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
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.