10 Fabulously Dog-Friendly Pubs with Rooms

25 April 2018

Does your dog enjoy the finer things in life such as a comfy bed by the fire with organic treats after an invigorating walk; or a riverside stroll with dinner in their room; or are they of the more sociable kind who might like to meet new friends and share a doggie beer in the bar?  Whatever their thing, if you are thinking of taking your dog on holiday, Inn Places has got you covered.

Whilst the majority of the pubs featured on Inn Places offer dog friendly accommodation,  David has taken the hard work out of your search by highlighting those who will really help you to treat your dog to a very special break away – with creature comforts ranging from room service – with a juicy rump steak on the menu – to the best inns for dog walkers and fluffy towels after a dip, here is a list of David’s top recommendations for the perfect doggie getaway.  For many more options click here.

(photo: Courtesy of Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk)

The Master Builder’s, Buckler’s Hard, Hampshire

This rambling inn set beside the Beaulieu River on the edge of the New Forest takes dog pampering to a whole new level with its very own doggie room service menu – you can order a 4oz rump steak, free range chicken, and sausages and gravy. You’ll find the same level of pooch pampering at sister inn, the Bull & Swan in Stamford, Lincolnshire, which is located close to the gates of the vast Burghley Estate just perfect for a leisurely stroll.

The Lister Arms, Malham, North Yorkshire

Just a stroll from Malham Cove, in a jaw-dropping Dales location and National Trust owned village, is the Lister Arms.  With miles of stunning footpaths from the front door it is the perfect inn for a walking break with your canine companion. Back in the cosy bar, your dog gets the prime position, snoozing on its own bed in front of the roaring log fire. (10% of the cost of their stay is donated to the Search & Rescue Dog Association).

The Royal Oak, Yattendon, Berkshire

Formed out of a row of 16th-century cottages facing the village square, the wisteria-clad Royal Oak has a long, celebrated history: Oliver Cromwell dined here on the eve of the Battle of Newbury in 1664.  Whether or not he had a dog we don’t know but they are now warmly welcomed with water bowls scattered around and extra blankets available on request.  The 3 ground floor garden rooms are particularly suitable for dogs as each has its own private garden.

(Photo: Courtesy of the Royal Oak, Yattendon)

The Pheasant Inn, Higher Burwardsley, Cheshire

Your dog will receive a seriously warm welcome at this gorgeous inn located in a rambler’s paradise, half way along the 34-mile Sandstone Trail, which aside from being one of the most popular dog walks in Cheshire, benefits from fabulous panoramic views across the county.

The Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk, County Durham

Dogs visiting the Rose & Crown may think they are visiting a grooming parlour – return from an invigorating muddy walk through the Teesdale valley and take advantage of the facilities for washing down and drying resident canines. And when you are looking your best, pop along to the bar for the ‘Welly-bix’ dog treats that are homemade in the village.

(photo: Courtesy of Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk)

The Ship, Brancaster, Norfolk

The Ship on Norfolk’s popular north coast (and its sister The Crown at Wells-next-the-Sea) is a dogs paradise and here they don’t just provide beds and towels but bedside snacks in the rooms too – perfect after a coast path walk or a winter run on Brancaster beach.

The Battlesteads, Hexham, Northumberland

Great walking opportunities are provided by the huge open countryside of the North Tyne valley and Kielder Water and dogs are so welcome at The Battlesteads, an eco-friendly inn close to Hadrian’s Wall, that they get their own Doggy pack too -includes towels, biscuits, packs of food and poo bags!

(Photo: Courtesy of The Battlesteads, Hexham)

Greyhound, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire

The Greyhound Inn is ideally located for exploring the Ridgeway (not just on foot either – they have an agreement with the local stables for overnight accommodation for up to 3 horses) and your canine chum will be welcomed with open arms.  There’s a jar of dog biscuits on the bar and two rooms (Ridgway & Childrey) are dog friendly and come kitted out with dog bed, bowl, treats, poo bags and towel.

Old Stocks Inn, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

So dog friendly is the Old Stocks Inn that their resident canine companion, Ralph, has put together some great travel tips for dogs coming to stay at The Old Stocks Inn – including the best walks (downloadable) and details of the local vets.  The Garden Rooms include a comfy dog bed and water bowl.

The Wheatsheaf, Combe Hay, Somerset

The Wheatsheaf is an ideal pub for making canine friends – Brie, Margaux and Gloria, the resident dogs at this pretty 16thcentury pub with rooms, set in a secret valley south of Bath, are a friendly bunch and will give you and your dog a really warm welcome – and dogs are equally welcomed in the bar and bedrooms.

(Photo: Courtesy of The Wheatsheaf, Combe Hay)






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