My top 10 favourite dog friendly pubs to visit in Hampshire recommended by Katy - your Community Manager UK
Fancy a lovely Sunday carvery or a wholesome pub lunch, but feel bad having to leave your pooch at home? Well, there is a solution! There are many places within your local area that you probably don't even know about where they will allow you and your pooch to sit together, enjoy an open fire, possibly some chilled music and some lovely food to top it off with.
I never used to like leaving my Jack Russell for too long as dogs can get lonely very easily. Wherever possible it is so nice if you can take your furry friend with you on an afternoon out. Please bare in mind that your dog needs to be reasonably well behaved and it would be advisable to keep him on a lead at all times. We don't want them pinching somebody's steak and kidney pie now, do we?
Dog friendly pubs usually provide a water bowl for the dogs and some even have doggie-friendly treats! I currently sing at a dog-friendly pub on a Sunday afternoon where the pooches howl along with me, no joke! Here are a list of dog friendly pubs I can recommend in my local area in Hampshire.
Do have a search of your own in your local area as more and more places are becoming popular and welcoming for the pet owner and their pooch! The pub, restaurant or pub/hotel may even be in a handy location for lengthy walks with your hound. What a great way to burn off that hearty pub grub!
The Bishop On The Bridge
The Bishop On The Bridge in Winchester is a lovely place to visit with your pooch. On a sunday afternoon they have live music. The food is to die for! Winchester is also a great place to visit as a tourist, it's a very pretty town. So why not pop down, get stuck into a hearty carvery and let your pooch howl along to the music!
The Bush Inn - Alresford
The Bush Inn is a traditional pub on the banks of the Itchen River. Well behaved, under control dogs are welcome. Booking a table is recommended on weekends, especially for Sunday lunch! Yes, this place is very popular! The waiters don't mind stepping over a dog sprawled next to your table.
The Iron Duke at Stratfield Saye
The Iron Duke has very lovely owners, providing refreshments for both dog and owner. There is a large enclosed field with plenty of footpaths close by. The food is amazing so don't miss out! After a long walk with the dog, it's just what you need!
The Cricketers Arms - Eastleigh
The best bit about this pub is the off-lead dog walk through Flemming Park, which has a large and interesting designated dog walking area. Given its fairly urban location it is lovely to be out with long grasses, water and trees to scamper around. Food is cheap here! Dogs are allowed in the bar area and there is a large outside space to keep those tails wagging!
The Farmers Home in Durley
The Farmers Home is a very friendly family pub which is hugely warm and doggie friendly. The food is tasty and the location is perfect for burning off some steam before lunch. There are plenty of walks near by so it's a good base for a doggy day out. Don't forget to try their local ales also!
The Hampshire Bowman in Bishops Waltham
The Hampshire Bowman is an unspoilt rural victorian freehouse with real fires, good food, loads of garden and lots of different real ales served straight from the cask on a stillage behind the bar. Archie the pub dog is friendly and some of the staff bring their dogs to work too!
The Brick Makers - Swanmore
The Brickmakers is a cosy pub with very friendly staff. The food is excellent and at a reasonable price. It's nice to be cosy! Here they have open fires, leather sofas and the dogs even get complimentary biscuits from the bar.
The Travellers Rest - Fareham
In the summer there is a huge garden and the dogs are always provided with fresh water. In the winter, you can sit in the cosy bar area with the fire and choose to eat normal pub grub such as basket meals, Sunday roasts or the pub's specialty, home made pies! All the locals love the doggies :-)
The Strawberry Field Tavern - Locksheath
Great if you are doing your shopping in Waitrose across the square and want a quick bite. Doggies are welcome and will more than likely get fussed over by the team too.
The Bourne Valley - Winsor
Now this has got to be my favourite! They have 3 pub dogs, Hugo, Misty and baby Boris who will welcome you. If you are visiting the New Forest this is a great place to visit. You may find on a busy evening 14 dogs in the pub with all their owners eating Roast dinners. Doggy dinners are available to order and dogs can even come for their birthdays! Dogs are allowed everywhere! What's not to LOVE about this place?!