that owners have dog treats behind the bar for four-legged visitors. On top of that, this pub is a friendly prospect after a lovely walk along the long seafront at Hunstanton.

You and your dog are welcome to relax in the casual dining area, or the pleasant pub garden. The menu is great too, filled with traditional classics. We don’t think you’ll be going back to your holiday cottage still hungry. 


  • Great menu full of pub classics
  • Dogs are treated as equals
  • Very pleasant pub garden, perfect for sunny days

Dog-friendly cottages in Hunstanton

Reedham Ferry Inn, Reedham

Reedham Ferry Inn, Reedham

Best for waterside views

Deep in the Norfolk Broads, Reedham Ferry Inn is an idyllic hostelry set in 4 acres of land by the water. Welcoming dogs, this is a wonderful place to enjoy the views of the waterways and the nearby chain ferry as you sup a cool beer and savour some severely good pub grub. 

This establishment does a superb Sunday lunch, and is an excellent place to head to for a roast if you have been for a walk in the Broads. Book ahead, as it can get busy on occasion.


  • The views across to the chain ferry are beautiful
  • Book in for Sunday roast, you won’t be sorry
  • There is a large pub garden where your dogs can rest while you eat

Dog-friendly cottages in Mundesley

The Golden Fleece, Wells-next-the-SeaImage courtesy of @thegoldenfleece_wells

The Golden Fleece, Wells-next-the-Sea

Best for seafood choices

Set at the harbour of one of the Norfolk coast’s prettiest coastal towns, Wells-next-the-Sea, a trip to the dog-friendly Golden Fleece is not to be missed. Dogs are made to feel very welcome at this cosy, popular pub, set in a prime position to make the most of the picture-perfect views across the water. 

The menu centres around the seafood that has been brought in by the fisherman, and also presents an interesting line in pub snacks. You can also enjoy a vast range of local beers and ales if that’s what floats your boat.


  • A good seafood menu
  • The harbour views are brilliant
  • A carefree, dog-friendly experience

Dog-friendly cottages in Wells-next-the-Sea

Map of Norfolk's top dog-friendly pubs

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Stay at one of our delightful dog-friendly, self-catering holiday cottages in Norfolk. We have a selection of enticing holiday properties close to all of these wonderful Norfolk pubs. Where will you choose to rest on your holiday to Norfolk?

Dog-friendly cottages in Norfolk

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