Our favourite dog friendly pubs in the lakes

We all love a walk with our dogs – and one that includes a dog-friendly pub along the route, or at the end is absolutely crucial!

There are so many great dog-friendly pubs in the Lake District where they welcome our four-legged friends.

Some  may have a restaurant where pooches aren’t allowed, but there are lots where your dog is as welcome as you are. Here’s some of our favourites:

The Drunken Duck, Barngates, Ambleside: This traditional dog-friendly Lakeland pub stands at a crossroads high above Ambleside on the way to Tarn Hows.  Have a walk here with pooch, then call in for some of their home-brewed beer, and try the award-winning food. (Dogs in bar only)

The Britannia, Elterwater: This 400 year old inn welcomes everyone: dogs and children included!  Great beer and food.  Lovely walk around Elterwater and up the river before or after completes your day.

The Mortal Man, Troutbeck: One of our locals – set on a peaceful hillside in the Troutbeck Valley, with panoramic views, log fires, dog-friendly and a beer garden.

The Wild Boar, Crook Road, between Windermere & Kendal: onsite Grill & Smokehouse; specialising in local produce. Onsite brewhouse with craft ales. Open fires and rooms of character.

Glen Rothay & Badger Bar – between Ambleside & Grasmere: 17th Century Roadside inn, next to Rydal Water, perfect after a stroll around here. Fresh food and local ales, outdoor seating. Right next to Dora’s Meadow.

The Dog & Gun, Keswick: One of the oldest pubs in the area, always been dog friendly, world-famous ales and goulash! Along with lots of other great local food. Right in the heart of Keswick town square. 

The Tower Bank Arms, Far Sawrey, Hawkshead: Features in Beatrix Potter’s Book: The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck, offering local food & Cumbrian Ales, dogs are welcome, free treats at the bar, and water available. Walks of all kinds right from the door.

The Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey, Hawkshead: ‘Muddy Boots, wet dogs and children welcome’. Food in bar area with log fire. 2 minutes from ferry & 10 minutes from Hawkshead, and 3/4 mile walk from Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top.

Sticklebarn Inn, Langdale: Great location in the heart of the Langdale valley, good local walks, good food, ales and fires to warm you. Large outdoor patio and seating area for sunny days and great views. 

The Angel Inn, Bowness: Dogs allowed in the front lounge areas, but not the main restaurant. Real ale and good local food, log fire.

The Punch Bowl, Crosthwaite:   Dogs in the bar area and outside but not in main restaurant.  Real foodie heaven, great menu, and atmosphere.

Black Labrador, Underbarrow:  Dogs of all types welcome not just black labs ! Traditional 16th Century Inn, with modern dining wing recently added. Great food and atmosphere.


These are just a small selection of our dog-friendly pubs  – have a browse here for more inspiration! Dog Friendly Lakes


Read more about dog friendly locations in the Dogs Love Cumbria official guide.