If there’s a better way to explore Wales’ capital than with your dog by your side we’re still hunting for it! The city hosts an amazing variety of dog-friendly walks, whether you’re venturing into The Vale, cantering around Barry Island or stepping back in time at Cardiff Castle. But once you’ve finished, where can you refuel? Never fear–we’ve found the cream of the crop of dog-friendly pubs in Cardiff. Whether you’re a local or popping into the capital with your dog for a wander, here’s where dog-friendly pub fare is available in abundance.
Address & Map: Beda Road, CF5 1LX
Cardiff’s most dog-friendly local, The Lansdowne thrives on real ale, top pub grub, and a dog-friendly ethos that extends to signs which read “dogs are welcome.” You know you and your dog can step inside knowing you’ll both get a warm welcome. The atmosphere is very relaxed for families and furry best friends with water bowls and treats behind the bar for very good dogs. Staff spoil the dogs with lots of attention and you’ll get personalised recommendations of the perfect gin or craft beer. It’s best to hole up inside with your dog as the outside area is a tight squeeze. Keep them on the lead to keep your fellow pub goers happy and your dog will be rewarded with lots of fuss from passers-by. While your dog laps up the attention, try the Katsu chicken curry—it’s a local favourite.
Address & Map: Chapel Terrace, Twyn-yr-odyn, CF5 6BJ
The Horse and Jockey is within sniffing distance of some of west Cardiff’s best dog walks. Chase sticks in the field opposite, grab a drink after a walk in the woods or pop by on your way back from the heath or ancient burial chambers; this doggy spot caters to all wanderings. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the bar or outside where they’ll find water bowls, umbrellas, and plenty of shade. Dogs can enjoy a biscuit while owners tuck into pub grub and a selection of real ales. For those who would rather dine dog-free there’s also a separate bar area where dogs are not permitted. Despite the pub’s spotless interior muddy paws are never a problem, which makes this a top doggy destination no matter what the weather.
Address & Map: Main Road, Gwaelod-y-Garth, CF15 9HH
Gwaelod-y-Garth Inn, meaning “foot of the mountain,” has some of the best views in the whole of Cardiff. Grab a small nook by a window in the bar downstairs where you can settle in with your dog by your side to enjoy a tasty meal. Upstairs you have a dog-free restaurant for dogless diners so there’s plenty of room for everyone. As to the menu itself there are Welsh classics like Penclawdd laverbread (that’s seaweed bread) as well as full-to-the-brim steak and kidney pie. Wash it down with a real ale or something from the pub’s onsite brewery, the “Brew with a View” as locals like to call it. On sunny days there are outdoor tables where you can rest with your pet after a long walk in the Garth. For wet days, muddy paws are excused so it really is a pub for all weathers where you can fill up on food with your dog by your side.
Address & Map: 1 Park Grove, CF10 3BJ
Dogs are made just as welcome as people at The Pen & Wig. The staff here take pride in showing the love to all furry friends and their owners. Despite being located in the city centre, The Pen & Wig boasts a fantastic beer garden that’s open all year round. A top spot providing flower beds to sniff and shaded areas to curl up in. It can get busy at peak times so if you fancy a quieter spot, head inside where your dog is allowed to stay by your side. Settle them down with a free dog treat and water bowl while you enjoy a generous Sunday lunch or fisherman’s pie.
5. St. Canna’s
Address & Map: 42 Llandaff Rd, CF11 9NJ
St. Canna’s serves “Hyper Chocolate Lab” beer, and what goes well with that you ask? Some pub pups of course. Luckily, St. Canna’s Alehouse, located in Pontcanna, is run by a local baptist minister who welcomes dogs as much as their owners. Step inside and you’ll likely be greeted by resident border terrier, Scout, who loves a fuss and other friendly dogs to say hello to. Quench your dog’s thirst at one of the readily available water bowls then grab a beer for yourself. There’s always a list to choose from, all made by local breweries and there’s even a beer lovingly named after Scout herself. If you’re hungry, there’s a snack menu and plenty of doggy biscuits at the bar to stop anyone from snaffling the leftovers. Dogs are allowed everywhere and due to the absence of music or a TV, it’s a great place to relax with a book or board game while your pet takes a well-earned nap. They’ll certainly need it—a wide range of green areas such as Bute Park and Pontcanna Fields are but a tennis-ball’s throw away.
Cardiff may have seen lots of changes over the past decade but we’re pleased to see that its dog-friendly values have lasted the test of time. All the more reason to explore with plenty of pub pitstops for you and your wee mate.