Dog friendly pubs in Dorset: 15 of the best places to go

PUBLISHED: 11:21 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 13:05 08 September 2020

What could be better than cosying up by the fire with a pint in hand and your pooch at your feet this winter? Photo credit: diane39/Getty Images/iStockphoto

What could be better than cosying up by the fire with a pint in hand and your pooch at your feet this winter? Photo credit: diane39/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Diane Diederich

You can’t beat a pub lunch after a scenic country walk with your four-legged friend. In no particular order, we pick some of the best dog friendly pubs in Dorset

The Smugglers Inn, Osmington Mills

The Smugglers Inn can be found on the South West Coast overlooking the Isle of Portland and just a short walk from the quaint village of Osmington. The pub welcomes punters and pooches alike and after a morning spent exploring the beautiful Jurassic Coast it's an ideal spot to unwind with a pint of Badger beer, a hearty pub lunch and a tub of doggy ice cream for your four-legged friend.

The Black Dog, Weymouth

The Black Dog is one of the oldest pubs in Weymouth and boasts a stunning original Saxon frame and a fascinating history which dates back as far as the 16th Century. As the moniker suggests, pub-goers and their dogs are welcomed with open arms for home cooked food and a pint from Real Ale Weymouth. All dishes are prepared using locally sourced and fresh ingredients so you are guaranteed to find something that will satisfy your taste buds.

The Grove Arms, Ludwell

If you're looking for dog-friendly, look no further than The Grove Arms. Set in the rolling hills of Shaftesbury, this pub has its own canine resident, Buddy the black Labrador, and a Mutt Menu with a selection of dishes just for dogs. The menu for owners is just as good with plenty of pub classics to choose from. We like the sound of the beer battered haddock with triple cooked chips. Some of the 4* AA rated rooms are pet friendly too, so you can make a weekend of it. You'd be barking mad not to visit.

The Acorn Inn, Evershot

In the charming village of Evershot lies the quintessential Acorn Inn, a classic 16th Century country pub that was featured in Thomas Hardy's 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'. Complete with an open fire place, a multitude of wonderful walks right on the doorstep and complimentary dog biscuits behind the bar, this pub is a great find for dogs and their 'hoomans'. Martin Clunes is also a fan and we know how much he loves his dogs!

The Black Swan Inn, Swanage

Situated in the pretty coastal town of Swanage just a fossil's throw away from the Jurassic Coastline, The Black Swan Inn is a perfect pit stop for a pooch and its owner after a long walk on the beach. Kick back in the cosy bar and tuck into meaty mains, long Sunday lunches and sharing platters whilst Fido snoozes at your feet. The diet can start on Monday…

The Royal Standard, Lyme Regis

The Royal Standard is a traditional 'home from home' type of pub and it can be found next to the famous and historic Cobb in Lyme Regis. In the summer months, the pub's beer garden is an excellent place to relax with a cold G&T and a big bowl of water for your dog. Monmouth Beach, Cobb Gate and East Beach are nearby and dog friendly all year round.

The Inn, Cranborne

The Inn at Cranborne welcomes dogs in all areas of the pub (which is quite a rarity!) and there's always water and biscuits behind the bar to keep pooches entertained and refreshed. The Inn has four dog friendly bedrooms and doggy guests will receive a treat bag on arrival and a sausage for breakfast in the morning. Dogs aside, the pub has a great menu, a roaring open fire in the winter and an extensive wine list, so it's the ideal spot for whiling away these cold winter days. When can we visit?

The White Horse Inn, Hinton St Mary

Nestled in the Blackmore Vale, you'll find The White Horse Inn in the pretty village of Hinton St Mary. Wrap up warm and go for a scenic dog walk around the village spotting the beautiful cottages and period homes as you go, before heading to the historic White Horse Inn for the afternoon. Here you'll find water and treats for dogs and pints and pies for owners. All well behaved humans welcome…

The Royal Oak, Milborne St. Andrew

This pub's rural location makes it an ideal place to retreat to after a brisk countryside walk and its close location to Dorchester and Blandford means it's a wonderful place to stop by en route. One of our favourite times to visit is on a Sunday when the carvery is served. The garden is also a nice spot for a beer in the sun when the weather allows. Whatever your reason for visiting, your pup will receive a royal welcome at The Royal Oak.

Ye Olde George Inn, Christchurch

The Ye Olde George Inn welcomes dogs in to join their owners for a bite to eat, with water and treats available from the bar. On the menu expect to see an extensive list of burgers, hot dogs and 'dirty fries', with pudding menus that are sure to get mouths watering too (both dog and human...). Inside, the cosy interiors consist of exposed brick walls, an open fire place and historic wooden beams - making winter one of our favourite times of year to snuggle up in this intimate little pub.

The Fisherman's Haunt, Christchurch

Situated on Salisbury Road, The Fisherman's Haunt is everything you would want from a pub - friendly staff, filling meals, a wide range of ales on tap, beautifully furnished accommodation and a suntrap beer garden for the summer months, all to be enjoyed by man and man's best friend. Doggy snacks and water are provided for four legged customers.

The Angel Inn, Longham

Just outside of the historic market town of Wimborne lies The Angel Inn - a traditional, rustic pub boasting a roaring fire and a fine selection of ale on tap - great for post-autumn walkies. The pub lures in dogs with doggy ice cream and treats and humans with brunch, lunch and evening meals - a perfect foodie destination for a pooch and his owner.

The Castle Inn, Lulworth

The Castle Inn can be found a huff and a puff up the hill from Lulworth Cove - which is dog friendly all year round. Easily recognisable by its thatched roof and whitewashed walls, this pub is well worth the walk from the beach. Inside expect trendy interiors, plenty of cosy nooks and crannies, and a warm welcome for you and your dog. The bar is often frequented by locals and their dogs so it's a great chance for your pooch to make some friends.

The Stocks Inn, Wimborne

Owned and run by Cherry and Steve Dyer, along with their two sons, The Stocks Inn has a dog friendly dining area for visitors and their canine friends. In support of local farmers, dishes are made using fresh produce from the surrounding area and the menu often changes to reflect seasonal availability.

The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle

The Greyhound Inn can be found at the foot of the iconic (and dog friendly) Corfe Castle ruins. The large beer garden is perfect for summer drinks whilst the restaurant welcomes dogs and serves up a wonderful pizza menu and extensive selection of small plates, sharing platters and mains that will certainly have your pooch begging for their share!

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