Dog-friendly dining in the Peak District holiday cottages

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Dog-friendly dining in the Peak District

Ed Roberts 21 January 2020

Going out for something good to eat with your dog can be needlessly challenging at times. Narrowing down the variables you might face when out on the hunt for some gorgeous grub, we have compiled a handy guide to some of the best pet-friendly eating establishments in the Peak District. Some of our selections are gastropubs, others are quaint cafes and there’s even the odd tavern out on the moors that make dogs as welcome as their human chaperones. Read on to find out where to eat with your pooch come mealtimes so everyone can get a Scooby snack.

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From Bakewell to Ashbourne, and Buxton to Stoney Middleton, we have found the best self-catering cottages in the Peak District National Park. Our dog-friendly holiday homes are the perfect choice if you’d love to bring your trusty pet on vacation with you. All the best locations in the region are represented and a stay at one of our properties gives you a great chance to discover the joys of the Peak District and Derbyshire.

The Peak District National Park is characterised by its wild open spaces and an unbeatable choice of countryside walks. After a long walk, take a load off and head to one of these dog-friendly pubs, cafes and takeaways to enjoy a warming meal and a cool beverage to replenish your verve.

Countryside places to eat in the Peak District

The Old Hall Inn 

Old Hall Inn

Close to the popular walk to Jacob’s Ladder, this pub is a lovely dog-friendly choice for a home-cooked style meal with a pint of ale. Locally sourced ingredients combined with an expert touch make this a good post-walk pub to get tails wagging and enjoy lunch or dinner with your pooch.

Stay in: Rylea Cottage | Sleeps: 3 dogs and 4 humans 

Packhorse Inn 

Packhorse Inn

The Sunday roast at the Packhorse Inn is phenomenal, and with its large garden, there’s room for multiple mutts to spread out and enjoy the sunshine. It’s close to 13, yes 13 different golf courses, so watch out for stupidly bright coloured jumpers and golf talk! Cosy and characterful, this is a great pick if you love big pub gardens - which we're sure your canine companion will - with countryside views.

Stay at: Pudding Cottage | Sleeps: 1 dog and 4 humans 

The Fleece 


This traditional countryside pub is also home to a restaurant. Dogs are welcome in the bar to patiently await a titbit to come their way. Accomplished chefs concoct delicious dishes from quality ingredients; these are complemented by a bold selection of beers, wines and spirits. It’s close to the reservoir walks at Yateholme Woods and Digley, for you to investigate with your hound after a spot of lunch.

Stay at: Holme Valley Cottage | Sleeps: 2 dogs and 4 humans

Super dog-friendly places to eat

Cheshire Cheese Inn

Cheshire Cheese Inn

Deep in the Hope Valley, full of high fell walks and trails, this wonderful gem of a gastropub is a very cosy prospect. It’s the perfect dog-friendly pub as the staff all love to give your dog a warm welcome. Dine fireside and soak in the lovely atmosphere at this classic dog-friendly gastropub. The food’s pretty good too!

Stay at: Upper Barn | Sleeps: 1 dog and 2 humans 

Marsh Green Farm Shop 

Marsh Green Farmshop

Marsh Green Farm Shop is a local mecca for foodies. It’s also a brilliant dog-friendly place to eat, as there is a lovely café where you can enjoy many of the products on sale in the shop. Enjoy fresh local bread, artisan tracklements and jams, and locally grown fruit and veg. Supporting local food producers of the Peak District, this is one of the best places to rustle up some ingredients for dinner which you can cook and prepare at your self-catering holiday cottage.

Stay at: Judy Cottage | Sleeps: 2 dogs and 5 humans 

The Three Roofs Café 

Three Roofs Cafe near Peveril Castle

In the village of Castleton, close to Peveril Castle, and several show caves like Treak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Peak Cavern. Welcoming dogs, this small café is popular with visitors and the lovely staff do a great job to make you feel at home. The choice of light lunches is creative and a perfect reward after journeying up to Peveril Castle and enjoying hill walks around the village.

Stay at: Lower Barn | Sleeps: 1 dog and 2 humans 

Family-friendly places to eat

Travellers Rest Country Inn

Travellers Rest

Take the whole family along to the Travellers Rest Country Inn for a slap-up meal. The kid’s menu is impressive, and dogs are welcome there too to sit at your feet whilst dining. The place is abuzz with visitors, so it’s well-equipped to deal with groups of diners. There is a daily specials board and a grand Sunday roast; reasonably priced but good value, this is set to be a major hit if you have the kids and dog in tow.

Stay at: Rylea Cottage | Sleeps: 3 dogs and 4 humans 

Crich Tramway Village 

Crich Tramway

One of the Peak District’s leading visitor attractions, Crich Tramway Village is a fantastic dog-friendly day out for all the family. Dogs are welcome to join you at Rita’s Tearooms to enjoy the light lunch menu and other fine food creations! Don’t forget to see what’s on the menu at The Red Lion if you fancy a pint of ale with your food. Step back in time to see the trams wind their way around the restored buildings; there is a woodland park to explore on the estate too, and a play area for kids, where they can climb onto the back of a gigantic wooden ant! Meet the Green Man in the stone labyrinth and take in views across the Derwent Valley.

Stay at: Arkwright's Cottage | Sleeps: 3 dogs and 4 humans

Toll Bar Chip Shop 

Toll Bar Chippy

Reputedly the best chippy in the Peak District, the Toll Bar Chip Shop of Stoney Middleton, is awesome. If you are looking for a sneaky bag of fish and chips to enjoy when in the Hope Valley, head over to Grove Garden and sit by the stream with your four-legged gourmet. Don’t forget to save them a chip or some batter if they have been well-behaved!

Stay at: Pine Door | Sleeps: 1 dog and 4 humans

Cosy places to eat in the Peak District

The Royal Oak 

Royal Oak

This traditional Peak District pub, in the south of the National Park, is a wonderful refuge from the elements if you are in need of sustenance and cosy shelter after a strenuous walk with the dog. A dog-friendly choice for foodies and lovers of English staples like a roast and steaks; cooked breakfasts are available too for the early birds.

Stay at: Hawksmoor Barn | Sleeps: 1 dog and 4 humans

Cintras Tea Room

Cintra's Tea Rooms

The secret’s out, Cintra’s Tea Room in Hathersage is a sweet hideaway for those in love with café culture. Hidden away in the village streets, this is a cosy choice for you and your dog. Homemade cakes and a delicious pot of tea are the order of the day, and you never know your luck, the lovely staff may even have a tasty treat for your doggy too.

Stay at: Robin Cottage | Sleeps: 1 dog and 6 humans

The Bulls Head 

The Bulls Head

Blazing fire...tick! Cosy seating...tick! Cheery welcome...tick! All you need now is good company and a generous choice of ales, spirits and wines to go along with your dinner and the picture is complete. The Bulls Head in Monyash ticks all the boxes and being one of the oldest establishments in the region, you know they’ve had time to practise and get their trade perfected. With a lovely, warm atmosphere, we thoroughly recommend dinner and drinks at The Bulls Head.

Stay at: Dewpond Cottage | Sleeps: 2 dogs and 4 humans

Discover the Peak District

Now you’ve discovered some of our favourite dog-friendly places to eat and drink in the Peak District, why not read our complete guide to the Peak District for even more holiday inspiration?

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Are you ready to find the perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage for your Peak District adventure? We have properties all across the national park for you to choose from. No matter what your holiday requirements, we have a superb pet-friendly property for you and your four-legged friend.

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For even more great places to chow down with your pooch, why not go out for a dog's dinner at the UK's most dog-friendly pubs or the UK's most dog-friendly cafes?

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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