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Dog Friendly Pubs in Lake District: 7 Top Ale Houses Serving Pints and Water Bowls!

This entire area has been designated a National Park and it is easy to see why. Inspiration to writers and artists alike it isn’t short on breath taking scenery. With its vast expanses of water, dramatic mountains, fells and pet friendly pubs it is not surprising that it is a popular getaway destination for dog owners who keenly seek out the best dog-friendly pubs in the Lake District.

Great Pubs in Lake District Where Dogs Are Welcome

William Wordsworth dedicated an entire poem about it, painter Ruskin made his home on the banks of Coniston Water and today award-winning chefs have given it four Michelin star restaurants making it a cornerstone of creativity. If you need of a shot of inspiration and at the same time give your pup hours of exercise, then this beautiful National Park, where dogs are welcome, is you should hang your holiday hat.

In bustling Keswick, there are pubs that take dogs but only one that serves ale in their honour. Then there is Langdale where you and Fido can end your mountain hike in a National Trust pub garden that is a bird watcher’s paradise with everything from chiffchaffs to cuckoos. These are just a couple of examples of Lake District pubs that allow dogs.

If you want to be part of the vibrancy of the Lake District, then stick to the major lakes such as Windermere where there are so many Lake District dog-friendly days out and activities. Take pet-friendly cruises or hire a boat and make Mutley your first mate. Alternatively, there are areas like Buttermere and Langdale that are jam-packed with wildlife. You might find yourself in one of the eight national nature reserves where you might catch sightings of golden eagles, ospreys, peregrine falcons and red deer and squirrel. Take a look at our Lake District dog pubs choices that have great pub grub and local ales.

Our Top 7 Choices

Find below 7 of the best dog friendly pubs in Lake District

1. The Dog and Gun, Keswick

This quaint pub is as famous for its Hungarian goulash as it is for its “dogs are welcome” policy. In fact, this dog pub has inspired the Keswick Brewery to create an ale called Woof and Bang exclusively for the Dog and Gun. The kitchen has been cooking up the pub’s signature pub grub for nearly 60 years and now there is also a vegetable variant that replaces the beef with butternut squash. Enjoy a bowl of this tasty stew while your pooch has a bowl of fresh water and some doggie treats. If your dog has what it takes he or she could be the pub’s Dog of the Month and feature on the website.

2. Golden Rule, Ambleside

Step back in time when you step into this quaint pub with its colourful hanging baskets, hops on its exposed beams, the original brass bell and its collection of copper bric-a-brac. It is off the beaten track and up a fairly steep incline but it is worth the effort because this dog-friendly pub will impress with its extensive choice of ales and craft beers on tap such as Wizard, Dizzy Blonde, Unicorn and Old Tom. For cider fans, there is Old Rosie on tap too. Step out the back, ale in hand, pooch by your side where you can enjoy the ambience in the sheltered courtyard garden.

3. Sticklebarn, Great Langdale

Run by the National Trust this Lake District pub that allows dogs, especially as it already has a few Rovers in residence. Although you and your fur baby might be tempted to sit beside the roaring fire, the stone terrace’s unsurpassed view of the Langdales has to be seen to be believed. This is ideal for bird spotting and if you know what to look for you might see chiffchaffs, grey wagtails, swallows, swifts and the unmistakable sound of the elusive cuckoo. Sticklebarn is unique in that it is the only pub with a two out of three star Sustainable Restaurant Association rating for its approach to sourcing, society and the environment.

4. The Bridge Inn, Buttermere

For 360 degrees of Lake District views from the pet-friendly pub garden, this inn is going to be a hit not only with you but your pooch too. Looking towards Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag it is situated in one of the most picturesque valleys in the country. A break from the breathtaking surroundings in the Walkers’ Bar is not going to disappoint either. Here you can tuck into some traditional Cumbrian pub grub and enjoy a local cask ale too while your pup is treated like royalty with doggie treats and cuddles. This inn with a big heart also has en suite bedrooms that are all dog-friendly.

5. The Ship Inn, Coniston

The Ship Inn is situated on the hill overlooking the village of Coniston and is on the path of the Cumbrian Way that is a popular route for Rovers and their owners. You can stop here to enjoy a ploughman’s lunch washed down with a pint of Robinson’s ale. The Ship is dog friendly and it pays for your pooch to be on her best behaviour because the owner says he rewards those who mind their manners with a few tasty treats up his sleeve. Indoors there is an open fire, the hearth being a go-to spot for chilly dogs. Outside there is plenty of pews with a view in front of the pub.

6. The Flying Pig, Bowness-on-Windermere

It says a lot that locals and their dogs make this their regular. Inside, the stunningly decorated bar area welcomes dogs and humans alike. Positioned close to Lake Windermere’s shoreline it is a hop, skip and jump to Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit Garden. It is also the perfect base to rest after a day’s trek in the fells. There are dedicated taps and bowls for pooches and even a biscuit snack or two. For you there are local ales such as Bowness Bay Brewing’s Fell Walker to try out. The menu of this dog-friendly establishment is as contemporary as the décor, the Moving Mountains vegan burger and Eccles cake tart are just two examples.

7. Tweedies, Grasmere

Described as a bar and lodge this is a pet-friendly pub with a modern twist and serves a staggering 17 different lagers, ales and ciders. It is well-known as a genuine dog pub by locals and returning visitors alike. When Fido is crunching his doggie biscuit you can tuck into a meal packed with provenance. If it is on a Sunday, you will be lucky enough to order one of Tweedies “sharers” of either sirloin of beef or corn fed chicken. The lodge is famous for the Grasmere Guzzler, a music and beer festival that takes place in its beer garden on the green every August.

Looking for Dog Friendly Holidays?

If your planning a minibreak or little holiday in the lakes then check out our list of the top pet-friendly Lake District holiday cottages that make your four-legged friends more than welcome.

Last Word

As much as you will appreciate what its has to offer, the Lake District appreciates that a lot of its visitors are avid walkers who like share their holiday experiences with their dogs. You will find dog-friendly pubs in all parts of the idyllic location but these are a few Lake District dog friendly pubs that stand out from the rest.

For more on dog walks in the Lake District it’s here.

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