The Wheatsheaf Northleach Gloucestershire pub hotel cotswolds dog friendly
I was very pleased to be asked to contribute an essay to The Good Pub Guide 2017,  and even more so when they asked if it could be a dog-friendly guide

Growing up in the English countryside and spending a lot of time in pubs means I can’t think of going out for a drink without a dog at my feet (or, shhh, sometimes on my lap). Sadly, in London, where I now live with two miniature dachshunds and the occasional visiting blue whippet, it’s hard to find restaurants and bars that do welcome dogs.

So, thank goodness that the majority of pubs in the city remain an oasis for dog-lovers. Some lovely pubs not only welcome dogs but go the extra mile, offering crispy pigs’ ears and bowls of water – the Spaniards Inn, hard by London’s Hampstead Heath, even has a dog-washing facility.

Here are four of my favourite dog-friendly pubs, in London and beyond:

The Wheatsheaf Northleach Gloucestershire pub hotel cotswolds dog friendly
The Wheatsheaf, Northleach, Gloucestershire

Oh we properly loved our stay at The Wheatsheaf Inn in Gloucestershire, from the lovely staff and comfortable room to the delicious supper and welcoming bar. (That’s Lettice in their beer garden at top.) You can read the full LLG review here.

The Globe Inn Marsh, Rye, Sussex

We visited the small but perfectly formed Globe Inn when we rented a house for New Year in East Sussex in 2015/16, and I included it in this story of our holiday here.

greyhound stockbridge hampshire test dog friendly pub
The Greyhound, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Above: My sister & Posetta Baddog (RIP) at The Greyhound, which is just a lovely, lovely place to both stay and to hang out, with excellent food in the pretty small town of Stockbridge. It’s also super popular with anglers, thanks to its position by the River Test. You can read the LLG review here

The gipsy queen dog friendly pub nw5 kentish town

The Gipsy Queen, London NW5

This is my sister’s local in the no-man’s land between Belsize Park and Kentish Town High Street; it serves great food, has a fab quiz night on Sunday evenings, and an excellent Sunday lunch. It’s a also a quick dog trot to Parliament Hill so it’s a useful post-walk option when the Bull & Last is packed out.

The dog friendly gipsy queen kentish town pub nw5

Above: My sister, mother and Maisie the Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund at The Gipsy Queen

The Royal Oak dog friendly pub eydon


The Royal Oak, Eydon, Northamptonshire

I grew up a few miles from here, and have been drinking in the pub for many years now. We used to walk cross-country in the evening by torchlight when we were teenagers,  across the fields and over the old railway lines to get here, but it’s a lot easier now that my mother has moved just down the road. The Royal Oak dates from the 17th century, and is very atmospheric, with hidden alcoves and low beamed ceilings. It’s absolutely everything you’d expect from a traditional English country pub. I wrote a little about in this post from Easter at my mother’s back in 2012. (Northamptonshire was a hotbed of activity during the English Civil War, and The Royal Oak is the English oak tree within which the future King Charles II of England hid to escape the Roundheads following the Battle of Worcester in 1651.)

The Royal Oak dog friendly pub eydon

You can read more about the pubs in this year’s guidebook, and online at

Blue whippet at the gipsy queen dog friendly pub london kentish town

Above: Billy the Whippet sulking because he wasn’t partaking in the roast beef at The Gipsy Queen

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Although I am biased, for those south of the River – The Lord Clyde in Borough is a cracking traditional pub not far from the market which is very dog-friendly.


I agree! One to include for next time for sure LLGxx


Love this post, and everything that comes with dog friendly. It’s so important to be allowed to bring the pooch.
The Wheatsheaf isn’t too far from me, so I’ll have to make note and try it out xx
Love From, Steph & The Spaniels


oh I hope you love it as much as we do! LLGxx


Wow I love that there are pubs to be able to take my dog too. Thank you for this ❤ ❤ ❤


SO important, right?! LLGxx

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