What’s nicer than going for a lovely drink with your little fella in tow? Not a lot. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of some pubs where your furry best friend will receive a warm welcome. From cosy gastro pubs to homely inns, here’s our pick of a few of the best dog-friendly boozers in Wiltshire.
If you’re worried that some pubs might be too busy in the evening for the little fella and think he might prefer to be tucked up in bed you can find a great local pet sitter or dog walker on Rover!
Address & Map: 49 High Street, Warminster, BA12 9AQ
Known far and wide for its friendly staff and clientele and its thoroughly easygoing, congenial vibe, The Organ Inn is a much loved haven for dog owners in need of a pint. You won’t see any kids in here because the pub has an over 21s policy but you will meet plenty of chatty regulars and their friendly dogs. Your little drinking buddy will be given a bowl of fresh water and some of the doggy treats from the jar kept on the bar.
The 18th century inn spent 93 years as a shop before it reopened as a pub in 2006. It has a front bar with cosy fires, a traditional games room with a skittle alley, and a small beer garden. It also has a wonderful varying selection of ales, including the Organ Bitter (named for them), and real ciders. As well as plenty of live music, the pub has local artworks on display upstairs, and it hosts a beer festival each September.
Address & Map: 27 Estcourt Road, Salisbury, SP1 3AS
One of the pub’s regulars says The Wyndham Arms is “like Crufts with brilliant beer!” And it’s a fitting description, beer-loving dog owners flock to this CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) accredited watering hole. Dogs are given a warm welcome as well as a bowl of water to quench their thirst and some biccies to keep them happy. Owners can look forward to sampling one or two of their real ales—they have four regular and two changing ales on tap.
The Wyndham Arms was originally built as a hotel in 1880 and in 1987 a small microbrewery was set up in the cellar but the brewery eventually moved elsewhere in the early nineties. The cosy, unpretentious pub hasn’t changed much over the years and it’s decorated with historical pictures and local maps, plus there’s a big screen TV that you can catch all the sports events on.
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Address & Map: Warminster, BA12 8AJ
There are plenty of long Wiltshire walks to enjoy right on the doorstep of The Bath Arms, a gorgeous country pub with a fantastic restaurant. Picturesque Shearwater Lake and the nearby woodland provide an abundance of sights and smells for curious pups to explore, and once you’ve both had your fill of fresh air the staff at The Bath Arms will be ready to welcome you.
They serve a carefully selected flight of ales, ciders and stout as well as a fine wine and fizz.
Little Lamb Chop can tuck into some dog biscuits while you dig into something from their first-rate seasonal menu, like their pan-seared halibut with wild mushroom and leek fricassee, a scrumptious Sunday roast or their award-winning ‘Sticky Beef’. The historic, character-packed pub has a beautiful beer garden and it also provides some of Wiltshire’s finest dog-friendly accommodation. You can request comfy dog beds, bowls and treats to ensure that your four-legged friends are as comfortable as can be.
Address & Map: Black Horse Lane, Salisbury, SP4 6HW
Though The Black Horse is just a five minute drive from Salisbury it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The quaint, dog-friendly pub is situated at the end of a quiet country lane nearby lots of country footpaths and bridleways so it’s popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It’s also well placed for those exploring Figsbury Ring which is an area managed by the National Trust because it’s home to an unusually designed Iron Age hill fort, containing a smaller, possibly Neolithic, enclosure.
After a nice long walk with Lamb Chop you can take your pick from a wide variety of real ales, ciders, lagers, wines and soft drinks or have a delicious meal while your canine counterpart devours some dog biscuits and enjoys a few belly rubs. Dogs are welcome throughout the pub but come summer you’ll want to enjoy the massive beer garden complete with bowls of fresh water for thirsty customers. There’s even somewhere to tie up your horse (outside) if you have one!
Address & Map: 36 Marlborough Road, Swindon, SN4 0EP
Whether you’re a local or just stopping off at The Plough on The Hill on your journey up the M4, you’ll be glad to hear that the 200-year-old pub is as welcoming to dogs as it is to people. There’s always a steady supply of water for four-legged customers and the staff always have plenty of treats on hand to make them feel special.
The Cask Marque accredited pub serves a great selection of fine cask conditioned ales, beers, wines and spirits—they even have an extensive gin menu. Take in the brilliant views of the Wiltshire Downs from the grassy beer garden when the mercury rises and warm your cockles by the open fire come winter. The pub serves some cracking food and you’ll be able to dine with your dog by your side in the pub area.
Address & Map: 48 Pickwick Road, Corsham, SN13 0HY
Your furry best friend will be welcome throughout The Hare & Hounds—the pub which was the inspiration behind the Charles Dickens classic The Pickwick Papers. The team at the old coaching inn pride themselves on providing a homey, relaxing environment that you can enjoy a nice pint or G&T in. Your dog, meanwhile, will be offered a bowl of water and showered with affection and treats. The only stipulation they make is that they don’t venture onto the beer garden’s grass.
They serve local and guest beers and ciders, nice wine, cocktails and flavoursome, home-cooked food which you can enjoy in the bar with your little mate by your side. They also cater for allergies and gluten-free diets and ask that you phone ahead if you’d like their chefs to come up with a few options for you.
Featured image: The Bath Arms