Top 10 Dog-Friendly Pubs & Eateries in the Lake District

For breathtaking scenery and fine cuisine using local ingredients, The Lake District is the perfect place to dine with your dog. For lovely pubs, restaurants and cafes close by that offer great places to sit, relax and eat with your four-legged friend, check out our top dog-friendly places to eat in the Lake District that are more than dog-welcoming. With many offering doggy biscuits, pet-friendly beer and maps of local walking routes, your best furry friend will be spoiled with an array of fine-dining options!

The Waterhead Inn, Ambleside


 Situated on the wonderful Lake Windermere with gorgeous views from the restaurant and beer garden, The Waterhead Inn is a hit among the locals and a must-visit for those passing through. Dogs are welcome to accompany you in both the dining and bar areas and can stretch their legs in the inn’s outdoor spaces. The seasonal menu changes daily with freshly prepared and cooked Cumbrian and British pub classics using only the finest local ingredients, make sure to ask for pet-friendly dining options including food provided by Sir Woofchesters.

Stay here! You can book at fabulous stay at The Waterhead Inn through PetsPyjamas.

The Angel Inn, Bowness-on-Windermere


A classic English country pub, The Angel Inn is situated in one of the best-loved destinations in the Lake District, Bowness-on-Windemere. Dogs are welcome to dine inside both the dining and bar areas in the pet-friendly areas as well as the inn’s outdoor spaces. Check out the Sir Woofchesters menu for dog-friendly dining. Combining the best of English pub food with contemporary touches, the menu changes with the seasons and often depends on the fresh produce they receive that day. Either way, you won’t be disappointed! 

Stay here! The Angel Inn has many dog-friendly rooms available for you and your four-legged friend.

The Dog and Gun, Keswick

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 An extremely dog-welcoming pub with timber beams, The Dog and Gun is a traditional dog-friendly place to eat and drink. Furry friends are welcome to dine with you in the bar area where they can eat from their very own menu. For humans, make sure to try The Dog and Gun’s famous homemade hungarian Goulash which comes in small and large portions. Check out the wonderful walks nearby which your canine companion will love including Bassenthwaite Lake and Ullswater with its spectacular Aira Force waterfall.

STAY AT: Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa, Lake District


The Pheasant Inn, Cockermouth


Just a short distance from Bassenthwaite Lake, The Pheasant Inn is a historic 17c century white bricked coaching inn with a wonderful restaurant. Using the best Cumbrian produce to create a traditional pub menu which includes their famous Sunday roast and Pheasant classics, the Inn is worth a visit to check out their very own Sir Woofchester’s dog menu for four-legged friends. After a hearty meal, start your walk through the town of Keswick where you will come across the long river section of River Derwent. Or follow the woodland trails through Dodd Wood to come across the picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake. 

Stay here! The Pheasant Inn offers cosy dog-friendly rooms. Take a sniff around!

The Coniston Inn, Coniston


Nestled on the shores of Coniston Water with sensational views of the lake and fell, The Coniston Inn is a wonderful place to recharge and relax with your best furry friend by your side. All the dishes are pub classics and include a traditional Cumbrian breakfast, more hearty meals and delicious snacks. We recommend the Sunday Carvery which offers generous helpings of hand-carved meats. Dogs can accompany you in the cosy bar area of the restaurant which offers the same menu or they can relax in the pub garden whilst you enjoy a cold beverage or two!

Stay here! The Coniston Inn has a wonderful selection of stylish dog-friendly rooms.

The Black Swan, Helmsley


 Dating back five centuries, The Black Swan at Helmsley is a hit among the locals and a must-visit for those passing through. With Yorkshire renowned for producing delicious food, sample the inn’s delightful seasonal dishes that are given a creative and cosmopolitan twist. Your four-legged friend can dine with you in the resident lounge or bar area where there will be plenty of water and treats to keep them happy. Make sure to also check out the Sir Woofchester’s dog menu for four-legged friends before heading on adventures around the North York Moors National Park.

Stay here! Check out The Black Swan at Helmsley’s super dog-friendly rooms.

The Swan at Grasmere, Grasmere


This charming and characterful coaching Inn is super dog-friendly with four-legged friends welcome to dine with you in the designated dog-friendly areas of the bar with the same menu served as in the main restaurant. Enjoy a hearty Cumbrian fayre after long days of fell walking with your best furry friend. We recommend trying The Swan’s fabulous roasts on Sundays followed by a delicious sticky toffee pudding, widely popular amongst locals! Even if you’re not a meat or fish eater, their vegan menu is packed full of fabulous choices.

Stay here! Take a look at the hotel’s cosy selection of dog-friendly rooms.

Stiles of Ambleside, Ambleside


 A family run coffee bar and B&B, the Stiles of Ambleside is a wonderful place to eat in the Heart of the Lake District. Perfect when you fancy a Cumbrian-roasted coffee and a delicious piece of homemade cake after a long walk, the coffee bar sources the best beans for their coffee from Carvetii Coffee based near Keswick. They also have an ice cream parlour inside the cafe serving Wallings Farm ice cream. Don’t forget to ask for some lovely biscuits for your furry plus one on their visit!

STAY AT: Rothay Garden Hotel, Lake District

The Ambleside Inn, Ambleside


Located in the heart of the lakes, The Ambleside Inn is a stylish dog-friendly place to eat, drink and sleep. Furry friends are welcome to dine with you in the bar area, and can enjoy eating from the Sir Woofchester’s dog menu. We recommend the Cumbrian specialties including the steak and ale pie and the Ambleside burger, not forgetting their famous hearty breakfasts if you’re embarking on an overnight stay. If you fancy a stroll, check out the Loughrigg Fell walk – a seven-mile circular walk that begins and ends in Ambleside with iconic views of Lake Windermere.

Stay here! You can book a lovely stay at The Ambleside Inn through PetPyjamas!

Sticklebarn, Ambleside


Sitting at the heart of miles of walking routes in the Langdales, Sticklebarn is a fabulous place to stop after exploring the surroundings. Dogs are welcome both inside and outside to fuel up before your adventure or relax afterwards on the outdoor terrace by the fire. Rub noses with the resident dogs and enjoy a choice of planet friendly meals, including meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Set right in the pretty town of Ambleside it makes a great after-lunch stroll with your pet.

STAY AT: Rothay Manor, Ambleside