15 Splendid dog friendly pubs in Scarborough

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Scarborough has been a popular staycation destination and seaside resort ever since the 18th century. It still boasts this sandy and sun-soaked reputation today, making it the perfect spot to relax and soak up some sun as well as to scarf some super local seafood.

There’s plenty of beautiful walkies nearby on gorgeous beaches or the rugged North York Moors. But after all that adventuring, you and the pooch will need somewhere to wind down.

Luckily, we’ve sniffed out a pack of dog-friendly pubs in Scarborough ready to welcome you and the pup with open arms.

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The BellyRub

The BellyRub is one of the most enjoyable eateries in town as well as one of the most dog-friendly pubs in Scarborough. If you couldn’t guess from the name, furry friends can expect plenty of fuss and a chilled-out environment where both people and pooch will feel right at home.

There’s a wide selection of craft beers, as well as mouth-watering street food. Your dog won’t miss out either as there’s usually plenty of treats too, including some special peanut-butter biscuits.

The Old Scalby Mills

The Old Scalby Mills offers a warm welcome and friendly service to all visitors, whether you’re young or old, human or hound. They’re “dog and sprog friendly” so the whole family is welcome to pop in for dinner or drinks and enjoy the homemade pub grub and beautiful sea views.

It’s right at the end of the prom beside the Sea Life Centre, so you can enjoy a stroll along the seafront first to work up an appetite.

Scarborough Arms

This traditional pub in the heart of Scarborough is both family and dog-friendly and boasts everything you could want from a pub. Plenty of drinks, sociable staff, cracking casks of ale, and oodles of entertainment.

Dinner at the Scarborough Arms is better than your standard pub grub though. There are standards like steak and ale pie right up to delightful desserts like biscoff cheesecake.

The Plough

Nestled just outside of Scarborough in the picturesque village of Scalby is The Plough. This pub welcomes well-behaved dogs into their bar. (Be aware that dogs are not allowed in after 5pm on Friday and Saturday.)

Relaxed and quiet with award-winning food, it’s worth the trek out of town to visit to relax and sample the local menu and well-stocked bar.

There are rooms available too, and it’s a paw-some spot to begin walkies out on the incredible North York Moors.

The Hole in the Wall

The Hole in the Wall is a hidden gem a stone’s throw from South Bay Beach. It’s another dog-friendly pub in Scarborough that’s a favourite amongst locals and regularly toted as the best boozer in town.

There’s plenty of cask and keg ales on offer for ale aficionados to enjoy, plus plenty of wines, spirits and cocktails for anyone else.

Your pooch will get plenty of fuss off the staff who are just as friendly with their human patrons. (Less belly rubs for them, though.)

North Riding Brew Club

CAMRA certified and winner of the town pub of the year no less than 10 times, the North Riding Brew Club is the spot to head to for a pint. This historic watering hole was once a cinema and there are a few period details that remain.

Otherwise, it has got a mind-bogglingly broad selection of beers, and the friendly staff are especially pleased to see any canine customers who can also make friends with pub dog Citra.

Bryherstones Inn

The historic country pub the Bryherstones Inn has been run by one family for decades, who aim to keep the heritage of the pub alive while maintaining everything you would expect from a modern venue.

The result is a cosy pub with a drink selection that isn’t to be sniffed at and a menu of pub classics that focuses on local and seasonal ingredients.

It’s also set in the dramatic North York Moors, making it the perfect pit stop after a walk in the moors or along the coast.

The Albert

There’s a lot to love about The Albert. The food is well portioned and proper tasty, the atmosphere is lively without being overbearing, and there are ways to keep the kids (or big kids) quiet by sending them to play video games for a bit.

The staff here are always wonderful and make you feel welcome and well looked after, including the dog. Bonus points here because your pooch is welcome to stay overnight here with you.

The Turks Head

Another dog-friendly pub in Scarborough that feels like a proper old-school boozer is The Turks Head. If you can leave the pooch for a moment, the games room upstairs has an amazing view of the beach.

Otherwise, you and the mutt will enjoy this cheery, sociable watering hole and escape the hubbub of town to watch some sport with a pint.

The Stumble Inn

Scarborough’s first micropub and #1 for nightlife on TripAdvisor is The Stumble Inn. It’s a short stagger from the train station and stock a super range of real ale, craft beers, ciders, and even some wine and fizz.

Pets are welcome but children are not. There’s usually a cheese board and antipasti on Sunday, and bar snacks abound, but this is a wet-only venue.

Just remember to pop a donation in for the air ambulance if you have a snack. (And maybe save a scrap of cheese for your pup to snuffle.)

Three Jolly Sailors

The Three Jolly Sailors is a handsome, stone-built pub just outside of Scarborough where you and the pooch can enjoy a quieter, country-style venue.

You can fill your bellies and chill out with some real ale, or warm up by the fire. It’s one of the more cosy and historic dog-friendly pubs in Scarborough, with the usual Yorkshire hospitality.

The trip out of town is a great excuse for walkies too.

The Grapes Inn

The Grapes Inn between Pickering and Scarborough is perfectly located to take a pit-stop during coastal walkies. This family-run pub focuses on food, with a well thought out gastropub menu featuring plenty of locally sourced ingredients.

Although an upmarket place to dine, you are also still welcome to pop in just for a drink, although the homely interior and friendly staff might lead you to stay for longer. Your dog is always welcome to come in and relax too.

The Tap & Spile

Further down the road from the station and the Stumble Inn, you’ll come across the Tap and Spile. If you can’t tell from the grade-II building, this is a proper pub that’s chock full of character and cracking ales, as well as a little snug full of local memorabilia.

There’s a homely vibe and friendly staff, and your pooch is more than welcome to join you inside this dog-friendly Scarborough pub.

The Leeds Arms

This small but well-loved local is somehow one of the quieter pubs in town with a real old-school vibe, where even a refurb didn’t kill the traditional charm nor change the decor. (There’s lots of vintage fishing and sailing knick-knacks.)

The Leeds Arms is a dog-friendly pub, but it is an adults-only venue so it’s not one for a family visit. If you enjoy a calmer pace to compliment your pint, this is the watering hole for you.

The Cask Inn

Another family and dog-friendly pub in Scarborough, The Cask Inn is a traditional pub at heart, with just as many characterful choices in the decor. It’s a charming spot to wind down with the dog, as you’ll both be made welcome.

You can sit and watch some sport on the telly, or perhaps enjoy one of their music nights. (There’s a cracking jazz club here if you’re so inclined.)

It’s also got a menu boasting hearty pub grub and there’s water and treats for the pooch too, so it’s as good a spot for the famished as it is for those with a thirst on.

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