Dog lovers are spoiled for choice when it came to choosing the top dog-friendly pubs in Nottingham. This historical and regal city is steeped in proper pub culture, with traditional locals, newer micro-pubs and bars to suit every taste among the city’s drinkers. Tuck into our guide of the Nottingham pubs that are most welcoming to your furry wee friends.
Address & Map: 44 Mosley St, NG7 7FQ
The Lion at Basford is known for its rustic charm and ale-house ambience. Doggy delights include fresh water bowls and treats on arrival, plus their very own outdoor Dog Bar complete with water for your little buddy. The garden is a great size for canine capers, and you can eat in the bar with your dog by your side. Sip on a real ale then soak it up with a burger alongside some “dirty” fries (a local favourite). If you forget your poop bags the helpful staff have plenty to hand and dogs are involved in everything from the pub quiz to the Sunday roast. Choice napping spots include the large shaded patio outside and anywhere around the fire.
Address & Map: 1 Church Street, NG5 8FD
Sharing its name with a certain green-tights-wearing hero, who famously stole from the rich to give to the poor, The Robin Hood and Little John in Nottingham welcomes dogs with belly rubs and tasty treats! A truly family-friendly pub, they believe family means bringing dogs and children, so everyone is made extremely welcome. Grab a spot where your dog can sit comfortably with her very own water bowl while you pop up to the bar. Then eat with your little buddy beside you in the bar or the outside courtyard. There’s also a separate restaurant for dog-free dining. While you mull over whether to have real ale or cider, your dog can chomp down on a free treat and even a Snuffle Dog Beer if they’ve been an exceptionally good boy or girl. You can fill up on tasty snacks such as pork pies, nuts, crisps, pork scratchings and popcorn, all of the family favourites. For a post-pub breath of fresh air jump in the car and head to Bestwood Country Park which is well worth the 10-minute drive.
Address & Map: 47-49 Town St, Bramcote, NG9 3HH
The White Lion in Bramcote is a village local worth donning your walking boots for. Sometimes known as The Top House because of its panoramic views across King George’s park, you’ll love whiling away the evening with your dog by your side. Canine companions are allowed in the bar area and the beer garden, which is a grassy expanse fully fenced off for off-lead frolics. Dogs are made to feel welcome and well catered for, with water bowls and even the odd bit of beef snuck out from the kitchen (don’t tell the chef!). The deliciously quaint pub grub includes chips your mum would be proud of, homemade snacks and the bar boasts cask-conditioned beers to keep you there well into the evening.
Address & Map: Mansfield Rd, NG5 2DA
If you’re looking for a pub that goes above and beyond, head to Doctor’s Orders. This is an excellent dog-friendly pub with canine credentials that include water and biscuits for all and even doggy bedding to rest those weary paws. Let your dog snuggle up on one of the many blankets and beds dotted around, while you taste test the best local ales and ciders. This was one of Nottingham’s first micro-pubs which means the bar is compact and there’s no outside area. Despite Doctor’s Orders snug dimensions, there are often up to ten dogs chilling inside. You can also take bottles and carriers of beer away, to quench your palate while walking in nearby Alexandra Park perhaps. Plus there’s a stash of poo bags available for those who may be caught short.
5. Crafty Crow
Address & Map: 102 Friar Ln, NG1 6EB
The Crafty Crow values its canine customers just as much as its human ones. Dogs are welcome in all areas of the pub, as long as they bring a well-behaved owner with them. Fresh water bowls and treats are given alongside lots of cuddles and fuss, as well as towels to dry off wet paws. For owners, independent food and drink is the name of the game, with a rotating real ale selection and a range of interesting micro brews from all over the country. The main menu is designed to be eaten alongside the perfect beer and some menu items are cooked in beer, too. Favourites are the picnic board, homemade scotch eggs and bavette steak marinated in Magpie ale. On certain days you’ll even find dog parties where your buddy can make new friends and eat cake. For dogs who prefer the quiet life, there are lots of comfy armchairs hidden in the pub’s nooks to relax in.
Address & Map: 209 Nottingham Rd, Eastwood, NG16 3GS
Another of Nottingham’s finest micro-pubs, the Tap & Growler has really earned its dog-friendly credentials. From the Facebook album that celebrates the pub’s “Growlers” to the water bowls, dog beds, and toys which are fair game for all furry visitors. As a micro-pub, they offer local ales crafted by independent breweries, a fix of warm conversation, and a welcoming atmosphere to locals and visitors alike. The lack of TV, music and sports leaves room for plenty of fussing over dogs, plus socialisation with other passing pets. Good dogs are also rewarded with a treat or two and Coronation Park is but a tennis-ball throw away.
Address & Map: Alford Rd, Edwalton, NG12 4AT
Locals say that The Meadow Covert is a must-visit spot on any dog walk through Edwalton. This bar and lounge is very friendly to dogs (and owners) of all shapes and sizes, as well as serving a huge menu of burgers, steaks, sandwiches and other pub classics. Water bowls and biscuits come as standard and the beer garden makes room for even the largest of hounds to relax in. Here, staff are on first name terms with as many dogs as they are customers and your dog can expect to be petted to their heart’s content. There’s a magic line dogs can’t cross for dog-free diners but on the dog-friendly side of this line you’ll always see a few dogs lazing away under tables, basking in the fuss and attention given by staff and customers alike.
8. The White Lion
Address & Map: 352 Tamworth Rd, Long Eaton, NG10 3AT
The White Lion in Long Eaton is more like a doggy den than it is a pub. Where else would you find a secret cupboard full of different dog treats, biscuits and complimentary poo bags? Water and biscuits are provided and that’s just for the pups. Human customers can order pizzas cooked in a traditional wood burning oven and enjoy cloudy apple cider and live music nights. The dog-loving team here don’t mind if your dogs are muddy and there’s plenty of space for socialisation, with a large grassy area out back to run around in off-lead. Not forgetting plenty of ale to keep owners occupied. If you’re looking for a post-walk stop off where well-behaved dogs are always welcome, then this is a must-visit. The dog-friendly facilities have to be seen to be fully appreciated.
There’s nothing better than hitting the pub with your furry little drinking buddy, but if for whatever reason you can’t take your dog out with you, Rover.com has plenty of dog lovers in your area who’d be delighted to take care of your little chum. Many of them even provide dog boarding in Nottingham so you can have a night out, work late or go on holiday and leave your best friend with someone who treats them like family.