Brighton is one of Britain’s best-loved seaside towns and with dogs-a-plenty, who’s surprised? Amongst scenic walks and plenty of parks there are a ton of dog-friendly gems within the city so you’re bound to find something fun to do with your four-legged friend. Whether you own a huge hound or a handbag-sized pooch, grab your lead and head out for some tasty treats – and something for you too, of course. In this guide we’ve rounded up the pubs from the 2016 and 2017 Dog-Friendly Pub Awards to help you find the best dog-friendly spots for a pint with your pooch in Brighton.
1. Farm Tavern
The staff at Farm Tavern don’t just tolerate dogs in the pub, they actively love them. From making a fuss over new arrivals to serving up delicious plates of complimentary doggy roast dinners, this is somewhere that visiting dogs eat as well as well their humans. Which is probably one reason the Farm Tavern received such a huge number of votes in the 2017 DogBuddy Dog-friendly Pub Awards. If visiting, make sure you grab a roast for yourself – it’s known to be one of the best in Brighton. With huge roast potatoes, tender meat and piles of piping hot veg, what’s not to like? Water bowls lay just inside the door and while the pups are rehydrating, you can grab a real ale, cold beer or glass of wine. Just what you need after a day spent on the seafront, which is just a few minutes away.
2. The Eagle
Within sniffing distance of the hustle and bustle of the North Laines, The Eagle is Brighton’s best dog-friendly haunt. It’s laid back nature makes it the perfect stop-off after a morning walk and owners can eat anywhere inside with their dog by their side. Water bowls for visiting pooches are complimented by great ales for owners. Plot up inside or grab a bench outside where it’s a sun trap. But don’t worry – your dog can lie beneath the benches for plenty of shade. Just ensure your dog is kept on the lead to keep other diners happy and this North Laines favourite will quickly become your most paw-fect spot.
3. The Better Half
The Better Half is a pebble’s throw from Hove seafront and all the better for being dog-friendly. Locals and visitors alike, love to give a pat on the head to the pub’s huge array of furry visitors. Families are made welcome too, with the pub managing to retain a traditional pub feel despite its modern mandate. It even has a resident pub-pooch, a Golden Retriever who goes by the name of Leo, plus new puppy, Charlie, who is fast becoming a star floof. Food is local and seasonal wherever possible, with hearty dishes like sausage and mash and pork pies all over the menu. Owners can eat inside with dogs, just expect some drooling if you’re near the kitchen.
4. Camelford Arms
In the Heart of Kemptown lies Camelford Arms , a dog-friendly plot perfect for a dog’s dinner (and yours too of course). Found in the centre of the seaside town, dogs and their owners are made to feel very welcome with water bowls and biscuits on arrival. There are no under 18s allowed here, but lots of four-legged friends to snuggle up with. Owners and dogs can eat anywhere, including the conservatory which has plenty of quiet spots to choose from. Well-behaved pooches are welcome to roam free while you enjoy a great portion of tasty food like gammon, steak and chips or Sussex Stew. For very good dogs, Snuffle Beer is available and if you sit nicely, the dog-friendly staff will tell you about the annual Bark in the Park Dog Show which they have supported for over five years.
5. Stanmer House
Posh pups love nothing more than a visit to Stanmer House, located within South Downs National Park and perfect for lunch after a woodland walk. Despite being a Grade 1 country house, it offers a warm welcome to dogs and their owners, for lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and everything in between. Human food includes “farm to fork” menus with fish and fresh produce from within the local area. For lighter bites, sit outside in the marquee which offers shade on sunny days. There’s also a large private garden for excitable pups to let off steam.
6. The Bristol Bar
The Bristol Bar sports one of the best locations in Brighton, with sea-views as far as the eye can see. Nab a spot by the window and your accompanying canine will enjoy all of the sniffs that come in on the sea breeze, while you gaze at the sunset. Dogs are treated just as well as paying customers here and there’s always a hound or two to greet, including Frogo the resident pub pup. If your dog has a nervous disposition, grab them a spot in the lounge where it’s usually quieter. Treats on the bar are given out generously and there’s plenty of fresh water. For humans, the food is Bistro style and homemade, which makes for a lovely meal to share with friends. When you’re full, a stretch of the legs (and paws) across Brighton Pier awaits you.
7. The Juggs Arms
For all those dogs and their owners who fancy escaping the hustle of town life for a day, the Juggs Arms is a country pub with everything you could want. You’ll be met with a warm welcome, aided by roaring log fires, a cosy atmosphere and lots of ear scratches – for the dogs that is. Located in the heart of the country, a few minutes from the foot of the South Downs, it’s the perfect spot to sniff out a comfy seat after a day of fresh country hair. Its super dog-friendly credentials mean biscuits are delivered for a paw-shake and there’s even a course-for-course matching meal for the best behaved pups while you eat yours. Food fare is pub classics like scampi, steak and ham and eggs, washed down with bitter, ale or beer. There’s also a heated seating area outdoors if you can’t get enough of the country air, plus two different bar areas for you to enjoy with your dog by your side.
8. The Hampton Arms
The Hampton Arms is a place where dogs are typically greeted before their owners, which was probably a rule brought in by Guinness, the resident Patterdale Terrier. As long as dogs remember their manners, they’re free to roam throughout the pub and can sit alongside their owners while they eat. The garden is small but a great place to pitch up on a summer afternoon, with powered awnings to provide shade for your pooch. If your hound requires a quieter afternoon, there are sleepier spots around the pub to relax in. Meanwhile, owners can enjoy retro games, Mexican titbits and classics like burger and chips. For a post-dinner stroll, cross the road and you’re at St Nicholas’ park.
9. The WindmillThe Windmill
69 Upper North Street
Arrive at The Windmill in Brighton and the staff will know your dog’s name. This hipster-esque spot is a place that will look after you and your pooch come rain or shine. The owner and bar managers are locals and dog-loving folk who make it their mission to learn everything there is to know about you and your friends – furry or otherwise. Whether you want to sit back into a sofa with your dog or test one of the cocktails, your pooch will be kept busy with doggy treats and a fresh water bowl. For a special treat you can even buy them a £5 doggy roast dinner, complete with silver dog bowl for top-doggy dining. While you can eat inside with your dog, you may want to check out the sun terrace. Seating 50-60 people there’s enough room for even the largest hound to stretch out in, with plenty of shade for those sunnier days. Things do get busy at the weekend so you may wish to leave your pooch at home, or grab a spot in the cave section for a more relaxed experience.
Looks like Brighton is barking-mad for furry friends and their owners. Do you have a favourite dog-friendly pub next to the seaside town? Let us know which one gets your bark of approval in the comments below.