True east enders know that there’s nothing quite like a Sunday afternoon down the pub. But what if you want to take your dog too? Never fear – thanks to the DogBuddy Dog-Friendly Pub Awards, we’ve found the top dog-friendly pubs in East London. Whether you’re looking for traditional, Hipster or gastro, there’s something for every hungry owner and their dog in this round up of East London’s most dog-friendly pubs.
1. The Birdcage
The Birdcage is a genuine jewel in the crown of the East London scene, so much so that you can spot it by its emerald green exterior. Once residence to Olive, the social media famous “pub dog”, The Birdcage is renowned for having dog-loving staff who provide water bowls on tap. Dogs are welcomed inside the restaurant area and also to relax with you on the outside benches, although there isn’t a huge garden area. After a pork scratching or two, you’re right on top of the sights and scents of East London’s famously lauded Columbia Road flower market which makes for a great dog walk.
2. The Crown
Hipster hotspot The Crown is where the doggy community congregates. Dogs are offered a bowl of delicious water with their owner’s drink and are free to roam around the pub, both outside in the beer garden and inside the main bar. Which means you can enjoy your polished gastropub meal and your dog can be by your side to make you feel at home. Best of all, The Crown lives opposite the main gates to Victoria Park; the perfect spot for East London’s hounds to let off steam after lunch. A true dog-friendly pub find.
3. The Bell
If you see dogs pulling to get to The Bell in Walthamstow, it’s because they know a doggy biscuit and fresh bowl of water is waiting for them. This is one of East London’s most dog-friendly places and staff love to spoil pooches inside. The Bell’s cosy interior, before inviting them to dry off by the open fire. It does get busy with families on weekends, but there’s always a free spot in the The Bell’s secluded beer garden to while away the afternoon. The perfect stop-off after a long walk in nearby Epping Forest which is a haven for lakeside walks and leafy wood trails.
4. The People’s Park Tavern (formerly The Britannia)
The People’s Park Tavern welcomes pooches of all shapes and sizes both inside the bar and outside in the large hacienda garden. They even host “Pub Pup of the Week” to find the cutest dog in East London to share on Instagram. Set beside Victoria Park in the heart of East London, it’s a great place to mingle with dogs, owners and children after a long romp in the park. Dog water bowls appear as if by magic by the dog-friendly Tavern staff. Although their eclectic taste in DJs does mean that things can get a little loud on Friday and Saturday nights, so best to visit with your dog during the day.
5. King Edward VII
The King Edward VII (or “the King Eddie” as it’s affectionately known) is set in the heart of Stratford and is known for being one of the only dog-friendly pubs in the area. Dogs aren’t allowed in the restaurant section, but there’s a surprising amount of space outside to plot up with your dog and dine alfresco. For cultured canines you’re perfectly placed for a good walk around the nearby Olympic park where dogs are allowed to roam the playgrounds with you.
For us, there’s nothing better than an East London boozer where our best four-legged friends can expect a warm welcome. Do you have a favourite dog-friendly pub in East London? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below! Now where’s that pie and mash….