15 of the best dog friendly pubs in Poole

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Poole is right in the heart of the Dorset coast, just a stone’s throw from the miles of sandy beaches in Bournemouth Bay. It’s home to a wealth of shops and maritime history, as well as the largest natural harbour in Europe.

There are plenty of walkies and dog-friendly beaches to be found nearby, and this bustling seaside resort makes the perfect place for you and the pooch to rest and refresh yourselves at one of these 15 dog-friendly pubs in Poole.

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The Rope & Anchor

Nestled between the two museums is The Rope & Anchor, a family and furry friendly pub that also happens to be one of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Dorset!

It’s a homely and understated boozer, with hearty homemade meals, a great selection of ale, and a few free biscuits for the pup. There’s also live music most evenings and a small sun trap of a beer garden too.

The Crown Hotel

Dogs are welcome in the bar and some of the guest rooms of The Crown at the manager’s discretion. That being said, dog’s aren’t permitted on Friday and Saturday nights, although given how popular it is that seems sensible!

The food here is vibrant and fresh and looks like a work of art, plus the staff are some of the friendliest in town.

The Yachtsman

The Yachtsman is a proudly dog-friendly pub in Poole, “as every great pub should be”, and they even have their own pub dog Stanley. It’s also less than ten minutes walk from the dog-friendly beach in front of Hamworthy Park.

This clean and bright village pub is perfect for cosying up after a day at the seaside, with plenty of homely food to fill your belly and a roaring fire to warm your cockles.

There’s also a great big garden with a patio and play equipment, just in case your kids still have energy to burn or you’re desperate to soak up the last of the summer sun.

The Jolly Sailor

You’re sure to be merry after a trip to The Jolly Sailor, with its wide range of drinks, fabulous harbourside views, and superb atmosphere and staff. It’s a Greene King venue so you can expect the usual broad and varied range of scoffable snacks and pub classics, with something to suit every taste.

Although a traditional high-street pub it’s very much a family and dog-friendly pub with a warm welcome for every human and hound through the doors.

Delfino Lounge

The Delfino Lounge is part of the wider “The Lounges” chain, purveyors of cool vibes, brilliant brunches, tasty tapas, mouthwatering cocktails, and good times.

Like every lounge, The Delfino is delightfully dog-friendly and your furry best friend is welcome inside anytime, and it’s open all day so you can pop in after a morning walk or come to chill out in the evening with your best bud. Either way, they’re sure to get a good fuss off the staff!

The Kings Head

The Kings Head is just a few doors up from fellow dog-friendly pub in Poole, The Rope & Anchor. This traditional terracotta town pub is supposedly the oldest one in Poole, and it’s certainly steeped in character.

They’re family-run and focused, with tasty homemade food and a super welcoming atmosphere whether you’re a local or just passing through. They’re also enthusiastically dog-friendly, welcoming dogs inside and in the garden, and they even have their own resident Rover.

The King Charles

Onto another royally-monickered pub now, The King Charles is around the corner and just off the quayside. This traditional pub is terrifically rustic inside and supposedly haunted, but the only spirits we sniffed out are the massive selection behind the bar!

Humans and hounds of all ages are welcome inside and in the garden for a pint and pub grub, but pups should be kept on a lead.

  • Address: Thames Street, BH15 1JN

  • Opening Times: Mon-Thu: 12:00-15:00 & 17:00-23:00 / Fri: 12:00-15:00 & 17:00-00:00 / Sat: 12:00-00:00 / Sun: 12:00-19:00

The Grasshopper

The Grasshopper is a stylish wood-panelled pub and restaurant that looks and feels cool and contemporary but has plenty of characterful details dotted around, including a fire made from the copper kettles once used in a brewery.

This dog-friendly pub in Poole is a relaxed and joyful place to pop in for a warm drink and a chat with your mates, or a hearty meal with the hound in tow.

The Portsmouth Hoy

The Portsmouth Hoy is easy to find because it’s painted bright blue and right beside the quay. It makes the most of their waterside location, with lovely views across the harbour and a distinctly nautical interior with so much wood surrounding you, you might feel like you’ve been taken below deck of an old ship!

Dogs are always welcome into this delightful pub and they’re just as looked after by the attentive staff, who usually give out a few free biscuits or a bit of chopped carrot to keep the puppy patrons as happy as the people.

Brewhouse & Kitchen

The Brewhouse & Kitchen is another family and dog-friendly pub in Poole where people can bring their pooches into the garden or in the bar to “sit!”

It’s a haven for beer lovers, with over 70 different varieties of craft beer and cider to sip, including a few bevs brewed onsite.

Plus the scoffable menu of soul food has been designed to be snuffled alongside a beer, and every dish has a recommended pint to pair it with!

The Lord Nelson

Like most of the dog-friendly pubs in Poole on this list, The Lord Nelson is another Hall and Woodhouse venue. It has a stunning vantage point over the harbour and a large outdoor seating area with views over the waterside, but you and the pooch are just as welcome to warm up inside by the fire.

This is one of the best live music venues in town too, so you might want to bear that in mind if your pup’s on the shy side and you’re here late.

The Antelope

The Antelope is part of the Greene King chain and like many of it’s venues they’re more than happy to welcome humans and hounds of all ages into the bar area. They also have a few fur-friendly guest rooms if you need a place to rest your head, and it’s in a handy location on the high street.

There’s fresh water and free treats at the ready for furry patrons, and they also sell doggy ice cream, so the pooch will probably start pulling you in whenever you’re walking past!

The Blue Boar

The Blue Boar is a traditional redbrick boozer at the heart of the local community. This family and dog-friendly pub in Poole welcomes everyone through its doors and has hosted many of the best-known local events, like the bath race and charity bike ride.

It’s been refurbished recently and looks exquisite, and there’s more than enough room to kick back and relax with a huge array of ales and spirits to sip while you do.

The Angel

The Angel was once a traditional ale house, but the place is now a bit brighter and modern, offering a much wider choice of drinks nowadays too.

It’s best known for its mouthwatering and indulgent pizzas, which have become the focal point of their menu. Best of all, this friendly and vibrant watering hole is happy for humans and hounds of all ages to come inside and have a good time.

Bermuda Triangle

It’s easy to lose yourself for a few hours in this eclectic boozer, with snug corners to hide away in, congenial atmosphere, and the perfect pub to kick back and indulge yourself with a good pint and great conversation.

There’s no food in the Bermuda Triangle, but plenty of quaffable ales and thirst-quenching continental lagers on offer in this traditional dog-friendly pub in Poole.

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