The Best Dog Friendly Pubs and Restaurants in the Lake District


The Best Dog Friendly Pubs and Restaurants in the Lake District

The Lake District is a beautiful place to visit with your four-legged friends, as there are plenty of fantastic walking opportunities for you to enjoy together. 

Plus, when you’re planning a holiday, it’s much easier if you can bring the whole family with you, including your dog, rather than having to find somebody to look after it or a kennel that you can trust. Being left behind can also be slightly distressing for your dog, so it’s much nicer to simply travel together instead.

Here at Craig Manor, we welcome well-behaved dogs in our pet-friendly rooms. Get in touch with us if you’re planning a trip to the Lake District with your own dog, as our dog friendly rooms can only be booked by telephone.

Besides heading out to explore the fells and villages in the local area, you will no doubt want to sample some of the local restaurants or pubs here in Bowness and beyond if you are visiting. With that in mind, we’ve created a roundup of some of the best dog friendly pubs in the Lake District where dogs are welcome and treated like one of their own.

Dog friendly pubs in Bowness on Windermere 

The Flying Pig

The Flying Pig is a cosy pub named Cumbria’s best pub in the National Pub Awards and is welcoming to humans and dogs alike. It’s a great spot to stop off for a bite to eat with the whole family!

They serve good quality, freshly made pub grub and have a great range of local cask ales to enjoy. There’s a real fire to keep you warm and cosy in the wintertime, and the decor makes it feel contemporary while still retaining that cosy pub feeling.

With British cuisine often the butt of jokes for many nations, they named the pub to challenge the notion that ‘the day you get a good British meal is the day pigs will fly’, and their menu offering reflects how seriously they take serving good food.

The Village Inn

The menu at the Village Inn is a busy bar and restaurant that is popular with both visitors and local residents alike. It has a laid back vibe and a menu that will leave you spoiled for choice.

Their hanging kebabs are a real customer favourite, and their portions are nice and generous. Dogs are very welcome and will be treated just as well as their human customers! 

The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant

The Boathouse is located at the marina in Bowness and serves homemade food, local beers, and fine wine with wonderful views. They have a broad range of delicious food on the menu, including plenty of seafood, and they even do their own pizzas.

The setting is relaxed and informal, and their position right by Windermere lake makes this spot a popular one, not least because they’re dog friendly. 

The Royal Oak Inn

A fellow pub in Bowness on Windermere, The Royal Oak Inn is nestled in the heart of town and has been trading for over 200 years. As the official finishing pub for the Dales Way walk, you and your hound are sure to receive a warm welcome after a long walk. Sit by the warm fire and rest your feet in comfort.

The Mortal Man

If you’re looking for a more quirky traditional country pub, then The Mortal Man is the one for you. Located in Troutbeck, The Mortal Man is the perfect stopping point for fell walkers as it is situated with the Kentmere round and Wansfell right on its doorstep.

Dog friendly pubs in Ambleside

Wainwrights Inn

This stunning pub on the Langdale Estate was once a farmhouse, gunpowder factory managers house, petrol station and hotel. Enjoy Wainwrights Inn’s deep history with one of the many local real ales and homecooked dishes as you take in the stunning Lake District views.

The Talbot Bar at the Skelwith Bridge Hotel 

Located in Skelwith Bridge near Ambleside, The Talbot Bar is open daily serving traditional Lakeland comfort food and Jennings ales throughout the day. Specialising in using locally sourced food and produce, you are sure to find the authentic taste of the Lake District here.

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule pub is a quaint little pub, dubbed as the hidden gem of Ambleside, which specialises in an extensive range of cask beers, draught lagers and ciders, fine wines, malt whiskies, gins, and other spirits. You won’t find any food at this Grade II listed traditional pub, but it is the favourite watering hole for many locals and visitors alike.

You can also check out our guide on things to do in Ambleside.

Dog friendly pubs in Grasmere

Tweedies Bar and Lounge 

The award-winning Tweedies Bar and Lounge in Grasmere has an electric but informal atmosphere that will allow you and your four-legged friends to wind down after a long day exploring. Dive into something a little different with their 17 unique craft ales and perries they have on offer. They even have water bowls and dog biscuits for your pet to enjoy too!

The Good Sport

A popular drinking spot to sample the full range of Grasmere Brewery drinks, The Good Sport pub is a stone’s throw away from the Brewery itself; you couldn’t get anything better than that! As you sample the extensive range, relax in the beer garden overlooking the River Rothay, surrounded by mountain scenery and views to Stone Arthur & Heron Pike.   

Dog friendly pubs in Keswick 

The Pheasant Inn 

Are you looking for a traditional English country pub? The Pheasant Inn located in Keswick at the heart of the Lake District is the perfect spot for you and your pooch. Owned and run by Michelle and her team, they pride themselves on their dog friendly pub’s welcoming and friendly atmosphere. 

The Dog and Gun 

The Dog and Gun is a delightful pub in the Keswick town centre and is one of the best pubs for a hearty meal made from local produce. Pair this with one of their great ales that are available; the Dog and Gun will soon be one of the favourite pubs in the Lake District to visit after a day of dog walks.

Dog friendly pubs in Coniston 

The Wilsons Arms

Sniggled in next to the world-famous Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag, The Wilsons Arms is a historic inn that will happily welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes. Open fires, local ales and fresh food for you, a dog bed, water bowls, and dog treats for your furry friend; enjoy one of the Lake District’s best-kept secrets.

The Sun Inn

The Sun Inn overlooks the picturesque village of Coniston, as it had done for the last 400 years when it was located at the beginning of the packhorse trails to the Western Lake District. This excellent pub has lots of character, including stone walls, oak beams and a bar made from local slate. Take off your muddy boots and enjoy a local ale at the end of your favourite dog friendly walk.

The Ship Inn

Another pub where dog owners and their hounds will receive a warm welcome is The Ship Inn. Like The Sun Inn, this dog friendly pub serves fine food real ales and welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes. Dogs are also allowed in the bar area and outside in the secluded beer garden, so take a look at their extensive menu and enjoy the views when you next head that way.

Visit the Lake District with your four-legged friends

We hope this has given you a few ideas of dog friendly places to eat in Cumbria and beyond on your next Lake District dog walking adventure. There are plenty of things to do in Bowness on Windermere that are sure to keep you and your pooch entertained that don’t just involve a dog-friendly pub.

Check out our guide to the best dog walks in the Lake District to discover some exciting places to explore with your four-legged friend. You can even get in touch with us to secure your dog friendly hotel room if you want to take your family out for a longer break in the Lake District.

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