15 Charming dog friendly pubs in the Cotswolds

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Some fortunate pups are lucky enough to call the Cotswolds home, and even more families with dogs in tow trek out to visit the quaint villages and unspoilt countryside for walkies.

This rural retreat is full of dogs and dog-lovers, making it a popular break for people and pooches, as well as a beautiful place to live. It’s no surprise that there’s no shortage of dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds, and here’s our pick of the furry-friendly watering holes found throughout this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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The Chequers

The Chequers is so well-regarded and chic that it featured on Tatler’s list of the best Cotswold pubs. It’s also represented in the Michelin Guide for it’s fantastic food.

This rustic but contemporary country pub is dripping with character and class, with sumptuous furnishings and food, well-kept ales, and unique atmosphere. Sure, it’s divine, but we think the best thing about it is the fact it’s dog-friendly!

The Potting Shed

Once the date-night regular of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Potting Shed gives a royal reception to everyone, including our hounds. Doggos are welcome inside the bar and there’s a keg of water and bowls so you can pour the pup a pint, and jars of free treats too.

This pub is actually a smidge outside the Cotswolds, but a gastropub good enough to feature in both the Michelin Guide and Good Pub Guide deserves a little leeway!

The George

Right down at the furthest reaches of the Cotswolds is The George. This is another foodie pub boasting two AA Rosettes and a previous michelin-star winner as one of the owners.

You and the pooch can pop in after walkies along the nearby canal, and you’re sure to be made welcome by the cheerful staff. Dogs are allowed in the downstairs dining room, bar, guest rooms, and the garden. Plus there’s water, treats, and even doggy ice-cream on sale so the hound will love The George as much as their humans!

The Red Lion Inn

Speeding up to the other end of the Cotswolds, we have The Red Lion. There are actually two Red Lion pubs in Shipston-on-Stour and both are dog-friendly Cotswolds pubs. However, we’re focusing on the Long Compton venue, which is a beautiful old coaching inn with reams of awards for their rooms and food.

They’re all dog-lovers here, and even have a resident pup your pooch can play with before you cosy up for a coffee or an ale, or retire to a pet-friendly room for a snooze.

The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms has previously won the coveted title of most dog-friendly pub in the Cotswolds according to dogfriendlycotswolds.com. Doggies are welcome in the pub and guest rooms, and they might even get a sausage breakfast if they stay!

If you’re only in the pub, there’s free water and treats on offer and doggy beer for sale. Plus there’s pub dogs Spoof and Ollie to say hello to.

Jack Hares Bar

Jack Hares Bar can be found at the Hare and Hounds Hotel, which is a dog-friendly hotel with beds and bowls in the rooms, plenty of bins on the grounds, and even an outdoor dog wash.

The bar is dog-friendly and bedecked with artwork of humans and hounds, and the staff will fetch water for Fido along with your own drink. No dogs allowed in the dining room, though. This bar isn’t far from Westonbirt Arboretum, which is a fantastic place for a walk.

Eight Bells Inn

There’s plenty of quaffable ales and an extensive wine list in the Eight Bells, a previous CAMRA pub of the year.

This dog-friendly pub in the Cotswolds allows puppy patrons to “sit!” in the bar or the garden, and the cheerful staff will fetch a few free treats for them. This cosy and traditional pub makes the perfect pit-stop after one of our favourite walkies up to Broadway Tower.

The Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington might be snug, but it’s got a big heart and character. Almost every human who steps into this homely pub seems to have a hound in tow. Dogs are allowed in the uncarpeted areas of the bar and there are water bowls available.

You’re also welcome to sit in the sunny garden to relax and watch the river roll by, or snooze through the night in a pet-friendly guest room.

The Gardeners Arms

Postcard-perfect cottage pub, The Gardeners Arms, is one of the most dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds. They offer water and towels for Fido so they can make themselves comfortable, they can sniff snouts with Teddy the pub dog, and even tuck into some dinner.

We do mean a dog’s dinner by the way, because this pub boasts its own doggy menu tried and tested by Teddy! The human menu is delightful too, with plenty of mouth-watering grub to fill your boots after walkies.

Seven Tuns Inn

The Seven Tuns Inn looks every bit the traditional Cotswolds pub, from the beautiful honey-coloured stone, to the beamed ceiling, and the cottage garden planting outside.

The building isn’t all that’s stunning here, since their delicious dishes are definitely instagram-worthy! Hounds are equally well looked after, with water and treats on the house. Why not fuel up here before walkies to the Roman villa?

The Golden Heart

The Golden Heart has been an oasis for travellers for centuries, and stepping into this pub can feel like a trip back in time. This historic, stone-built pub oozes charm and boasts a chilled atmosphere.

Doggies are welcome inside and there’s a special doggy menu to tuck into, while you help yourself to a heaping portion of homely human food.

The Prince Albert

Great conversation, exquisite wine, crisp ale, and fab music all flow in abundance in The Prince Albert and it’s well worth the climb up the hill to reach! It’s the friendliest pub in Stroud and the whole family are welcome, including the kids and dogs.

It’s another doggy pub with resident pups, and it’s ideal for a pit-stop after a walk on the common. Although you might find you end up chatting away, soaking up the atmosphere, and munching your way through one of the best pizzas ever.

The Old Stocks Inn

Head to The Old Stocks for a drink after one of our favourite walks in Gloucestershire between Stow-in-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. This pub has pet-friendly rooms too, complete with memory-foam dog beds. (Fancy!)

You’ll be immersed in luxurious but unpretentious surroundings, with lots of modern comforts alongside the period details. Just don’t forget to say hello to Ralph the pub dog.

The Rose and Crown

Walkers and waggy tails are all welcome at this traditional dog-friendly pub in the Cotswolds. Your furry friend is allowed throughout The Rose and Crown, and the attentive staff will soon be giving them a fuss, water, and treats.

Cosy up by the fireside and sup on some ale, or indulge yourself with this gastropub’s decadent British dishes, including super fresh fish delivered daily from Cornwall.

The Butchers Arms

Nestled in the idyllic Sheepscombe Valley, The Butchers Arms attracts walkers and cyclists from the countryside, and you can enjoy views of the rolling fields from their terrace. This “old world” pub warmly welcomes families and furballs to relax in the leisurely atmosphere and tuck into scrumptious food and tasty tipples. The dog’s sure to be spoiled with water and treats, or you could even buy them a doggy ice-cream.

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