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CAMRA unveils 10 dog-friendly pubs to visit this bank holiday weekend

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CAMRA members from across the country have shared their recommendations on the most dog-friendly pubs across the country as part of its ‘Summer of Pub’ campaign.

The pubs all actively welcome dogs (and well-behaved humans), and many offer pooch-specific amenities such as dog biscuits or fresh Lakeland water on tap. Whether you’re factoring in a pub walk this weekend or simply want to celebrate ‘Dog’s Day’ on 26 August, these pubs will inspire you to spend some quality time with your four-legged companion.

The recommendations form part of CAMRA’s Summer of Pub campaign, which has seen hundreds of pubs organise events to showcase what they have to offer, ranging from special screenings of the Women’s World Cup to quiz nights and theatre events. In return, CAMRA’s nearly 200,000 members have galvanised to publicise and promote events within their local communities.

Ben Wilkinson, CAMRA’s National Director said: “Dogs are part of the furniture in many of our nation’s pubs, with many venues pulling out all the stops to accommodate our four-legged friends. We want to celebrate and promote those pubs that go above and beyond to make a pub stop an essential element of taking the dog for a walk.

“While most people value the role community pubs play, not everyone is aware of the huge financial pressures that they face and the threats to their survival. Our Summer of Pub campaign aims to show what pubs have to offer and remind people how important the great British pub is to communities. From special screenings of the Women’s World Cup to comedy evenings, beer tastings or special talks, pubs have pulled out all the stops to celebrate this summer and provide something for everyone.”

CAMRA’s recommendations include:

  1. Crooke Hall Inn, Wigan – dogs are welcome at the Crooke with treats and fresh bowls of water available at the bar. Such a large beer garden offers a wonderful outdoor space for man’s best friends to relax and stretch their muscles.

  2. Culver Haven, Isle of Wight – a cliff-top pub with some of the best views on the Isle of Wight offers a warm welcome to guests and an even warmer welcome for dogs.

  3. Foresters Arms, Wollaston – dogs are actively welcomed in this pub and there is often as many pooches as people. Landlord Dave often has dog biscuits in his pocket for friendly dogs and a charity ‘doggie’ calendar featuring their favourite customer dogs was produced last year.

  4. Gwaelod y Garth, Pentyrch, South Wales – one of South  Wales’  premier country inns just a few miles outside Cardiff offering a relaxing mix of real ales, home-cooked food and convivial company.

  5. Hillend Tavern, Hillend, Scotland – a small, very welcoming village pub with two real fires, this pub is described as a place where “dogs are more welcome than people!”

  6. Junction, Otley – there can be as many dogs as people inside this pub. Water dispensers are becoming popular in pubs, but this is one where it’s provided exclusively to fill dog bowls!

  7. King of the Belgians, Hartford – a 16th-century award-winning free house with a large beer garden welcoming four-legged friends.

  8. Three Crowns, Chippenham – a superb traditional pub dating back to the 1700s, they welcome friendly dogs and their owners with water bowls, biscuits and blankets.

  9. Watermill Inn, Lake District – with fresh Lakeland water and biscuits on tap, the Watermill Inn is well known for being dog-friendly. In addition, the Watermill/Windermere brewery onsite features beers with doggie names.

  10.  Wheatsheaf, Maids Moreton – this small country pub always greets dogs warmly – the owners have a dog themselves and there is always a biscuit on site.

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