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.

  • The interior of the Black Lion pub
    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. 

  • A walking trail leading up Caerphilly Mountain in the South Wales Valleys
    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). 

  • 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.

  • The Kings Head pub in Llangennith, Gower
    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

  • The Bear Hotel, 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.) 

  • The Kings Head pub in 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.  

  • The beer garden at Tafern y Plu
    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. 

  • Three dogs and a woman enjoying a roaring fire inside the Sun Trevor in North East Wales
    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.

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