This is a pawfect, pet-friendly pitstop at any time of the year. In colder climes, you’ll be enticed in by the vibrant, cosy atmosphere, the roaring fires and the anticipation of a hearty, warming winter meal. Visiting in the warmer months? Relax with fido and a chilled glass of Pimm’s on the outside patio. All dog-lovers are also sure to enjoy the eye-catching artwork by Katharine Lightfoot, particularly the magnificent hounds stretching the length of the wall behind the bar.
Expect a sumptuous selection of gastropub delights on the changing menu, from beef, shallot and Guinness stew, to pan fried hake with prawns and gnocchi. Sharing plates include a charcuterie, fish or veggie option and there are a number of mouthwatering meaty dishes available from the grill, including an 8oz lamb rump. The drinks selection caters for ale, cider, wine and G&T lovers alike.
A recently launched doggy menu will captivate your pooch with choices such as braised venison, rice and carrots, or grilled chicken and scrambled eggs. Or if fido just fancies a snack, perhaps some liver and oat biscuits, or a pig’s ear to munch on?
Fido can dine with you at any time of day, and he’s also welcome in the lounge of the adjoining Hare & Hounds hotel.
If the hunger hasn’t quite hit, there are lighter lunch options, with a selection of smart sandwiches and ciabattas. In the afternoon, you and your dog can also take afternoon tea in the lounge next door; the fine finger sandwiches and delectable homemade jam (with or without a glass of Mercier champagne!) are sure to tempt you.
Dinner is served from 6pm until 9.30pm, but with the bar open later, you and fido can relax and stay a while.
The adjoining Hare & Hounds hotel has 8 pet-friendly rooms on offer.
Along with a visit to Jack Hare’s bar, you and fido will find the English country garden and surrounding woodlands of the Hare & Hounds hotel a delight to explore.
A leap and a bound away, the Westonbirt Arboretum, a stunning collection of over 15,000 types of trees from all corners of the globe, makes for a pawtastic playground. Silk Wood, representing two thirds of the arboretum, is dog-friendly, so your four-legged friend will have plenty of space to run off those doggy menu delights.
A short drive away, you’ll also find the ancient market town of Tetbury; perfect for a pre or post-lunch stroll, you’ll find plenty a shop or cafe welcoming to both human and hound.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Hare & Hounds, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QL
Situated on the A433, at the half way point between Bristol and Cirencester, the Hare & Hounds hotel is just 3 miles south west of Tetbury, and a short drive from the market town. There is plenty of parking available free of charge on site.
Local bus services are fairly infrequent, and the nearest train station (Kemble) is 7 miles away, so you’re best arriving on your own four wheels. Or if you’re staying nearby, book a taxi for you an fido in advance.
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