8 dog-friendly pubs to visit in Lancashire this autumn
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Settle down in one of these cosy dog-friendly pubs with your canine companion
The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley
To start, munch through a selection of Wagg treats; for mains, choose from a great British breakfast, cottage pie, lamb hot pot, wild campfire stew or chicken and turkey casserole; and for dessert, a mint dentastix to freshen the breath. All paired with a Bottom Sniffer dog beer or a glass or two of Pawsecco. And for the humans? Classic pub food made using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. It’s certainly a dog’s life at The Spread Eagle Inn, a lovely coaching inn nestled within the Forest of Bowland on the banks of the river Ribble and a perfect pick-me-up after a long walk through the autumnal countryside with man’s best friend.
The Rose and Crown, Ulnes Walton
The Rose and Crown attracts a pleasant crowd for its traditional country pub-feel and quality local ingredients, not to mention the genuine hospitality; and its large outdoor area and beer garden is the perfect stop-off for tired legs. The middle-of-the-countryside pub means it’s a welcome setting to re-fuel in the bar by the roaring open fires with a sleepy pup.
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Hipping Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale
‘We love furry family members at Hipping and understand that every doys a little luxury whilst they’re away,’ general manager George Norrie says. Every dog that stays gets a bonio dog biscuit on arrival, and for that little bit of added style, only the softest dog beds for them to rest and relax after a long day of walking. And being nestled between Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire, they’re spoilt for choice for sticks.
The Golden Ball, Longton
The Golden Ball is rightly proud of its dog-friendliness, last year winning the Dog Friendly Business Award at the Lancashire Tourism Awards. It’s a real treat for your pooch here, welcome throughout the pub and outside terraces: there’s a doggie version of a Roast Dinner with chicken, fish and sausage options, they can cuddle up by the log fire in winter and even have a quick hose down at the wash station post walk. The Brickcoft nature reserve is only a couple of minutes walk away, and the team offer dog walks on the second Sunday of each month (complete with bacon butties and brews). And for a post-walk re-fuel, enjoy great British food with everything from fresh, local produce to tapas and wood-fired pizzas.
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Brigsteer
This completely dog-friendly bistro-pub is the ultimate doggie staycation and the perfect base to explore the outdoors. Your pet certainly won’t feel left out with the option for any of The Wheatsheaf Inn’s six recently refurbed rooms to be kitted out with a dog bed and blanket for a comfy and cosy night away; dog biscuits and a water bowl while mum and dad enjoy their grub; and even a quick bath in the boot and paw wash. In The Wheatsheaf Inn’s own words, ‘There’s never a bad time to walk your dog to or from a pub, but autumn is definitely our favourite.’ And rumour has it they serve a delicious Sunday roast...
Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green
Shireburn Arms understands that dogs are part of the family – so much so that they can share in a pint of Woof & Brew doggy beer or glass of pawsecco with you away from the autumn chill. And if they’re feeling peckish, there’s the option to indulge in their doggy dish of choice while you enjoy a plate of locally produced food. The dog-friendly areas cover parts of the pub and outdoors, so there’s plenty of space to relax with your pooch after an adventure through the picturesque fields and towering fells, or after a mooch along the riverside. And why not settle in for the night with dog beds and bowls added to your room for a homely and cosy stay?
The Inn at Whitewell, Forest of Bowland
The front doors to the Inn at Whitewell not only lead you to award-winning local food and seasonal ingredients, but also to an abundance of lovely walks to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding fell or moorland. If you’re struggling for inspiration, reception has a range of walking books, and whether it’s a plate to fuel up or pint to rest your legs, your beloved pooch can sit right by your side in the bar or any of the bedrooms if you’re looking to make a weekend of it.
The Taps, Lytham St Anne’s
When the sun shines, The Taps’ outside area and beer garden is a glorious sun trap; and when it rains, there’s shelter, heaters and comfy seating. No matter the weather, there’s always a barrel of water and treats for your four-legged friends after a crisp walk along the sea front – and for the owners, a pint of expertly kept cask ale.