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