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 a few pubs that aren’t just marvellous examples of cosy Welsh boozers – they’re also wonderfully dog-friendly.

The Black Lion, Abergorlech

‘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. 

Black Cock Inn, Caerphilly Mountain

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 the Black Cock Inn, which always has interesting ales (for you), brimming water bowls (for them), and notably friendly service (for all).

The Kings Head Inn, Llangennith

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 tip of the Gower Peninsula.

two women and dogs in beer garden.
two women and two dogs in beer garden.

The Kings Head Inn, Llangennith, West Wales

The Kings Head, Llandudno

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. Check out the Kings Head Facebook page for more info.

Tafarn Y Plu, Llanystumdwy

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.

The Sun Trevor, Llangollen

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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