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The best dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds holiday cottages

The best dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds

Julie Smith 21 August 2020

What could be finer than an afternoon spent strolling through some idyllic English countryside with your four-legged friend by your side, before calling at a cosy country pub where you can both enjoy some warmth and refreshments?

With miles of countryside to explore and lots of pretty villages dotted throughout the landscape, the Cotswolds is the perfect destination for dogs (and humans) to sniff out an adventure or two. Luckily you’ll never be far from a dog-friendly pub to provide a warm welcome with a bowl of cold water for your canine companions and a selection of food and drinks for you.

Here are some of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds to try out during your next short break or holiday to this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

The Duke of Wellington, Bourton-on-the-Water

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This spacious pub has a prime spot in the pretty village of Bourton-on-the-Water, looking out over the River Windrush. The pub has recently been given a stylish makeover but exposed brick walls and original beams mean it has retained lots of charm and character.

Dogs will be welcomed with fresh water and a biscuit and can either warm their paws by the fire in the bar area or get some fresh air in the large beer garden.

There’s an extensive food menu available which includes gourmet burgers, sharing platters and basket meals.

Address: Sherbourne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2BY

Stay at: Bourton On The Water - Weavers Cottage - sleeps 4 people + 2 dogs

The Lamb Inn, Burford

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A historic Cotswolds inn that dates back to the 15th century, The Lamb Inn is located on a quaint Burford side street and includes a traditional bar, cosy lounges, and a pretty walled garden.  

Dogs are welcome in the bar and gardens where they can snuggle by your feet as you sink into one of the sumptuous armchairs by the fire.

The Lamb Inn has a three-AA Rosette restaurant where dogs aren’t permitted, however staff will happily serve your meal in the bar area where your four-legged friend can stay by your side.

Address: Sheep Street, Burford, OX18 4LR

Stay at: Turkey Cottage - sleeps 2 people + 1 dog

Crown and Trumpet Inn, Broadway

This traditional country pub is located just behind the village green in Broadway and you can enjoy regular live music in the friendly bar.

Dogs can join you in the bar and terrace areas, which are filled with authentic old-world character and charm. There’s also a lovely seating area at the front of the 17th-century inn where you can watch the world go by.

The Crown and Trumpet is a CAMRA pub and serves local Cotswolds ales along with great value food that ranges from soup and a sandwich at lunchtimes to Aberdeen Angus steak specials each evening.  

Address: 14 Church Street, Broadway, WR12 7AE

Stay at: Broadway House - sleeps 4 people + 1 dog

The Gardeners Arms, Alderton

This pretty 16th-century pub has a traditional thatched roof and a peaceful spot on the edge of the small village of Alderton at the northern edge of the Cotswolds AONB. Enjoy some traditional games by the fire in the bar area or try your hand at boules in the large beer garden during the warmer summer months. 

The Gardeners Arms has its own resident pooch called Teddy and your four-legged friends get a complimentary bowl of water and their own food menu which includes a roast dinner and special doggy ice cream.

The bar’s extensive drinks range includes over 40 speciality gins, vegan bottled beers, a large wine selection and three guest ales each month. Food is made using local, seasonal ingredients and there are lots of vegan and gluten-free options. 

Address: Beckford Road, Alderton near Tewksbury, GL20 8NL

Stay at: The Goose Shed - sleeps 4 people + 2 dogs

The Cotswolds Arms, Burford

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Dogs will be welcomed to The Cotswolds Arms with a bowl of water and dog treats and there are plenty of cosy spots in this 18th-century bar where you can relax with a drink and some home-cooked food.

The beautiful beer garden at The Cotswolds Arms has its own pond and waterfall along with a range of colourful plants and shrubs. During the summer months, you can even enjoy some live music from the outdoor decking stage.

Food on offer includes sharing boards, burgers, paninis and a beef and local ale pie. There are regularly changing real ales available including beer from the North Cotswolds Brewery.

Address: 46 High Street, Burford, OX18 4QF

Stay at: The Gallery - sleeps 4 people + 2 dogs.

The Fox Inn, Broadwell

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This honey-hued Cotswolds pub is tucked away in the little countryside village of Broadwell which is in between Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-on-Marsh. 

Chunky stone walls, dark ceiling beams, and an inglenook fireplace give this dog-friendly pub lots of rustic charm and you can enjoy the view from cushioned window seats or the spacious beer garden with your four-legged friends by your side.  

The extensive food menu includes a selection of pizzas along with dishes like Cotswolds lamb rump and The Fox Inn burger.

Address: Broadwell, Moreton-on-Marsh, GL56 OUF

Stay at: 1 The Coach House - sleeps 2 people + 1 dog

The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter

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This beautiful Cotswolds pub has an idyllic spot by the river in the pretty village of Lower Slaughter. The riverside Windrush Way circles around the Slaughters, a perfect dog-friendly walk to take before calling in for refreshments at The Slaughters Country Inn.  

Roaring log fires keep the classic country bar cosy and warm and there’s a lovely outside terrace for when the weather is warmer.

Dogs will be made very welcome in the bar area and terrace where you enjoy everything from a sharing platter of local Cotswolds produce to an afternoon tea washed down with a glass of Champagne. 

Address: Lower Slaughter, GL54 2HS 

Stay at: Thimble Mill - sleeps 2 people + 2 dogs

The Porch House, Stow on the Wold

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The Porch House is officially England’s oldest pub and this quintessential country inn boasts a handsome stone exterior and a history that dates all the way back to the 10th century. 

Dogs can join you in the cosy snug and welcoming bar area which both have lots of elegant country style. You can enjoy a tipple from The Porch House’s extensive drinks menu which has everything from craft beers to cocktails with a variety of non-alcoholic options too.

The restaurant-quality food can be served to you in the dog-friendly bar area with options like pan-fried cod fillet and dry-aged native breed steak to choose from.   

Address: Digbeth Street, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1BN

Stay at: Nepenthe - sleeps 6 people + 1 dog

The Mount Inn, Stanton

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Enjoy stunning views across the Vale of Evesham from this 17th-century inn which sits atop a hill in a peaceful village near Broadway. It’s close to Snowshill so you can explore this National Trust site’s dog-friendly grounds before calling in for a pint.

Outside tables mean you can make the most of The Mount Inn’s wonderful setting or head inside this classic village pub and you’ll find roaring log fires where dogs can warm their paws. 

The pub serves real ale from the local Donnington Brewery and has an extensive selection of wines available to wash down the classic pub grub, produced using fresh local produce. 

Address: Stanton, near Broadway, WR12 7NE

Stay at: The Bell Yard - sleeps 4 people + 2 dogs

The Tunnel House Inn, Cirencester

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This 18th-century inn was originally built for the workers building the nearby Sapperton Tunnel on the Thames and Severn canal. It’s tucked down a tree-lined track in the small village of Coates near Cirencester and, with a cosy bar area and large beer garden, it’s the perfect country pub to call in for refreshments after exploring the area on foot.

The menu includes a range of hearty home-cooked dishes - ideal sustenance after a bracing dog-friendly walk along the canal. There’s a special canine menu too so dogs won’t feel left out as you tuck into your tasty meal. 

Address: Tarlton Road, Coates, Nr Cirencester, GL7 6PW

Stay at: Bluebell Barn - sleeps 2 people + 2 dogs 

Plan your dog-friendly getaway to the Cotswolds

If you have been inspired to visit this beautiful part of the world with your canine companions, you’ll find lots of places to visit and things to do in our dog-friendly guide to the Cotswolds

There is also a wide choice of dog-friendly cottages where you can rest weary paws and heads after days spent exploring pretty villages and rolling countryside.


Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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