After a busy day exploring the wonders of Dorset, you’ll want to find somewhere to eat where your four-legged friend will be as welcome as you are. Luckily Dorset is teeming with places to eat that welcome dogs, whether it’s a beachside cafe, an award-winning restaurant or a fabulous countryside or seaside pub.
We’ve put together some of our favourite pubs and eateries in Dorset, where you can enjoy fabulous food sourced from local ingredients, while your dog will be spoiled with treats, biscuits, doggy beer or maybe their own gourmet meal.
Symondsbury Kitchen, Bridport
Open for both breakfast and lunch – take your best furry friend along with you to this gorgeous eatery on the Symondsbury Estate. The kitchen uses both home-grown produce as well as seasonal ingredients including daily specials as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options from the Estate as well as seasonal ingredients. Dogs are welcome in the restaurant and on the terrace and they might even be offered a treat or two at the Symondsbury shop.
The Kings Arms, Wareham
A historic Inn with heaps of character in the historic market town of Wareham on the river, just eight miles from Poole. This delightful thatched pub offers pub classics like steaks, cod and cajun chicken and great Sunday roasts with blazing log fires in the winter and a lovely garden in the summer. There’s a good choice of real ales and a really dog-welcoming atmosphere.
The Hive Beach Cafe, Burton Bradstock
Located right on the beach at Burton Bradstock on the Jurassic coast, this really is a fantastic find. Incredibly dog-welcoming, it offers wonderful views over Lyme Bay and beyond. Famous for their fresh fish, including lobster and king prawns as well as fish and chips your dog will feel right at home here and there’s even a shop selling collars and leads, shampoo and treats.
Seasons Restaurant at the Eastbury Hotel and Spa
Situated in the charming market town of Sherborne surrounded by gorgeous Dorset countryside, the Seasons restaurant is an award-winning, 2 AA rosette restaurant with a garden view and best of all is dog-friendly! Executive chef Matthew Street who is locally born and took part in Master Chef uses local ingredients and seasonally inspired dishes to create truly delicious food – the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A dog-friendly seafood bistro and restaurant on the beach, Shell Bay is nestled on the edge of the Isle of Purbeck overlooking Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour and Sandbanks. With a fabulous outdoor dining area, you can enjoy uninterrupted views. The menu is packed with fresh fish and local seafood dishes, or if you and your furry friend just fancy a coffee or snack before a dog walk then the bistro is the place. Booking is recommended for the restaurant area.
Square and Compass, Swanage
A super dog-friendly pub in the charming village of Worth Matravers which features limestone cottages and farmhouses centred around a village green and duck pond. Situated close to the South West Coast Path, the pub serves award-winning beers, home-pressed cider and traditional hot pasties and pies. Popular with locals and their dogs, there’s live music in the evenings as well as Sunday afternoon.
The Black Swan Inn
Situated in the delightful coastal town of Swanage, this grade 2 listed pub sits at the heart of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. The pub has a cosy bar and is renowned for its Sunday roasts. It has two real log fires for the winter and in the summer they have a secluded garden where you and your four-legged friend can dine al fresco. Situated on the High Street, the pub makes a great stopping off point for you and your dog after a beachside stroll.
Is a stylish dog-friendly hotel, restaurant and bar in the picture-perfect village of Burton Bradstock, close to the fabulous Hive beach. You can dine with your dog in the bar area where you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of champagne or dine with your dog on the terrace – a great spot to eat, drink or just watch the sea and sky, offering fabulous views of Lyme Bay from the Isle of Portland to Start Point.
The Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis
The restaurant is perched on the hillside with stunning views overlooking Lyme Bay. Run by celebrity chef Mark Hix, this super cool, contemporary restaurant is happily canine-friendly where furry friends can join you on the terrace. The restaurant serves local produce, fish and seafood caught off the Dorset coast, often from Lyme Bay itself. The menu includes Portland Pearls and Brownsea Island oysters, Fritto Misto, shellfish soup, or steamed mussels.
Lilac, Lyme Regis
Lilac is a dog-friendly restaurant and wine bar in Lyme Regis. Run by renowned West Country-born chef Harriet Mansell, the restaurant opened last year and serves delicious sharing plates and a variety of wines from small-scale Dorset vineyards with a focus on sustainability. The menu includes dishes like pan-fried hake, Till Farm spinach and Westcombe ricotta gnudi, pork belly and chargrilled cauliflower with cauliflower sauce. There is also an outdoor eating area.