After a busy day exploring the Cotswolds with your canine companion, you will want to find a place to put your paws up, grab a bite to eat and relax over a nice refreshing beverage. It’s not always easy finding somewhere where four-legged friends are allowed, so we’ve sniffed out some of the very best dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds – where your hound will be as welcome as you are.
Nestled away in the prettiest of Cotswold villages, our selection of quintessentially British country pubs and gastropubs offer a delicious range of food and drink, as well as roaring fires, lovely outdoor beer gardens and that cosy country pub atmosphere.
All super dog-friendly, hounds can expect to be spoiled with doggy biscuits, treats, and maybe even a resident dog to play with! From Tetbury to Stow-on-the-Wold, here are our favourite dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds…
The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold
Nestled in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, The Porch House is a wonderful place to recharge and relax with your pet by your side. Billed as the oldest inn in England with beginnings dating back to 947 AD, you’d never guess thanks to its stylish, 21st-century interior. All the dishes are pub classics but with a Porch House pizzazz – we recommend their signature burgers. Often filled with other doggies passing through, your furry friend will be able to rub noses with locals as well as other canine travellers. Ask at the bar for the Stow Walks pamphlet, it details a number of fabulous dog-friendly walks in the surrounding countryside!
Originally an 18th-century coaching inn, The Fuzzy Duck is the gem of Armscote and a pub where both you and your furry friend can dine in comfort and luxury. Dogs can accompany you to the bar area or the garden and will be given water as well as doggy biscuits and pig’s ears to keep them happy. A great rest stop for families too, children and dogs can play in the secure pub garden whilst you enjoy a cold beverage or two. Fancy a brisk stroll through the country after lunch? No problem – the pub has its own Hunter wellington boot loan service, just grab a pair if it’s muddy!
The Kingham Plough, Chipping Norton
This smart dog-friendly country pub is a hit among the locals and a must-visit for those passing through. Rub noses with resident dog Ooti who is always up for a game of hunting squirrels! Your four-legged friend can dine with you in the bar area where there will be plenty of water and treats to keep them happy. Despite its somewhat modest exterior, the dishes created at The Kingham Plough are practically ambrosial! However, with the kitchen headed up by Emily Watkins, a former junior sous chef at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck.
The Royal Oak, Tetbury
This refurbished 17th-century inn is a real community venue and is always abuzz with local folk as well as city visitors. Super dog-friendly, your furry friend is welcome to sit with you whilst you drink and dine in the bar area. There is also a secure garden and the staff will be happy to offer you advice on the top dog walks in the area – and maybe a sneaky biscuit or two! The house favourite is the Real Ale Battered Fish of the Day. Even if you’re not a meat or fish eater, their vegan menu is packed full of fabulous choices.
Formerly the Tollgate Inn, Lady Bamford, founder of Daylesford Organic Farmshops, reinvented this traditional English pub into a stylish dog-friendly place to eat, drink and sleep. Furry friends are welcome to dine with you in the bar area, and can stretch their legs in both the front and rear gardens. Word on the street is there’s also a jar of dog biscuits on the bar. With its connection to Lady Bamford, you can expect all The Wild Rabbit’s dishes to be made from nothing but locally sourced, organic food. Set right in the heart of the pretty village of Kingham it makes a great after-lunch stroll with your pet.
A favourite haunt of the locals, The Village Pub is everything you’d expect of a dog-friendly British pub, but with added style. Four-legged friends will receive a warm welcome and can join you in the bar area for drinks and food. There is a wonderful sheltered back courtyard with outdoor heaters – perfect for those cooler summer evenings. 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!
Situated in the beautiful Cotswold triangle of Tetbury, Malmesbury and Cirencester, The Potting Shed in the village of Crudwell is a perfect starting point or end stop for canine explorers and their owners. Exceptionally dog-friendly, four-legged friends can eat with you anywhere in the pub. However, with yummy dog biscuits at the bar, your pet will probably want to stay close by! The menu changes monthly but you can always be sure of fresh produce; the pub has two acres of gardens given over to a mixture of trees, lawns and The Potting Shed’s very own vegetable patch. During the summer, enjoy a lazy day relaxing under the weeping willow and apple trees. Very popular among the locals, we recommend booking in advance.
A classic English country pub, The Kings Head Inn dates back to the 16th century and was originally a cider house. Still exuding character from the bygone era, this is a great spot for a drink or hearty meal with your hound in tow. We recommend trying their chargrilled sirloin steak which is Aberdeen Angus, sourced locally from the family farm! Pets are welcome to join you whilst you dine and drink in the bar, plus the outside area is great for some playtime with your pooch. Stand or seat yourself by the fireplace bar during the chillier weather for a truly cosy spot. Come summertime, you and your pet should head out onto the picturesque village green.