The UK's most welcoming dog-friendly pubs

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Posted by Kate A on 3rd June 2021

Dog-friendly pubs in the UK

Woodland walks, mountain scrambles, lakeside bounds and coastal scampers; the UK is blessed with a variety of places to take your dog on a tail-wagging adventure. But all that exercise can be thirsty work, so where better to enjoy a cool, refreshing drink than in one of the UK’s top dog-friendly pubs?

From cosy country inns where sociable pups can share a doggy beer in the bar with their new friends to seaside watering holes offering special dog menus and comfy beds by the fire, read on to discover some of the best UK pubs where you can sip a tipple with your terrier or a pint with your pug.

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If you’re wondering, where are the best dog-friendly pubs near me? Use our contents to skip to your closest region:

Dog-friendly pubs in the South West 

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Shoreline, Paignton | South Devon

Boasting a tail-wagging menu of doggy sausages, burgers, biscuits and ice cream, as well as artisan pizzas for humans, this beachfront eatery in Paignton is a coastal haven for hounds and their owners. Join one of the monthly dog walks organised by the team at Shoreline before cleaning sandy paws at the special dog station, which includes towels, emergency poop bags, fresh water and dog bowls.

The Cornish Arms, St Merryn | North Cornwall

Specialising in locally landed Atlantic fish, The Cornish Arms is Rick Stein’s famous dog-friendly pub in Cornwall. A short drive from Padstow, you can cosy up by the log fire with a pint and man’s best friend in winter, while the summer months are perfect for soaking up the sunshine in the large beer garden.

The Blue Peter Inn, Polperro | South Cornwall

With Bonios behind the bar and a string of awards to its name, The Blue Peter Inn is one of our favourite pubs that allow dogs in South Cornwall. After walkies along Polperro’s harbour, you and Fido can soak up the views and olde-worlde charm from within this waterfront watering hole – and don’t forget to pick up a souvenir bandana for your four-legged friend to proudly show off to their pals back home.

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The Gardeners Arms, Alderton | The Cotswolds

Treat your canine family members to a full doggy breakfast or a delicious roast dinner from the barking mad dog menu of The Gardeners Arms (all served with complimentary water, of course!). One of the most dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds, pups can expect a warm welcome from resident pub dog, Teddy, and if they’re a little mucky after a countryside ramble, towels are provided to dry them off.

Prince of Wales, Ham Hill | Somerset

Four-legged diners are made to feel very welcome at the Prince of Wales in Somerset, where they can join their humans in both the bar and the beer garden. There are water troughs outside for Rover to have a drink, a hose to clean him off after a countryside walk, metal rings for dog leads on the tables outside, and dog biscuits available at the bar. Plus, there is a special doggy snack dispenser, offering a fine selection of naturally cooked and prepared treats from Honey’s Choice.

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The Saracens Head, Symonds Yat | Forest of Dean

Following stick-chasing adventures in the Forest of Dean, a visit to The Saracens Head in Symonds Yat is a must. Set on the tranquil banks of the River Wye, you can while away a relaxed afternoon with a hearty meal, while your dog enjoys some snacks and a brimming bowl of water, watching the boats drift by.

The Grove Arms, Ludwell | Dorset 

Of all the pubs that allow dogs in Dorset, The Grove Arms is certainly one of the friendliest. Pups can peruse their own ‘Mutts Menu’ before getting to know Buddy the resident Labrador, while you tuck into the tastiest pub classics, including burgers, pies, steaks and generous Sunday roasts.

Dog-friendly cottages in the South West

Dog-friendly pubs in the East of England 

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The Orange Tree, Thornham | Norfolk

One of the best places to dine out with your dog in Norfolk is The Orange Tree in Thornham. At this stylish village gastropub, gastro-pups can look forward to their own canine cuisine, featuring meaty dinners and Scooby snacks like pigs ears washed down with gravy, and doggie sausage rolls.

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The Golden Fleece, Wells-next-the-Sea | Norfolk

Following a sandy scamper along the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, The Golden Fleece is one of the best dog-friendly pubs nearby. Furry family members are welcomed with a bowl of water and a dog treat which they can tuck into while humans peruse the menu. Why not soak up the coastal views with a freshly made pizza and a cold beer?

The King’s Head, Woodbridge | Suffolk

In the heart of the popular town of Woodbridge, The King’s Head is known far and wide for its hospitality for hounds, making it one of the top dog-friendly pubs in Suffolk. Resident pub dog, Sydney, loves making new canine companions, and tails are sure to be wagging at the Mutts Menu - we think the honey dried pig snout sounds especially tasty.

Sole Bay Inn, Southwold | Suffolk

After bounding along the seafront at Southwold, Sole Bay Inn offers a great spot to rest feet and paws. Dogs can look forward to plenty of fuss behind the ears while you tuck into seasonal delights from the menu, like Adnams Southwold Bitter battered cod with chunky chips or Korean-spiced pork belly.

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The Red Lion, Grantchester | Cambridgeshire

Nestled within the chocolate-box village of Grantchester, the home of ITV’s hit British detective show of the same name, The Red Lion certainly gets our vote as one of the best dog-friendly pubs in Cambridgeshire. Vintage leather upholstery, beamed ceilings, dog treats on the side and three toasty wood burners make this pub a feast for the eyes as well as the belly.

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The Eltisley, St Neots | Cambridgeshire

Spilling out onto the pretty village green, The Eltisley welcomes dogs and their owners in the huge, enclosed garden as well as the bar area, where they can claim the best seat in the house by the fire. The pub offers a good selection of wine, locally brewed beer and a great menu to boot.

Railway Tavern, Aby | Lincolnshire

Offering a warm welcome to those with tails in tow, the Railway Tavern in Aby is a classic country pub with an outdoor area and picnic tables for summer and a roaring fire inside during winter. There’s always a jar of dog treats on the bar and a specific dining area where pups can accompany their owners while they eat.

The Horseshoes, Sleaford | Lincolnshire

All four-legged patrons who visit The Horseshoes will be spoiled with water and dog treats. This traditional dog-friendly pub in Lincolnshire is a lovely place to go for some real ales and smashing pub grub, with dogs warmly welcome in the bar area and spacious beer garden.

Dog-friendly cottages in the East of England

Dog-friendly pubs on the South Coast 

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The Sportsman, Seasalter | Kent

The Michelin-starred Sportsman in Seasalter is a great place to refuel with your canine chum after a fun day of sandcastle building on the beach. It’s the perfect spot to appreciate some fine coastal views and exceptional food, with an a la carte menu, a daily five-course tasting menu, and a longer full tasting menu on offer.

The Fitzwalter Arms, Goodnestone | Kent

Grab a seat by the fire or let Fido stretch out in the pretty gardens of The Fitzwalter Arms near Canterbury, another of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Kent. Dog treats and fresh water are always in plentiful supply at this 16th-century traditional eatery, which will keep your hungry hound happy following a walk in the surrounding woodland.

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William the Conqueror, Rye | Sussex

Boasting an array of Mediterranean dishes including homemade moussaka and flavoursome chicken souvlaki for the humans, as well as dog-friendly kebabs for those with four paws, William the Conqueror near Rye Harbour is one of the best dog-friendly places to eat in Sussex – ideal after a day of doggy paddling in the foaming surf of Camber Sands.

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The Coach and Horses, Danehill | Sussex

Dougal, the resident golden retriever, will provide an extra-special doggy welcome to all who visit The Coach and Horses in the heart of the Sussex countryside. This atmospheric, pet-friendly free house prides itself on serving ales, ciders and wines from local breweries, farms and vineyards, as well as a seasonal menu of locally sourced produce.

Highdown Inn, Totland Bay | Isle of Wight

For a family meal with the dog as your special guest, take a trip to the Highdown Inn, a pet-friendly coastal pub on the Isle of Wight. Help yourselves to some complimentary water and dog treats before checking out the daily specials. A cosy log fire inside will soon dry off damp paws, while a glorious garden and patio area awaits those wanting to soak up the last of the sunshine outside.

The Fleming Arms, Ryde | Isle of Wight

A dog’s dream, The Fleming Arms in Ryde is a place where pups can lap up a refreshing dog beer while admiring the pub’s doggie photo gallery. While Buster enjoys a tickle behind the ear from one of the pup-loving staff, you can choose from a mouthwatering menu of pub favourites made with locally sourced ingredients from the island.

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The New Forest Inn, Lyndhurst | New Forest

Regarded by many as one of the best dog-friendly inns in the New Forest, pups are allowed anywhere - in the bar, restaurant and garden - of The New Forest Inn. The Sunday lunches here are legendary so be sure to book in advance and don’t forget to grab a handful of complimentary handmade dog treats before sitting down to your slap-up meal.

The Drift Inn, Brockenhurst | New Forest

Surrounded by acres of heathland in Brockenhurst, The Drift Inn offers an abundance of pre-dinner walks, with a fresh bowl of water, fluffy towel and dog treats to set tails wagging when you return. And with a varied menu full of firm family favourites plus some more exotic dishes, you certainly won’t leave here feeling hungry.

Dog-friendly cottages on the South Coast

Dog-friendly pubs in the Heart of England 

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Cheshire Cheese Inn, Hope | Peak District

Dine fireside at the Cheshire Cheese Inn with your faithful friend by your feet following an exhilarating fell walk in the Hope Valley. This wonderful gem of a dog-friendly gastropub in the Peak District is bursting with character and the staff would all love to give your hound a very warm welcome.

The Bulls Head, Monyash | Peak District

Many canine friendships and even romances have started at The Bulls Head in Monyash over the years. Another of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in the Peak District, this cosy watering hole with a blazing fire is one of the oldest establishments in the region and boasts a lovely, warm atmosphere.

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Dirty Duck, Stratford-upon-Avon | Warwickshire

Enjoying wonderful riverside views, the Dirty Duck in Stratford-upon-Avon sits just along the road from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and is a favourite thespian watering hole. While you dine, you and your pup can admire the signed photographs of the actors who have visited the pub over the years, including a few celebrity canines too!

Riverside Inn, Aymestrey | Herefordshire

The 16th-century timbered Riverside Inn at Aymestrey, which is enveloped by the beauty of the River Lugg and the Herefordshire countryside, is certainly one of the most dog-friendly pubs in the UK. After a long day of walking the Mortimer’s Trail, make yourselves comfortable at one of the designated ‘dog tables’ in the bar where your canine companion will be treated to a bed, bowl and some tasty treats.

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The Star Inn, Sparsholt | Oxfordshire

Dogs will go wild for the treats at this charming pet-friendly pub in Oxfordshire. Nestled below the Oxfordshire Downs and the famous Ridgeway Path, The Star Inn is particularly known for its homemade and organic dog treats which are baked to a secret recipe. The food for humans is pretty delicious too!

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Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis | Oxfordshire

Every whim and whimper is satisfied at the Greyhound Inn, another of the top dog-friendly pubs in Oxfordshire. Treats are on offer for those with four legs, plus there are resident dogs to play with while you explore the tantalising a la carte menu.

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The Fleece Inn, Bretforton | Worcestershire

Steeped in history, The Fleece Inn is a National Trust-owned pub in Worcestershire dating back to the 15th century. For Fido, there are dog treats and water bowls freely available, and for humans, there’s a great selection of live music events and a tempting food menu, with the legendary Fleece Inn burger being a highlight.

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The Lygon Arms, Broadway | Worcestershire

Pampered pups are sure to feel very spoiled at The Lygon Arms in the impossibly picturesque village of Broadway. One of the most revered dog-friendly pubs in Worcestershire, there are plenty of sumptuous sofas to sink into, toasty log fires for warmth and a great dog menu to choose from. There’s even a muddy paws station located in the courtyard, perfect for washing down your four-pawed friends after a stroll in the 2 acres of gardens.

Dog-friendly cottages in the Heart of England

Dog-friendly pubs in the North of England

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The Highwayman, Kirkby Lonsdale | Lancashire

A mix of flagstone and wooden floors, soft rugs for dogs to sprawl out on and two open fires to cosy up beside makes The Highwayman in Kirkby Lonsdale an idyllic spot for you to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat with your canine family. Sunday lunch is a huge draw here, so we advise booking ahead.  

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The Spread Eagle Inn, Ribble Valley | Lancashire

Expect a warm Lancashire welcome at The Spread Eagle Inn, tucked away on the banks of the River Ribble in the heart of the Forest of Bowland. Furry patrons will be taken care of with a bowl of fresh water and a dog menu, while pup parents can savour a variety of fresh, local and seasonal dishes.

The King's Arms, Askrigg | Yorkshire

While The King’s Arms in the Yorkshire Dales might be otherwise known as The Drovers pub in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small, your pup can rest assured that vet James Herriot won’t be lurking around the corner with his stethoscope during your visit – you will, however, find wholesome meals for humans and a bowl of water for your faithful friend!

The Farmers Arms, Muker | Yorkshire

A dog-friendly pub in Yorkshire with its own microbrewery, The Farmers Arms in Muker will take you back to days gone by with its history, traditions and unspoilt charm. An open fire offers an inviting spot for hounds to stretch out beside while you browse the menu with a real local ale in hand.

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The Joiners Arms, Newton by the Sea | Northumberland 

Describing dogs as “a very big deal”, The Joiners Arms in Newton by the Sea is a haven for those with fur, four legs and a wet nose. As well as enjoying bowls of water and a warm welcome, adventurous pups can tickle their tastebuds with a range of dog beers - the hardest decision will be choosing between the beef and chicken flavours!

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses | Northumberland

Drink in spectacular views of the Farne Islands with a pint of local ale or a fancy cocktail at The Bamburgh Castle Inn. This much-loved dog-friendly pub in Northumberland welcomes canines in the garden and the bar, where there’s a designated pet-friendly area stocked with fresh water and complimentary treats.

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Red Lion Inn, Hawkshead | Lake District

One of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in the Lake District, the Red Lion Inn is sure to satisfy the whole pack after working up an appetite on the trails around Windermere or Esthwaite Water. The oldest pub in Hawkshead, it offers a doggy menu as well as a lovely terrace to relish on sunny days.

Dog & Gun, Keswick | Lake District

Not only will the Dog & Gun in Keswick fill hungry human tummies with its hearty food (try the amazing Hungarian goulash), but it also features a menu just for dogs who can feel their post-walkie tums rumbling too after a brisk walk in the Lakeland fells.

Dog-friendly cottages in the North of England

Dog-friendly pubs in Wales

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The White Eagle, Rhoscolyn | North Wales

After a scamper along the golden sands of Silver Bay Beach or a visit to South Stack Lighthouse, The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn is one of the most dog-friendly pubs in Wales for pups to rest their paws. It features a special doggy dining room where you can enjoy a bite to eat whilst your dog munches on a biscuit or two.

The Albion Ale House, Conwy | North Wales

Not only is The Albion in Conwy regarded as one of the finest examples of a 1920's public house in Britain, but it is also one of the most dog-friendly pubs in North Wales. You can choose one of three dishes for your dog, such as lamb, chicken or salmon, and for those that can’t finish their meal, the owner is more than happy to send them home with a doggy bag!

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The Bell at Skenfrith, Abergavenny | South Wales

Canine chums won’t believe their luck when they find The Dog and Boot Bar at The Bell at Skenfrith. This is a perfect spot for a post-walkie treat, with complimentary biscuits for four-legged visitors, as well as a Pooch Parlour in the rear garden for pups who are sporting a little bit more muck on their paws than usual, featuring a shower, metal bath and dog towels.

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The Bear, Crickhowell | South Wales

The Bear in Crickhowell is one of the top dog-friendly pubs in South Wales, positively priding itself on ensuring canine customers are happy. It’s not unknown for the pup-loving staff to slip a treat or two to furry family members while their owners dine on regional specialities and seasonal delicacies. 

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The Horse & Jockey Inn, Knighton | Mid Wales

Whether you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the main bar or sit beneath a parasol in the flower-filled courtyard, The Horse & Jockey Inn is sure to be one of your favourite dog-friendly pubs in Mid Wales. Be sure to ask one of the team for some dog biscuits, we’ve heard they don’t bite!

Seven Stars Inn, Builth Wells | Mid Wales

Set amongst the rolling hills of rural Mid Wales, The Seven Stars Inn at Aberedw is a welcoming place to refuel after building up an appetite on the scenic Wye Valley Walk. Your canine walking companion can stretch out in front of a roaring log fire while you rest weary limbs with a pint of Butty Bach in hand.

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The Bishops, St Davids | Pembrokeshire

At The Bishops in St Davids, wooden beams, nautical details and a roaring fireplace make winter days a dream, while nothing is better on a sunny afternoon than fish and chips in the beer garden overlooking the magnificent St Davids Cathedral and the sea beyond. And with water for the dog and board games for the kids, who could ask for more? 

The Cove, Tenby | Pembrokeshire

From sharing platters to Sunday lunches, The Cove in Tenby offers a wonderful dining experience for all. And the reason why it’s one of the best dog-friendly pubs in Pembrokeshire? They serve an Utterly Mutterly sundae just for pups!

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Dog-friendly pubs in Scotland

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The Ship Inn, Elie | Fife

A traditional seaside pub, The Ship Inn is a cosy place to escape windy weather beside the warm open fire with a fine Scottish malt. Water bowls, biscuits and dog beds are offered to four-legged visitors, and as the pub sits right on Elie Beach, there’s plenty of space for zoomies after your lunch.

The Lorne Bar, Oban | Argyll and Bute

Take advantage of Oban’s stunning coastal location by enjoying locally sourced fish and seafood at The Lorne. Offering a ‘Fir yer Dug’ menu, canines can also tuck into their own favourites, including grilled sausages washed down with a non-alcoholic Snuffles doggie beer.

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The Kirkstyle Inn, Dunning | Perth

Offering the best of Scottish hospitality to those with both two legs and four, The Kirkstyle Inn in Perth features roaring fires, deep leather armchairs and dog treats behind the bar. And there’s always a water bowl ready for dogs who have been out on a long walk in the surrounding countryside.

The Stables, Kirkintilloch | Glasgow

Hailed by many as one of the top dog-friendly pubs in Scotland, The Stables in Glasgow boasts a special dog menu (even for Christmas dinner!) and doggy station to clean up your pup post-walk, plus they have beds available in case the hard floors are too uncomfortable for delicate paws. Be sure to check their website before you visit as they often host dog-friendly events, such as their renowned doggy date nights!

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The Grog and Gruel, Fort William | The Highlands

Let your pup sprawl at your feet in The Grog and Gruel, one of the most dog-friendly pubs in the Highlands. Meals consist of hearty Scottish fare, with several national favourites on the menu which you can tuck into while Fido basks in the attention of the dog-loving staff.

The Sorn Inn, Sorn | Ayrshire

Pets are very welcome at The Sorn Inn, a dog-friendly Ayrshire pub serving up everything from biscuits to succulent steak pies for their fluffy friends. And for two-legged diners, a fusion of fine dining and classic pub lunches await, including seasoned cuts of aged Scotch beef.

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The Dog House, Balloch | West Dunbartonshire

The clue is in the name of this dog-friendly Scottish pub nestled at the foot of Loch Lomond. The Dog House welcomes hounds of all sizes, providing lots of tickles behind the ears, water bowls and treats on request, and a glowing fire to curl up beside while you sip a frothy pint of Loch Lomond Ale.

Coach House Inn, Cardross | Argyll and Bute

Also known as Cardross Inn, the Coach House Inn in Argyll and Bute loves dogs so much that they even have their own menu! Furry pals can dive into a bowl of chicken and rice followed by an indulgent Pup Cup ice cream while you sample delicious dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.

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Holidays with your dog in the UK

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