Six dog-friendly pubs with rooms in Cumbria
Renowned for having some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK, Cumbria is a walker’s paradise. Rolling hills, vast lakes and abundant wildlife make it a haven for explorers, while warm hospitality and bountiful local produce give its hotels and inns a reputation for excellence. With so much outdoor activity it’s only right that…
Renowned for having some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK, Cumbria is a walker’s paradise. Rolling hills, vast lakes and abundant wildlife make it a haven for explorers, while warm hospitality and bountiful local produce give its hotels and inns a reputation for excellence. With so much outdoor activity it’s only right that four-legged friends should also be able to join in the fun. Here the Good Hotel Guide shares six of its top recommended dog-friendly pubs with rooms in Cumbria to stay at.
The Black Swan, Kirkby Stephen
Cosy and carefully presented, this large country pub in the Howgill fells is all about superb experiences. Beautiful food combines creative flair and local produce, while communal spaces have been carefully designed to be both stylish and welcoming. For example, panelled walls, tartan carpet and dried hops feature in the bar. Rooms are spotless, providing a range of accommodation, from a four-poster suite and glamping tents to dog-friendly annexe rooms with a separate entrance.
Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey
Walkers and their dogs always feel at home by the wood burning stove, besides which a pint and good conversation go down a treat after a hike in the Cumbrian countryside. Cuckoo Brow Inn is an unpretentious 18th-century inn between Windermere and Hawkshead. A down to earth environment that welcomes muddy boots and excited children, its rooms are in an annex to the pub, in a former stables complete with games for convivial evenings in.
The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale
A five-star Lake District inn, The Sun Inn sits neatly by the river and church in this historic market town. Smiling faces greet you and open fires warm chilly days. Inside, it is surprisingly spacious, and filled with quirky details. Food provides an imaginative take on British classics and the traditional bar is a favourite place for whiling away the time. They also welcome dogs with dedicated dining areas where pets are allowed as well as dog friendly rooms.
Pentonbridge Inn, Penton
This beautifully renovated former coaching inn is a magnificent find on an isolated crossroads in the wild Scottish hills. It’s an unexpected touch of luxury with views across the Borders. Inside it is all slate floors, tweedy fabrics and modern art as well as thoughtful touches in the rooms, such as flowers, robes, shortbread, coffee machines and Roberts radios. Food is a combination of local produce and home grown veg from the owners’ kitchen garden. Dogs are welcome to visit, able to stay in six of the bedrooms and join owners in the bar and conservatory, but not in the restaurant.
The Bay Horse, Ulverston
A perennial favourite amongst Good Hotel Guide travellers, The Bay Horse is an understated inn, drawing its magic from its surroundings and classically good hospitality. Guests enjoy spectacular views of the Levens estuary, watching the tide race in or heading out to walk, cycle, fish and see the wildlife go by. Dog owners have been known to return year-on-year with furry friends, with both enjoying the tranquil retreat in equal measure.
The Black Bull, Sedbergh
This 17th-century inn on the edge of the Lake District was given a sleek revamp in recent years. The result is a very special experience that combines modern, Asian-inspired field-to-fork dishes in the restaurant, alongside exceptionally stylish design. Rooms feature locally made wool blankets and photographs of the surrounding landscape; hi-spec bathrooms with see-through glass walls are stocked with essential-oil toiletries. Dogs are welcome in three of the bedrooms and the bar area, but not in the restaurant.