20 of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Wales

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Posted by Kate Williams on 4th May 2023

20 of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Wales

Heading to Wales on your next holiday? If you’re bringing your canine pal along with you, then it’s essential to know where to find some of the best dog-friendly pubs in Wales.

This country is known for its quality food and drink, with classic speciality foods from rarebit to laverbread to try – and any meat-eaters out there will soon find that locally reared Welsh beef is a staple across many Welsh pubs! 

You’ll discover an abundance of quaint dog-friendly pubs hidden down winding lanes and in the heart of Welsh towns in this guide. Search through these top dog-friendly pubs in Wales and book a delicious meal out during your getaway to this remarkable country. 

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Dog-friendly pubs in North Wales

Dog-friendly pubs in Anglesey

The White Eagle, dog-friendly pub in Rhoscolyn Image credit (left to right): Instagram @oceansecretsuk, @clairebear87uk, @whiteeagleflockinns 

The White Eagle, Rhoscolyn

This stylish dog-friendly pub by the Anglesey coast is a fantastic place for a meal by the sea. Huge windows mean you can take in the sea views whether you and the mutt choose to sit inside or out, and the lawned beer garden is a wonderful space for old dogs to enjoy a mid-meal wander.

A glance at The White Eagle menu will leave you hungry for more as it contains delicious classics like the 8oz Snowdon beef burger, alongside more contemporary offerings. Why not try the pan-fried pollock with squid ink risotto or the chicken breast with handmade purple potato gnocchi?

Visit nearby: Venture over to the dog-friendly beach, Borth Wen Beach (Borthwen), where lively pups can burn off some energy before everyone settles down for a hearty meal.

Stay nearby: Lake Dinam Cottage | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Wales pub The Crown in Aberffraw welcomes dogsImage credit: Instagram @yrhogynna (left), @mickcoleman427 (right)

The Crown, Aberffraw

Offering traditional surroundings in an Anglesey village, The Crown serves a varied selection of sustenance ensuring everyone is catered for, whether you’re in need of a light bite or a full hearty meal.

Serving up simple and satisfying fried halloumi sandwiches, delicious steaks drizzled with pepper sauce, and a children’s menu filled with smaller, equally tasty portions, this family and dog-friendly pub is just right for your tribe after a busy day out on Anglesey.

Visit nearby: Look out for red squirrels darting amongst the ancient pines at Newborough Forest where there’s a variety of dog walking routes including the Nature/Animal Puzzle Trail (great for children!) and the Estuary View Walk.

Stay nearby: Snowdon View Vineyard | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Dog-friendly pubs in Conwy

Kings Head pub in LlandudnoImage credit: Instagram @boypix

Kings Head, Llandudno

Head to the oldest pub in Llandudno for a meal out with your four-pawed friend. After days traversing the landscape, polish off a King's steak burger with bacon and cheese, or the vegetable Malaysian curry and a side of fries. For a lighter bite, tuck into a tasty Welsh cheddar and chutney sandwich or plan to stop by for their special fish and chip Friday deal. 

Kings Head is a wonderful place for an evening catch up with family near the North Wales coast - they also host regular live music events! 

Visit nearby: Settle in on one of the beautifully restored tramcars on the Great Orme Tramway, one of the best dog-friendly days out in Wales, where dogs travel for £1. Your journey will begin at Victoria Station and ascend up to the heights of the Great Orme headland so you can take in the rural scenery and seascape of Llandudno on a morning excursion. 

Stay nearby: Llandudno View | sleeps 8 + 4 dogs 

The Albert pet-friendly pub in LlandudnoImage credit: Instagram @albertllandudno 

The Albert, Llandudno

When looking at the best pubs in North Wales, The Albert in Llandudno has to feature due to their excellent TripAdvisor credentials with their Sunday carvery being a particular favourite!

They host regular quiz nights and other events, and their menu includes filling home-cooked winners such as Welsh beef with Yorkshire pud, Indian-style Dhansak with basmati rice, and Greek-style lamb kofta kebab.

Visit nearby: Just a couple of miles up the road are the Great Orme Mines where you and your four-pawed adventurer can uncover the ancient copper mines dating back a remarkable 4,000 years to the Bronze Age.

Stay nearby: Park Villa – Llandudno | sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

Dog-friendly pubs in Snowdonia/Eryri and Gwynedd

Torrent Walk Hotel, Dolgellau Wales pub for dogsImage credit: Instagram @keeleymoncur1 (left), @katcal15 (right)

Torrent Walk Hotel, Dolgellau

A true Welsh country pub with a stone facade in the heart of Dolgellau town – Torrent Walk Hotel is the perfect place to rest up after long rural walks through the surrounding Snowdonia/Eryri landscape.

Fuel up on a full English before days of adventure or stop by for a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Cosy up around the glowing wood burner on chilly days with your pup beneath the table as you share a meal with the family at this dog-friendly Welsh pub.

Visit nearby: If you and your canine are feeling energetic, climb Cader Idris and see if you can make it all the way up to the summit – known as Penygader meaning ‘the top of the chair/stronghold’.

Stay nearby: Glyn Malden Keepers Cottage | sleeps 5 + 2 dogs 

The Old Ship Inn, TrefriwImage credit: Instagram @gabriel.sirghie

The Old Ship Inn, Trefriw

Located up near the northern coast of Snowdonia/Eryri, at The Old Ship Inn you can expect a wide selection of wine and tasty dishes that include coq au vin with creamy dauphinoise potatoes or the classic leek and mushroom pie with chilli beans and chips.

A beer garden with picnic tables is perfect for summer days dining in the sunshine, while there’s plenty of space inside for your canine pal to snooze while you eat.

Visit nearby: Enjoy a short dog walk to the Fairy Falls, a small waterfall just a few hundred metres away from this dog-friendly pub. Keep going alongside the River Crafnant for a riverside walk and you’ll come to the point where it meets the River Conwy.

Stay nearby: Maes Mawr | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs 

Dog-friendly pubs in Flintshire

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The Miner’s Arms, Maeshafn

Tucked away in a village setting, The Miner’s Arms is a delightful pet-friendly pub that has a great selection of beers and spirits alongside wonderful pub grub including Wellington, pie and chips, and you’ll have to get in quick if you want a taste of their Welsh lamb which often sells out fast!

They have a great selection of beers and spirits to choose from and you could always enjoy a short stroll around this pretty village when you and the hound are ready to grab a breath of fresh country air. 

Visit nearby: With both Loggerheads Country Park and Aberduna Nature Reserve less than a couple of miles away, take your pick of outdoor spaces to explore on a pre or post-pub dog walk!

Stay nearby: Hill View House | sleeps 10 + 1 dog 

The Fox & Grapes dog-friendly pub in HawardenImage credit (left to right): Instagram @lola_holly_cockerspaniel, @cliffordpotgieter, @cliffordpotgieter 

The Fox & Grapes, Hawarden

Another charm-filled pub near the coast, this pet-friendly place to eat sits right by the England-Wales border with the bustling city of Chester just 10 miles away.

The Fox & Grapes regularly hosts live music events, and they have a great beer garden so you and the pup can bask in the sun on warm days. Try one of their cask ales or wines, and their main menu offers up flame-grilled mackerel, homemade steak and ale pie, and a range of 'Foxy Burgers' all served with triple-cooked chips! 

Visit nearby: Go on a woodland dog walk to see the ruins of ancient Ewloe Castle or venture to the coast to Flint Castle.

Stay nearby: Fishermans Catch | sleeps 2 + 1 dog

Dog-friendly pubs in West Wales

Dog-friendly pubs in Ceredigion

Y Ffarmers, Aberystwyth

Y Ffarmers, Aberystwyth

A stylish mix of contemporary and traditional inside, Y Ffarmers pub is just the place to take your friends for a group meal or a few drinks in the lovely beer garden. With outdoor covered areas, you have plenty of protection from the chill if you decide to eat outside in the evenings, and plenty of grassy space for your dog to enjoy a short wander between courses.

The creative menu offers up mains like guinea fowl in wild mushrooms, or Indian spiced monkfish with dahl, while their pudding menu includes a selection of cheesecake, mousse or crumble.

Visit nearby: Hop aboard the Vale of Rheidol Railway with your four-pawed pal; dog tickets are just £4 and you can take in miles and miles of exquisite Welsh scenery from the comfort of the carriage.  

Stay nearby: Squirrel's Cottage | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs 

The Victoria Inn, dog-friendly pub in BorthImage credit (left to right): Instagram @olbsss, @danbram99, @hannahfern92

The Victoria Inn, Borth

Head here for stunning views of the setting sun in Cardigan Bay over dinner and drinks with your friends and family on your next trip to the West Wales coast.

The Victoria Inn is in a fantastic position right beside the sea with a wonderful terrace to take advantage of. Chow down on the burger, pizza or pasta dishes on the menu and stay for one of their music nights after your meal.

Visit nearby: Step straight onto dog-friendly Borth Beach where your four-pawed friend can burn off energy and you can breathe salty sea air before settling down inside the beachfront pub for your meal.

Stay nearby: The Coup | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Dog-friendly pubs in Pembrokeshire

Best dog-friendly pub in Wales - The Brewery Inn, PembrokeImage credit: Instagram @stevenjohnlester (left), @foodfoto_by_ray (right)

The Brewery Inn, Cosheston

Head down to the idyllic Pembrokeshire countryside and settle down with your canine companion at The Brewery Inn, a dog-friendly pub with a well-earned reputation for good food that, in 2018, won the accolade of Best Dog-friendly Pub in Pembrokeshire!

They have a lunch menu providing a selection of griddle-toasted deli sandwiches, salads and other light bites, while dinner could be composed of chicken, smoked bacon, tarragon and wild mushroom meatloaf, or plaice fillet rolled and stuffed with local crab. There’s a children’s menu too with kid-friendly options and portions!

Visit nearby: Visit the dog-friendly Pembroke Castle where our canine friends are welcome throughout the castle, apart from the cafe and shop.

Stay nearby: Cosheston Apartments 4 | sleeps 3 + 2 dogs

Pump on the Green Spittal WalesImage credit: Instagram @tw1kk1

Pump On The Green, Spittal

With a welcoming atmosphere, you and your four-pawed pup will feel very at home in this traditional country pub in West Wales.

At Pump on the Green there’s lots of lovely outdoor space for drinking and dining under blue skies, and cosy furnishings inside for more wintery evening meals. Their menu contains a host of delicious family favourites – hearty burgers, homemade pizzas and curry options – and there’s a children’s menu too.  

Visit nearby: Head over to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to take in the beauty of this national park and perhaps enjoy a paddle in the sea before popping to Spittal for a tasty lunch.

Stay nearby: Llety Wen | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs 

Dog-friendly pubs in South Wales

Dog-friendly pubs in Gower

Britannia Inn pet-friendly place to eat in LlanmadocImage credit: Instagram @swanseamush (left and right), @epthomas61 (middle)

Britannia Inn, Llanmadoc

County winner of the National Bar & Pub Awards in 2021, Britannia Inn is a quality gastropub with a great bar and excellent ever-changing specials that currently include octopus and pigeon!

We’d consider it one of the best country pubs in South Wales and the perfect place to enjoy a meal out with your whole pack.

Visit nearby: Leave paw prints in the sand on a visit to the stunning and dog-friendly Rhossili Bay beach, with 3 miles to explore with your waggy-tailed companion.

Stay nearby: Kingsland Cottage | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Dog-friendly pub: The Joiners Arms, Bishopston Image credit: Instagram @thetastydiaries (left), @bailey_gee17 (right)

The Joiners Arms, Bishopston

Home to its own on-site brewery, you know The Joiner’s Arms offers quality when it comes to its beer. Offering a warm welcome, this dog-friendly South Wales pub is just the place to cosy up and catch up with your favourite people on holiday.

Foodie offerings include a range of Welsh steak dishes alongside Caribbean jerk chicken, hake fillet, and steak and ale pie – take your pick of these tasty pub dinners.  

Visit nearby: Pwlldu Bay is a scenic hidden gem on the Gower Peninsula just a couple of miles from this dog-friendly pub. Enjoy a stroll out to Pwlldu Point to look out over the rolling waves. 

Stay nearby: Rock House | sleeps 5 + 1 dog

Dog-friendly pubs in Carmarthenshire

The Forest Arms, BrechfaImage credit: Instagram @tallonlouise

The Forest Arms, Brechfa

A quaint and characterful bar with different rooms full of local history – you could be mistaken for thinking The Forest Arms was a museum rather than a pub! See furnishings that have come from St Davids Cathedral and spot taxidermied Bob the Raven in The Raven Bar.

There are special tables for dogs and their pack so phone ahead to reserve one to ensure your canine pal has their own space. There is a delightful beer garden too for warm, sunny days.

Visit nearby: Head into the ancient Brechfa Forest, once a royal forest, for walking trails with your waggy-tailed pup before dinner. Stroll under conifers planted just after the First World War to regrow Britain's timber reserves and look out for birds darting amongst the branches. 

Stay nearby: Ty Nant Llwyd | sleeps 5 + 5 dogs

The Butchers Arms, LlanddarogImage credit: Instagram @welshrich73

The Butchers Arms, Llanddarog

Set in the quaint village of Llanddarog in South Wales, this dog-friendly pub has a lunchtime, evening, and Sunday lunch menu for you to pick from as well as changing specials to tempt guests too.

On your visit to The Butchers Arms you could dine on honey roast duck on a bed of orange and Grand Marnier sauce, try the red onion beetroot tartlet from the vegetarian menu, or tuck into Sunday roast with succulent beef and Yorkshire pudding.

Visit nearby: The National Botanic Garden of Wales is just up the road and has occasional dog-friendly days to look out for, otherwise, Paxton's Tower is a fantastic folly that’s worth a visit with the dog.

Stay nearby: Cwrt Y Cadno | sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

Dog-friendly pubs in Monmouthshire

The Lion Inn, MonmouthImage credit (left to right): Instagram @eternal_hoptimist, @yvette_marie__, @the_lion_inn 

The Lion Inn, Monmouth

Escape to the picturesque Wye Valley when you plan a trip to this lovely dog-friendly pub in South Wales. From the familiar pub grub to more unusual and unique dishes, you’ll be sure to find something to whet your appetite at The Lion Inn.

Book in to try their locally reared 8oz sirloin steak, share a build-your-own pizza or keep an eye on their specials board for changing dishes that have included beef stroganoff, kangaroo steak, and ostrich with creamy garlic sauce.

Visit nearby: Follow the Maryland Manor and Wood Circular Walk for delightful forest and lake scenery. Otherwise, take a shorter wander around the village of Trelleck itself to spot two local heritage sites: Harold's Stones and The Virtuous Well.

Stay nearby: Pigscote Cottage | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs 

Millers Arms, ChepstowImage credit: Instagram @millersarmsmathern

Millers Arms, Chepstow

A warming log fire awaits in the winter and a large beer garden and play area for the spring and summer – the Millers Arms is fantastic any time of year!

Take the kids and your beloved pet along to this family pub and settle in the dog-friendly bar area to eat. At lunchtime, stop by for warming soup, stuffed baguettes or jacket potato, or book a table in the evening for something from the grill.

Visit nearby: Chepstow Castle is dog friendly although there are lots of steps which may be tricky for our four-pawed friends, so a better choice for a dog-friendly day out may be the beautiful Veddw House Garden where dogs are welcome on a lead.

Stay nearby: Fox And Hounds Cottage | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Dog-friendly pubs in the Brecon Beacons

The Three Horseshoes, GroesfforddImage credit: Instagram @jen_jon_gabe_skye (left), @thirtle3001 (right)

The Three Horseshoes, Groesffordd

Right in the north of the astounding Brecon Beacons, this two AA Rosette-awarded inn is in the heart of walking country. Head out on heart-thumping hikes before entering the warmth of the Three Horseshoes Groesffordd.

The excellent foodie offerings at this gastropub include wild mushroom gnocchi, pan-fried fillet of hake and, of course, roasted rack of Welsh lamb.

Visit nearby: The banks of scenic Llangorse Lake are certainly worth a leg stretch and it's just 4 miles from Groesffordd.

Stay nearby: Yr Daflod | sleeps 4 + 1dog 

The Old White Horse Inn, PontneddfechanImage credit: Instagram @theoldwhitehorse (left and middle), @allanasfoodjournal (right)

The Old White Horse Inn, Pontneddfechan

Finally, the family-friendly Old White Horse Inn in the peaceful village of Pontneddfechan is a delightful dog-friendly pub down in the southern waterfall-rich region of the Brecon Beacons.

They have log fires, a beer garden and live music events alongside a wonderful grill menu for guests to choose from. If you’d rather skip the grill, other options include a homemade puff pastry parcel with goats cheese, traditional hunter’s chicken, or the chef’s pie of the day – all true pub favourites!

Visit nearby: This dog-friendly pub is just 7 miles from the Brecon Beacon’s fantastic Four Waterfalls Walk.

Stay nearby: Flying Scotsman | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs

Find a dog-friendly place to stay in Wales

Before you track down your local pet-friendly pub, you need to pick out an enchanting holiday cottage where you can escape with your four-pawed friend for a weekend trip or week-long getaway.

We have a wonderful range of holiday lets in Wales including hot tub cottages, welcoming accessible retreats, and charming coastal escapes that welcome dogs and their owners on a well-deserved break.

Find a place to stay on your next dog-friendly holiday in Wales.

Dog-friendly cottages in Wales

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.