Looking for a watering hole in Buckinghamshire that allows your canine companion? As a dog owner you’ll know how tricky it can be to find one that happily accommodates four-legged customers. Luckily we’ve done some research and found a few dog-friendly pubs in Buckinghamshire that treat dogs like VIPs! From stylish gastropubs to historic taverns, these are the places you’ll want to head to if you have your furry mate in tow.
1. The Royal Standard Of England
Address & Map: Beaconsfield, HP9 1XT
The Royal Standard Of England is a Grade II listed slice of British history that’s been in business for nearly 900 years. There are plenty of enchanting rooms for you and your canine companion to explore. Expect worn flagstone floors, carved oak panelling, gnarled ship’s timbers, and roaring fires. There are also nooks and crannies galore, filled with antiques, including rifles, powder-flasks and bugles, ancient pewter and pottery tankards, lots of tarnished brass and copper, and coloured stained glass. Outside there’s a lovely beer garden where you and your dog can find a spot next to the rose garden or under the shade of a tree.
While four-legged guests chow down on a nice doggy biccy and quench their thirst with a bowl of water, their owners can choose from a great selection of real ales, farm ciders and a lovely range of wines, malt whiskies and gins. The food is also top-notch so it’s not a bad idea to show up hungry!
2. The Red Lion
Address & Map: 68 Aylesbury Road, Aylesbury, HP22 5BU
The Red Loon is a beautiful 16th century country pub set in the Buckinghamshire village of Bierton. Landlady, Claire, has three dogs herself, so your furry little mates are most definitely welcome in the bar and garden areas—they do ask that they are kept on a lead whilst there’s food around though. As well as the dogs, in their courtyard area you will find their two micro pigs, Scratchings and Hamilton, who are also very friendly.
Fresh water is always provided and there are even doggy biccies kept behind the bar. They serve a great selection of real ales, ciders, lagers, fine wines and fizz, as well as home cooked pub grub. If you score a seat next to the open fire you and your dog may never want to leave.
3. The Garibaldi
Address & Map: Bourne End, SL8 5EE
The ‘Gari’ as it’s known by the regulars, is a traditional 19th century pub that has been wholly-owned by the local community since 2013. Having been the centre of the Bourne End community for more than a century, the locals are continuing the tradition of creating a warm and friendly pub where everyone feels at home—and that includes four-legged patrons. On arrival they’ll be welcomed by the friendly pub dog and offered a nice biccy or two.
Whatever your tipple, you’ll be catered for at The Garibaldi—they have a great selection of cask ales, fine wines, and spirits. If you’re hungry, try some of their delicious grub made with locally sourced ingredients. They have a lovely garden at the rear with views across the fields, and a cosy fire to curl up next to when the mercury drops.
4. The Pineapple
Address & Map: Lake End Road, Windsor, SL4 6QS
The Pineapple is situated close to the Jubilee River just outside the village of Dorney—the site where the first English pineapple was grown in 1661. This 15th century country pub offers real ales, as well as a specialist cider menu, and it’s famed for serving the UK’s largest range of sandwiches! Dogs will enjoy tucking into a complimentary biccy and they’ll also be given a nice bowl of fresh water which will be most appreciated if you’ve been on a long walk in the surrounding countryside.
Your furry drinking buddy will also love curling up in front of the woodburner fire when it’s chilly outside. In the summer you can watch the world go by from their outdoor area which comprises a roadside verandah with rustic seating, and a garden with round picnic tables and fairy-lit decking under an oak tree.
5. The Blackwood Arms
Address & Map: Common Lane, Littleworth Common, Slough, SL1 8PP
The Blackwood Arms is located in Burnham Beeches close to some heavenly woodland walks. The scenic green space attracts lots of cyclists and walkers with their dogs so the pub’s fully equipped to deal with your wet dogs and muddy boots. There are always plenty of bowls of fresh water about for furry patrons, and their owners can kick back with an excellent real ale or a nice glass of wine. If your dog’s all tuckered out from exploring the nearby woodland, they even have blankets for the ones who feel like a snooze.
In the summer months, you and your little buddy will want to appreciate the stunning Victorian pub and the surrounding countryside from its huge beer garden. Head inside to warm your cockles by the fireplace when the cold weather sets in. While you’re at it why not tuck into some classic pub grub or a Sunday roast.
6. The Jolly Cricketers
Address & Map: 24 Chalfont Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 2YG
Four-legged visitors are treated as well as the regulars at The Jolly Cricketers, a lovely gastropub in the heart of the village of Seer Green. They make dog biscuits by hand and sell them, with all the proceeds going to charities, Search Dogs Buckinghamshire and MIND. Over the past nine years they have raised over £2500 for these two charities from the sale of the biscuits. In 2010, the Kennel Club even named The Jolly Cricketers the ‘Best Place to Drink with Your Dog.’
Two-legged guests can look forward to five Cask Marque accredited real ales, artisan ciders, fine wines, organic soft drinks, specialty teas, and hand-roasted coffee. The pub is also known for its modern British food, driven by many local suppliers and the changing seasons. On the entertainment front the pub covers all the bases, with bank holiday beer and gin festivals, pub quizzes, live music, and Morris dancers.
7. Hart & Magpies
Address & Map: Magpie Lane, Coleshill, HP7 0LU
Harte & Magpies is known for specialising in craft ales and ciders as well as its superb food. They serve award-winning local ales, premium lagers, and draught ciders as well as a good selection of wines, and offer everything from light lunches to hearty meals. Their specials and pies change daily to reflect the seasonal produce available in the local area. Situated in the quaint market town of Amersham surrounded by the Chiltern Hills, the pub is in a popular spot for dog walkers and four-legged visitors are given a warm welcome along with some fresh water.
There’s always something going on at the beautiful boozer, and they regularly host pub walks, quiz nights, and classic car meet-ups. In the summer you can watch the world go by from the sprawling, lawned beer garden to its rear (it has a kids’ play area to boot) and you and your dog are welcome to curl up on the sofa together next to the roaring log fire come winter.
If you’re heading to Buckinghamshire and don’t want to drive, why not take the train? You can take up to two dogs with you on all British trains free of charge—find out more in our article Can I Take My Dog on the Train? Or if your dog prefers to stay at home when you go out, you can find a great local pet sitter or dog walker on Rover.
Featured image: The Jolly Cricketers