The UK’s Best Dog-Friendly Beach Bars

dog enjoying a drink at a beach bar

After long summer days exploring the trails and beaches with your dog, kick back and cool down with a sundowner beside the sea. For a warm welcome for salty locks and sandy paws as well as top-notch tipples, quench your thirst at one of the UK’s best dog-friendly beach bars.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, Northumberland

Photo courtesy of The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, Northumberland


When it comes to jaw-dropping locations, this dog-friendly pub – that sits in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle and overlooks the harbour and coastline – is hard to beat. Add to that a warm doggie welcome with treats and water bowls, the finest local real ales on tap and beach life on the doorstep, and it’s a firm favourite after a day out at Bamburgh with the dog. The Bamburgh Castle Inn is one of the best pubs to visit when staying in Seahouses, or elsewhere on the Northumberland coast.

The Pilot, Folkestone, Kent

Photo courtesy of The Pilot, Folkestone, Kent

Pull up a deckchair or have a drink in a 1980’s dodgem car at The Pilot in the classic British seaside resort of Folkestone in Kent. While the town’s main beach is subject to a seasonal dog ban in the summer months, there’s plenty of surrounding coastline for wonderful walkies – and nowhere is more fitting to finish up for a craft cocktail with your canine friend than this container beach bar where tunes and tipples fuse perfectly on the shingle shoreline.

Cladach Beach House, Isle of Arran, Scotland 

Photo courtesy of Cladach Beach House, Arran, Scotland

Just 55 minutes’ from the Scottish mainland, when you pad onto the shores of the Isle of Arran it’s easy to forget you’re anywhere in the UK. Scamper across beautiful beaches and explore terrain where nature reigns, then – about 40-minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal – roll up to this Caribbean-style beach shack serving cocktails on the shoreline. As if cocktails with your toes and paws in the sand isn’t enough to lure you there, all of the core ingredients have been distilled, brewed and concocted on the island by Arran Botanical Drinks. Cladach Beach House is an essential pitstop for dog-friendly trips to this beautiful Scottish isle.

The Boathouse, Instow, Devon

Photo courtesy of The Boathouse, Instow, Devon

Bag a seat on the top deck of this chic bar and restaurant, where dog biscuits and water bowls are swiftly brought to your table for hounds that trot straight off the dog-friendly beach below. Owners are well treated too, with crisp local ciders and sophisticated seafood on the menu. Whether you’ve come from the shoreline or the Tarka Trail, The Boathouse in Instow, Devon is a sublime spot to soak up glorious sunsets overlooking the twinkling water at the confluence of the Taw and Torridge rivers.

The Anchor Inn, Seatown, Dorset

Photo courtesy of The Anchor Inn, Seatown, Dorset

There are few better locations to paws on your walkies along the South West Coast Path than this historic smuggler and fishermen’s inn on the edge of a sandy bay overlooked by Golden Cap. With local Palmer’s ales and Westcountry ciders served on terraces that tumble to the edge of Seatown Beach (between the prime Dorset resorts of 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. The Anchor Inn is a lovely spot for a tipple with your four-legged friend after a strenuous walk along the steep coastal trails.

Llanbedrog Beach Bar, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales

Photo courtesy of Llanbedrog Beach Bar, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales

Boasting sunny, sheltered terraces overlooking the necklace of beaches hemming Cardigan Bay, this rustic beach bar is an enviable location to end a coastal walk with a cocktail beside the sea. Sandy-toed and sandy-pawed drinkers visit to the Llanbedrog Beach Bar to enjoy the sublime edge-of-the-world views from the indoor/outdoor decking. Patio heaters, high-tech awnings and blankets mean you can focus on the scenery and the hand-crafted spirits whatever the weather. There are plenty of dog-friendly places to stay nearby in Pwllheli and throughout Gwynedd in this wonderful area of Wales.

The Waterfront, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

Photo courtesy of The Waterfront, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

One of the UK’s finest spots to watch the sunset, The Waterfront sits on the western fringes of the Isle of Wight. As the name suggests it’s right beside the sea, so you can shake off after a salty dip with the dog and take a seat on the decking or in the conservatory. Here, you can sip island-brewed ales and award-winning local spirits while peering out to panoramic sea views towards the famous Needles at Alum Bay.

The Watering Hole, Perranporth, Cornwall

The Watering Hole, Perranporth, Cornwall

Bang on Perranporth’s two-mile beach – that’s a haven for dog walkers year-round – The Watering Hole is one of Cornwall’s coolest beach bars for cracking sunsets, live music and a front-row view of the surf. With a rustic, still-on-the-beach style setting and tables spilling out onto the sand, Fido and his friends will feel right at home while you sip a refreshing local beer and fight the seagulls for your chips. 

Looking forward to a sundowner with your toes in the sand and the dog at your feet?

Photo courtesy of Cladach Beach House, Arran, Scotland

Make yourself at home by the beach this summer in one of our dog-friendly cottages near the coast. Check out our full collection of Dog Friendly Retreats and use our search tool to find a property beside the sea. 

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