15 Nice dog friendly pubs in Newcastle

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Newcastle is well known for its welcoming nature, which is definitely extended to our furry friends! Surprisingly for a busy city, Newcastle has a heap of friendly places to eat and drink, particularly down by the riverside. It's also one of the most dog-friendly places to live in the UK!

We’ve hunted down 15 canny dog-friendly pubs in Newcastle where you and your canine companion can wet your whistle. It’s far from an exhaustive list though, and you’re sure to find a few more as you explore!

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City Tavern

Despite the Tudor-looking exterior, City Tavern has only been kicking about since 1924 and its interior is laid-back and eclectic. Nowadays this boozer is known for being the place to head to for good times, great ales, and good doggos which includes Rupert the pub pooch.

You’ll find fresh and vibrant food on offer, more like fine dining than pub grub. They still do some cracking comfort food like burgers, and Sunday Roast though, as any pub worth it’s salt would!

The County

The County is owned by Greene King so you can expect a wide range of drinks and a vast, varied menu of comfort food and pub classics at reasonable prices.

This family and dog-friendly pub in Newcastle offers up the traditional pub experience, with decor reminiscent of an old-school boozer making it one of the most atmospheric watering holes in the city. You and the pooch can settle down inside and the super staff will fetch a few free doggy biscuits as well as your pint.


If you’re looking for a proper pub that’s all dark wood, ceiling beams, cosy atmosphere, cask ales, and platefuls of pie and other grub, look no further than The Redhouse.

It’s at the foot of the Tyne Bridge too, so it’s easy to sniff out with Fido. There are jars of free treats behind the bar for the dog, but we humans still have to pay for our scoff. It really is a dog’s life, isn’t it?

The Brandling Villa

The Brandling Villa is an enthusiastically family and dog-friendly pub in Newcastle that boasts some of the beefiest burgers this side of the Tyne and one of the broadest selections of beer and whisky in the city.

One of the pub’s biggest selling points is their pack of pupper regulars, and their social media is full of funny “tails” about their four-legged friends.

Your pup will pull you in whenever you pass once they realise this place means new friends and a tasty doggy roast dinner!

The Brandling Arms

After walkies around Gosforth Central Park it’s super easy to stumble into The Brandling Arms right next door. If you couldn’t guess from the name, it’s not a million miles from Brandling Villa.

This boozer’s more of an upmarket tavern but it’s really welcoming and laid back. The staff are the standout, always incredibly helpful and will do everything they can so you feel right at home, including making sure you and the pooch have plenty of room to relax, as well as a fuss and water for Fido.

Free Trade Inn

Sandwiched between the park and the river and all the walkies opportunities there, you’ll find one of the most famous bars in the city, the Free Trade Inn. Putting the “shabby” in shabby chic, it’s super easy to relax in this laid back and dog-friendly pub in Newcastle.

It’s one of the oldest real ale and cider boozers, and street food vendors regularly “pup” by to offer some scran. They’ve got a great view of the Gateshead Millenium Bridge from their sunny terrace too.

The Northumberland Hussar

The Northumberland Hussar is the perfect place to stop by with the dog for some scoff and a social, and the pup’s welcome inside.

There’s tons of scrummy comfort food, from curries to monster burgers, fresh pizzas and loaded fries that are sure to satisfy even the biggest appetite. They even do gyros paired with mythos, great for bringing a bit of Greek joy to Newcastle.

The Earl of Pitt Street

The Earl of Pitt Street is on the doorstep of the football stadium, so it can get busy on game days. However, this gem of a pub is well worth sniffing out for the friendly and attentive service and their sumptuous Sunday roasts.

If your pooch is particularly good, they might be given their own little dinner as well as a bowl of water. The regular menu is somewhat limited but luxurious, bringing a taste of the Far East to the North East.

The Forth

The Forth is potentially the most dog-friendly pub in Newcastle! They have a stack of clean water bowls ready to quench your pup’s thirst, jars of free biscuits, and even some fleecy blankets for your pooch to snuggle up with.

Plus, a few pooches have even been spoiled with offcuts of meat from the Sunday lunches. This brilliant pub is on the doorstep of central station and a stone’s throw from the river, ideal for anyone commuting or just enjoying walkies by the waterfront.

The Merchants Tavern

The Merchants Tavern blends in with the marina, making it easy to miss if you’re not careful! It’s perfect to “pup” into after walkies around the basin, and there’s plenty of free parking if you’re coming from further afield.

Dogs are welcome inside, but their outdoor tables have a great view over the marina. The menu is typical pub grub and British classics, plus a few surprises like chicken shawarma that’s sure to have someone’s nose peeking out from under the table.

The Collingwood Arms

Affectionately known as “The Colly”, The Collingwood Arms is another proper pub festooned with sturdy old furniture, wooden beams, and a ton of character.

This lively hangout hosts one of the most popular quiz nights in the city, and local legend Goodtime Tacos “pup” by every Tuesday to dish out their tasty treats. (Other street vendors swing by from time to time.) This dog-friendly pub in Newcastle is also perfect for a pit stop after walkies on the Town Moor or a game of fetch in the park.

The Victory

Up in South Gosforth is The Victory, a historic pub with a fab atmosphere, brimming with friendly staff and cheerful locals who will help lull you into a sense of relaxation.

The new chef has made quite a stir with their fabulous homecooked and generously portioned food, whether it’s the munchable duck pancakes or a lush Sunday roast.

Best of all, the pub welcomes pooches and there’s plenty of room for you both to sprawl out.

Ship Inn

Out in Ousebarn is The Ship Inn, a convenient watering hole for humans and hounds out for walkies in the city stadium. It’s got the vibe of a proper pub, but the kitchen here is completely vegan.

It’s also another positively dog-friendly pub in Newcastle, and they even have a trio of pub dogs to make friends with.

Cumberland Arms

Down the road from The Ship is The Cumberland Arms, a “proper pub” specialising in real ales and real good times. There’s almost a dozen hand pulls and an ace selection of bottles and kegs.

More importantly, this pub is a lively community hub hosting regular events, which includes the occasional dog show if you fancy showing your pup off, or the mutt fancies showing you up!

The Tyne Bar

As the name implies, The Tyne Bar is on the waterside, only a few yards from another friendly pub the Free Trade Inn. Fiercely independent and a mainstay for live music, the Tyne Bar has bolstered the city’s pub scene for almost thirty years.

As famous as it is for music, craft beer, and good times, it’s just as well known for always being a dog-friendly pub in Newcastle and your pooch will be treated to a fuss, a bowl of water, and a cup of biscuits while you enjoy some tunes and a bev.

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