10 of the best dog-friendly pubs: have lunch with Fido and other furry friends

10 of the best dog-friendly pubs: have lunch with Fido and other furry friends

The Blue Lion

East Witton, North Yorks

Doggy paradise, with access to bar and bedrooms. At the edge of the Dales,  owners Paul and Helen serve tip-top food and keep 15 rooms for overnight stays – with a little help from their Golden Labrador, Sadie. Get three nights for the price of two (Sun-Thurs), or mid-week dinner, bed and breakfast from £135 per room. Offers available Oct-July. Call 01969 624273 or visit www.thebluelion.co.uk

The New Inn

Cerne Abbas, Dorset

A very recently refurbished 16th Century coaching inn, with nooks, crannies, and oak beams throughout. Before a stint by the woodburner, take a walk from the village up to the prehistoric Cerne Abbas chalk carving. Plus, until the end of this month, get three nights’ stay for the price of two. Call 01300 341274 or visit www.thenewinncerneabbas.co.uk

Tiger Inn

East Dean, East Sussex

With the South Downs Way and Beachy Head nearby, the Tiger is a natural choice for walkers. A very popular pub, with a relaxed and chatty atmosphere where you can take your furry best friend as well as relax in a comfy settle. And, for brighter days, there’s the cottage-lined village green. Call 01323 423209 or visit www.beachyhead.org.uk/the_tiger_inn

The Wheatsheaf

Combe Hay, Somerset

Springer Spaniel Brie lives here with his owners. The garden has two levels and there’s a lovely walk from the pub through the (somewhat steep) valley. The food is very highly rated, with some fish and game caught locally. Closed Sunday evenings and Mondays. Call 01225 833504 or visit www.wheatsheafcombehay.co.uk

The Punch Bowl Inn

Crosthwaite, Cumbria

Rugs on flagstones, a slate-topped counter and lots of fresh flowers make the Punch Bowl a breath of fresh air if you can’t be outdoors. It’s a place where locals pop in for a pint and a chat, and your furry friend is sure to cause a friendly commotion amongst them. Call 01539 568237 or visit www.the-punchbowl.co.uk

The King’s Head Inn

Bledington, Oxfordshire

With its resident ducks and chickens nearby, you might need to have a quiet word with Fido before settling at The King’s Head. However, dogs are still welcome in the bar and they may enjoy a  snooze by the open fire. A genuine welcome awaits as well as excellent wines by the glass. Call 01608 658365 or visit www.thekingsheadinn.net

The Plough Inn

Hathersage, Derbyshire

Dogs are welcome here (additional £15 fee for four-legged overnight stays). Not only is it perfectly placed for exploring the Peak District, but the nine-acre garden slopes down to Highlow Brook, for last-minute adventures before bedtime. Until April 1, 2014, get three nights for the price of two and a three-course meal for £20, Mon-Fri, 11.30am-5pm. Call 01433 650319 or visit www.theploughinn-hathersage.co.uk

The Running Horses

Mickleham, Surrey

This family-owned, 16th Century inn has plenty of character and looks picture-perfect with its whitewashed exterior and hanging baskets. Parking is at a premium – and so are tables – but this is a pub worth planning for. Walkers are asked to remove or cover their boots, so you may need to be ready to clean dirty paws, too. Call 01372 372279 or visit www.therunninghorses.co.uk

The Old Queens Head

Penn, Bucks

After a walk through the nearby Common and Penn Woods, this 17th Century renovated dining pub is just the place to head for. Relax with your canine companion by the log fire or on the sunny terrace and sheltered lawn area, which overlooks the church of St Margaret’s. Call 01494 813371 or visit www.oldqueensheadpenn.co.uk

The Anchor Inn

Morston, Norfolk

Dogs can enjoy the delights of the bar at this seaside spot. There are three cosy rooms, as well as an airy extension; home to coal fires and local photos of the beach from the Fifties. Bird watchers and walkers are always close by and even a seal-spotting boat trip can be taken from here. Call 01263 741392 or visit www.morstonanchor.co.uk

The Good Guide to Dog Friendly Pubs, Hotels and B&Bs by Fiona Stapley and Alisdair Aird (Ebury Press, £9.99) is available now


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