13 dog friendly pubs while the sun shines…
Muddy paws loves a trip to the beer garden so here's a few dog-friendly pubs Northants has to offer - no need to feel guilty about going out and having a cheeky pint!
It wasn’t until I got a dog a few years ago that I realised just how much planning is required for a pup friendly day out. Popping to the pub for a quick drink or a bite to eat now requires a few phone calls to establish if Muddy Paws is welcome (especially need to check with food pubs). So if you’ve got a pooch, or just fancy a nice sit in a pub garden, we’ve rounded up some lovely dog- friendly pubs in the county to help you enjoy the guilt free pint you’ve been after!
If you have any other suggestions or faves, feel free to pop them in the comments box for all our dog friendly readers to note down and hopefully get time to visit.
Red Lion, Cranford
This is a proper Muddy pub, as voted as a favourite by you lovely readers. The welcoming and warm environment ensures you’ll be leaving with full stomachs, big smiles and ready for a super snooze, all signs of good pub grub. With coal fires, board games, and a brilliant selection of drinks, you (and the pooch) would be set for the night. Dogs allowed in the bar only.
The King’s Head, Spratton
Pooches are allowed in in the bar and garden where you can enjoy the fine gastro food and atmosphere over a drink or two from their very generous menu. If you go with the doggie and like the cut of The King’s Head jib, then go back to Brasserie 23, a fine dining experience where you will be suitably spoiled from a superb A la carte menu led by Brett Rollings. Be sure to visit on a Sunday for their incredible roasts that always go down a storm.
Overstone Arms, Pytchley
A classic English village pub nestled in the rolling hills of the Kettering countryside with local villages Great Harrowden, Little Harrowden, Orlingbury and Isham all in walking distance. There’s loads of room, it gets the sun all day, but there’s also trees and shrubbery if you prefer a bit of shade in the large orchard garden. It’s got great food with tapas on offer too, a proper country pub that your dog will love.
Griffin’s Head, Mears Ashby
Jam-packed Monday Pie Nights and one of the best Sunday Lunches in the county, this is a destination pub for more than just the locals. First impressions give a classic country pub, but…oh my goodness, the food! Believe me, we are not talking your average pub grub here. It’s got a buzzy atmosphere and is full of couples on dates, family groups, gangs of friends, children and your four-legged friends are allowed in the bar (and in the beer garden too).
The Narrow Boat, Weedon
The Narrow Boat is a beautiful canal side pub located in Weedon that goes out of its way to provide guests with a great view and fantastic food. With an award nominated chef and locally sourced food the Narrow Boat is a superb place to take your pupster for an adventure. Dogs are welcome in the bar, the gardens and the decking so you can enjoy an incredible meal with your bezzie (hairy) friend by your side!
The Wharf Inn, Welford
Set next to a lovely canal here we have yet another pub that’s more than happy to welcome you and your four legged friend. Dogs are welcome in the bar and garden where you can enjoy both food and drink. There are nearby walks from one to eight miles that you and your pet can embark upon ending up back at the pub for a cold drink to cool down.
The Admiral Nelson, Braunston
This is a family run pub that prides itself on being a welcoming environment for all guests and their dogs. With experienced chefs who use local produce where they can, The Admiral Nelson pub provides visitors with a good dining experience while also being able to enjoy the company of their beloved pooch. Another pub set by a beautiful canal, it lets you take pleasure in a fantastic view after a long day walking with your dog!
The Red Lion, Crick
The Red Lion is a very traditional 17th century pub with outdoor seating area and beer garden. Welcoming you and your pup the Red Lion serves pub grub and a selection of real ales. It’s got some outstanding Trip Advisor reviews, many of which laud its traditional vibe (it’s not one of the revamped gastro offerings) like having faggots on the menu!
The Chequered Skipper Pub & Restaurant, Ashton
A picturesque thatched country pub that mixes tradition with a light modern touch and the menu provides tasty food for walkers and day trippers in ample portions. The kitchen takes pride in using good quality, locally sourced, fresh produce and offers an excellent range of dishes which cater for everyone. There’s loads of outdoor space with a patio terrace, garden and village green so you and your pooch can enjoy the summer sun (hopefully!) in the countryside.
The George, Oundle
A friendly, traditional pub which serves decent food alongside a variety of real ales, ciders and plenty of wine choices. The place gives a warm welcome to everyone and has everything you’d expect from a good pub; with home cooked food including pizza nights and a carvery on a Sunday. It’s got a spacious beer garden with a children’s play area so the dog and Mudlets will be happy here.
The Windmill Inn, Badby
A 16th Century stone and thatch Inn situated in the picturesque village of Badby where the food is fresh, healthy and authentic. You can wash down their delicious dishes with a selection of real ales and fine wines – and there’s no need for a designated driver as you can stay over in their ensuite rooms. It’s a popular spot for walkers so you and your dog can join the fun; oh and this is another one with fab Trip Advisor reviews.
The Rose & Crown, Yardley Hastings
Serving up impressive food with a selection of draught ales, local gins and 30 wines – yes, 30!!! – this place is one where you can unwind and enjoy the summer days. It’s a friendly village ‘local’ as well as a destination food pub complete with pub dog, Reuben. Dogs are welcome in the bar area and there’s even a doggie table away from the main restaurant if you want to join them for dinner; the dogs may even get a doggie biscuit too.
Tap & Kitchen, Oundle
Located next to a canal, stroll around and take in Oundle’s historic landscapes before enjoying locally sourced food from a daily changing menu. The outdoor area looking over the water is perfect for when the sun is shining and with the buzzing bar, it gives a bit of London cosmopolitan vibe in a historic Northamptonshire market town. There’s plenty of wine, beers and cocktails to choose from and you and your dog can relax and catch some summer rays in the lovely outdoor area.