We truly are a nation of dog lovers and we’ve come to expect that our beloved pets can join us on holiday. There’s no better place to bring your four-legged friend than the Lake District, an inspiring landscape of majestic mountains and glistening lakes, all to be explored whilst throwing a few obligatory sticks for the dog.
Every good walk should, naturally, end with a well-deserved pint in a Lakeland pub or a hearty meal in one of the many welcoming hostelries our area has to offer. The great news is that there’s an abundance of pubs that will welcome your dog with open arms… and maybe offer them a treat or two for good measure. We’ve listed some of our favourites below.
Cavendish Arms, Cartmel – This 450 year old coaching inn in the centre of the charming village of Cartmel is the perfect place to while away a few hours. With quaint low-beamed ceilings and a roaring log fire in winter, it’s quintessentially English. The Cavendish Arms is so dog friendly they have a pub dog, Ruby, a Bernese mountain dog who will be happy to share the dog treats kept behind the bar!
The Wateredge Inn, Ambleside – Perched on the water’s edge, this inn has arguably one of the best views of all the Lakeland pubs, overlooking as it does the vast Lake Windermere. Soak up the atmosphere in the beer garden or inside the contemporary bar and restaurant area. You’ll find water bowls inside and out for thirsty canines and you’re ideally located for a stroll along the lakeshore and perhaps a swim (the dog that is!).
Church House Inn, Torver – This stunning village inn combines tasteful contemporary design with rustic charm, an inglenook fireplace, Lakeland ales on tap and hearty food. Dogs are warmly welcomed and there are some wonderful walks leading straight from the pub’s door, such as one to Torver jetty.
Tower Bank Arms, Near Sawrey – Within a stone’s throw of Hilltop, Beatrix Potter’s 17th Century farmhouse, this traditional inn is very dog friendly and is proud of its offering of many local beers and British wines. The garden overlooks the pretty village and the fields beyond.
The Black Bull Inn, Coniston – Another old coaching inn, the Black Bull is in the centre of the picturesque village of Coniston, right next to the beck. Sit inside the bar or outside and admire the ‘Old Man’ mountain, which lends its name to The Black Bull’s very own beer, the Old Man Ale, brewed in their very own microbrewery.
Now that you know where to eat and drink, explore our generous selection of dog friendly cottages in the Lake District , many of which offer the opportunity to step straight from the front door onto walks and trails through the countryside.