Top 20 Dog-Friendly Pubs in the Lake District


The Lake District has to be one of the most dog friendly places in the country! Keswick has been named 'Most Dog Friendly Town in Britain’ for three years by the Kennel Club, and there’s plenty of pet-friendly attractions, walks and accommodation across the whole national park.

Dogs really do become members of the family, so a long walk together is made even better when you can finish off with a hearty pub meal and a drink somewhere you know your four-legged companion will be made just as welcome! Here's our guide to some of the Lake District's top dog-friendly pubs and inns.

Dog-Friendly Pubs in the North West Lake District

Dog in Applethwaite in the Lake DistrictThe Pheasant, Bassenthwaite

Perfect for a drink after a walk around Bassenthwaite Lake or on the fells of the area, The Pheasant has designated dog-friendly areas with complementary treats and fresh water, so your pup can feel refreshed, too. For the people in your party, there’s a good range of hand-pulled and cask ales, bitters and lagers, and malts.

Find more places to eat near Bassenthwaite.

The Coledale Inn, Braithwaite

The Coledale Inn is a genuine country inn that started out life as a woollen mill in around 1824, and which is peacefully situated above the village of Braithwaite. Filled with Victorian furnishings, it serves good honest food, and dogs can join you in the bar.

The Bridge Hotel, Buttermere

The Bridge Hotel in the pretty village of Buttermere serves traditional bar meals, including vegetarian options, and Cumbrian cask beers. Dogs are made welcome on the outside patio and in the Walkers Bar (named after its founder, Reverend Robert Walker, not after the surrounding fells!).

The Dog and Gun, Keswick

The Dog and Gun pub in KeswickThe Dog and Gun is in the heart of Keswick and is very welcoming towards dogs. They have a great selection of beers and are renowned for their Hungarian Goulash! It's also home to the Woof and Bang, brewed exclusively for the Dog and Gun by Keswick Brewery!

Read our guide to the Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants & Cafés in Keswick.

The Swinside Inn, Newlands Valley

The gorgeously situated Swinside Inn is in the heart of the beautiful Newlands Valley. As well as amazing views from the beer garden, fabulous food, and multiple dog-friendly bars, they also boast their very own Swinside Ale and produce their own sausage!

The King's Head Inn, Thirlmere

A former 17th century coaching inn at the foot of Helvellyn, The King's Head looks towards St Johns in the Vale, Blencathra and Skiddaw. Pooches on leads can join you whilst you eat in the bar – they’ll love spreading out in front of the fire!

The Horse and Farrier, Threlkeld

The Horse and Farrier is a traditional Lakeland inn built in 1688 and situated beneath Blencathra, with views towards Helvellyn. It has a large selection of local ales, wine, and excellent food, and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the bar.

Dog-Friendly Pubs in the South West Lake District

The Wasdale Head Inn, Wasdale

The Wasdale Head Inn in the Lake DistrictThe only pub in the remote valley of Wasdale, which is known as the birthplace of rock climbing, The Wadale Head Inn is a great dog-friendly pit stop after a day hiking or rock climbing. Its Ritson's Bar is named after its first landlord, Will Ritson, a teller of tall tales and the first 'World's Biggest Liar'!

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The Woolpack Inn, Eskdale

This historic inn has good food and great ales and has been a CAMRA cider pub of the year multiple times! Your dog can join you in the Hardknott Bar, which has a contemporary feel with wooden floors, a slate bar, and a giant sports screen! There's also a lovely beer garden with an enclosed children's play area to keep little ones happy too!

The King George IV Inn, Eskdale

The King George IV Pub in EskdaleThe King George is full of history and dates back to the 15th century. It serves real ales and great pub grub, including locally sourced food wherever possible. Dogs are very welcome in the bar.

Read our guide to the Eskdale pubs.

The Inn at Ravenglass

This 17th century inn sits with the mountains behind and the sea ahead. Thanks to its location, it specialises in locally sourced fish (although there's much more on the menu!) and has a good selection of real ales. You can dine alongside your companion in the bar area, or why not enjoy a beer while watching a spectacular sunset over the estuary?

Browse our dog-friendly self-catering cottages in the South West Lake District.

Dog-Friendly Pubs in the North East Lake District

Pooley Bridge on Ullswater in the Lake DistrictThe Punchbowl Inn, Askham

The Punchbowl is an 18th century inn with a traditional bar and original timber ceiling - coins were once forced into the splits of the beams for luck! It’s set in the picture-postcard village of Askham and serves up a range of foods, including options for various dietary needs.

The White Lion, Patterdale

A whitewashed inn in the small village of Patterdale, The White Lion dates back to the early 1800s and has an extensive menu of pub favourites ranging from Cumberland Sausage to curry. Your dog won’t miss out either, with dog treats available at the bar!

The Pooley Bridge Inn, Pooley Bridge

Only moments away from the shores of Ullswater, The Pooley Bridge Inn serves everything from a quick snack to a hearty meal. On warm days you can sit out in the front beer garden or in the Stable Courtyard away from the road.

Take a look at our dog-friendly cottages in the North East Lake District.

Dog-Friendly Pubs in the South East Lake District

Dog by a lake in the Lake DistrictThe Golden Rule, Ambleside

Tucked away on the steep Kirkstone Road near to Bridge House in Ambleside, The Golden Rule is a Grade II listed multi-room pub. Though it doesn’t serve meals, it’s a great place for a drink and snack with traditional fare such as scotch eggs, nuts and crisps available. It also has a secluded beer garden where you and your pooch can relax in the sun!

View our selection of the best food pubs in Ambleside.

The Flying Pig Pub, Bowness-on-Windermere

Burger at The Flying Pig in Bowness-on-WindermereStop for a pint or enjoy a full three-course meal at The Flying Pig in Bowness – either way, you’ll be glad you did! The contemporary interior maintains the warmth and welcome of a traditional pub, and there’s plenty of ales, ciders, wines and locally-sourced foods on offer.

See our guide to places to eat in Bowness & Windermere.

Tweedies Bar, Grasmere

This award-winning pub in Grasmere serves up fantastic pub grub and is best known for its immense Sunday lunch sharers, where everyone digs into crispy roasties, ginormous Yorkshire puddings, and lashings of gravy. Their Beer Bat is a sample of three third-of-a-pint guest beers.

The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale

In the pretty historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, The Sun Inn is incredibly dog-friendly, and its dog-loving owners – plus their pooch, Charlie the Labrador – welcome all shapes and sizes. There’s a pet-friendly dining area where you can

choose from the delicious two-AA-rosette menu with your faithful companion by your side. It gets busy, so booking is advised!

Discover more places to eat in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The Eagle and Child Inn, Staveley

On the outer edge of the village of Staveley, The Eagle and Child can be a tranquil retreat on some days and a bustling hub on others! They are particularly proud of their food offerings, sourced from local producers, and also have a great selection of local ales and regular guest beers. There’s also a lovely riverside beer garden.

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater

Elterwater in the Langdale ValleyNestled in the breathtaking Langdale Valley, The Britannia Inn is a 500-year-old building that was converted to an inn in the 19th century. Dogs receive a very warm welcome, and there's lots of space to sit outside and admire the views on a beautiful summer's day.

View our dog-friendly self-catering cottages in the South East Lake District.

We hope this helps you find a selection of some of the top dog-friendly pubs in the Lake District. There are even more too so, wherever you’re staying, be sure to explore to find a fantastic gem.

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