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.
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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.
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. t’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.
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 – although they’re respectfully reminded that pubs cats Huddug and Parddu are in charge.
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.