Many dog owners think of their beloved pooches as part of the family, and so pet-friendly holiday accommodation is a priority.
If you’re planning a break with your dog, you’ll also want to pick a destination with pet-friendly watering holes, so that man’s best friend won’t feel left out when you’re relaxing!
Read on for our bumper guide to ‘pawfect’ pubs for you and your canine companion.
Dog Friendly Pubs in England
1. The Black Bull Inn, Frosterley
Frosterley, a village in stunning Weardale, is home to The Black Bull, which has been called the ‘best dog-friendly pub ever’! Cosy rooms and period features take customers back to 19th century County Durham. Work up an appetite on a Pennines ramble before enjoying Sunday lunch while your dog sleeps at your feet. For pet-friendly accommodation close to The Black Bull, try magnificent Fairfield House.
2. The Light Dragoon, Beverley
With its rustic charm and well-kept gardens, The Light Dragoon is a first-class East Yorkshire pub. It’s located in Etton, Beverley, and aims to be ‘very, very dog-friendly’. Treats are given to pets (if they can tear themselves away from the Butcher’s Block platter!). Relax in The Light Dragoon after an enchanting walk in Beverley Westwood. Foldyard House, near Beverley, is a luxurious, pet-friendly holiday property.
3. Bay Horse Inn, Market Weighton
Also convenient for Foldyard House is Bay Horse Inn on Market Place, Market Weighton. This recently refurbished pub is situated in prime dog-walking territory, with the Yorkshire Wolds Way passing through the town. Treats and water bowls keep canine chums happy, while the kedgeree is a firm favourite with two-legged visitors. As Bay Horse Inn is home to two dogs, your pet might even make new friends there!
4. The Cherub Inn, Dartmouth
Down the road from Dittisham is the equally gorgeous Dartmouth, home to one of England’s most eye-catching, dog-friendly pubs. The Cherub on Higher Street proves that good things come in small packages. This quaint, 14th-century pub is the town’s oldest building, complete with historic ships’ timbers. You’re welcome to sit in the bar with your pooch and sip Dartmouth Pride.
5. The Cherry Tree Inn, Henley-on-Thames
After exploring the breathtaking Chilterns, visit The Cherry Tree in Stoke Row, Henley-on-Thames, where pets (and their owners!) feel special. A blend of rustic and modern influences, this Oxfordshire pub offers fine food and drink, plus dog biscuits and water bowls. It’s so dog-friendly that it’s even hosted dog-themed events! Chimney Corner, an elegant Henley holiday home, is perfect for dog-friendly getaways.
6. The Fox & Hounds, Theale
Theale is only a short journey from Henley-on-Thames and boasts brilliant spots for dog walking. Look out for birds and wildflowers at Hosehill Lake Nature Reserve (you might even see ponies grazing!) before popping into The Fox & Hounds on Station Road for dog-friendly hospitality and treats at the bar. This Berkshire village pub loves to welcome pooches and their owners so much that it recently held a dog show!
7. The Dormouse, Clifton, York
If you head out of the centre of York towards Clifton, a pretty suburb, you can enjoy a tipple at The Dormouse on Clifton Park Avenue. This pub’s friendly employees are known for getting on well with both two-legged and four-legged customers! The lovely scenery, refreshing cask ales and hearty meals epitomise North Yorkshire charm. The luxurious Clifton Townhouse provides pet-friendly group accommodation nearby.
8. The Ferry Boat Inn, Dittisham
What could be more relaxing than a Devon beach holiday? Don’t miss The Ferry Boat in Dittisham, overlooking the picturesque River Dart, where dogs and their owners receive a friendly West Country welcome. A water bowl is provided for pooches, while you can quench your own thirst with the pub’s brand of refreshing beer. Beautiful Beach End in Dittisham is a spacious, pet-friendly holiday home.
9. The Goat & Tricycle, Bournemouth
Another English holiday destination with wonderful beaches is Bournemouth. The Goat & Tricycle on Westhill Road, a short stroll from Bournemouth Pier, invites you and your canine chum to bask in the sunshine on the patio or enjoy the traditional pub atmosphere inside. Local ales and home-cooked meals await you at this popular seaside haunt. It’s close to Bournemouth Townhouse, a chic, pet-friendly Dorset holiday home.
10. The Butcher’s Arms, Sonning Common
When staying at the exquisite Reddish Manor near Henley-on-Thames, you’ll find a delightful, dog-friendly Oxfordshire pub on your doorstep. The owners of The Butcher’s Arms in Sonning Common emphasise that ‘there is always a place for our four-legged friends’ at the venue, and dog treats are available. Try the Sunday roast after wandering through the lush scenery or playing with your pooch in Reddish Manor’s enclosed garden.
11. The Royal Oak, Oxford
Less than an hour’s drive from Reddish Manor are the dreaming spires of Oxford, where The Royal Oak has a reputation for making dogs just as welcome as their owners. This traditional tavern with a modern twist is found on Woodstock Road and features three beer gardens, which you and your four-legged friend will love. The Royal Oak is a fantastic place to unwind after a walk across Port Meadow, the city’s most expansive area of common land.
12. The Victoria, Paddington, London
London is easily reached from Henley-on-Thames and features a surprising number of green spaces. You and your canine chum will be welcome in the famous Hyde Park, and the same can be said about The Victoria, on nearby Strathearn Place. This gloriously grand pub invites dogs and their owners to soak up the atmosphere in the main bar, where everything from seasonal ale to artisan soft drinks is served.
13. Brigantes, York
When holidaying in York, one of England’s most attractive, historic cities, you and your furry friend will receive a warm welcome at Brigantes on Micklegate, which describes itself as ‘dog mad’! This light and airy venue, serving local ales and freshly made dishes, is the ideal place to relax after exploring York. Why not stay at gorgeous Holly Cottage, just a stone’s throw from the city centre, for pet-friendly North Yorkshire holiday accommodation?
Dog Friendly Pubs in Scotland
14. The Three Reasons, Largs
In the North Ayrshire seaside resort of Largs, The Three Reasons promises ‘good drink, good food & good times’! Another reason to visit this Gallowgate Street pub is the warm welcome it offers pooches and their owners. After adventures in Clyde Muirshel Regional Park, treat yourself to Scottish steak pie. Don’t forget to save some for your furry friend! Close by, you’ll find Balvonie House, a pet-friendly Skelmorlie holiday home with sea views.
15. BrewDog, Glasgow
Another benefit of staying in Skelmorlie is that it’s under an hour’s drive from vibrant Glasgow. Not far from Kelvingrove Park, a wonderful place for dog walkers, you’ll find BrewDog. As its name suggests, this cool, modern bar on Argyle Street is a haven for pet pooches and doting owners. If you love burgers this is the perfect place for you. During BrewDog’s Yappy Hour events, your four-legged friend can enjoy doggy beer, made from beef stock.
16. The Lorne, Oban
Pets are welcome at this traditional Argyll & Bute pub on Stevenson Street, which has been praised as a ‘dog-friendly gem’ and is close to top attractions Oban Distillery and McCaig’s Tower. Take advantage of Oban’s stunning coastal location by enjoying locally sourced fish and seafood in The Lorne’s beer garden. Your dog will love being made a fuss of by the staff and might even meet the owner’s own furry friends. For a wonderful, dog-friendly Oban holiday home, try Blaven.
17. Markie Dans, Oban
Situated on Oban’s Victoria Crescent, dog-friendly Markie Dans is as full of character as the local fisherman after whom it was named. This attractive pub serves over 100 different malts and aims to offer the area’s best beer garden, making it an excellent choice of watering hole after a reinvigorating coastal walk with your pet. The Drury’s lavish, pet-friendly Oban group accommodation has a charm all of its own.
18. The Dog House, Balloch
At the foot of stunning Loch Lomond sits Balloch, home to The Dog House. This lovely pub on Balloch Road has been labelled ‘doggy heaven’! Drink in the glorious Dunbartonshire landscape, and then drink Loch Lomond Ale while your furry friend basks in the attention of bar staff. Water bowls and treats keep canines content. Not far from Balloch, High Wards House offers chic, dog-friendly Loch Lomond holiday accommodation.
19. The Drovers Inn, Inverarnan
Journey to the opposite end of Loch Lomond and you’ll discover a pub steeped in history and surrounded by Argyll & Bute’s dramatic scenery. Why not stop off at The Drovers Inn with your dog when tackling the West Highland Way walk? Relax by the roaring fire with a pint of Drovers Blonde, and watch out for the grizzly bear (don’t worry, he’s stuffed!). Pet-friendly Stuckgowan House is an unforgettable holiday home overlooking the loch.
20. The Coach House Inn, Cardross
Also known as Cardross Inn, The Coach House Inn loves dogs so much that they even have their own menu! Your pet will love chicken and rice followed by a Pup Cup ice cream. Situated on Cardross’s Main Road near the River Clyde, this charming Dunbartonshire pub is the perfect place to relax after an idyllic walk. It’s only about 20 miles from Loch Lomond’s Stuckdarach House, a superb, pet-friendly holiday property.
21. Corbie & Cheip, Auchterarder
Corbie & Cheip, this dog-friendly High Street venue is unusual and distinctive: by day it’s a deli and by night a bar with handpicked beverages. Corbie & Cheip’s ‘dog parking stations’ provide water and treats, while the dog porridge, garnished with bacon, gets tails wagging!
22. The Ship Inn, Elie
Another pub for happy hounds and owners is The Ship Inn on The Toft in Elie, Fife – it’s cosy, classy and close to breathtaking coastal scenery. To ensure that furry visitors feel content, water bowls, biscuits and dog beds are offered! Treats for two-legged customers include mouth-watering mussels.
23. The Haven, Cellardyke
The Haven, located on Shore Street in Fife’s Cellardyke, is only about ten miles from West House and popular with dogs and their owners. A well-kept beer garden, hot smoked salmon and Firth of Forth views are among this bar and restaurant’s highlights. As The Haven is near the Fife Coastal Path, it’s an ideal place to rest with your furry friend after an exhilarating walk.
24. The Capercaillie, Killin
‘Dogs are very welcome,’ emphasises The Capercaillie, a cosy bar and restaurant on Main Street in pretty Killin, Stirling. Why not visit with your canine companion after exploring the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve? Relax by the log fire or seek out the gorgeous garden. Also gorgeous is Victorian hunting lodge Stucktaymore, a pet-friendly Loch Tay holiday home that’s only 45 minutes away by car.
Dog Friendly Pubs in Wales
25. The Buccaneer Inn, Tenby
Dog-friendly and bright, The Buccaneer Inn can’t fail to catch your eye when you’re strolling through Tenby, a popular seaside resort, with your pooch. This lively pub on St Julian’s Street is a firm favourite with dog owners and their furry friends because of its pretty beer garden and local produce. If you’re on a winter break, you’ll love the heated terrace! For a spectacular, pet-friendly Tenby holiday home, try Waterwynch House.
26. Cross Inn, Penally
Close to Tenby is Penally Beach, a dog walker’s paradise. After your furry friend has bounded across the sand and shingle, make a beeline for the cheerful Cross Inn on Strawberry Lane. This village pub aims to make pets (and their owners!) feel ‘most welcome’. Its views of Caldey Island are as impressive as the hospitality. Hot paws can cool off on the bar’s slate flooring, and water bowls are available.
27. The Old Chemist Inn, Saundersfoot
Towards the end of the magnificent Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and convenient for Tenby’s Waterwynch House, you’ll find The Old Chemist Inn. This seaside pub on The Strand in Saundersfoot has an enviable location and a reputation for being remarkably dog-friendly. Your pooch is welcome indoors, where a log fire keeps visitors warm, as well as in the beachfront beer garden, which often hosts live music events. ‘Pawfect’!
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