Surrounded by picturesque Cambridgeshire countryside, Peterborough is home to some excellent dog-friendly drinking holes well placed for exploring some of the best nature reserves in the country. From beer gardens and gastropubs serving local farm produce, to traditional village boozers and Thai-food and ale fusion barges, Peterborough’s got everything you’d expect from a dog-friendly city, and more besides.
Make sure you and your pooch have your sea legs on when visiting Charters Bar, because this dog-friendly Peterborough pub is aboard a Dutch barge. That’s right, serving up Pan Asian food and a large selection of award winning real ales, this pub is bound to float your boat. Ensconce yourself with your doggy on one of their comfy sofas indoors, or in fine weather grab your drinks and head back across the gang plank to the beer garden, where there are plenty of tables, trees for shade and a marquee where you can catch the best local music talent during their summer festivals. Once you’re full of Thai food, stretch your legs on the River Nene towpath. If you’ve got bags of energy, or a car, head down the road to Ferry Meadows Country Park.
2. Dog in a Doublet
Head east away from the bustle of central Peterborough and before long you’ll be at Dog in a Doublet, an award winning gastropub that knows how to make hungry humans and dogs drool. They really take their food seriously, with delights including confit duck leg, rib-eye steak and mussels – we’ll leave the difficult decision of choosing what to have up to you! Visiting doggies will smack their lips for a free portion of the Sunday carvery and on other days of the week treats and water bowls are always available. The restaurant area is humans-only, but dogs can enjoy the bar area or head outside to lounge in the sun. When you’re full, enjoy a ramble down the River Nene, which is just across the road.
3. The Prince of Wales Feathers
Nestled on the western side of Peterborough in the charming village of Castor is the next stop on our tour of Peterborough’s dog-friendly pubs – The Prince of Wales Feathers . Dogs and their owners can expect a warm welcome, with a water bowl at the ready and treats for good boys and girls, too. For the real ale enthusiasts, there are six different beers on draught, and to accompany you’ll enjoy the traditional British pub fare, plus a few more exotic additions. If the weather entices you outdoors, The Prince’s garden offers a few shaded spots under their umbrellas and trees for your pooch. Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve has plenty of sights and smells to keep your hound entertained for hours.
4. Admiral Wells
Situated south of Peterborough, the Admiral Wells is the perfect spot to take the whole family and the dog too. With plenty of water bowls distributed around the pub and garden, the staff are sure to welcome dogs of all sizes. Dog treats aren’t currently available here but staff will only too gladly provide a tub of tasty vegetables and gravy for dogs envious of their owners tucking into one of their Sunday roast lunches. Families are welcome here – so bring the kids and the dogs along, the sprogs can enjoy the kiddy play area in the garden while the dogs snooze in a shady spot – pub staff may ask you to keep your dog on their lead whilst in the garden to allow children to play freely without being bothered by dogs. After sampling one of their five ‘always on’ real ales, go exploring in Holme Fen National Nature Reserve. If heading to Admiral Wells after a dog walk, don’t fret if you’ve gotten your boots muddy – they have boot scrapers, mats and wooden floors where boots can be left if needed.
We think you’ll agree – the Peterborough area has more dog-welcoming pubs than you can shake a stick at. Have you visited one of the top ranked dog-friendly drinking spots listed here? We’d love to hear about your favourites, share you stories and experiences in the comments below.