A round with the hound in South Wales holiday cottages

Eating out

A round with the hound in South Wales

Kate A 24 October 2019

After an exhilarating walk in the countryside or coast of South Wales, there is simply nothing better than quenching your thirst and enjoying a hearty meal in a welcoming pub or restaurant. As we know how important it is to find somewhere where you can get a restorative cuppa and a true canine croeso, we have rounded up a selection of dog-friendly places to eat in South Wales where doggie diners are as welcome as you.

From cosy dog-friendly pubs in South Wales where your happy hound can warm their paws by a crackling fire to charming little cafes with special menus just for four-legged customers, here are some great places to eat near our dog-friendly holiday cottages in South Wales.

1. Best dog-friendly places to eat after a country walk

The Bell at Skenfrith, Abergavenny

The Bell at Skenfrith
The Bell at Skenfrith credit: Instagram @willking_


With seven different circular walks starting from this chic riverside inn (including the 4-mile Knights Templar trail), it’s a perfect spot for a post-walkie treat. Canine chums won’t believe their luck when they find The Dog and Boot Bar, where humans can refuel and pups can enjoy some complimentary biscuits. And for those pups who are sporting a little bit more muck on their paws than usual, there is a Pooch Parlour in the rear garden featuring a shower, metal bath and dog towels.

Where to stay: Trevyr Barn | Sleeps 1 dog and 6 humans

The Black Cock Inn, Caerphilly Mountain

The Black Cock Inn
The Black Cock Inn credit: Instagram @thedexledge


Located on the well-trodden path halfway along the circular walk from the top of Caerphilly Mountain, this dog-friendly pub in South Wales is a dog’s dream. Humans can wet their whistle in preparation for the next leg of their journey, while Fido laps up a brimming bowl of water in the bar or outside in one of the two outdoor seating areas.

Where to stay: Rees Cottage | Sleeps 2 dogs and 2 humans

The Dragon’s Back, Pengenffordd

The Dragon's Back
The Dragon's Back credit: Instagram @dragons_back


Following thrilling walkies in the Black Mountains, doggos can rest their weary paws in the welcoming bar of this 300-year-old pub. This is the highest dog-friendly pub in the Brecon Beacons National Park, standing at more than a whopping 1,000ft above sea level so epic views are certainly guaranteed as you tuck into some wholesome Welsh fare.

Where to stay: Wern Farm Barn | Sleeps 2 dogs and 8 humans

The Black Lion, Abergorlech

The Black Lion
The Black Lion credit: Instagram @georgiejuniorgirl


When all the best sticks have been sniffed out in the Brechfa Forest, muddy pups can choose between curling up by the warmth of the roaring fire or having a snooze in the beer garden overlooking the River Cothi, while humans enjoy the homemade dishes and local ales on offer in this 17th-century coaching inn. If you’re looking for a dog-friendly Sunday lunch in South Wales, then this is a great place to bring the pack as all the meat is sourced locally and is very delicious.

Where to stay: The Barn At Nant Llwyd | Sleeps 4 dogs and 4 humans

2. Best dog-friendly places to eat after a day on the beach

Kings Head Inn, Llangennith

Kings Head Inn
Kings Head Inn credit: Instagram @cockapoo_eddy


If you can tear your salty sea dog away from the pet-friendly 4-mile stretch of sand at Llangennith Beach, this olde-worlde 17th-century pub is just a short scamper away. A special area just for happy hounds awaits, where they can rest their sandy paws while you sample the likes of grilled Welsh venison steak with a rich red wine and chocolate sauce, or belly pork accompanied by Gower cabbage and Welsh cider gravy.

Where to stay: Kingsland Cottage | Sleeps 2 dogs and 4 humans

K9 Plus 1, Barry Island

K9 Plus 1
K9 Plus 1 credit: Instagram @dogswelcomewales


Complimentary homemade dog treats, fresh water on arrival, a fluffy towel to dry off wet fur after a swim in the sea, and a warm bed for a little doze await puppers and their owners on Barry Island’s seafront. As you relax with a cuppa and a slice of sticky cake, Buster and Bella can treat themselves to some lickable frozen yoghurt and a tickle behind the ear from one of the dog-loving staff.

Where to stay: Bwthyn Eglwys | Sleeps 1 dog and 4 humans

Coed-y-Mwstwr, Bridgend

Coed-y-Mwstwr credit: Instagram @coedymwstwrhotel


Pampered pooches will go barking mad at this beautiful Victorian mansion near the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Not only can your well-behaved pup join you for lunch or dinner in the lounge and bar areas, but you can arrange a very special Doggy Afternoon Tea. The lip-smacking menu features bacon and peanut butter bone biscuits, frozen banana and yoghurt paw pops, chicken and beef meatloaf, and salmon and sweet potato brownies – all washed down with a bottle of Pawsecco!

Where to stay: Rees Cottage | Sleeps 2 dogs and 2 humans

3. Best dog-friendly places to eat with multiple dogs

The Bank Bar and Kitchen, Brecon 

The Bank Bar and Kitchen
The Bank Bar and Kitchen credit: Instagram @thewanderingcavaliers


The best time to visit this paw-friendly pub with your pack is during ‘yappy hour’ between 3-6pm from Monday to Friday. Humans will receive 10% off food and drinks, and hounds will receive some treats on arrival. There’s also refreshing Snuffle Dog Beer and sparkling Pawsecco available – perfect if you’ve got a tribe of furry friends to please.

Where to stay: Canal House | Sleeps 2 dogs and 13 humans

The Royal George, Tintern

The Royal George
The Royal George credit: Instagram @theroyalgeorgetintern


If you and your canine explorers have spent the day scampering around the ruins of dog-friendly Tintern Abbey, then you’ll all be glad of the cosy wood burner, comfy sofas and delicious menus on offer at this laid-back country pub. There’s a menu just for four-legged friends, although when they see your grilled Welsh rarebit or Huntsham Farm longhorn burger arrive on the table, we won’t be blamed for the consequences…

Where to stay: Fox and Hounds Cottage | Sleeps 2 dogs and 4 humans

Goose and Cuckoo, Abergavenny

Goose and Cuckoo
Goose and Cuckoo credit: Instagram @thegooseandcuckooinn


As well as a great selection of frothy real ales and homemade pub classics for humans, there are tasty titbits at the bar, and a warm place in front of the fire reserved just for tail-wagging members of the family at this proper Welsh pub near the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal. If you time your visit right, you might catch one of the pub’s free live music events including the annual Goode Fest and Goose Stock festivals. And don’t forget to wave a paw to the geese and pet goats living in the grounds.

Where to stay: Jacks Barn | Sleeps 2 dogs and 4 humans

4. Best dog-friendly places to eat which cater for families

The Bear, Crickhowell

The Bear
The Bear credit: Instagram @thebearatcrick


This dog-friendly eatery in South Wales positively prides itself on ensuring canine customers are happy. It’s not unknown for staff to magically produce dog treats from their pockets or slip bowls of freshly cooked chicken onto the floor. Packed to the 500-year-old rafters with historic charm, doggy diners are welcome everywhere except the restaurant, and there is a fantastic menu for children if you’ve got the whole pack in tow.

Where to stay: Savona | Sleeps 1 dog and 6 humans

Green & Jenks Gelato House, Monmouth

Green & Jenks Gelato House
Green & Jenks Gelato House credit: Instagram @greenandjenks


On a warm sunny day, nothing beats something cool and sweet to tickle your taste buds and if you’re out and about with children, then this lovely little dog-friendly café in South Wales is just the spot. There are water bowls and dog treats for the four-legged members of the family and freshly made gelato, sorbets and frozen yoghurts for the two-legged variety. Soak up the sunshine in the enclosed garden or savour your lunch inside, the choice is yours.

Where to stay: Church Farm Cottage Staunton | Sleeps 2 dogs and 4 humans

The Anchor Inn, Tintern

The Anchor Inn
The Anchor Inn credit: Instagram @theanchortintern


Perfect after a long family walk in the Wye Valley, muddy paws and wellies are warmly welcomed here with snacks and water bowls for Rover and a menu of traditional British pub grub for everyone else. Warm yourselves by the fire inside or make the most of the sunshine in the beer garden, watching boats glide by on the canal while the kids have fun in the play area.

Where to stay: Secret Severn | Sleeps 1 dog and 6 humans

The Dragon Inn, Crickhowell

The Dragon Inn
The Dragon Inn credit: Instagram @omgbarkley


Both pet and family-friendly, this historic inn serves traditional and Welsh dishes all day long. Sit back and relax in one of the special areas allocated for doggos, with some crayons to keep little ones happy, and indulge in a hearty meal – we particularly recommend the ‘Dragon Burgers’. There is also a ‘Dragonette’ menu with a great selection of family favourites.

Where to stay: The Old Toll House | Sleeps 2 dogs and 4 humans

5. Best dog-friendly places to eat for one man and his dog

The Woodlands Tavern, Chepstow

The Woodlands Tavern
The Woodlands Tavern credit: Instagram @rufus_thehound


Four-legged friends and their well-behaved owners are very welcome in this pretty countryside pub in Monmouthshire. After working up an appetite exploring Gray Hill, Wentwood forest and reservoir, or the Roman fortress town of Caerwent, there’ll be a biscuit or two waiting at the bar for Fido and a menu of freshly prepared and locally sourced food for those at the other end of the lead.

Where to stay: Old Stables – Wolvesnewton | Sleeps 1 dog and 2 humans

The New Inn, Bwlch

The New Inn
The New Inn credit: Instagram @simonsapathy


This cosy little pub loves having furry pals around and you’ll both be made to feel very welcome during your visit. Make friends with the locals, sip a pint of Butty Bach, and put your feet up in front of the roaring fire. If you fancy a bite to eat, you can look forward to the likes of homemade Welsh black beef pie and mash, wild venison stew or an autumn vegetable and goat’s cheese lasagne.

Where to stay: The Olde Coaching Inn | Sleeps 2 dogs and 4 humans

Fig Tree Espresso, Abergavenny

Fig Tree Espresso
Fig Tree Espresso credit: Instagram @karxn_mcn


If you’re in the mood for a spot of tea and cake, then this South Wales dog-friendly café is a wonderful place to rest for a while with your pup. The Welsh cottage garden is particularly lovely, surrounded by trees, birds and the tail-wagging scent of flowers. Take a seat on one of the wooden benches with Bella at your feet and tuck into a slab of freshly baked bara brith, a raspberry and caramel biscuit slice or some toasted banana bread loaf with pecan butter.

Where to stay: Golwg Y Mynydd - Triley Court | Sleeps 1 dog and 2 humans

Dog-friendly places to stay in South Wales

If these dog-friendly eateries in South Wales have whetted your appetite and your pup is now drooling over your keyboard or phone, then why not have a browse of our dog-friendly cottages in South Wales and start planning a tail-wagging treat of a getaway with your pack.


For more paw-friendly things to do, including attractions, walks and beaches, check out our ultimate dog-friendly South Wales guide.  


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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