Dog at The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

10 of the best dog friendly pubs and cafes

Dog friendly pubs
There's no need to leave your dog at home when dining out in Northumberland, so we have rounded up 10 of the best dog friendly pubs and cafes in Northumberland.

There's no need to leave your four-legged bestie at home when you're eating out in Northumberland. We have a number of excellent dog friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants that go the extra mile for their canine guests and sit in stunning locations surrounded by fantastic dog walking routes.

We have rounded up 10 of the best dog friendly pubs and cafes in Northumberland, so you can dine out together and enjoy some winter warming food, including the best sunday lunches, after a windswept dog walk on Northumberland's coastal paths and country lanes, or enjoy a local cask ale in the summer sunshine at a traditional Northumberland pub. Take a look at our round up of the top dog friendly pubs in the region, from dog friendly pubs in Bamburgh with fantastic pub grub, to pet friendly pubs with a pub garden to relax in. 

1) The Inn Collection Group


The Inn Collection Group has a number of inns scattered across Northumberland, and all of them welcome pups with open arms. From inns with seafront seating to pubs tucked away in cobbled villages, all are in prime locations to do some exploring with your dog after a hearty, home-cooked meal. They offer dog friendly indoor seating and, of course, allow dogs on their outdoor terraces. No matter which inn you choose, you and your dog will be welcomed with dog treats, delicious food and local ales.

Top tip: Pick from The Hogs Head Inn, The Amble Inn, The Commissioners Quay Inn, The Lindisfarne Inn or The Bamburgh Castle Inn. All inns have dog friendly rooms, so they are perfect options for overnight escapes in Northumberland.

2) Battlesteads


Battlesteads is renowned for its sustainable menu of fresh fruit and veg from its very own vegetable patches and polytunnels. The rest, including meat and fish, is locally sourced from Northumbrian providers, as the restaurant’s countryside setting puts it in a prime location for fresh produce. Offering a dog friendly bar area, you can have your pal by your side while you sip on a pint.

Top tip: Did you know you can also stargaze at Battlesteads, as they have their own observatory and run regular events for incredible astronomy evenings. While this isn’t a dog friendly experience, Battlesteads have a number of dog friendly rooms, so you can leave your pup to chill in your room while you gaze at the stars.

3) The Drift Cafe


The Drift Cafe is a much-loved, dog friendly cafe on Northumberland’s coast, famous for its delicious, home baked cakes and fresh breakfast fry-ups. Escape the chill and head to the heated marquee where well-behaved dogs will be warmly welcomed. Or, if you are lucky enough to be graced with some sunshine, watch the world go by in their cafe garden which boasts spectacular sea views. They also offer a selection of secondhand books, paintings and prints for you to browse and purchase.

Top tip: This is a great stop for nature lovers, as Cresswell pond lies just a few hundred yards away and offers excellent bird watching opportunities. The striking Northumberland Coast Path also starts in Cresswell, so step into your walking boots and fuel up at The Drift Cafe before venturing on this walking route with your four-legged friends.

4) Barrasford Arms


Barrasford Arms gives a warm welcome to dogs. Serving exceptional, award-winning pub food, you can dine with your dog in the bar area and private dining area. Or, admire the breath-taking beer garden views and enjoy your meal al-fresco. Their setting in the stunning Northumbrian countryside makes it an excellent place to refuel after walkies, and they are also based near beautiful Hexham for some historical exploration after your meal.

Top tip: Five of The Barrasford Arms’s bedrooms are dog friendly, so make it a long break and enjoy bedroom views of Houghton Castle and the North Tyne. Hadrian’s Wall is only a few miles away, as well as Hexham and Corbridge which are full of history (and are great spots for some shopping!).

5) The Duke of Wellington Inn


This charming, dog friendly village pub offers a cosy place to retreat to after a windswept dog walk. With a roaring open fire and hearty pub grub, it’ll be sure to offer a warming escape from the cold. The traditional stone flooring means a guilt-free stop-off point for muddy walkers and dogs alike, as dogs are welcome in the bar area. The full restaurant menu is served in the bar, as well as a vast collection of gins, malt whiskies and local ales.

Top tip: Make this a countryside getaway and book a dog friendly room at The Duke of Wellington Inn. Just a stone’s throw away from Hadrian’s Wall and the historical market town of Corbridge, there is so much to see and do when this inn is your base.

6) The Angel of Corbridge


Sitting in the centre of cobbled Corbridge, The Angel of Corbridge is a firm favourite with dog owners. The Lounge and Angel’s Table areas are both dog friendly, meaning your four legged friend can curl up by the open fire while you dine. There are a number of fascinating, dog friendly sites nearby, due to the pub’s location in such a historical town. Take your four-legged friend to see Corbridge Roman Town, where you can walk along the main street of a Roman garrison town, flanked by the remains of granaries, a fountain house, markets, workshops and temples.

Top tip: Stay overnight in The Angel of Corbridge’s dog friendly rooms and wake up to Corbridge’s boutique shops and picturesque streets lined with wreath-hung front doors.

7) The Ship Inn


This seafront, dog friendly and oh-so-popular pub is great for sunny beach walks in the summer and windy coastal retreats in the winter. Based in Low Newton, its sea views are a real temptation for passers by, and inside the dog friendly dining area you will find a toasty open fire and freshly-cooked seafood. Step outside for panoramic sea views and even take your drinks to the beach and let your dog have a run around while you relax with a beer.

Top tip: Treat your dog to a blowy coastal walk to see Dunstanburgh Castle. Passing Embleton Bay on the way, this idyllic coastal route is perfect for before or after you pop into The Ship Inn.

8) The Lord Crewe Arms

The Lord Crewe Arms is nestled in the honey-stone village of Blanchland. Offering an irresistibly cosy, stone interior with roaring open fires and candle-lit tables, your dog is in for a treat. Dogs are welcome in the crypt bar, reception and garden, and you can dine together in the downstairs larders too. Oozing with fascinating history, the pub dates back to 1165 and you can feel this history, not only within the pub walls, but in the beautifully quaint village of Blanchland itself.

Top tip: The Lord Crewe also offers the warmth of twenty-one bedrooms, including dog friendly rooms for the perfect getaway. Perched on the southernmost tip of Northumberland beneath the fells of the Pennine Moors, it’s in an excellent spot for striking country walks.

9) The Twice Brewed Inn


The Twice Brewed Inn serves home-cooked meals that can be enjoyed with a side of stunning, country views. As well as offering delicious pub classics, they have partnered with Fire & Dough to bring you mouth-watering Neopolitan pizzas, served from their specially built pizza area in the beer garden. Dogs are welcome in the beer garden as well as in the bar itself, so you can enjoy your meal together.

Top tip: Spend the night here in one of The Twice Brewed’s dog friendly rooms and gaze at the stars. The pub is located in Northumberland National Park, beneath the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.

10) The Holly Bush Inn


Tucked away in Northumberland National Park, The Holly Bush Inn’s flower-filled front door, stone front and crackling open fire make it impossible to resist. Serving fantastic, fresh, home-cooked food in their pet friendly bar area, you can expect excellent service and a cosy ambience that will warm you and your dog up after a cold winter’s walk.

Top tip: Like The Twice Brewed Inn, The Holly Bush Inn sits beneath the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, perfectly located for a spot of stargazing in the autumn and winter months. Stay overnight in their dog friendly rooms and make it a trip to remember.

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Author: Jenni Meikle
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