The North East is well known for its varied selection of dog-friendly pubs, with many great venues to be found within the centre of Newcastle and nearby. In this blog post, we put a spotlight on some of our favourite pubs which not only tolerate but welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes – starting in the centre of Newcastle itself.
But before we get into the top dog friendly pubs in and around Newcastle, a few unspoken ground rules for taking dogs to pubs.
1. Make sure your dog has had some exercise before settling them down at a pub, so that they are on their best behaviour and aren’t too full of beans and energy.
2. Take your own water and treats, and maybe even some toys to amuse them.
3. Some people in the pub will want to say hello to your dog – others won’t. Don’t let your pup jump on unwilling guests around you.
4. Make sure your dog is comfortable and happy – it’s not all about you and your fellow humans’ reactions.
Brandling Villa, South Gosforth
You know a pub is dog friendly when it has its own resident canine owners, an exclusive dog menu, and a dog-friendly beer to boot. The Brandling Villa allows friendly and well behaved dogs to be off their leads, making it the ideal spot for a warm Bank Holiday or chilly Sunday which allows both the human and canine guests a chance to relax.
One ideal thing about about Barca is its location and proximity to a decent-sized park which gives you the perfect spot to exercise your dog if they start to get restless during your pub lunch or afternoon drinks with friends. The addition of a water bowl for dogs is a simple but nice touch from the Barca team, subtly letting dog owners know that their furry friends are welcome.
The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle Quayside
Offering the best of both worlds, this pub welcomes dogs until 7pm, both inside and across the vast sun terrace which is the perfect place for a summer drink in the sun.
Dat Bar, Newcastle City Centre
Another central pub in the heart of the city of Newcastle, Dat Bar is a cool and quirky bar area which not only allows dogs but is also connected to its restaurant next door. If you want to enjoy some great pizza without the restaurant vibe, and with your dog at your side, you can order the restaurant food in the bar easily.
The Black Bull, Blaydon
This great pub in Blaydon has a Doggy Hall of Fame and is located perfectly near some great walking routes.
City Tavern, Newcastle City Centre
Another pub which proves its dog-friendly vibe with its own resident four-legged owners, the City Tavern combines its welcoming environment with great food and an exclusive menu for dogs which includes full meals and little titbits and treats to keep them quiet and occupied.
The Beehive, Whitley Bay
If you’re looking for a dog friendly pub close to a fantastic beach, it doesn’t get much better than The Beehive in Whitley Bay. Another pub with its own resident onsite dog, The Beehive is a great place that your dog will love just as much as you will.
Lola Jeans, Newcastle City Centre
Offering a variety of dining and drinking options to guests from all walks of life, Lola Jeans is vibrant and fun and not only allows dogs – but it also encourages and welcomes them with open arms. A great place to visit with friends, Lola Jeans is all about sharing plates, big food and memorable experiences. There is also a Lola Jeans in Tynemouth which is dog-friendly as well.
The Fat Ox, Whitley Bay
Last but by no means least on our list of the top dog friendly pub is another brilliant venue located on the coast. The Fat Ox is so dog friendly that the landlady has been known to hand a small version of the Sunday roast to dogs who are in attendance with their roast dinner-loving owners.