The Bridge Inn, Baird Road, Ratho, Scotland
(The Good Guide to Dog Friendly, Pubs, Hotels and B&Bs, p.388)
This charming inn is perfect for families wanting a little bite to eat or a couple nights to stay. Welcoming children and dogs, everyone is invited to The Bridge during the Easter holidays. Families can have some lunch after a stroll along the canal. As the evening draws in, an open fire can warm you all whilst you sit in leather arm chairs, dog at your feet, while the monthly live music entertains. You can all enjoy a drink and some snacks later, even your dog. There are dog bowls available along with a large jar of biscuits behind the bar; I’m not sure who’s in for more of a treat! If you’re around the week before Easter you may enjoy the pub quiz which kicks off at 8pm, the first Thursday of every month. A great way to socialise and not have the guilt of leaving your little mate at home alone, what could be better?
The Sparrowhawk, Southport Old Road, Formby, North West
(The Good Guide to Dog Friendly, Pubs, Hotels and B&Bs, p.190)
You’ll find plenty of space for drinking and dining in the open-plan bar with there being a great atmosphere at any time of day. Being less than four miles away from Formby beach and the Red Squirrel Nation Trust walk, you may enjoy a good dinner after a day of exploring. Whilst your pup may want to nap, you can sit back in the library corners (or just the bar) and take a pick from the choice of 21 wines, 89 whiskies, 49 gins and a selection of beers on hand pump. This is the perfect place to visit over Easter, enjoy a good, traditional roast with a variety of meat to pick from. If you’re looking for something else, you can check the Brunning & Price Pub App to see the weekly updated menu. Food is served until 10pm so there’s no need to cut your day out short, The Sparrowhawk will be ready to cook you up something good.
The Greyhound and Bessels Leigh, Faringdon-Botley, Oxfordshire
(The Good Guide to Dog Friendly, Pubs, Hotels and B&Bs, p.238)
Build up an appetite with the four mile circular pub walk from the Greyhound. The welcoming village pub is built from Cotswold stone some 400 years ago with a large garden to enjoy in the April sun and a great selection of cask ales. The walking route takes in the surrounding classic English agricultural countryside with plenty of birdlife to enjoy, perfect for the spring months. A few gentle slopes and paths across a number of farm fields will leave you ready for the generous sized portions the pub has to offer. The pub (with a very apt name) will give a comfy place for not only you but your four-legged friend to relax in the bar area. Again, check out the Brunning and Price app as well as The Greyhounds and Bessel Leigh Facebook page where you can see what group walks they're to take on. Care to join them this Easter?
Blue Bar, Beach Road, Porthtowan, Cornwall
(The Good Guide to Dog Friendly, Pubs, Hotels and B&Bs, p.50)
Of course this isn't a traditional pub- it's a busy bar with a wide mix of cheerful customers who've come hungry and thirsty straight from the beach next door. They all pile in here throughout the day, the atmosphere being informal and easy. Whether you fancy and beer, cocktail, coffee or hot chocolate, Blue has a good variety on offer to quench your thirst! Not forgetting the food, Blue’s menus change throughout the day to make sure everyone is happy. Locally sourced and freshly prepared, any choice is good but the sharing platters do sound particularly good. From 8pm on Saturdays, musicians will be taking to the stage for a free evening of excellent live music. Dogs are more than welcome to the pub so why pop down and enjoy some entertainment over Easter? A trip to the beach followed by a good meal and a few drinks- sounds like the perfect way to spend your bank holiday weekend!
St Mary's Inn, St Mary's Lane, Morpeth, Stannington, Northumberland
(The Good Guide to Dog Friendly, Pubs, Hotels and B&Bs, p.234)
Well this North East inn is perfect you all you dog lovers out there. Your pup will be treated like royalty having their own bedding, bowl and treats- it has been said that there are a few regular pampered pooches! Handily just off the A1 (very easy for travel), this B&B has a bespoke pub filled with board games, a wood burner, contemporary art and a lovely, homely atmosphere. St Mary’s is just right for a family get-a-away, there are adjoining rooms in a wing of their own meaning there is no worry about the kids being too loud. With food being served from 8am to 9:30pm, St Mary’s has a great food menu to see you through the day, even offering afternoon tea if you find the time. If not, and you fancy a walk instead, Northumberlandia is just four miles away. This is a unique piece of public art set in a 19-hectare community park with free public access, with four miles of footpaths, along with a café and visitor centre.
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