Five of the best dog-friendly pubs

What makes a great dog-friendly pub? For us it’s all about the details: treats on the bar, fresh water bowls, maybe a garden with plenty of shade. For our dogs, it’s mostly a case of sniffing other dogs and getting a good belly rub from any passers-by.

Whatever you’re looking for, finding a good pub that loves dogs often feels like a mission accomplished – and there’s nothing better than a recommendation from fellow dog owners. That’s why we picked out five of our favourites to share with you – and even better, you’ll find a free pack our Good Dog Treats waiting for you at the bar, and a 1 month free trial for anyone who wants to try tails.com for their dog. Cheers!

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The Railway Inn – Whitacre Heath, Birmingham

This traditional country pub allows dogs in the bar area where they are as well looked-after as their owners. Reviewers say that “nothing is too much trouble” for the team there, with a wide range of food, drinks and entertainment. And there’s an outside play area that’s fun for kids – and dogs too.

The Railway Inn

The Fox and Hounds – Reading, Berkshire

Set in the charming village of Theale on the outskirts of Reading, the Fox and Hounds was named the UK’s most Dog-Friendly Pub. And it’s easy to see why – not only do they offer dogs a warm welcome every day, they also raise money for local dog charities with an annual dog show and doggy calendar.

The Fox and Hounds

The Gatehouse – Highgate Village, London

The ideal rest stop after a walk through nearby Hampstead Heath, the Gatehouse welcomes dogs all day and night, whether you’re popping in for a drink, a bite to eat or to enjoy some Sunday jazz. Dogs are welcome in the bar, restaurant and the large beer garden, and the friendly staff are known to make a real fuss of their four-legged visitors.

The Gatehouse

The Brown Dog – Barnes, London

Barnes is one of the most dog-friendly places in London, and the Brown Dog is a great example of this – it’s not uncommon to find the place filled with dogs of all breeds and sizes. Fortunately, there’s plenty of space for them to run and play. And the landlord’s dog is always on hand to greet every dog who stops by.

The Brown Dog

The Queens Head – Congleton, Cheshire

You’ve heard of happy hour? Well, the Queens Head have a “Yappy Hour” on the last Sunday of the month, at the end of their monthly dog walk. It’s all part of their efforts to build a thriving dog-friendly community where dog lovers and their dogs to get together for exercise and socialising.

The Queens Head

Have we missed out your favourite dog-friendly pub? Tell us in the comments!

49 comments

  1. The Armstrong Gun, Englefield Green, Surrey

    Best pub around lovely staff, dog treats on the bar, craft beers, lovely safe dog friendly garden

    Dan & Sarah Landlord / Landlady, lovely people, warm and always happy to help.

  2. Great to see dog friendly pubs .I found watchet in somerset the most dog friendly town I’ve ever visited all the pubs seem to allow dogs in some even have a menu for dogs .great to meet new people even if you are only on holiday .

  3. Hi there,
    You have actually missed a whole country, Scotland, I believe we probably have some dog friendly pubs.
    It would be great if you could put some out there.
    Regards

    1. Agreed – really need to have some information on dog friendly pubs throughout Scotland – such lovely scenery and great countryside for walks but where can we go for food and drink, please ?

    2. They haven’t mentioned Wales either, but seeing as they have only mentioned 5 pubs out of the whole country, that’s hardly surprising! No one knows their best dog friendly pubs like locals, so why don’t you make a recommendation that other people might appreciate if visiting that area.

  4. The Tywarnhayle Inn at Perranporth in Cornwall or the Old Coastguard at Mousehole. Doggy treats behind the bar and a warm welcome. Rather nice for owners too with excellent food, drinks and live music!

  5. The Fisherman’s Arms in Plymouth, lovely doggy menu with couple of choices and of course pawserts,, all with the resident schnauzer Mr Jones,, the menu for us is also good,

  6. Edinburgh is super dog friendly!! Pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, shops.. and they are generally all pretty nice places too!

  7. The majority of pubs around Hunstanton, wells next the sea, thornham, titchwell, brancaster and holme next the sea are dog friendly.

  8. The Ship at Sewerby, near Bridlington (East Yorkshire) calls itself “The Dog-Friendly Pub”, and with very good reason! Dogs are welcome inside – and I mean welcome, not just tolerated! Water bowls and dog treats are freely available, and they also sell Dog beer and Pawsecco!

  9. By far the best dog friendly pub in North West is the Boars Head in Standish!! Treats and fresh drinking water readily available and your pet is more than welcome in the pub!!!!

  10. Try The Crown, Aldbourne, Marlborough, Wilts. Super village, very dog friendly with lovely walks. Also do superb Sunday roasts and local ales.

  11. Air Balloon pub at Birdlip, Gloucester is not only dog friendly it has its own doggy menu to choose from and brings a bowl of water when it brings the menu. The chicken choice looked super – I could have eaten it myself!!

  12. Cornwall we have a couple which we have frequented with our welsh collie Hazel
    Jamaica inn at Bolventor Bodmin moor In the front bar not the restaurant welcome dogs
    The Kings head at Five lanes, Altarnun also classed as Bodmin moor, Main bar

  13. In Norfolk now, loads of dog friendly pubs. The Ship inn at Mundesley has a great garden overlooking the sea but dogs are also aloud in the bar. Great food. The Poachers in at Walcott is also good.

  14. The Star in Chalton, Bedfordshire. Beautiful dog-friendly village pub with a gorgeous walk up the Chiltern Way from the car park 🙂

  15. All Brewdog pubs are dog friendly. Have water bowls at the ready and like to do a wall of fame for your four legged friend. Loving the new Brewdog in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

  16. The ramblers rest in Coulsdon Surrey is really lovely for dogs. It’s situated in the middle of loads of lovely fields and nature reserves perfect for walking your dog before retiring to the pub for some lovely food and drinks!

  17. Cantina is a beach bar st Goodrington sands in Paignton, next to one of the few beaches which allow dogs all year, they know you’re pooch will probably be wet and provide towels. The Cary Arms at Babbacombe is a great dog friendly pub, with a dog menu

  18. Padarn hotel, Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales
    Dogs welcome in the bar, beer garden and parts of the Bistro, water bowls provided and Bonios and they even sell Doggy ice cream.
    Plus 8 dog friendly bedrooms.

  19. The Malcolm Arms, Anton’s Gowt near Boston Lincolnshire is dog friendly and is two minutes from the footpath along side the River Witham. So you can have a leisurely stroll by the river and then down to the pub for a bite to eat and a pint!! Mark and Nicki are your very welcoming hosts!

  20. Wales also has many dog friendly pubs!
    Come to West Wales, Pembrokeshire and we have glorious walks and dog friendly beaches! Pubs and cafes all dog friendly. Visit Solva and see!

  21. The Ship inn in Rye east Sussex was very dog friendly . Bowls of water everywhere inside and out . Boo enjoyed laying on the cool flagstone inside as it was such a hot day

  22. Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne – this pub has its own dog’s dinner menu (ie. sunday roast – chicken or beef, with cat flavoured gravy!). Most people in the pub have their dog with them; great atmosphere. If you’re local give it a try; if you’re not, go to the website and read the menu; it’ll have you laughing and you’ll want to visit!

  23. The Prince of Wales at Ham Hill, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Somerset. Great place to walk your dog and very dog friendly pub with excellent food and views.

  24. The Royal Oak, Bovingdon Green, Marlow, Bucks. Fantastic pub, large garden, dogs welcome inside and out. One of the most dog friendly pubs I’ve visited.

  25. White horse, Birstall, leics. next to water mead country park a great space for a walk. Lovely garden , dogs welcome in the bar, treats and water for them, great menu of quality food for owners! Friendly and family owned.

  26. Primrose Hill is super dog friendly all the pubs and some cafes let dogs in. Also if your in Essex try THe Alma in Harwich Old Town – amazing food and very dog friendly – even the rooms allow dogs!

  27. Lots of dog friendly pubs in Glasgow, some of my favorites are “six degrees north” on Dumbarton road, “West Brewery” at Glasgow Green, “The Ben Nevis” on Argyle Street “The Burnbrae” on Milngavie Road……..I could go on!

  28. Hi there,
    Can I say you have missed out the Lake District, for example Keswick. Most dog friendly town, cafes , shops , accommodation, and of course Pubs! , you will find the people so friendly and welcome dogs with open arms. Brilliant! 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾.

  29. The Plough Inn, Leitholm in the Scottish Borders is very dog friendly, our Bernese loves it there. She is always welcome and loves David behind the bar as he always has dog biscuits ready for her. They also have B&B rooms in which dogs are welcome. Another plus – the food is great !

  30. You have to include my pub, the Grove Tavern in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
    You already supply the food for pub dog Shimbwe who has numerous four legged friends that come in to see her (as well as several two legged people who check in on her too)!!
    Dog water bowls inside & out and several different sorts of dog treats behind the bar (although most of the dogs know exactly where they’re stored!).

  31. Greyhound – Sutton Stop – Coventry, dogs welcome and when one lays in way people step over, water bowls but no doggy treats. Buster always has his own water bottle and treats with him. Padstow – Cornwall Pubs and St Marys – Scilly Isles Pubs

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