There are lots of dog-friendly cafés up and down the country that are happy to welcome our four-legged best friends in principle, but sometimes – when you’ve sat down, ordered a coffee and are trying to relax – you discover your pup is only tolerated at best.
At Canine Cottages, we are all about welcoming your furry friends with open paws, so, for this list, we’re not simply talking about coffee shops or cafés that allow dogs, but businesses that cater especially for our four-legged best friends. Think dedicated doggy menus, puppaccinos and pawsecco, and even in-house pup pampering!
We’ve sniffed out some of the UK’s best dog-friendly cafés, plus some great dog-friendly cottages nearby, all guaranteed to roll out the red carpet for doggy diners.
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Super dog-friendly cafés in Scotland
With “all dogs welcome as long as they are accompanied by a well-behaved owner”, this Aberdeen café is one of the best spots in the city to enjoy a dog-friendly brunch. The Long Dog was inspired by the original long dog – Big Gav the dachshund – who didn’t like sitting outside in Aberdeen’s notoriously wet and windy weather, and so, the doggy haven of The Long Dog Café was born! Big Gav has since been joined by Linda, who has the team wrapped around her tiny paws.
Stay nearby: Durris Tower, Banchory | sleeps 2 dogs + 6 humans
Overlooking the picturesque harbour in Mallaig, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, this traditional café is a top choice for a pick-me-up after an epic dog walk along the waterfront. Dogs are warmly welcomed (there is a large sign at the front of the café stating this, if you were in any doubt!) and there’s a small section of the mouth-watering menu that’s just for four-legged diners. If your pup’s been a good boy (when hasn’t he?!), he can choose a treat from behind the counter which are made at the Barking Bakery in Blackpool.
Stay nearby: The Cabin, Fort William | sleeps 1 dog + 5 humans
The Real Food Café, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
This super-sustainable café on the northern edge of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has loads to shout about on top of its impressive dog-friendly credentials. It is fully licensed, has baby changing and disabled access, places a strong emphasis on sourcing Scottish ingredients, caters for a range of dietary requirements including gluten-free and vegan diets, and you can even charge your electric car there! For our four-legged friends, the café provides a dog washing station and, once they’re squeaky clean, they are welcome inside too.
Stay nearby: Clyde Cottage, Dalmally | sleeps 2 dogs + 6 humans
Super dog-friendly cafés in the North
Waiting outside a café in the cold with your pup seems to be a universal experience for dachshund owners; this café came into existence after the owners of sausage dogs Salami and Bagel were fed up of just that! In the charming Yorkshire town of Otley – just outside Leeds – Salami & Co has a reputation for being one of the best dog-friendly coffee shops around. Pups can choose items off the café’s Hound Menu, including puppaccinos, dog teas, pupcakes, doughnuts, biscuits and venison sausages. Humans are spoilt too, with a bespoke blend of single origin coffee and a mouth-watering brunch menu to tuck into.
Stay nearby: Ivy Cottage, Lindley | sleeps 2 dogs + 4 humans
Just 2 miles south of Blackpool is this lovely café where your pup can enjoy a dog-friendly breakfast, with a special menu dedicated to doggy diners. We can’t think of many dogs who would turn down a bowl of black pudding while their humans tuck into a hearty fry up! As a bonus, Bijou’s coastal location means you can work up an appetite for breakfast along the Lancashire Coastal Way, which runs metres from the café.
Stay nearby: Clifton Apartment, Lytham | sleeps 2 dogs + 5 humans
There’s something about Lancashire and their dog-friendly cafés – just a short hop across the Ribble Estuary is The Wagging Tail Café. It’s one of the few pet-friendly cafés in the country where your pup can enjoy a Birthday Pawty, with a homemade birthday cake and a celebration for your birthday good-boy. Even if it’s not a special occasion, four-legged diners can enjoy pupcakes, dog ice cream or something from the pawtisserie, washed down with doggy beer or a puppaccino. There are even comfy beds for them to recline on while you tuck into a light meal or homemade cake and admire the quirky décor.
Stay nearby: Windle Croft, Merseyside | sleeps 2 dogs + 12 humans
Super dog-friendly café in the Midlands
Combining a dog-friendly café, a pet shop and a dog groomer in the lovely Cotswolds town of Bradford-upon-Avon, Doghouse is definitely one to visit with your four-legged best friend. Your pup can get a fresh trim, some new accessories and enjoy a puppaccino and pupcake all under one roof, while you sip a delicious coffee and munch on some homemade cake. It’s a special and indulgent experience that you can share together.
Stay nearby: Bakery Cottage, Bradford-upon-Avon | sleeps 2 dogs + 3 humans
North of Nottingham, in the market town of Mansfield, is perhaps the UK’s first permanent French bulldog café – but it’s not just the Gallic breed that is welcome here. Any kind of pup (and their humans, of course) is welcome at this incredibly dog-friendly venue, which is home to a pawsecco bar, a walk-in doggy bakery and a designated play area. Your dog can make four-legged friends with other dogs in the ball pit before relaxing with a puppaccino or doggy hot chocolate and a doggy donut. For humans, there are coffees, milkshakes and other treats, but this place is really all about the dogs and we love it!
Stay nearby: Beauvale Priory – Abbey View, Newthorpe | sleeps 1 dog + 4 humans
This dog-friendly café enjoys an idyllic setting among pinewoods and close to the sands of one of North Norfolk’s most popular beaches, Wells-next-the-Sea, which helpfully allows dogs all year round. Your four-legged beach bum can get as sandy as he likes, as the café has a ‘Wash ‘n’ Wag’ dog wash with an enclosed booth to hose down salty fur and sandy paws. Then your pup can take a sip from one of the kegs at Bertie’s Bark-up Bar – a self-serve water point. And, if your dog fancies himself as a pin-up (or should we say, pin-pup), he can enter the café’s Dog of the Month competition!
Stay nearby: Flint Drift, Wells-next-the-Sea | sleeps 2 dogs + 6 humans
Super dog-friendly cafés in the South
This super-chic tea salon encapsulates the glamour and sophistication of the Jazz Age and will attract pups who like the finer things in life! As well as having a menu of gourmet treats for your foodie Fido, Metrodeco will also help your hound celebrate in style at one of its glitzy dog parties. And as well as welcoming Brighton’s dogs through its doors with open paws, the team actively campaign to make Brighton’s shops, food establishments and public spaces more dog friendly. We’ll drink to that!
Stay nearby: Starlings, Saltdean | sleeps 2 dogs + 5 humans
This dog-friendly coffee lounge near Salisbury also has its own luxury pet good shop, so a visit is sure to set tails wagging! Your pup can choose from his own menu with treats on offer including pupcakes, doggie donuts and lollipups, with dog beer and pawsecco on the drinks menu too. There are plenty of dog walks nearby and the friendly (and dog-loving) staff are happy to point you in the right direction once their refreshments have given you a new leash of life.
Stay nearby: The Cobblestone Barn, Wylye | sleeps 2 dogs + 7 humans
Just a shake of the tail from Dartmouth’s historic harbour, this café makes a perfect pit-stop after a lovely waterside walk, or even a day out on the river with your canine first mate! Well-behaved dogs will get a special present of a sausage to gnaw on while humans can tuck into hearty breakfasts or platters of fresh local fish – just get there early as it’s extremely popular with Dartmouth doggies!
Stay nearby: Clarence, Dartmouth | sleeps 1 dogs + 4 humans
Is your tummy rumbling and nose twitching for some delicious food and drink? Why not check out our guide to the UK’s best dog-friendly pubs too? Or take a look at our full collection of dog-friendly cottages and start planning a gastronomic tour of the UK with your foodie Fido!