The Lake District is a beautiful place to visit, with so much to see and do. From breath-taking scenery, fabulous hikes and adorable towns and villages to explore, it’s no wonder so many people flock here every year. If you’re a fan of going out to eat and drink on your holidays, you’re in luck because the Lakes is full of excellent pubs, restaurants and cafes ready for you to enjoy after a long hike.

Many people like to bring their beloved pooch with them on holiday, and with more people set to be holidaying in the UK this year, you might be one of them. So if you’re planning a Lake District getaway with your best furry friend in tow, here are some dog-friendly pubs you can enjoy.

Refreshment during hiking with dog.

The Pheasant, Bassenthwaite

The Pheasant has stood the test of time for more than two centuries. It started life as a staging post and coaching inn, and it now offers a unique place to enjoy local hospitality in a beautiful setting. You can enjoy the spectacular views on their outdoor terrace and try one of their many pulled and cask ales, bitters, lagers and malts. For your pup, they have pet-friendly rooms and will be offered complimentary treats and fresh water.

The Dog & Gun, Keswick

Found in the heart of Keswick, the Dog & Gun has a very welcoming atmosphere towards pooches. Enjoy a glass of G&T and tuck into a hearty pub classic or one of their pizzas. Sit back in the homely, rustic atmosphere and enjoy the roaring fireplace with your dog by your side. Treats can be bought from behind the bar, and they supply water bowls if needed. This pub is also home to the Woof and Bang, brewed exclusively for them by Keswick Brewery.

The Coledale Inn, Braithwaite

The Coledale Inn started life as a woollen mill around 1824. It is perfectly situated above Braithwaite Village in the peaceful hills, making it an ideal spot for tourists and walkers alike. The paths to the mountains can be found right outside the gardens, making it perfect as a stop-off point for both the start and end of a hike. With Victorian furnishings and a beautiful beer garden, you can enjoy good food, and your dog can join you at the bar.

The Woolpack Inn, Eskdale

Great ales, great food and a lot of laughter, the Woolpack Inn welcomes everyone, including your dog. This historic Inn has won the CAMRA cider pub of the year multiple times, so you can enjoy a cold drink in their lovely beer garden or inside watching their giant sports screen.

The White Lion, Patterdale

Visitors have enjoyed the hospitality of the White Lion since the early 1800s, including Wordsworth. This historic country inn offers a friendly atmosphere, traditional beers and beautiful scenery. Enjoy an extensive menu of pub favourites, and your dog can also enjoy the treats available at the bar.

Pub food and drink

The Golden Rule, Ambleside

Tucked away in Ambleside, The Golden Rule is a Grade II listed pub popular with walkers, climbers and everyone in between. If you appreciate a proper ale, the Golden Rule is the place to go. With no televisions or music, it is the perfect place to relax with a drink and have a chat. Enjoy an extensive range of drinks in the beer garden or by the open fire. Dogs are always welcome, and water bowls are available.

Tweedies Bar, Grasmere

The award-winning Tweedies Bar in Grasmere accommodates your four-legged companion so you can enjoy your chosen tipple from an extensive range of beers, craft ales and wines. The beers come from all over the UK, with local and Scottish breweries being the most prominent. Enjoy their amazing Sunday lunch sharer or their Beer Bat (a third of a pint of three guest beers).

The Flying Pig Pub, Bowness-on-Windermere

Enjoy a traditional British pub in the picturesque town of Bowness-on-Windermere. With fantastic seasonal food made using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, enjoy a selection of local real ales, fine wines and premium lagers and ciders. Situated close to popular walking routes, it’s the perfect place to fuel up for a hike or wind down after a long trek. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, with dedicated taps and bowls outside where they can enjoy a refreshing drink.

The Eagle and Child Inn, Staveley

The Eagle and Child Inn can be found on the edge of the quiet village of Staveley. Ideally placed for a day spent exploring the Lakes, they are just a few minutes away from the beautiful Kentmere valley and the towns of Windermere and Kendal. With delicious food from local producers, a great selection of local ales and guest beers, you can enjoy a drink at the riverside beer garden with your dog by your side.

Retriever dog waiting for his owner in bar.

If you’re planning a trip to the Lake District this year, make sure you make a note of all the great places you can take your beloved pooch. If you are looking for a caravan park in Lancashire to stay in, contact us today and enquire about our dog-friendly holiday homes.  

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