Let’s face it, the best three things in life are the pub, pup and food. Combining all three seems like a very good idea, so in the interest of walking opportunities and spending time in the great outdoors, we’ve put together a collection of our favourite dog-friendly pub lunch spots from around the UK that pooch will love just as much as you. From the cosy to the chic, all tastes are catered for.
Discover a top dog-friendly pub lunch spot in Manchester
We’re starting our dog-friendly pub lunch journey in cultural Manchester. Treat pup to lunch at the wonderfully dog-friendly Bay Horse Tavern. Located in the heart of the Northern Quarter, this cool, modern Victorian tavern plays great music and has a vast range of gins. And it’s cosy, too. Complete with log fire, a secret garden pooch will enjoy snuffling out and big sofas, the food is just as excellent. There’s a rotisserie, cheese fondue and pies served with thrice cooked chips. Afterwards, walk off your lunch with a saunter along the Salford Quays (pictured).
Dog-friendly pub lunch in London
Let’s head down south. Every city-based pup will have their favourite nearest dog-friendly pub lunch. But if you fancy a tipple somewhere a little different for a weekend lunch or weekday treat, head to the Orange Public House and Hotel in Belgravia. Dogs of all sizes are welcome on the ground floor of this fabulously restored building, where lucky pups might be in with the chance of scoring some scraps from the delicious weekend roasts. The pheasant is particularly succulent, and the portions are generous as standard. Oh, and did we mention the cocktail list? We definitely remember there being one…
Elsewhere in London we love slightly off-the-wall The Great Exhibition Pub. Set in ever on-trend East Dulwich, it’s a stone’s throw from pup-friendly Peckham Rye, and dogs are welcome in the pub day and night. For pooch there’s biscuits, and for you there’s bottomless brunch on Saturdays, jazz on Sundays and of course, a great lunch menu. Try the braised pig cheeks, with a slice of peanut butter and jelly cheesecake for a not-so-sneaky dessert, washed down with a Fox Paw bitter.
Dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds and surrounds
All aboard the train to Oxford. We’re heading straight to Burford, where dog-friendly pub The Lamb Inn offers beautiful, charming interiors and a splash of English eccentricity. The lunch menu is varied with a mix of traditional British cuisine like their gorgeous Ploughman’s (complete with homemade bread), pork and ale sausages and spicy lamb chops, through to a wonderful selection of ciabattas.
Near Oxfordshire lies the leafy Cotswolds, a haven for walkers, ramblers and hikers. But when all is said and done, a pub lunch is the real reward after all that exercise. Head to one of our favourite dog-friendly pubs, The Wheatsheaf Inn, a lovely coaching inn packed with character. Proud supporters of local farmers and produce, the lunch menu packs a glorious punch. The lamb shoulder is everything a paw-weary pooch could ask for, as are the local ciders.
Down the road is another dog-friendly pub lunch favourite: Jack Hare’s Bar at the Hare and Hounds (pictured). Expect everything olde English countryside in this traditional bar, complete with roaring fire, cosy armchairs and of course, welcome pooches. Unwind in a cosy corner and pick and choose from the hearty menu. Expect big flavours and it’s no worries if you succumb to a food coma – the coffee is equally as tasty.
And lastly, a lovely dog-friendly pub in Brighton
And we finish our midday culinary journey in (fingers crossed) sunny Brighton. Trot into the Farm Tavern, who really love our four-legged friends. Situated moments from the seafront, this lovely dog-friendly pub is a local hotspot. Dogs all receive a complimentary doggy roast dinner – so why not get one yourself? Known to serve one of the best roasts in Brighton, the Farm Tavern makes no apologies when it comes to tender meat, lovely trimmings and delicious gravy. We recommend a real ale on the side.
With so many dog-friendly pub lunch opportunities, you just need a good walking weekend excuse to accidentally try them all. It would be rude not to!
For more ideas on dog-friendly eateries, please check out our pet-friendly Eat listings.