It used to be said that Norwich had a pub for every day of the year and now luckily, one for every dog and their owner too. From riverside pubs, to old world free houses, you won’t have any problem finding somewhere you and your dog can dine together alongside other happy hounds and their owners. Check out our top selection of Norwich dog-friendly pubs in the guide below.
1. Acle Bridge Inn
There’s always a friendly welcome for dogs and their humans at the Acle Bridge Inn, just a short drive from Norwich city centre. As you’ll see on the door, their mantra is “children, dogs and muddy boots welcome” and what could be more fun than that? The dogs here often get a water bowl before the humans get beer and there are plenty of tables for you to find the perfect spot. Many of the punters like to walk in, but if you’re arriving by boat along the River Bure, Acle Bridge has twelve on-site moorings that are available to use all year round. Hound hint: for the best guard-dog spot, plot up in the beer garden and let your dog watch the comings and goings of the river. Once you’ve devoured their famous ploughman’s, you’re right on top of the Weavers Way path that runs from Norwich to Great Yarmouth where there’s off-lead friendly wandering for over an hour.
2. The White Horse Inn
Nervous hounds will be happy to hear there are no real horses at The White Horse Inn in Neatishead. Instead, you’ll be more likely to find a few dogs propping up the bar while their owners engage in all of the best activities you’d expect from a micro-brewery. Think lots of chatting, comparing locally-brewed ales and a mix of locals and tourists swapping mooring stories. The team claim to love dogs as much (we suspect more!) than beer so fussing is a given. Dogs are allowed to dine with you in the bar area which is completely cosy, with nice corners and comfy sofas to sink into. For dog-free dining the main restaurant is the best spot. Water bowls are on offer, or the team will happily fill up your own for you. The White Horse does get busy so booking is recommended. Try their legendary homemade fish finger sandwiches, a must-try menu item. When you’re full, walk off lunch with a trek around the surrounding country roads.
3. The Cellar House
At The Cellar House one thing’s for certain; they’re united by their love of good food, good drinking and good times. Which luckily for dog owners includes dogs at every level. Doggy details include dog-friendly areas inside the bar and a large garden that can cater for furry friends of all sizes. Dogs do need to be kept on leads but don’t let that spoil the fun as there are gravy bones for everyone and even the odd sizzling sausage for the best behaved. Make friends with resident pub pup Charlie the Golden Retriever while owners sip on one of the many locally brewed ales on offer. As well as a warm welcome to humans, the staff’s passion for pups is clear, as all four-legged punters get the customary fuss as well as their own water bowl. As well as being a ten-minute drive from Norwich city centre (there’s ample car parking too), The Cellar House is within sniffing distance of Marston Marshes and a short walk over to the University of East Anglia Broad.
4. The Whalebone Freehouse
Step out of Sewell Park and fall into The Whalebone Freehouse. With its walled garden, regular BBQs (sausages can be dropped) and thirst-quenching ale, it’s a top spot for Norwich’s best behaved dogs and their owners. Visiting dogs can give resident pub dog Harvey the black Lab a high paw as they enter, then check out the competition; the Whalebone’s top dog of the month gets featured on the company website. The staff here are sure to welcome visitors just as much as locals and their pork scratchings have been touted as some of the best in the business, so grab yourself a pint full. Weekends often bring beer festivals in the large rear garden which is a sunny spot for dogs and people to enjoy. For a quieter visit, get set up on one of the benches at the front or side of the property to watch and world go buy.
5. The Old Ram
The Old Ram has been a coaching inn since the 17th-century. We’re not sure if hounds were as welcome back then as they are now, but for the dog-friendly crowd this is one of Norwich’s most refreshing spots to rest tired legs. Located on the famous Boudicca Way, close to the Norfolk Broads, Suffolk and the Waveney Valley, it’s the perfect post-walkies pitstop. Head in for breakfast, lunch or dinner made from seasonal Norfolk produce and enjoy treats such as warmed breads, pan-fried bream and pearl barley risotto. Dogs are welcome in the pub area so long as they’re kept on lead and can stay in the Ram’s rooms with their owners. Don’t worry about bringing a dog bowl, the friendly staff have plenty to go around.
Don’t leave anyone behind when you dive out for a drink in Norwich, with this great selection of dog-friendly pubs to check out. Let us know how you get on and which venues pulled you the ‘pawfect’ pint in the comments below.