Posted 4 months ago ago
Our dogs have been just the distraction we’ve needed over the last year. No matter what is going on in the world, they’ve been there giving us lots of love just when we needed it the most.
So, it’s not hard to see why so many more people decided to get a dog during the lockdown. And as a nation, we’ve become seriously attached to our four-legged friends.
For those new to dog ownership, you’ll realise just how hard you’ll find it to leave them behind when it comes to going on your first holiday.
But you could just take them with you.
This summer, as we all look forward to a much-needed break, why leave your lockdown companion at home, when you can take them along with you instead?
There has never been a more perfect time to treat your loved ones (yes, we are talking about your pup) to a stay in one of the UK’s leading dog-friendly taverns this summer.
Whether it’s the lush rolling green hills of the Cotswolds or the breathtaking views of the Peak District that you have in mind, Stay in a Pub has rounded up its top dog-friendly pub picks from across the UK.
Looking for a dog-friendly staycation? These charming pubs could be right up your alley.
1. The Frogmill, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Nestled in the sweeping Gloucestershire countryside, The Frogmill caters for dogs as well as it does its guests.
Pampered with a blanket, water bowl, treats and its very own bed for the night, you and your beloved pooch will not want to leave.
This 16th-century inn has been transformed into a stunning showstopper, offering delicious hearty food, the finest assortment of drinks and 28 newly-renovated boutique bedrooms - many of which welcome four-legged friends.
With Cheltenham home to many pleasures, the pub is surrounded by an abundance of dog-friendly walking routes, so much so it will be hard to choose which one to adventure out on.
2. Black Horse Inn, Kirkby Fleetham, North Yorkshire
Expect stunning countryside views for you and your pooch to enjoy at The Black Horse Inn. This dog friendly, traditional Northern hostelry is the perfect bolthole for those wanting to explore ‘God’s Own Country.
With fourteen five-star AA rated en-suite bedrooms, guests with dogs can choose from the pub’s individually designed double rooms.
With several ground-floor rooms containing private patios, your four-legged friends will have easy access to the outdoors.
Situated between the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, there is plenty of dog-friendly walking to be done too.
3. The Thomas Lord, Near Petersfield, Hampshire
A lavish dog-friendly cabin situated in a picturesque pub garden sound up your street? Then look no further than The Thomas Lord.
Located in the beautiful Hampshire village of West Meon, The Thomas Lord offers modern, dog-friendly accommodation while maintaining the delights of a traditional country escape.
Each beautiful cabin features king-size beds, a private porch and double doors leading into the quaint pub grounds.
The beautiful Meon Valley offers a wealth of things to do with your four-legged friend, including some fantastic walks right on the pub’s doorstep.
4. The Jack Russell Inn, Faccombe, Hampshire
The name says it all. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, The Jack Russell Inn is a truly dog-friendly historic pub offering luxurious accommodation, with each room named after a dog breed.
Firm believers in your trusty four-legged companions going everywhere with you, the 11 elegant bedrooms excellently cater for the whole family.
Its Great Dane and Bulldog rooms contain French doors opening onto their private balcony - the perfect place for you and your furry friend to watch the sunset over the Hampshire downlands.
The Jack Russell Inn even offers special doggy beer so your pup can feel like they are on holiday too – it truly is a dog-friendly stay.
5. The Ambleside Inn, Ambleside, Cumbria
A traditional pub in the heart of Ambleside, this welcoming country inn is a dog walker’s paradise with stunning mountain walks across the glorious Lake District countryside.
This dog-friendly inn has super comfortable bedrooms and a friendly bar where your dog can join you for some traditional Cumbrian fayre.
Be sure to check out the pub’s hearty breakfasts and its famed Sunday carvery.
6. The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with your four-legged friend at The Bell in Ticehurst.
This multi-award winning traditional but quirky 16th-century inn is a truly unique place to stay.
You and your pooch can choose from beautiful bedrooms or luxurious lodges situated in their gardens with enclosed patios.
The perfect base from which to explore the gems of the South East – Hastings, Tunbridge Wells and Rye – The Bell is a pub stay like no other.
7. The Peat Spade Inn, Stockbridge, Hampshire
With fabulous walks right on the doorstep, The Peat Spade Inn is a charming country pub with dog-friendly accommodation in the tavern’s historic peat house.
Situated in the scenic village of Longstock at the heart of Hampshire’s Test Valley, the pub’s close proximity to the New Forest and the cities of Winchester and Salisbury makes it a perfect destination for exploring the South Coast.
Just an hour’s drive from London and yet a world away, guests can expect a relaxed atmosphere, delicious pub food and a warm welcome for you and your furry friend.
8. The Trout at Tadpole Bridge, Faringdon, Oxfordshire
Surrounded by fields and with the River Thames flowing on its doorstep, The Trout at Tadpole Bridge is a stunning country pub and the perfect destination to explore the very best of British country life with your canine friend.
Take a walk through the wild rose courtyard to the boutique guest bedrooms with little luxuries awaiting you to make you feel at home.
With large brass beds, rain showers and grand baths, plus vegan and environmentally friendly British toiletries, it is luxury at its finest.
Offering a secure enclosed garden, you won’t have to go far for an early morning walk or late evening stroll with your furry friend.
9.The White Hart, South Harting, West Sussex
You and your doggy will receive a very warm welcome at The White Hart, West Sussex.
Full of character and charm, this 17th-century pub offers excellent food and hospitality in the scenic village of South Harting.
Located in short proximity to many beautiful beaches as well as the South Down Way, The White Hart is ideally situated for picturesque walks with your dog in tow.
With options to stay in either the pub or its impressive barn conversion, the choice is yours, as both welcome four-legged friends.
10. The White Horse, Chichester, West Sussex
Greeted by the pub's residential spaniel, Digby, The White Horse is an award-winning rural gem set in the heart of the Sussex countryside.
With previous accolades including being named as the ‘Best Pub in the South East, it has beautiful cottage style accommodation with dog-friendly bedrooms.
Situated in the South Downs, Chilgrove boasts lots of scenic walking routes around the National Park.
Dogs staying at The White Horse are treated just as well as its guests with their very own welcome pack including a comfy bed, as well as food and water bowls – what more could you want?