With armchairs by the fire, countryside surroundings for excellent long walks, cosy accommodation and penchant for serving up a sizzling sausage or two, an escape to one of the UK’s inns and pubs is not just for humans – those four-legged friends are partial to a getaway as well. Now that the nation’s hospitality industry is starting to re-open, here the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of their top dog friendly pubs with rooms to visit!
The Rose and Crown, Barnard Castle
A picturesque country escape, The Rose and Crown at Barnard Castle is an 18th century coaching inn beside a Saxon church. With chocolate box views, inside it’s a combination of original historic details and contemporary luxury details. A dog friendly hotel in Teesdale, where pets can stay in most bedrooms, the provide dog treats and have a ‘dog hosing/drying area’!
The Black Swan, Kirkby Stephen
An award-winning Victorian pub-with-rooms, The Black Swan is in an ideal position for exploring the Cumbrian Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Co. Durham. It is peppered with luxury details such as the double-ended roll-top bath and organic toiletries alongside historic architectural features, cosy soft furnishings and has river views, all in an Eden valley conservation village. Meanwhile, it welcomes dogs with a maximum of three dogs in each of four ground-floor annexe rooms.
The Dog at Wingham, Canterbury
In a timber-frame building, this canine-friendly restaurant-with-rooms has been glamorously decorated with glitzy touches such as a gold velvet-framed bedhead, orange tub chairs and a sunburst mirror, all brought together stylishly to fit in with the historic and convivial surroundings. Four-legged friends are welcomed with glee in all areas, while biscuits and water bowls await in the bar, and they can stay for £25.
Cuckoo Brow Inn, Ambleside
In a pretty village between Lake Windermere and Hawkshead, this 18th-century inn is about fits free hospitality and good old-fashioned charm. Surrounded by the scenery that inspired Beatrix Potter, it’s all squashy sofas, board games and evenings by the fire. Walkers and their four-legged friends delight in the wood burning stove, besides which a pint and good conversation go down a treat after long walks and a good meal.
The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe
This dreamy inn gazing across tidal salt marshes to Scolt Head Island and the open sea is a family-run escape. It is well known for its menu of locally sourced ingredients such as Norfolk lamb and fish including kippers or salmon from the smokehouse in the garden. There are a number of rooms and suites available including a split-level suite at the top of the property complete with a balcony and telescope, as well as dog-friendly annexe rooms which have a private terrace, a wood-floored entrance for muddy mutts and boots.
Beech House and Olive Branch, Clipsham
Created from three farm labourers’ cottages dating back to the 1890s, the Beech House and Olive Branch is a village pub/restaurant set two miles down a picturesque tree-lined lane. It has a shop selling wines and hand-made chocolates and serves food both in the bar and restaurant. It’s well known for using locally sourced, home-grown or foraged ingredients including herbs and salads from their polytunnel. A truly relaxing, dog friendly experience, this award-winning pub and inn, where dogs are allowed in ground-floor bedrooms and bar.
The Cat Inn, West Hoathly
A 16th-century pub-with-rooms, The Cat Inn is all log fires and low beams hung with pewter mugs. Serving a variety of pub classics, perfect after a day walking the High Weald and Winnie the Pooh’s Ashdown Forest. Meanwhile, Harvey the spaniel welcomes canine company and when it’s time for a little something there are dog-friendly tables in the bar.
The Carpenters Arms, Thirsk
The kind of village inn where you can order a York Brewery ale or a Pornstar Martini, The Carpenters Arms is a fusion of warm and welcoming country pub as well as contemporary dog-friendly Garden Rooms, set around a landscaped garden, each with private terrace and views over the Vale of Mowbray. Fruit and vegetables and cut flowers are from a garden above the village, while food is sourced locally wherever possible, and four-legged friends are welcome in both the bar as well as some dining areas as well.
The Swan, Bibury
Antler chandeliers and cosy armchairs, log fires and views of the River Coln, The Swan at Bibury offers a contemporary approach to pub-style hospitality as well as picturesque surroundings beloved by walkers, especially when accompanied by four legged friends. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, and they are allowed in the bar, lounge, garden and some bedrooms.
The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham
A 16th-century inn with views across salt marsh and sea, The Lifeboat Inn has been a literal port in the storm for travellers for over 500 years. Beautiful features include an oak-beamed bar and a 200-year-old vine in the conservatory. As a traditional pub with rooms it is also extremely welcoming to four-legged friends. Pooches get a bowl of water and can dine with you in the cosy bar or in front of the roaring log fire in the lounge at a charge of £10 per night. If they’re lucky, they might even get a sausage at breakfast.