Dog friendly pubs in the Cotswolds: 20 of the best places to go
PUBLISHED: 12:31 28 August 2018
There’s nothing better than a cosy pub after a long muddy walk with your four-legged friend. Whether you’re after a tipple with your terrier or a pint with your pug, in no particular order, we’ve listed some of our favourite canine friendly venues in the Cotswolds
1. Duke of Wellington, Bourton-on-the-Water
In prime position overlooking the pretty river Windrush, the Duke of Wellington is the perfect spot to soak in scenic views after an afternoon exploring Bourton-on-the-Water. Friendly staff will welcome your pooch with fresh water and biscuits while you enjoy perusing the classic British pub menu and choosing from an extensive range of ales and wine.
2. Crown & Trumpet Inn, Broadway
Nestled behind Broadway village green, this 17th century inn built in beautiful Cotswold stone welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes into its bar. The Crown & Trumpet Inn boasts roaring fires and an outside seating area at the front of the pub – and a friendly atmosphere all year round. It’s the perfect place to relax with your tail-wagging friends after a countryside walk (take a look at our circular pub walk around Broadway Tower here).
3. Seagrave Arms, Weston-sub-Edge
Expect a warm welcome for your pooch at the Seagrave Arms - the pub even serves a dog-friendly beer! Situated near Chipping Campden, the pub prides itself on a menu of inventive twists on traditional European dishes, using the best in seasonal and local produce. It’s an ideal place to rest your feet and fill your tummies after a walk in the surrounding countryside.
4. Beehive, Cheltenham
Tucked away on the corner of a residential street in Cheltenham’s popular Montpellier district, the Beehive is everything you want in a pub: lively atmosphere, well-kept ales and a stocked bar and delicious homemade fare. Bonus for dog-owners, four-legged friends are welcomed in the pub and the beer gardens.
5. Lamb Inn, Burford
Sit side by side with your pup at the Lamb Inn, on Sheep Street in the historic town of Burford. The traditional country hotel (dog-friendly rooms are available) and pub boasts comfy arm chairs, open fires, real ales and plenty on offer for both man and man’s best friend. There’s even a doggy menu when you both decide you fancy something to eat!
6. Churchill Arms, Paxford
Flagstone floors, an inglenook fireplace and exposed brick walls, the Churchill Arms exudes those cosy pub vibes you crave on those dreary days. The lovely staff will ensure your visit is an enjoyable one – and there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to drinking and dining. Furry companions are welcomed in the bar too.
7. Exmouth Arms, Cheltenham
With dog treats and water bowls available at the bar, the Exmouth Arms is a perfect place to enjoy a couple of drinks and dinner with the pup at your side. Positioned on Cheltenham’s lively Bath Road, the Exmouth serves fresh, homemade pub food and a fantastic range of real ales and beers including the pub’s own Exmouth Lager. There’s also a large beer garden, complete with pizza bar, at the rear of the pub.
8. The Mount Inn, Stanton
If you and your dog fancy enjoying a drink with a view, then look no further than The Mount Inn at Stanton. Sitting up high overlooking the pretty village and its surrounding rolling greenery, soak in the panoramic vistas across the Vale of Evesham with a pint of Donnington in hand and the pup at your feet. Visiting during the winter months? Don’t worry, there’s a lovely fireplace for you and the pooch to cosy up next to.
9. The Red Lion, Long Compton
A warm welcome and friendly service from Sarah, Lisa and Cocoa the resident chocolate Labrador await you at the Red Lion in Long Compton. Nominated for the ‘Family Dining Award’ in this year’s Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards, this cosy, country pub greets man and man’s best friend – and Fido can even tuck into a pig ear or a treat available from the bar.
10. The Woolpack Inn, Slad
Writer and poet Laurie Lee’s old drinking haunt, The Woolpack Inn in Slad is steeped in history and retains its traditional character that it’s established as a public house for over 300 years. The daily changing menu boasts tasty pub classics cooked well – think battered fish and chips, beef burgers and homemade curries. Dogs are welcome too!
11. Old Spot Inn, Dursley
The Old Spot Inn boasts a string of awards to its name, and for good reason! The fiercely loved, family-run local offers a great range of real ales and local ciders for punters to try and there’s a menu of delicious dishes to choose from at lunchtime. Sitting along the Cotswold Way, the pub makes a perfect pit-stop if you’re walking along the scenic countryside trail with the dog.
12. Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power
In the sleepy village of Guiting Power you’ll find the lovely Hollow Bottom, a quintessential country pub that’s worth visiting even though it’s slightly out of the way. An imaginative menu of dishes and plenty of local ales ensure patrons return again and again, and you’ll find many of the regulars will be accompanied by their four legged friends. Perfect company for your pooch!
13. Ebrington Arms, near Chipping Campden
Serving the people of Ebrington, and visitors from far and wide, for over 300 years, you could say the Ebrington Arms knows what its doing when it comes to running a successful country pub. The award-winning pub with rooms is dog-friendly too so you can rest inside by the roaring log fire, or in the large beer garden if the weather allows, with a pint of Yubby bitter to hand and the pup at your feet.
14. Falcon Inn, Painswick
Sitting opposite the historic St Mary’s Church of Painswick, the Falcon Inn is an ideal base for those visiting the pretty town or exploring the surrounding countryside. The team are wonderfully accommodating, and will happily welcome those who may have gotten a little muddy on a walk with the dog. Cosy up in the bar, enjoy a glass of wine or local ale and browse the menu at leisure – we think the doorstop sandwiches served at lunchtime should do the trick!
15. Seven Tuns, Chedworth
The Seven Tuns is a cosy and charming 17th century inn, perfect for enjoying locally brewed ale, fresh coffee or something tasty to eat. The menu has something to suit everyone including locally sourced steak suppers, freshly made pizzas and imaginative veggie dishes, and the dog won’t be left out either, with plenty of doggy snacks available for your pooch to enjoy.
16. The Tunnel House Inn, Coates
Hidden away in bucolic Cotswold greenery and sitting beside the Thames & Severn Canal, The Tunnel House Inn provides a delightful setting for those who have spent the day exploring (or chasing the dog through the countryside). The pub exudes tradition: think original wooden floors, open fires and exposed brick walls. The menu is filled with home cooked dishes and lighter bites as well as a bar stocked with local ales and a great selection of wines.
17. The Cotswold Arms, Burford
The Cotswold Arms is hard to miss on Burford High Street with its stunning hanging baskets and ivy-clad exterior. Take a step into this rustic and traditional 18th century pub and tuck into some beautifully home cooked fare with Fido at your feet.
18. Kingham Plough, Kingham
As well as being dog-friendly with a warm and unpretentious atmosphere, the Kingham Plough has also perfected the balance between a traditional boozer and an exceptional dining venue. Under the ownership of chef proprietor Emily Watkins and husband Miles Lampson, the pub with rooms has received a number of awards including recognition in the Cotswold Life Food & Drink awards.
19. The Plough Inn, Finstock
The Plough Inn is the ideal location come rain or shine. In the winter it’s great for curling up with your pooch by the roaring fire with a pint of ale in hand. In the summer, you can dine al fresco and enjoy the beautiful surrounding gardens of the pub.
20. Coach and Horses, Longborough
This long-established coaching inn offers a great big Cotswold welcome for well behaved dogs and their owners. On the menu there is plenty of award winning Donnington ales, hearty home cooked food and mouth-watering Sunday lunches.