15 of the Best Dog Friendly Pubs in Kent
If you’re headed to the Garden of England, be sure to pack your walking boots because there are miles of coastlines to explore and over a quarter of the county is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Read our top picks of dog friendly walks around Kent here. There’s plenty of charming city breaks as well, like medieval Canterbury.
So whether you and the pooch are locals, on a pilgrimage to the cathedral city, or heading for walkies atop the famous white cliffs you’ll also find plenty of dog-friendly pubs in Kent to “pup” in for a pint before your next adventure.
The British Lion
The British Lion is nestled by the church a short walk from the town centre and has earned a place both in the good pub guide and in the hearts of the locals. It had a spruce up last year and looks super clean and bright, with the old photos of Folkestone still decorating the walls.
Despite the revamp, the food is still traditional pub grub in massive portions and ideal alongside a pint of ale or real cider.
- Address: 8-10 The Bayle, Folkestone, CT20 1SQ
- Opening Times: Every day: 12:00-16:00 & 19:00-21:00
The Jackdaw Inn is a picture perfect country pub in the heart of the idyllic village of Denton. The rustic, red-brick watering hole offers a very warm welcome to two-legged and four-legged visitors, and furry visitors can “sit!” and relax in the garden or bar.
Although a traditional pub, it offers far more than standard pub fare, and you can even turn up for bottomless brunch!
- Address: The Street, Denton, CT4 6QZ
- Opening Times: Mon-Tue: Closed / Wed-Thu: 12:00-22:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-23:00 / Sun: 12:00-18:00
The Spotted Dog
The cute clapboard building that houses The Spotted Dog is as charming inside as out, offering an independent, proper pub that feels like a local regardless of whether you’re a resident or not.
This family and dog-friendly pub in Kent allows dogs in the bar or garden, and they welcome in plenty of walkers from the High Weald. And if you can’t sit still for long, go and test your aim with their version of Ringing the Bull!
- Address: 6 Saints Hill, Tonbridge, TN11 8EP
- Opening Times: Mon: 11:30-22:00 / Tue-Sat: 11:30-23:00 / Sun: 12:00-21:30
Few pubs can boast as iconic a position as The Coastguard, which sits overlooking St Margaret’s Bay at the edge of the famous white cliffs. Although dogs are allowed inside this cool nautical hangout, you might prefer to stay in the garden for the amazing views over the Channel and along the cliffs, with the sound of the crashing waves below.
Just be warned, your mobile signal might be wonky because this is the closest pub to France!
- Address: Bay Hill, St Margarets Bay, Dover CT15 6DY
- Opening Times: Every day: 10:00-21:00
The Old Neptune
The Neppy is one of the best-loved pubs in Whitstable, and it’s a must-visit for any seaside daytrippers. The pub is literally ON the beach, so they have unrivalled views of the seafront and sunsets and they’re more than used to welcoming families in from a day on the shore.
This boozer is a regular recommendation for anyone looking for a dog-friendly pub in Kent, and you should “pup” in for a pint and some of the best fish and chips in town.
- Address: Marine Terrace, Island Wall, Whitstable CT5 1EJ
- Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 11:30-20:30 / Sun: 12:00-20:30
The Bricklayers Arms
The Bricklayers Arms sits in the tranquil village of Chipstead, a stone’s throw from Sevenoaks. This delightful pub overlooks the lake and their garden is actually on open grassland that goes right down to the waterside. So you might need to stop Fido from legging it for a dip!
Plenty of pooches go for a swim after their owners have a pint, and some even get their paws wet before they make it to the pub! Either way, they’ll still get a fuss and some water from the staff and you can sit inside or out with the pooch.
- Address: 39-41 Chevening Road, Chipstead, TN13 2RZ
- Opening Times: Sun-Fri: 11:00-23:00 / Sat: 10:00-23:00
The Dirty Habit
The Dirty Habit isn’t just one of the most beautiful pubs in the county, serving equally attractive food, it’s also one of the most dog-friendly pubs in Kent providing pus with fuss, free treats, and fresh water.
Once part of the monastery, the monks would brew ale to serve pilgrims, so it seems only fitting it’s now a pub. It’s popular with anyone enjoying walkies around Hucking Woodland Estate and the North Downs.
- Address: Upper Street, Hollingbourne, ME17 1UW
- Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 11:30-23:30 / Sun: 12:00-22:30
The Beach Bar and Restaurant
If you’ve headed to Sheppey for a seaside getaway, you need to sniff out the Beach Bar. They are unquestionably one of the most fur-iendly pubs ever, where pooches are always welcome inside and seriously spoiled with a fuss, water, biscuits or even a homecooked treat.
There are even toys to play with! Dogs aren’t the only furries kicking about this bar, so keep an eye out for pub cat Casper.
- Address: Seaside Avenue, Minster on Sea, Sheerness ME12 2NJ
- Opening Times: Mon-Thu: 12:00-22:00 / Fri-Sat: 09:00-00:30 / Sun: 11:00-22:00
The Hook and Hatchet
The Hook and Hatchet, like the nearby The Dirty Habit, is another of the most dog-friendly pubs in Kent and close to lots of the best walkies in the county too. You can “pup” in to relax with a pint or even stay the night in their onsite campground.
There are treats and water bowls at the ready for Fido, and doggy ice-cream on sale if you want to spoil them. They aren’t the only four-legged family member you can bring either, because there’s even pony parking!
White Hart Inn
The White Hart Inn is without a doubt the most dog-friendly pub in Canterbury. They promise that all dogs through their doors will be well looked after. Puppy patrons always receive a fuss from the staff, as well as a good handful of doggy treats.
You and the pooch can cosy up anywhere inside or soak up some sun in the leafy garden, the dog munching their biccies while you wet your whistle.
- Address: Worthgate Place, Dane John Mews, Canterbury CT1 2QX
- Opening Times: Mon-Fri: 12:00-23:00 / Sat: 11:00-23:00 / Sun: 12:00-21:00
After exploring the seafront in Herne Bay you and the pup need to follow your noses to the Four Fathoms. It’s one of the best pub’s in the county, having won Kent Life pub of the year for 2018-2019, and they were in the running for Rover’s most dog-friendly pub in the South East.
Humans can expect delicious dishes, and even peckish pooches can dine on some biscuits and water, or even a specially made doggy amuse-bouche!
- Address: 2 High Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5LH
- Opening Times: Mon-Tue: Closed / Wed-Thu: 17:00-21:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-22:30 / Sun: 12:00-18:00
The Malt Shovel brings country pub ambience to the heart of Dartford, and its perfect to “pup” in after a walk around the Pleasance. This dog-friendly pub in Kent is a must-visit for ale aficionados since it’s appeared in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide every year since 2009, but it’s also renowned for their roasts and homely British cuisine.
It’s a super social spot since there’s no TV, jukebox, or machines, to talk over or distract you from your chat.
- Address: 3 Darenth Road, Dartford, DA1 1LP
- Opening Times: Mon-Thu: 12:00-22:00 / Fri-Sat 12:00-22:45 / Sat: 12:00-22:30 / Sun: 12:00-20:00
If you’re looking for a quiet pub to enjoy a relaxing drink, head to The Halfway House in Tonbridge.
It's the picture of the ideal, romantic English country pub with bags of historic charm, hops hung on the rafters, cosy open fires, helpings of hearty food, cold beer, and warm welcomes. And of course, no proper pub is complete without a pooch or two by the bar.
- Address: Horsmonden Road, Brenchley, TN12 7AX
- Opening Times: Every day: 12:00-23:30
Fuggles Beer Cafe
Fuggles opened in 2013 with a plan to become the best beer spot in the South East, and they now have a second location out in Tonbridge. If the near-endless beer choice wasn’t enough, there’s real ale, cider, gluts of gin, and wagons of wine and whiskey to boot.
There’s also a ton of cheesy delights you and the dog will salivate over, whether you’re munching a block with crackers or the raved-about grilled cheeses.
The Crispin Inn
If you and the pooch have been enjoying walkies along Sandwich Bay, you’ll want to sniff out The Crispin for a pint before you leave. You could even stay the night, as this is a very dog-friendly B&B as well as one of the most dog-friendly pubs in Kent.
You and the pup can settle in by the fire to warm up after your day on the seafront, with a warm welcome and scrummy Caribbean food to warm your belly.
- Address: 4 High Street, Sandwich, CT13 9EA
- Opening Times: Mon-Thur: 11:00-23:00 / Fri-Sat: 11:00-00:00 / Sun: 11:00-22:30