Take your dog on holiday – 15 Truly Dog-Friendly Pubs with Rooms
29 March 2019
It’s not just Crufts pooches who like to be pampered and with boutique pubs increasingly adding dog-friendly rooms, it is easier than ever to give your dog a treat and take them on holiday with you. The majority of the pubs with rooms featured on Inn Places offer dog-friendly accommodation for your four-legged friend but some will really help you to treat your dog like a Crufts Champion.
With creature comforts ranging from room service – with a juicy rump steak on the menu – to special washing facilities and fluffy towels after a dip, here is a list of David’s top recommendations for the perfect doggie getaway. To see our full list of dog-friendly pubs with rooms click here
There aren’t many pubs where you can order your dog a ‘beer’ (a meaty stock based drink) and treats (in a jar on the bar) but you can at this revamped old school house opposite the Cholmondeley Estate, the place to be after a long walk. Dogs can stay overnight in the three downstairs rooms (£10 charge) and you can purchase a Cholmondeley Arms doggie blanket to commemorate their stay! The inn is also famous for its huge choice of over 300 gins for humans and hosts its own annual Gin Festival.
Set beside a quiet lane deep in the Somerset countryside south of Bath, the striking 17th-century Holcombe Inn is surrounded by unspoilt countryside with far reaching and unrestricted views of the Mendips hills. Dogs are welcomed in the bar and overnight in Barlake Lodge and Edford Lodge – £20 per night with dog bed, washing facilities and towels, doggie shampoos, poo bags and treats provided. Footpaths radiate from the inn and maps are available, plus you can take pub dogs Scruffy and Murphy with you too.
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.
(Photograph courtesy of the Greyhound Inn, Letcombe, Oxfordshire)
Expect the unexpected at this boldly revamped Cotswold inn on Stow’s square – super comfy rooms, modern British cooking, a secret garden and a cool café next door and better still, 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 – including the best walks (downloadable) and details of the local vets. The Garden Rooms include a comfy dog bed and water bowl.
Tucked down twisting narrow lanes in a hidden valley just 15 minutes south of Bath and perched on a hillside looking across the village, the 16th-century Wheatsheaf at Combe Hay is as pretty as a picture and very dog-friendly. Expect a warm welcome from Brie, Margaux, Gloria and Lyla the resident dogs – a friendly bunch who will doubtless show you the way to your room.
(Photograph courtesy of the Wheatsheaf Inn, Combe Hay, Somerset)
This cool country inn is the perfect place not only to spoil yourself but also your dog. For yourself you will find a relaxed vibe, innovative cooking, gorgeous interiors and chic bedrooms, for your dog who will be warmly welcomed at the inn, there are a great range of countryside walks and some cosy corners to curl up in.
If your dog likes to be beside the seaside, then the Old Coastguard situated right next to the sea on Mount’s Bay (and its sister inn the Gurnards Head on the wild Penwith peninsula) welcomes dogs (at no extra cost), providing treats and extra towels following a coast path ramble, or a dip in the sea. After an invigorating ramble, relax in a deep sofa ideally placed for gazing out to sea and soak up the stunning Cornish seascape.
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.
In a jaw-dropping Dales location, just a stroll from Malham Cove, the Lister Arms is the perfect inn for a walking break with your doggie companion, with miles of stunning footpaths from the front door. 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).
This historic village inn has been restored with style and offers inventive food, a great drinks menu, a cool summer terrace, and individually designed rooms. A great base for walking, with easy access to the Stour Valley Walk with its pretty village and old mills; the Saxon Shore Way; the White Cliffs of Dover; the North Downs and the Elham Valley. Back at camp, canine chums are welcomed in the bar and in all the bedrooms (£25 a stay), where treats and bowls are provided.
The Cat stands opposite the parish church in the beautiful rural village setting of West Hoathly with the glorious Ashdown Forest and its miles of paths across heathland and through woodland right on the doorstep. Rejuvenated, without spoiling the period charm, the bar boasts two large fireplaces and there’s a contemporary feel in the main dining area. Dogs are welcome in the front bar area, and can be accommodated in all the bedrooms.
Set beside the Beaulieu River on the edge of the New Forest National Park, this rambling inn 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.
Close to Hadrian’s Wall, this truly inspiring eco-inn has sustainability woven into its very fabric. Menus champion local and home grown produce and they even have their own Dark Sky Observatory. The huge open countryside of the North Tyne valley and Kielder Water provide great walking opportunities and dogs are really welcomed at the inn. The ground floor bedrooms and luxury lodges are dog-friendly with each one having easy access to the carpark.
Set amidst the breath-taking beauty of the Trough of Bowland, this elegant country inn is set in glorious isolation on the banks of the River Hodder, a long way to go but much to enjoy when you eventually arrive. With seven miles of fishing rights (four rods), a thriving wine merchant and shop, plus 23 individually decorated bedrooms and grand walking and cycling country, with paths and trails radiating from the front door. Dogs are welcome in the bar and all rooms and can stare across the valley and stunning moorland before you are persuaded to go out for an invigorating walk.
This striking old inn in the heart of rugged Teesdale is renowned for local produce and quirky, country-house style bedrooms. Returning from an invigorating muddy walk through the Teesdale valley is not a problem for dogs at the Rose & Crown where there are 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.
(Photograph courtesy of the Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk, Co. Durham)
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