Leeds’ ongoing love affair with dogs is evident from the great choice of dog-friendly cafes, pubs, and bars available around the city. Perhaps it’s got something to do with the wide variety of scenic open spaces. After all, the perfect park stroll deserves to be followed by the perfect pint, right? These dog-friendly drinking holes are must-visits for anyone heading out to West Yorkshire.
Address & Map: 4 Aberford Rd, Garforth, LS25 1PX
At this dog-friendly spot and you’ll be greeted by a warm, friendly interior and staff who truly love their four-legged clientele. If you catch the scent of sausages sizzling they’re likely for your dog, but don’t worry—there’s plenty of pub grub classics for you to enjoy too. Expect generous portions of crispy fish and chips, loaded jackets and of course, a classic mixed grill. This is a pub that truly understands the value of the hound pound so you can be sure of clean water, doggy chews and even an ice cube for your dog to cool down with on hot days. They’ll even provide a candle for your dog’s birthday! Since The Miners is in a prime city spot there aren’t many green belts nearby, but you will find a frisbee-throwing field a few minutes away on Barley Hill Road.
Address & Map: 607 Meanwood Rd, LS6 4AZ
At East of Arcadia dogs are made to feel as welcome as their owners. A prized pub is part of the Market Town Tavern Group, where dogs are welcomed as standard. The sharp, modern interior is looked after by a team who enjoy making a fuss of families, locals and dogs, at both the restaurant and the bar areas. Water bowls and doggy treats are top of the menu and with The Hollies in Meanwood Park a 10-minute walk away it’s easy to build up an appetite. Once you’ve finished exploring the ancient woodland, settle on a stool with your dog for a locally-sourced chicken pie while you work your way through an extensive beer list. You’ll often find dogs sprawled across sofas and the vibe can feel more dog show than bar, which is a much loved attribute.
3. Veritas Ale
Address & Map: 47 Great George St, LS1 3BB
If all dogs go to heaven then Veritas Ale is a slice of doggy heaven on earth. Another gem from the Market Town Tavern chain, with a surprisingly original feel. This is one of the only wine bars in Leeds that welcomes patrons and their dogs. There’s an airy bar where there’s plenty of room to pitch up with your pet, as well as four wood-panelled rooms that are made for Sunday afternoon snoozing. Expect your dog to stop by the delicatessen counter hoping for a scrap or two. Water and treats are given to all discerning dogs, while owners can enjoy a selection of beers, wines and homemade meals. Overall, a treasure of a pub.
Address & Map: 1 Church Row, LS2 7HD
The Lamb and Flag is a beautifully restored 19th-century pub just a frisbee-throw away from Penny Pocket and St John’s Parks. The doggy visitors here can stroll in and curl up under their favourite table, that’s how welcome they’re made by the dog-loving staff. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard beer garden and the downstairs snug, with a balcony outside for hot days and blankets given to owners on colder ones. Food-wise you’ll want to dig into the seasonal veg pie and cheesy mash, roast Turkey at the weekend and tuna salads for those looking for a lighter option. There’s a huge range of beers from the local Leeds brewery and of course, beer-free water for the visiting thirsty dog.
5. The Railway
Address & Map: Calverley Ln, Calverley, LS13 1NR
Just off of the Leeds canal towpath is The Railway. A popular dog-friendly spot where locals and their dogs alike are frequent visitors. Owners are encouraged to keep dogs on the lead and off the furniture, but don’t let that spoil your fun. There’s plenty of space in the beer garden for a frolic, cool water to quench your dog’s thirst, and plenty of furry drinking partners to go round. It’s said that the dogs often outnumber the humans here so what could be better than that? Just a stick’s throw from many of Leeds’ best canal walks, it’s the perfect spot to dry off by the fire after a dog walk, or to cool down with a fine ale, wine or lager. Expect a fuss from staff who firmly encourage you to make a complete family outing, canine friends included, on any occasion.
Address & Map: Claypit Ln, Ledsham, South Milford, LS25 5LP
If you want a place where dogs feel like part of the family, head to The Chequers Inn in Leeds. This beautiful historic building houses so many dog-friendly details it’s difficult to know where to start. Perhaps at the cosy fire, where dogs can be found warming up. Or in the kitchen, where the chef can be found cooking up a piece of juicy steak for many a good boy or girl. The bar hosts dog treats and water bowls, with dogs welcome in the inside eating area, as well as outside. Best of all, The Chequers Inn is situated in the quaint village of Ledsham, in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. This makes it ideally located for a long-walk before a hearty lunch. The cosy alcoves have been housing hounds since the 1600s and if you catch your dog barking at apparent nothingness, don’t worry. It’s possibly just the “The Lady of the Manor” who’s said to make an occasional appearance.
Leeds may be a compact city but what a glorious selection of dog-friendly haunts it has.