15 of the best dog friendly pubs in Richmond

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Richmond is probably most famous for the historic palace which gave the borough its name, or for the eponymous Richmond Park, the largest of London’s royal parks and a fabulous place to go walking. It’s far from the only place to go out for a dog walk in this bustling borough though!

This leafy borough is one of the most furry-friendly places to live in the big city, and there’s heaps of dog-friendly pubs in Richmond to visit with the pooch in tow. Here are 15 of our favourite watering holes that welcome woofers.

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The Britannia

The Britannia is hidden up the quaint lane leading to Richmond Green, and you and the pooch might fancy heading inside for refreshments after a game of fetch in the park.

This independent gastropub offers delicious and decadent food, and the dogs can dine too as they always have dog treats. Plus you can meet pub dog Quill, who’s always trying to get a human or hound to play with her.

Lass O’ Richmond Hill

This cosy country-style pub beside Richmond Park is sure to attract anyone who’s been out walking, with or without a dog.

Luckily, The Lass O’ Richmond Hill is also one of the most dog-friendly pubs in Richmond, so your hound can head inside with you to refuel after walkies. It’s home of decadent dinners worthy of royalty, including sumptuous Sunday roasts, steak, and scrummy sarnies of epic proportions.

The New Inn

The New Inn is the perfect place to pop in with the pooch after enjoying one of our fave walkies in Richmond on Ham Common. This gorgeous Georgian boozer boasts a nod from the Good Pub Guide, a laid back vibe, friendly staff, and lush food. (Including mouth-watering homesmoked ribs!)

Remember to say hello to Alf the pub pup, and your own dog is welcome inside for a rest and a fuss while you kick back with a drink.

The Tap Tavern

The Tap Tavern makes sure there’s plenty of human bar snacks down one end of the bar, and doggy ones at the other. (Make sure you don’t confuse the two, no matter how hungry you are!)

If you are Hank Marvin, the food here is deliciously good, and they make potentially the best Sunday roast in the borough. Plus, there’s always plenty of craft beer and small-batch gin to wash it down with in this cool urban hangout.

The Marlborough

You can’t beat a Sunday roast at The Marlborough, not least because of their monster Yorkshire puddings and generous cuts of meat.

It’s the ideal place to refuel after walkies around Richmond Park, or simply stroll down on a summer evening to enjoy your favourite tipple in their garden. Plus pooches of all shapes and sizes are welcome inside and spoiled with biscuits and pets from the staff.

The Hare and Hounds

This big brick boozer has been serving locals since 1776, and plenty of families flock to this dog-friendly pub in Richmond during the day.

But by night, it’s adults only. There’s plenty of space inside and out for you to sprawl out and relax, because The Hare and Hounds has one of the biggest beer gardens in the area as well as plenty of cosy corners to hide away with the hound to relax.

The White Swan

Although it’s only a few minutes walk from the town centre, The White Swan feels like it’s off the beaten track. It’s surrounded by green spaces, including the old deer park and the green, perfect for walkies or a ball game.

This country-style pub in the heart of the city is the ideal oasis to relax in, with sophisticated versions of hearty British dishes, a broad range of tasty tipples, and a genuine love of dogs.

The Old Ship

Everyone’s welcome aboard The Old Ship, and it’s one of the most cheerful and cosy pubs in town. There’s plenty of classic pub grub and quaffable British beer or independent spirits to wash it down with, and it’s proven popular with gin hounds.

The dog won’t go without either since there’s water bowls, bags of doggy bar snacks, jars of treats, lots of waggy-tailed regulars to play with, and a good fuss from the staff. They only ask you to leave a donation to the local dog rescue if you take some treats for Fido.

The Roebuck

The Roebuck is perched atop Richmond Hill, just around the corner from The Lass O’ Richmond Hill. This Greene King venue offers their usual varied menu of comfort food and nibbles, as well as a smashing selection of spirits, beer, and wine sure to suit every taste.

This unfussy family and dog-friendly pub in Richmond has something for everyone, including water bowls and lots of love for the pooch.

The Prince’s Head

You might recognise The Prince's Head if you’ve watched the hit show Ted Lasso, as it stands in for the title character’s local.

This beautifully kept and quintessentially British corner pub is manned by attentive staff sure to make sure all humans and hounds through the doors are well looked after. The pub backs onto the green too, so you and the pooch can go and play fetch to burn off your pub lunch!

The Mitre

It would be a travesty if The Mitre wasn’t one of the most dog-friendly pubs in Richmond, since it’s the home of local celebrity Rudi the Cocker Spaniel. Rudi was once named the cutest pub dog in Britain and he’s kept the certificate above his bed in the pub ever since!

The new pizza kitchen is proving as popular as their furry resident, and you and your own furball can cosy up by the fire or sun yourself in the garden of this hidden gem.

Paws for Coffee

It’s not a pub, but we’d be barking mad not to mention the doggy-dedicated cafe Paws for Coffee. This place is a haven for humans and hounds alike.

Your pooch can wolf down a puppacino and peruse the doggy menu for a special treat, or take something from the jars of biscuits on the counter while you scoff a hearty breakfast before a walk in nearby Bushy Park. They also have their own canine classes and doggy daycare which is always handy!

The Brown Dog

Tucked away in Barnes, beside Richmond Park, is The Brown Dog. This cosy spot is one of the most child and dog-friendly pubs in Richmond since everyone’s warmly welcomed, and all pups get a fuss, water, and biscuits on the house.

It’s a great gastro for humans too, with loads of seasonal dishes. They even make fresh woodfired pizzas, which are named after some of their favourite furry regulars!

The White Swan

You’ll find the White Swan nesting beside Marble Hill Park and the riverside. It’s the recipient of many a compliment, with The Evening Standard saying it was possibly “the prettiest pub” in London, and The Londonist calls it a hidden gem with one of the best beer gardens in the city.

You’ll need to keep an eye on the tides to enjoy the garden though,since it has a habit of vanishing beneath the Thames! The staff at this gorgeous pub love to meet canine customers, and you can always make friends with Buster the pub dog.

The White Cross

The White Cross is a true watering hole in every sense of the word, because as well as being one of the best pubs in Richmond, their beer garden floods whenever the Thames bursts its banks!

Most of the time, this Victorian boozer rises up like an island, and you can make the most of the waterside view by sunning on their terrace or grabbing a window seat inside this dog-friendly pub in Richmond.

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