Cheltenham might be famous for the races, but it should be just as well known for being a furry-friendly hotspot. There’s more dog-friendly pubs in Cheltenham than we could cram into this list, so here are 15 of our favourites.
But if that’s not enough, you can stretch your legs and explore a little further with walks around Gloucestershire and pubs throughout the Cotswolds!
In the heart of the upmarket Montpellier district, The Beehive is a traditional and much-loved pub that’s a real hive of activity!
The garden and downstairs area of the pub are dog-friendly, where humans can enjoy hearty grub and plenty to drink while the dog gets a fuss and free treats from the staff. The upstairs restaurant is a no-dog zone though.
Address: 1-3 Montpellier Villas, GL50 2XE
Opening Times: Sun & Thu: 12:00-22:00 / Mon-Wed: 14:00-22:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-23:30
If you couldn’t guess from the name, Sandford Park Alehouse is the place to go for quality kegs, and their ale and beer selection is regularly changing so you’ll always find something new to swig.
The friendly staff can help you pick the perfect pint, and they’ll give your pup a fuss and a few free biscuits too. And if you’re here on Sunday, your pooch might be treated to have a few offcuts from the roasts.
Address: 20 High Street, GL50 1DZ
Opening Times: Every day: 12:00-23:00
They’re certainly bringing the inside out at The Outdoor Inn, an outdoor bar with a festival feel right on the high street. Given that it’s all outside, your dog can go anywhere with you whilst you enjoy tasty tipples and soul food.
If the weather’s on your side, there’s no better place to hang out and socialise with your pals and the pooch, and there are a few sheltered tables and pods should the clouds form. But space is at a premium and booking ahead is a must if the sun’s out!
Address: 39 High Street, GL50 1DX
Opening Times: Mon-Fri: 16:00-00:00 / Sat: 12:00-00:00 / Sun: 14:00-00:00
Every member of your pack is welcome to this family and dog-friendly pub in Cheltenham. The Brown Jug prides itself on being a cheerful community pub, with great drinks and scrummy homemade food to fuel the fun.
You can pop in after a morning walk for a coffee and to let Fido have a snooze in front of the fire, or hang out in the evening watching the sport or trying your hand at the traditional pub games. Either way, you’re guaranteed a good time.
Address: 242 Bath Road, GL53 7NB
Opening Times: Mon-Wed: 11:00-22:30 / Thu-Sat: 11:00-23:30 / Sun: 12:00-22:00
The Railway is one of the most traditional and atmospheric pubs you can spend an evening, sipping ale in the candle light with the dog at your feet, and enjoying a feast of delicious Thai food.
It’s more relaxed than many of the trendier bars in town, and your dog’s sure to settle down under the table or curled up by the fire. They’ll be waited on hand and paw by the fabulous staff too, who always provide tummy tickles, water bowls, and a few biscuits for their furry clientele.
Address: New Street, GL50 3QL
Opening Times: Mon-Thu: 17:00-23:00 / Fri: 15:00-00:00 / Sat: 12:00-00:00 / Sun: 12:00-22:00
As the name suggests, your sure to feel comfortable in the Cosy Club. It’s a twist of modernity and country pile, with floor to ceiling windows and industrial bar stools, right alongside colourful plush furniture and portrait-adorned walls complete with luxe wallpaper.
The pooch is welcome to get cosy in the bar and lounge area, but the restaurant is a fur-free area.
Opening Times: Sun-Wed: 09:00-23:00 / Thu: 09:00-00:00 / Fri-Sat: 09:00-01:00
As well as plenty of tasty tipples and bar snacks in this traditional pub, The Swan also serves up some surprises with a delicious menu of Indian street food.
After you and the pooch have had your fill, you can lounge around together listening to live music, with the humans on worn leather sofas and the dog on mats and beds helpfully provided by the staff. There’s plenty of socialising to do too, including making friends with the resident pub dog.
Address: 35-37 High Street, GL50 1DX
Opening Times: Mon-Thu: 17:00-23:00 / Fri: 17:00-00:00 / Sat: 12:00-00:00 / Sun: 12:00-23:00
Housed in a beautiful historic building complete with thatched roof is The Plough in Prestbury. If the name wasn’t already a giveaway, it’s a few minutes drive outside of Cheltenham, or it can be the endpoint of a determined dog walk!
Unlike most of the urban and modern bars in the town centre, this pub is brimming with character and is every inch the traditional village pub, including the menu of hearty British fare.
Address: Mill Street, Prestbury, GL52 3BG
Opening Times: Mon: Closed / Tue-Sat: 12:00-22:00 / Sun: 11:30-22:00
The Strand is yet another dog-friendly pub in Cheltenham’s high street, where the cheerful staff will serve your pup their own bowl of water and a few biscuits as soon as you’re through the door.
You can either sit inside or soak up some sun in the beer garden, a rare treat in the town centre. And once the dog’s had their refreshments, you can take your pick of delicious street food, sarnies, and pub grub or the the wide range of world wines, real ales, craft beers, and classic cocktails. There’s truly something for everyone!
Address: 40-42 High Street, GL50 1EE
Opening Times: Sun-Mon & Wed-Thu: 12:00-00:00 / Tue: 15:00-00:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-01:00
Although The Tavern has a traditional old-school name it’s all anglo-americana in here. As well as being thought of as the friendliest boozer in town, this dog-friendly pub in Cheltenham is famed for it’s American soul food like dirty fries and indulgent ribs, as well as stateside-inspired takes on English pub classics using the best of British ingredients.
They even serve up some of the most sumptuous steaks ever that’s sure to be the envy of your pooch! Don’t worry though, there’s jars of treats for Fido to tuck into as well.
Address: 5 Royal Well Place, GL50 3DN
Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 12:00-22:00 / Sun: 12:00-18:00
The Vine is sister pub to The Railway and The Swan listed above, and although it looks like a traditional city boozer with its tiled exterior, it’s certainly no stuffy old pub.
Inside is colourful and vibrant, and although it is an intimate alehouse this venue is all about tantilising Thai food. So get comfy with your canine, fill your belly with authentic cuisine, and chatter with your mates over a game of cards or a board game in this fabulous little pub.
Address: 47 High Street, GL50 1DX
Opening Times: Sun-Thu: 17:00-23:00 / Fri-Sat: 17:00-00:00
Everyone loves dogs down at The Royal, whether you and your woofer are having a swift drink after walkies or you’ve come down for their annual dog show to see if your pooch has what it takes to win!
Although the pooch is sure to get a fuss and a treat, they’ll still give you the puppy eyes if you order anything from their famous chargrill menu. And given the plentiful meaty treats and attention on offer, your dog might decide this is their favourite local!
Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 11:00-23:00 / Sun: 12:00-22:30
Dogs are welcome inside and out at the quirky and bustling Bottle of Sauce, where the staff provide plenty of puppy loving and there’s jars of doggy bar snacks to hand. Plus there’s plenty of moreish comfort food on the menu for the humans, including fresh woodfired pizzas and seriously juicy burgers.
And if you need more entertainment than just sitting socialising with the woofer, there’s table tennis and pool to play in this laidback hangout.
Address: Ambrose Street, GL50 3LH
Opening Times: Sun-Thu: 12:00-23:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-00:00
The Gloucester Old Spot is further out of town than most of the dog-friendly pubs in Cheltenham, nestled in the rural outskirts and offering complete escapism.
This proper country pub is one of only 25 pubs in Britain to be starred in the Good Pub Guide as testament to their tasty food, delectable drinks, and stellar service. Dogs are welcome in the bar and garden, and puppy patrons will be offered their own refreshments on arrival.
Address: Tewkesbury Road, Piffs Elm, GL51 9SY
Opening Times: Sun-Wed: 11:00-22:00 / Thu-Sat: 11:00-23:00
Tailors is the sister pub to fellow dog-friendly pub in Cheltenham The Brown Jug, and offers up equally fantastic service and scrummy pub classics in a buzzing, friendly atmosphere.
You can either sit in the two outdoor spaces, cosying up under a patio heater and admiring the handsome ivy-clad pub, or you and the pooch can “sit!” in the bar where you might even catch the match on the telly.
Address: 4 Cambray Place, GL50 1JS
Opening Times: Mon-Wed: 11:00-22:30 / Thu-Sat: 11:00-23:30 / Sun: 12:00-22:00