We Uncover the Best Dog Friendly Pubs in Dorset

We love a pit stop in a pooch-friendly pub after coast or countryside walkies, don’t you? One of our top destinations for dog-friendly holidays, Dorset boasts bountiful places to paws for thirst-quenching tipples and local fare, alongside doggie treats and a water bowl for Fido. Bask outside with a coastal or countryside view, or hunker beside the roaring fire with your hound at your heels in one of these top dog-friendly pubs in Dorset. 

The George Inn, Chideock

George Inn Chideock dog
Ramsey, the George Inn resident German Shepherd. Photo courtesy of The George Inn

Less than a mile from the sea, this traditional thatched inn is the sort of place you can kick off your walking boots beside the log fire and sip cask ales brewed by the award-winning Palmers Brewery (just down the road in Bridport). Dogs are welcome in the bar and snug (you’ll often meet the owner’s well-behaved white German shepherd Ramsey), where they can enjoy treats and water bowls while you snack on seasonal produce that’s been picked, plucked, caught or shot in the local surroundings. Bag yourself a cosy cottage in Chideock, a stone’s throw from the pub to make the most of this dog-friendly boozer.

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Anchor Inn, Seatown, Dorset

There are few better locations to paws on your walkies along the South West Coast Path than this historic smugglers’ and fishermen’s inn on the edge of a sandy bay overlooked by Golden Cap. With local Palmers ales and Westcountry ciders served on terraces that tumble to the edge of Seatown Beach (between Lyme Regis and Bridport), it’s no wonder that beach lovers, beer drinkers, fossil hunters and dog walkers congregate to marvel at the views from inside and out. 

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Harbour Inn, Lyme Regis

Harbour Inn Lyme Regis
Photo Courtesy of Rob Coombe/ Harbour Inn

If you’re looking for the perfect cottage and pub combo in Lyme Regis then look no further. Sitting on the edge of Lyme Bay just footsteps from The Cobb, the Harbour Inn is the perfect dog-friendly pit-stop on your seafront strolls. Sandy paws are welcome in the bar and outside, where local ales are on tap and Lyme Bay seafood is on the menu. Family friendly and conveniently perched right beside the beach, you can watch the kids build sandcastles while you relax with your four-legged friend. 

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The Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock

Welcoming dogs, kids and muddy boots, this cosy, 300-year-old thatched stone pub is a warm and friendly place to relax after a day in the Great Outdoors. Nestled in the idyllic village of Burton Bradstock, within walking distance of the coast path and Hive beach, it’s the paw-fect place to warm up beside the log fire or bask in the sun-trap beer garden. Tuck into seasonal country fare accompanied by regional ales and world wines and soak up the ambience.

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Bridport Arms Hotel, West Bay

Bridport Arms Hotel
Photo courtesy of Bridport Arms Hotel

Sandy paws, local ales and doggie treats behind the bar. This quintessential English Inn on the Bridport beach is a prime location for a pint of local ale (brewed just up the road in Bridport) served with a view. Sit outside or sink into an armchair in the smart and cosy interior. And if your tummy’s rumbling after waggy-tailed walks, you can fuel up on Dorset’s finest produce including delicious local seafood.  

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The Talbot Arms, Uplyme

Sink into Dorset country life with lip-smacking food and drink served in this traditional country pub. A refreshing break from the bustling seafront eateries of Lyme Regis, here the focus is not only on the fruits of the sea, but succulent meats reared on nearby farms, freshly picked veg, hearty puddings and award-winning ales from the Otter Brewery (just 30 minutes from the pub). While dogs aren’t permitted inside, they are allowed in the brilliant beer garden, which is a great hangout on sunny afternoons. 

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Royal Oak, Charmouth

Royal Oak Charmouth
Cooling off at The Royal Oak. Photo courtesy of the Royal Oak

Strolling down form your luxury Charmouth pad, take a seat on the terrace or hunker down by the log fire and sip local ales in an award-winning village pub at the mouth of the River Char. As well as pouring a decent local pint, the Royal Oak serves up a hearty selection of food from the region’s suppliers. Dogs are welcome and there are darts, table skittles and dominoes to keep you entertained. 

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The New Inn, Eype

Welcoming walkers and dogs to rest up with rolling valley and coastal views, The New Inn in Eype awaits just five minutes’ walk from the sea on the Jurassic Coast. Hunker beside the log fire or bask on the terrace of this excellent local serving regional ales and classic pub grub; it’s a popular spot for its Sunday roasts using organic meats from nearby Downhouse Farm. 

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Hive Beach Café, Burton Bradstock

Hive Beach Cafe burton bradstock
The Hive’s Seafood Platter. Photo courtesy of the Hive Beach Café

Not quite a beachside boozer, this dog-friendly café still warrants a mention for its informal seaside setting, warm welcome to furry friends and menu of local seafood alongside hand-crafted tipples. Step straight off the sand and quench your thirst with a Hive lager or gin, and treat your hound to a packet of dog biscuits, with 20p going to a Guide Dog charity to name and train a guide dog puppy. 

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Paws in one of these dog-friendly pubs in Dorset on your next holiday

Why not book one of our pet-friendly pads where you can enjoy coastal and countryside rambles with your four-legged friend, and quench your thirst in these dog-friendly pubs in Dorset? See our collection of Dorset cottages and book your stay today.

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