For many visitors, Oxford is known for its famous many-church spires and of course, the University of worldwide fame. But head deeper into streets lined by spires and famous churches and you’ll find some of the UK’s most quintessentially British pubs – many of which are dog-friendly. For those wanting to sniff-out a new watering hole where dogs are welcome, we’ve rounded up Oxford’s best dog-friendly haunts. Paw through our list of top dog-friendly pubs in the city centre; as we promise that these hangouts are best enjoyed with furry friends in tow.
1. The Royal Oak
Behold The Royal Oak, a dog-friendly pub located in central Oxford that boasts not one but three beer gardens. With all of that sniffing-space you and your dog will be spoilt for choice. Choose between shady spots or sun-drenched spaces where you can sit with your dog and enjoy a tasty meal or head inside where dogs are allowed too. The inside space hosts a number of interlinking rooms so there’s plenty of areas to tuck away in for a quiet afternoon snooze. Dogs must be kept on a lead but they’ll be so busy delving into the free treats and getting fussed over by pub staff that they’ll barely notice. After a cosy afternoon what’s to stop you from heading over to Oxford University Parks or for a dip in the River Cherwell, both of which are just a few minutes walk away.
2. The Perch
Historic hounds love life down at The Perch in Oxford which is central to many prime dog-walking spots as well as being one of the oldest pubs in Oxford. Head in after a long walk along the Isis or fresh out of Port Meadow and you’ll be greeted with a water bowl (and ale). Don’t worry about muddy boots – there’s a shoe cleaner by the entrance. Expect a warm welcome for pooches of all shapes and sizes from pub staff and feel free to eat inside with your dog by your side. After lunch, nab a spot under the shade of the garden’s willow trees, the perfect setting for a sunny day. From hungry walkers to exploring families, muddy dogs and adventurous visitors, The Perch welcomes a paw to them all.
3. Old Bookbinders Arms
Old Bookbinders Arms is a city-centre pub located off the hustle and bustle of Walton Street where furry-friends are considered part of the family. “The Bookies” as it’s affectionately known by locals, has a quaint charm, with many of the traits a traditional public house might hold including a dog snoozing in every corner. Step inside and you’ll get a warm welcome from the dog-loving staff. While they see that your dog gets a water bowl to slurp from, choose a British real-ale before tucking into something from the French bistro-esque menu. There’s never a dull moment with plenty of locals and their dogs to chat to and outside seating for sun-loving pups. Well-behaved dogs are allowed to sit inside while their owners eat and may even get a doggy treat or two for their best doggy-manners. Location-wise, you’re within sniffing distance of Castle Mill Stream for cooling off and a wander in the spacious fields of Port Meadow.
4. The Isis Farmhouse
The Isis Farmhouse is a dog-friendly riverside pub located on Oxford’s The Isis (aka The Thames). Beloved by locals as a casual and come-as-you-are place, you can be sure that dogs are always greeted with a open paws. Dog-friendly details include water bowls and spaces inside where owners can eat with their pups by their side. Outside there are quiet areas, an outside tap and several leafy trees for shady snooze spots. For owners, there’s home-cooked meals and lovely river views with plenty of surrounding countryside to wear your pooch out after a tasty meal.
Pooches are a special part of Oxford life and it’s rare to cross a street without seeing one. With city life intermingling with delightful country retreats, it’s the perfect pairing for a dog’s dream life. Make the most of the dog-friendly digs and finish every walk off with a pub pitstop – then let us know which ones get your dog’s bark of approval in the comments below.