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
The Bear, Crickhowell
In zoological terms, the bear and dog aren’t very chummy. However, at the famously heart-of-the-community Bear Hotel, they positively pride themselves on their dog-friendliness. 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.)
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.