A round with the hound: dog-friendly pubs Nothing says ‘welcome’ like a pub with a dog fast asleep by the fire. In fact, we think you can tell how good a pub is by how warmly it welcomes its four-legged clientele. So here are eight pubs that aren’t just marvellous examples of cosy Welsh boozers. They’re also wonderfully dog-friendly. A The Black Lion, Abergorlech The Black Lion, Abergorlech, Carmarthenshire by The Black Lion ‘We welcome kids, dogs and the occasional horse,’ say the couple who run this gorgeous 17th-century coaching inn in the Brechfa Forest, which has a large garden overlooking the Cothi River. The Black Lion is popular with walkers and mountain bikers, whose efforts are rewarded by hearty pub meals and great beer. B Black Cock Inn, Caerphilly Mountain Caerphilly Mountain, South Wales Valleys by Paula J James No giggling at the back, please – it’s a type of grouse, okay? There’s a lovely circular walk from the top of Caerphilly Mountain which is a dog’s dream. At the exact halfway mark lies this friendly rural inn, which always has interesting ales (for you), brimming water bowls (for them), and notably friendly service (for all). C Cresselly Arms, Cresselly Quay This simple alehouse was considered old-fashioned 30 years ago when its 90-year-old landlady retired. The good news is that Cresselly Arms hasn’t changed a bit since then: two plain rooms, a fire in one and an Aga in the other, beer served from jugs, and no tiresome mod-cons. It’s set on a quiet tidal creek where dogs can frolic while you sip a pint and wonder if modernity is all it’s cracked up to be. D The Kings Head Inn, Llangennith The Kings Head, Llangennith, Gower by Nicholas Kaye If you’re a dog-owning beach bum, you’ve just arrived in heaven. This 17th-century inn isn’t just a cracking pub with pet-friendly accommodation. There’s great food and ale, and the Kings Head is the perfectly placed to explore the wonderful tip of the Gower peninsula. E The Bear, Crickhowell The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell, Mid Wales by Bear Hotel In zoological terms, the bear and dog aren’t very chummy. But at this famously heart-of-the-community pub-hotel, they positively pride themselves on their dog-friendliness, and it’s not unknown for staff to magically produce dog treats from their pockets, and slip bowls of freshly cooked chicken onto the floor. Seriously. (Note for non-dogs: the Bear’s regular menu has an excellent reputation, too.) F The Kings Head, Llandudno The Kings Head, Llandudno by SteHLiverpool If you’ve just walked Great Orme (and you should, because it’s a great stroll), the Kings Head is the perfect pit-stop. Dogs are very welcome in the stone-flagged bar of Llandudno’s oldest pub, but on a fine day you might prefer a seat outside so you can watch the trams go by. G Tafarn Y Plu, Llanystumdwy Tafern y Plu, Llanystumdwy, Llŷn Peninsula by Tafern Y Plu You’re deep in Lloyd George country here, just 200 yards from the Wales Coast Path as it winds along the southern edge of the Llŷn Peninsula. Dogs are very welcome in the beer garden and public bar of Tafarn Y Plu's award-winning local – although they’re respectfully reminded that pubs cats Huddug and Parddu are in charge. H The Sun Trevor, Llangollen Sun Trevor near Llangollen, North East Wales by Sun Trevor A canal boat holiday is a top adventure for you and your dog, and the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal swings right by this dog-friendly pub – just the place to stop for a pint and a pub meal. The Sun Trevor is set on the hillside with great views of the lovely Vale of Llangollen. More pet friendly holiday information Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Wales on Film Wales has been host to hundreds of films. Here are some of those scene-stealing performances. 10 pub walks Find a walk on which the pub en route is as appealing as the scenery. Pet friendly Wales Chart a course for wild Wales with your partners, children and things that go woof in the night. Give a dog a break Dogs aren’t just tolerated here in Wales – they’re positively encouraged. Gay Wales: where to stay The door’s open everywhere in Wales, but here are a few places we like. Wales' must-ride trails From riverside rides to thrilling forest trails, Wales is a great place to bring your bike.