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Best dog-friendly pubs in Somerset

Ed Roberts 20 November 2023

Somerset in the south-west of England is a winner for dog owners. There are lots of dog-friendly attractions for you to visit with your four-legged furry companions, so if you are hoping to come to Somerset for a holiday break, this county is very charming. Most of all, there is no shortage of dog-friendly pubs to spend time in all across the county, from Exmoor in the west to Chew Valley, near Bristol. 

Some of the pubs are coastal winners such as the hostelries at Minehead, Brean and Cheddar Gorge, each of which is near one of Somerset’s dog-friendly beaches. Further inland, you will find more excellent Somerset pubs that welcome dogs at some of the ancient spots such as Glastonbury or Sedgemoor; many of them are set in gorgeous locations with excellent views.

We have chosen eight of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Somerset for you to sniff out on your holiday. If you would like to tour the county, why not book into one of our self-catering dog-friendly cottages in Somerset? We have a whole pile of properties to set your tails wagging. Click on the button below to find your next dog-friendly accommodation in Somerset.

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Best dog-friendly pub in Bath – The Crystal Palace 

Ancient Bath and the River Avon on a sunny day

The Crystal Palace is a superb dog-friendly pub and a firm family favourite set in the heart of historic Bath. Just metres away from the Roman Baths, this is a classic old brewery pub with cosy spaces and a good range of ales and spirits. 

Historians will get a kick out of the fact that Admiral Nelson is thought to have stayed at the pub when it was a lodging house. Also, in 1981 during renovations to the cellar, human skeletons were found as well as a Roman mosaic! Get some inspiration for things to see and do with your pet in dog-friendly Bath.  

Good to know

  • Where is The Crystal Palace? 10-11 Abbey Green, Bath, BA1 1NW
  • What’s on the menu at The Crystal Palace? The Sunday lunches are excellent. Visit the website to find out what else is cooking
  • Stay nearby: 16 Loves Lane | sleeps 2 dogs + 4 humans  

Best dog-friendly pub in Brean – The Brean Down Inn 

Woman walking her black dog on Brean Down pointed inland in an easterly direction

There is only one real pub in Brean, but it’s a good one. Dogs love Brean because there is so much room for play and discovery. The Brean Down Inn is located very close to the natural landmark of Brean Down, a massive headland just out into the Bristol Channel. It has a Napoleonic-era fort and the site of a Roman temple at its tip. The beach is also incredible and very sandy, long and wide. 

The pub itself is very popular and has lots of seating inside and out for you and your dog. Brean is an extremely family-friendly place to visit with its theme parks, penny arcades and the Brean Down Way, so after a well-deserved meal at the inn, you will find lots of other things to occupy your time. Read our guide on Brean to get the full low-down.  

Good to know

  • Where is The Brean Down Inn? Warren Road, Brean, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 2RR
  • What’s on the menu at The Brean Down Inn? They do great burgers. Visit their website to find out what’s cooking
  • Stay nearby: Seaholm | sleeps 1 dog + 6 humans  

Best dog-friendly pub near Bridgwater – The Bower Inn

A terrier sits patiently at a table with a green cocktail

The Bower Inn is the best pub around Bridgewater that allows dogs inside to join you for a well-earned pint. Situated on the edge of lovely Bridgewater (1.5 miles from the town centre), at the edge of the Somerset Levels, this 18th-century pub is a delight. 

Fully restored to evoke the original trappings of the period, its interiors are rustic with wooden flooring and exposed brickwork. The chefs concoct delicious, mouthwatering meals from locally sourced food, so you are guaranteed a good feed here. Dogs are welcome at the bar and in the large beer gardens. Local attractions include the Quantock Hills AONB, West Somerset’s beaches, and the annual Bridgwater Carnival. 

Good to know

  • Where is The Bower Inn? East Bower, Bridgwater, TA6 4TY
  • What’s on the menu at The Bower Inn? The Butcombe Gold battered fish and chips are legendary. Visit their website to find out what else is cooking
  • Stay nearby: Rexworthy Farm | sleeps 1 dog + 4 humans 

Best dog-friendly pub in Cheddar – The Riverside Inn

Cheddar Gorge as seen from high above looking west

Situated at the bottom of the iconic Cheddar Gorge, The Riverside Inn is a comfortable dog-friendly pub where everybody gets a warm welcome. It’s a great place to settle in after a good walk in the gorge or around the surrounding hills. 

If you happen to be in Cheddar on a Sunday then the roast dinners are very impressive. There is an interesting and varied range of ales, wines and spirits for you to choose from, you can even have a cocktail if the mood takes you. Local attractions include the paths up through the gorge and the wider Mendip Hills AONB; you could also take a leisurely stretch around Cheddar Reservoir. 

Good to know

  • Where is The Riverside Inn? Cliff Street, Cheddar, BS27 3PX
  • What’s on the menu at The Riverside Inn? There can be some great deals on the delicious starters. Visit their website to find out what else is cooking
  • Stay nearby: Bourne Farm Carthouse | sleeps 2 dogs + 6 humans  

Best dog-friendly pub in Chew Magna, near Bristol – The Queens

Chew Valley Lake near Bristol as seen from above looking north

Located in lovely Chew Magna, close to Chew Valley Lake and the happening city of Bristol, this a stylish choice for you and your dog to enjoy a pub lunch or a simple drink. The Queens Chew Magna is a family-run pub with lovely interiors and a nice beer garden for sunny afternoons and evenings. 

The quality food, made with locally sourced ingredients is the reason to seek out this great community pub. After a busy day in the city of Bristol with its wonderful parks such as Brandon Hill, Ashton Court Estate, and Queen Square where your dog can have fun and exercise, The Queens is the perfect place to slow down. Don’t miss a walk around the vast Chew Valley Lake too.

Good to know

  • Where is The Queens? 12 Silver Street, Chew Magna BS40 8RQ
  • What’s on the menu at The Queens? The pan-roasted hake is divine for seafood fans. Visit their website to find out what else is cooking
  • Stay nearby: Ed’s Barn | sleeps 2 dogs + 4 humans

Best dog-friendly pub on Exmoor – The Exmoor White Horse Inn

Old black lab among heather on Exmoor on cloudy day

The eastern side of Exmoor National Park lies in Somerset, and close to the centre of the area is the tiny village of Exford; this is where you will find the dog-friendly Exmoor White Horse Inn. It’s a fantastic establishment and a beacon for gastropub connoisseurs. 

Dogs are welcomed into the bar and the beer garden but not the restaurant, however, your enjoyment won’t be dimmed as the place is so comfortable and cosy. You can reach open moorland easily along one of several trails that criss-cross the village, as well as drive to the ornate seaside resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth, gorgeous Watersmeet, Dunster Castle, Dunkery Beacon, and the pleasant market town of South Molton, which frequently holds wonderful salvage and flea markets at weekends. There are so many places to go on Exmoor

Good to know

  • Where is The Exmoor White Horse Inn? Exford, Exmoor National Park, TA24 7PY
  • What’s on the menu at The Exmoor White Horse Inn? The Sunday carvery is not to be missed. Visit their website to find out what else is cooking
  • Stay nearby: The Stables | sleeps 2 dogs + 4 humans

Best dog-friendly pub in Glastonbury – The Market House

The town centre of Glastonbury during summer

The ever-fascinating and storied Glastonbury is home to a very nice dog-friendly pub, The Market House. Situated metres from the historic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, right at the centre of town, this pub is the best place around for dog owners to enjoy a great lunch accompanied by a pint of Somerset cider or ale. Your hound will be treated like a guest of honour by the staff who love meeting dogs. 

There is so much to see and do in Glastonbury, especially if the ancient world enthrals you. After lunch, why not scale Glastonbury Tor, The Oaks of Avalon, or learn about the legend of the Holy Thorn on Wearyall Hill? 

Good to know

  • Where is The Market House? 12-14 Magdalene Street, Glastonbury BA6 9EH
  • What’s on the menu at The Market House? There is an array of amazing steaks on offer. Visit their website to find out what else is cooking
  • Stay nearby: Tor View Barn | sleeps 1 dog + 4 humans  

Best dog-friendly pub in Minehead – The Old Ship Aground

Puppy waits in a chair for his owner to return from the bar with a snack!

Located on the seafront with wide views of the Bristol Channel, Minehead’s dog-friendly Old Ship Aground is an excellent choice to stop and unwind. A former pier house, built in 1911, nowadays it’s a lively spot with a programme of live music and televised sporting events. There is a great choice of ciders, beers, ales, spirits and wines available to imbibe on your visit; you are also guaranteed a warm welcome from their staff, they love dogs here. There is a courtyard restaurant at this pub where you can enjoy a selection of tasty home-cooked meals. 

After you’ve enjoyed a drink, take a walk along the seafront or climb aboard a steam train to Watchet or Dunster Castle with the dog. It’s an enriching way to see the Somerset countryside spin by. Other attractions include the South West Coast Path and Blue Anchor Bay. 

Good to know

  • Where is The Old Ship Aground? Quay Street, Minehead, TA24 5UL
  • What’s on the menu at The Market House? We’d recommend the vegetarian options as there is quite a variety. Visit their website to find out what else is cooking
  • Stay nearby: Summerland House | sleeps 1 dog + 6 humans

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