Paws with a Pint at Britain’s Best Dog Friendly Pubs

When there’s a nip in the air that’s nothing to do with your dog and your fingers are numb with cold after a long walkies, there’s nothing nicer than thawing out together in a cosy pub. With this in mind, the team at Rover Recommended have carried out lots of research across the UK looking for Britain’s best dog friendly pubs. It was tough work but someone had to do it!

The best pubs offered a great selection of food and drink, a really warm welcome for you and your dog and great walks on the doorstep. Here are five of our favourite dog friendly pubs.

The Brandling Villa in Gosforth, Newcastle hit the headlines recently for selling a meaty beer for dogs. They have also created a range of a la carte dishes for pets including a doggy version of chicken chasseur and a Sunday roast with “cat” flavoured gravy made from beef stock with fish sauce. If your doggie is not counting the calories there is also a dessert menu and Dentastix for afterwards. Manager Dave Carr has a cute beagle called Franco who always likes to meet new four-legged friends. Human visitors will also not be disappointed with a visit to this independent pub with its comfy leather chairs, good choice of local ales and great value food.

The Church House Inn, Devon overlooks the village cricket field in picturesque Marldon This Grade 2 listed Inn is full of character and was the first pub in Devon to be listed in the Michelin Pub Guide. It was also voted Devon’s Best Country Pub by readers of Devon Life. Dogs are welcome in the bar area where you can enjoy the delicious food. There are roaring log fires in the winter and the pretty pub garden is a pleasant place to relax when the sun is shining. There are many beautiful country walks nearby, including the famous John Musgrave Heritage Trail which heads through Marldon past the pub and through the grounds of Berry Pomerory Castle on its way to Totnes.

The Lamb Inn at Great Rissington, Gloucestershire is one of our all-time favourite pubs. Paul, Jacqueline and the team are so friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed and the food is fantastic. Dogs are welcome in the bar and en suite rooms and the pub raises funds to train puppies as Guide Dogs for the Blind by selling hand-crafted bags, broaches and second hand books. The pub is close to some dog friendly attractions that are perfect for animal lovers, such as Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Birdland and its hilltop position is central for walking to picturesque Cotswold villages like Bourton-On-The-Water.

The Castle Inn near Lulworth Cove in Dorset is firmly established as one of the most dog friendly pubs in Britain. It’s currently closed for maintenance until 24th March 2012 but as soon as it reopens dog owning holidaymakers will be beating a path to its door. The picture perfect 16th Century thatched free house has an extensive food menu and regularly changing local real ales and ciders. The pub is only a short walk away from the spectacular dog friendly beaches at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Dogs are made really welcome in the bar, bedrooms and beer garden and dog treats are available from the bar. Dog guests may enjoy breakfast with their owners and get their own breakfast sausage and can be immortalised on the dog photo pages of the pub’s website.

The Watermill Inn in Cumbria serves up to 16 real ales and has its own micro brewery on site. With award-winning beer and a great range of food it’s not surprising that that the Watermill Inn won the UK Beer Pub of the Year 2011 in the Good Pub Guide. Dogs are most welcome in the main bar and many of the locals have dogs that are regular visitors and enjoy a favourite tipple from the bar. Even the beers have a doggie theme. Favourites include; Collie Wobbles, A Bit’er Ruff, Wruff Night, Paw Christmas, Dogs Dinner, Paws for Thought, Isle of Dogs, Ruff Justice and Dogth Vader. Dogs are most welcome to stay with their owners in the B&B accommodation and join them for a sausage at breakfast. There is a charge made of £3 per night per dog and £1 of this is donated to the Dogs Trust. When you and your dog have enjoyed a walk in the beautiful Lakeland fells you can send a photo of your dog having a well earned rest at the pub to feature in the Doggie Pages on its website.

All these pubs are listed on Rover Recommended

If you have visited any of them with your dog we would love to see your reviews.

Louise Dolan
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Walkies in a Winter Wonderland

On a winter’s day there can be nothing better than wrapping up warmly and walking in the crisp fresh air to work up an appetite or burn off a few too many mince pies.

Dogs make the best personal trainers and walking companions and mine is always ready to join me for a walk whatever the weather. Getting into a new schedule can be one of the hardest parts of starting a new exercise regime but when you have a dog their enthusiasm for walkies and their wagging tail is your instant reward and they don’t understand excuses…

Taking a regular brisk walk has numerous health benefits including improving the efficiency of your heart and lungs, increasing bone density, lowering blood pressure, encouraging more restful sleep and generally improving your sense of wellbeing.

A regular walk is vitally important for your pet’s health and mental wellbeing too. One third of dogs are estimated to be overweight as a result of too much food and their owners’ couch potato lifestyles. So regularly walking your dog is an essential part of being a responsible dog owner and will result in a happier, healthier and better behaved pet. Just don’t forget the doggy doo bags…

So, whenever you can, make a plan to go for a walk. Here are some ideas to help you to explore somewhere new today. has loads of gardens, parks and beaches that are perfect for dog walks. Simply type your postcode or address into the What’s Near box on the homepage and click Fetch for some inspiration. Or you can click on Plan a Walk to design your own walk between dog friendly pubs and print out a Google map of the walk and the local Ordnance Survey map.

The Ramblers Association have 719 led dog walks during January and February 2012.To search for a dog walk near you see has some great ideas for walks in National Parks. is a fantastic government website to encourage us all to get walking. Type in your postcode to find lots of local walks to enjoy.

Wishing you all a very healthy and Happy New Year!

Louise Dolan

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