What a great looking place - although not sure our 14 year Saluki would cope with the stairs - and also gives a new meaning to sniffing the dog's bottom! www.dogbarkparkinn.com
I wondered if you had ever heard of a fabulous dog-friendly café on the outskirts of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, Coopers Café, link below
it was opened in 2014 by local lad and dog owner James Patch, ably assisted by his gorgeous 2 year old black lab Cooper (who the place is named after). They do fantastic food, this is no greasy spoon, and they roast their own coffee and also do amazing tea (grown in Cornwall!) and awesome hot chocolate as well as being a licensed bar with bottled beers and ciders for sale. I can personally recommend the cakes which are made on the premises by their baker, I have taste tested quite a number of them and they are delicious.
Dogs are very welcome of course, water bowls are positioned around for them, Cooper is a very friendly dog and around 3pm you get a fair number of young kids from the local primary school come in specifically to see him and fuss over him, which he loves.
On Friday nights there is live music and the place is open late, different music from jazz to country to folk, etc etc, the line up changes each week and is very popular.
because it is not on the high street there is lot of parking close by, great for those with wheelchairs, pushchairs etc. The location in the business park means it is a short walk to the Thames path by the river, perfect for adventures with your four-legged friends, so you can explore the riverbank then pop in afterwards for coffee and cake to refuel, perfect!
hopefully you will be able to list Coopers, I know the owner is keen to promote the idea of dog-friendly venues as much as you are.
I have just had a wonderful stay at the Three Rivers Hotel, Ferryside, Carmarthenshire. It is extremely dog friendly. I had a very nice room with a balcony and river view and later found out that all rooms are dog friendly which is unusual. Often I feel relegated to a back room somewhere. The hotel does have a very small area of static caravans and is near the railway line but don’t let that put you off. The view is still lovely and there was no noise apart from the occasional passing train. My two terriers were petted and pampered by the staff and had a sausage each for their breakfasts. There are beach walks from the hotel, riverside rather than sea, and there is a large sandy beach at Ferryside itself, which is only a short walk away. The hotel is comfortable and has a very nice swimming pool and spa which I took full advantage of. The food was good and the hospitality exemplary. Highly recommended by me and two terriers. We felt very welcome.
We were in Ipswich yesterday, Issacs on the Quay very happy to have dogs in the pub and eating areas. It has a large outdoor are as well as 4 large drinking bowls. Cold damp day so it was nice to be able to sit inside and eat.
Shops in Ely that allow dogs:
also went into Clintons with a portable pouch with no problems
Stoke Newington Bookshop
159 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0NY
Thought you might be interested in the above shop an Independent bookshop that welcomes dogs and their owners.
I did a Canicross running event at Hicks Lodge, Leicestershire with my German Shepherd, Pixie. It was a fantastic venue with a dog-friendly café. How lovely to sit at a table sipping coffee and eating cake with my dog. In fact, most tables were sporting at least one dog underneath!
We stayed at the Novotel York, with 2 x Shiba Inus who stayed uncaged in our room and we could leave them in the room if we told reception on our way out. It is straight out onto lovely riverside park walks from the back of the hotel - we all enjoyed it.
The Compass Inn in Winsor (Hampshire) is one of this area's most dog friendly pubs- edge of New Forest just off the M27. They have regular, organised Sunday dog walks too. www.compassinn.co.uk
Most customers have at least one dog with them and the staff welcome them with a free treat/ chew. It is a popular and highly valued pub locally ( but a bit of a sod to find but that might just be me, though I go several times a year!)
Hilary and Tess the Spaniel
I recently spent a week in Askrigg in North Yorkshire, with my brother, his wife, my Staffie x boxer and their Westie. The King’s Arms pub in Askrigg is very dog friendly, and we were able to have a meal there in an area open to the dogs.
The King’s Arms in Reeth was extremely welcoming. Not only did they have bowls of water and biscuits by the door, but there was a titbits dish on the bar with offcuts of beef and ham for the dogs. On our departure we were also given a handful of individual human biscuits and mints to take away for ourselves.
Finally, the somewhat quirky cafe at Hardraw Force also had no problem with us bringing the dogs in, and we were given some human biscuits for them as “we always keep the broken ones for the dogs”. Not sure if they were broken accidentally or not!
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We have just had a perfect week in Thorpeness with our Bernese.
We took a rental from Best of Suffolk in a converted mission hall, which was well-planned conversion with a real WoW factor. Tastefully decorated - rather shabby chic. It was well positioned and in walking distance of The Dolphin pub and The Meare for boating.
It has a large enclosed garden, perfect for the dog and we could let him out without worry. This had a back gate which meant you only had to go up and over the dune and you were on the huge expanse of beach.
It was also reasonably wheel chair friendly as there were no steps, except for the front and back doors and turning room in the main bathroom. Plus a huge decked area outside which only had a small step up.
Excellent place for a family with a large dog.
We also went to The Dolphin pub and restaurant, which you recommended last month, with dogs allowed in the bar area where food is also served. An excellent place to eat and the food was perfectly cooked. They will amend the meal to suit you if you do not like something. We were lucky as we got in early, but you probably need to book in high season.
We went into Aldeburgh, which is only 2 miles away, on the Sunday after Christmas, which is obviously unbelievably popular with people walking their dogs on the beach. The Lighthouse and Mill Inn pubs were dog friendly, but were full up and the tables were rather cramped together for a large dog to be comfortable. The menus looked good. There is also a famous fish and chip shop, which had people queueing out the door and down the street!
We also went to the Harbour Inn in Southwold, which is a very popular quayside pub where dogs are allowed. A good selection of fish dishes, well cooked, and friendly staff On the outskirts of Southwold, but obviously well known as it was packed at lunchtime.
We had tried to get into the Lord Nelson and Sole Bay in Southwold, but they were both packed, but are dog friendly.