Weymouth is a popular spot for a British staycation thanks to its glorious beaches, rich history, and plentiful attractions. Given this reputation, it makes sense that there are a plethora of pet-friendly places to visit too.
We’ve sniffed out 15 dog-friendly pubs in Weymouth where you can enjoy some refreshments and rest your feet and paws after exploring the dog-friendly beaches and great walks. We've got a full list of dog walks in Dorset, such as a stroll along the Rodwell Trail or hikes along the famous Jurassic Coast.
First up we have The Doghouse, Weymouth’s first (and only) micropub. As you would expect from the name, your pooch is welcome to come inside anytime. (Children however can only stay until 7pm.)
Despite the small size, there’s an incredible range of beers, ciders, spirits, wine, and even mead. Don’t expect meals here, but there are plenty of bar snacks. It’s also an ideal place to come to socialise as there’s no music, no fruit machines, and plenty of soft and warm drinks on offer too.
This dog-friendly pub in Weymouth is the perfect spot for refreshments at any time. Beautifully decorated with a wide range of beers and delicious, hearty food, The Ship Inn is just as well known for its cracking coffee and cake.
(Honestly, it’s potentially the best coffee in Weymouth!) The staff are very friendly, and your dog will have plenty of fuss and maybe a quick picture for their Facebook.
Address: Custom House Quay, DT4 8BE
Opening Times: Mon: Closed / Tue-Sat: 11:00-23:00 / Sun: 12:00-21:00
A warm welcome awaits you at The Boot Inn, Weymouth’s oldest pub. This historic, country-style venue is a heritage pub of regional importance, plus it’s cask marque accredited, so it really is something special.
Be aware this pub is wet-only, but there are some bar snacks to snuffle if you’re feeling peckish, including their local pork pies. Pooch patrons are welcome, and they’ve even had a few other four-legged visitors.
Address: High W Street, DT4 8JH
Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 11:00-22:00 / Sun: 12:00-22:00
Spacious and airy, The White Hart is a great spot to spend a few hours chilled out with a meal and a good drink. It’s a Greene King pub, so you can expect a wide menu of hearty pub standards as well as a broad selection of drinks.
As for the pooch, there’s a doggy drinking station with water bowls and treats at the ready and furry friends are always warmly welcomed.
Address: New Bond Street, DT4 8LY
Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 11:00-23:00 / Sun: 12:00-22:00
Another contender for the oldest pub in town is The Black Dog, a family and dog-friendly pub that dates back over 600 years. It was originally called The Dove but the landlord owned the first “Newfoundland Labrador” dog in the region.
So many people would visit the pub to see this exciting new breed, that the pub changed its name to reflect their famous furry friend. The love of dogs remains after centuries, and your pooch will have lots of fuss and treats while you can learn about the rich history of this sociable boozer.
Address: 3 St Mary Street, DT4 8PB
Opening Times: Mon-Thu: 12:00-23:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-23:30 / Sun: 12:00-22:00
A short walk from the beach is The Golden Lion. Housed inside a handsome old coaching inn, this lovely pub has a rustic and cosy look and a laid-back atmosphere that is sure to help you and the pooch unwind after a day’s adventuring.
It’s not just a dog-friendly pub in Weymouth, they even have their own resident pub dog Tyrone you can make friends with.
Address: 19 St Edmund Street, DT4 8AR
Opening Times: Every day: 11:30-23:00
The Nothe Tavern blends the contemporary and the characterful, making it a popular hangout and super dinner spot. You can enjoy a drink on the terrace with a gorgeous view over the harbour, or tuck into one of their Sunday lunches everyone raves about.
Dogs are welcome inside if they’re on a lead, mostly to stop them trying to snuffle anyone’s dinner.
Address: Barrack Road, DT4 8TZ
Opening Times: Tue-Thu: 12:00-21:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-23:00 / Sun: 12:00-18:00
There’s two Royal Oaks in Weymouth, but we’re talking about The Royal Oak on Dorchester Road. It’s a traditional pub and hotel with another gorgeous, historic front.
But other than the usual friendly staff, pub grub, and great drinks, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find they also offer dog-friendly accommodation. It’s perfect for making base while you’re exploring Dorset.
Address: 52-54 Dorchester Road, DT4 7JZ
Opening Times: Call ahead to check
The Spice Ship is another dog-friendly pub in Weymouth with a well-kept interior that makes it feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The dark beams are reminiscent of an old ship’s hull, and makes for a surprisingly comfortable and warm atmosphere.
It’s a great spot for a drink, which doesn’t have to be a tot of rum, and your dog is always welcome to join you. It’s also yards away from The Bridge Inn, another friendly watering hole.
Address: 240 Preston Road, DT3 6BJ
Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 11:00-22:00 / Sun: 12:00-22:00
If you find yourself across the way on the Isle of Portland, you and the dog can swing by The Royal Portland Arms for a pick-me-up. It’s a proper pub with a retro interior and superb, sociable staff.
It’s a favourite haunt for locals and visitors alike, including their canine companions. If you and the pooch prefer a quieter visit, be aware that there are live bands on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.
The Wyke Smugglers has got everything you could want from a local pub, friendly staff, a social vibe, game nights, quizzes, live sport, and even bingo. There’s always something going on and it is as friendly as it is lively.
Expect proper pub grub and big portions of food, and the service is second to none in this old-school boozer. No one needs to miss out on the fun either, as this is both another family and dog-friendly Weymouth pub.
Address: 76 Portland Road, DT4 9AB
Opening Times: Sun-Thu: 12:00-00:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-01:00
There’s a slew of historic pubs in Weymouth, and The Turk’s Head is yet another. This traditional country pub is in the heart of idyllic Chickerell, and it’s worth taking the walkies out of Weymouth to visit.
It’s got a wide range of great-tasting drinks and food, with a firm focus on real ale and real cider as well as local producers. It’s quiet and rustic inside, making it perfect for you and the pooch to spend a calm few hours relaxing together inside, or rest in the rays on the sun-soaked terrace.
Address: 6 East Street, DT3 4DS
Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 11:00-23:00 / Sun: 12:00-23:00
The New Vic is perhaps a more family-oriented pub, as it is a large hotel which incorporates an indoor play area as well as a bar and restaurant.
Dogs are welcome in the bar area or in the outdoor seating area with you. It’s quite ordinary otherwise, although the prospective seat outside where you can take in the sea air as you nurse a pint and admire the beach is not to be sniffed at.
Address: 41-43 The Esplanade, DT4 8DH
Opening Times: Fri-Sun: 11:00-21:00
The Springhead is a charming country pub with a surprisingly light and airy interior, including a few quirky decor choices and vintage touches. There is a mouth-watering menu and wide range of drinks to choose from.
They are a very dog-friendly pub in Weymouth and even host an annual charity dog show as part of their Dog, Sausage and Cider Fest. The location can’t be beaten either, because it’s nestled in the picturesque village of Sutton Poyntz beside the river and millpond, looking over the Downs.
It’s also not far from some incredible walkies along the Jurassic Coast.
Address: Sutton Road, DT3 6LW
Opening Times: Every day: 11:00-23:00
Finally, you can’t visit Weymouth without at least one trip to Billy Winters. This incredible hangout is right on the beach with panoramic views over the bay and a fresh menu that changes with locally sourced and foraged ingredients, serving up whatever is in season.
There’s fabulous seafood as would be expected from this laid-back beach diner, but there’s plenty of other sumptuous street foods to tempt you if fish isn’t your thing. It’s a social spot and staff are equally friendly, including making a big fuss of your furry friend.
Address: Ferry Bridge Boatyard, DT4 9JZ
Opening Times: Closed Mon & Tue. Various times the rest of the week.