BY CLAIRE MAGUIRE

Top dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds

 

When you’re exploring the postcard-perfect Cotswolds with your dog, there’s so much to do, things to see and places to walk that you’re almost certainly going to work up a thirst. That’s one reason why we feel no trip to the region is complete without a pitstop at a good old country pub. Read on for our roundup of five of the best dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds, perfect for sinking into fireside seats, sipping local ales and reflecting on the day’s adventures. 

The Lamb Inn, Burford 

A classic inn aptly located on Sheep Street in Burford, with roaring fires, antique interiors and a lovely courtyard garden. Four-legged friends are more than welcome in the bar, lounges and garden, and there are also dog-friendly rooms if you need somewhere to rest your head – one of them even has its own enclosed garden. Relax in the bar and admire exposed beams and elegant fireplaces while you sample local ales and tasty, hearty food. You’re ideally placed for exploring the picturesque Windrush River Valley with its trickling stream and honey-coloured villages – it’s quintessential Cotswolds 

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The Fleece at Cirencester, Gloucestershire 

Located in the heart of buzzing Cirencester, this beautifully renovated former coaching inn is a great choice for dog owners. The service is friendly, the food is carefully sourced and the wine list is extensive. Drop by for delicious traditional pub lunches, Sunday roasts and indulgent puddings, or stay the night and make this your base for exploring the Cotswolds. Roam Cirencester’s charming cobbled streets, vibrant market square and independent shops, or discover the surreal beauty of neighbouring towns and hamlets like Bourton-on-the-Water and Bibury 

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The Killingworth Castle, Oxfordshire 

Dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds don’t get much more welcoming than this. Dogs are not only allowed but encouraged, with two dog-friendly rooms on offer and a basket, blankets, bowl and treats all provided if you do stay the night. It’s still a fantastic choice if you’re just passing by, and you’ll love the convivial atmosphere, rustic interiors and smiling staff. It’s a favourite with locals for the fantastic organic food, wine, malt whiskies and own-brewed beers – try the Yubby Bitter or Goldie. Make the most of your time here by setting off on a beautiful country walk – we recommend the Wootton Circular for pretty valleys and classic Cotswolds scenery, or Wychwood for a longer walk passing through enchanting forest. 

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The Holford Arms, Gloucestershire 

This little community hub is set within seven acres of cider orchards, and beneath its unassuming exterior is a buzzing atmosphere, happy locals and nature enthusiasts gleefully settling down with a pint after busy day trips. Fresh apples are pressed in-house to make refreshing juice and the food menu is brimming with seasonal delights, some made with produce from the garden. It’s also one of the most exciting dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds, with a whole host of activities and walks just a stone’s throw away. Explore Westonbirt Arboretum’s spectacular array of colours and open spaces, or choose a circular walk on the Cotswold Way to pass through pretty market towns and chocolate box villages. 

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The Bull Inn, Charlbury 

A lovely traditional inn in Charlbury, with handsome interiors and a laid-back feel. You and your dog will feel at home the moment you step in the door, with warming log fires, chatty staff and excellent food. A handful of the rooms allow dogs to stay, too. The menu is short and simple, with a focus on quality of their offering rather than quantity. It pays off, and you can expect hearty meals made from the best local produce, washed down with a Bloody Mary (the house special) or your choice from the equally well thought out wine list. When your feet start to itch, embark on one of the circular dog-friendly walks from Charlbury to explore lush Cotswolds countryside and beautiful valleys. 

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Written by
Claire Maguire 

Claire combines her twin loves of writing and travel to create inspiring blog content. Rudi combines his twin loves of baths and chasing squirrels to excuse getting as muddy as possible whenever he can. He hates missing out, so finding dog-friendly places is an absolute must. Claire loves a place with a stunning interior and is thankful Rudi is well-behaved enough to leave it the way they find it, unless there are slippers to be eaten.

      

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