We’ve all been there: soaking wet, so tired the tongue’s lolling and a little bit stinky – and that’s without mentioning your four-legged friend! You turn up to a pub hoping for a pint and a sit-down in front of a warm fire, but disaster strikes – they don’t welcome dogs.
You don’t have to relive those dog days ever again – with our guide to dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in Northumberland, you can plan your walks around your meals, safe in the knowledge that there’s a pint of beer and bowl of water waiting for you both at your journey’s end.
Whether you’re looking for dog-friendly restaurants, family-friendly pubs, or something in between, here’s our guide to the best places to eat with your dog in Northumberland.
Best dog-friendly places after a country walk
Situated on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, this inn couldn’t be in a better location to refresh parched pups after they’ve run off some steam. The inn and creperie promises a bowl of water for four-legged visitors and they may even get a treat if they’ve been a good boy (which is always, right?!)
Stay nearby: Weaver’s Cottage, Otterburn – sleeps 2 dogs and 4 humans
After taking a stroll along the River Coquet on the eastern edge of the Northumberland National Park, rest weary feet and paws in this 300-year-old inn. Dogs are welcome to doze in the bar while their humans tuck into traditional pub grub.
Stay nearby: The Malt House, Rothbury – sleeps 1 dog and 5 humans
Best dog-friendly places after a day on the beach
This place is pretty iconic for locals and their dogs. It’s a stone’s throw from the wild North Sea and the rugged Northumberland coast and at the southern tip of a swathe of dog-friendly sand that stretches for miles to Beadnell, so it’s prime dog-walking territory. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the pub while their humans can enjoy a pint brewed on the premises.
Stay nearby: Rafters, near Beadnell – sleeps 3 dogs and 6 humans
Beach walks don’t get much better than around the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, an island that’s not an island, in the middle of the North Sea. And dog-friendly pubs don’t get much better than the Crown & Anchor; dogs are welcome in the bar where they can enjoy a treat and a bowl of water. But for the best views, sit in the beer garden to take in the views of the harbour, castle and priory.
Stay nearby: Britannia House, Holy Island – sleeps 1 dog and 6 humans
Best dog-friendly place with multiple dogs
Just up the road from The Ship Inn is The Joiners Arms, which describes dogs as “a very big deal” – and we couldn’t agree more! As well as bowls of water and a warm welcome, four-legged visitors can try their very own dog beers – the hardest decision will be choosing between beef and chicken flavours.
Stay nearby: Newton Halt South, near Embleton – sleeps 2 dogs and 5 humans
Best dog-friendly place which caters for families
You’d expect an inn in the centre of family-friendly Seahouses to cater to littler guests, but this place is a real crowd-pleaser all round. Dogs are welcome in the garden and the bar, where there’s a designated pet-friendly area stocked with fresh water and complimentary treats. Hungry little ones can choose from the menu of family favourites. And for you? You can enjoy a pint of local ale or a fancy cocktail while taking in the views out towards the Farne Islands.
Stay nearby: Coastguard Watch, Seahouses – sleeps 2 dogs and 6 humans
Has this whetted your appetite for a trip to Northumberland with your four-legged family member? We’ve sniffed out everything that’s dog-friendly about Northumberland – check out our guide here.
If you've decided Northumberland is the next destination for you and your pup, why not take a look at our full collection of dog-friendly cottages in Northumberland?
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