From the best of dog groomers to luxury boarding, specialist photographers and wedding day care, it’s a real dog’s life in Gloucestershire for our favourite four legged friends. And it doesn’t stop there as when it comes to dining out, they really are spoilt for choice with the best of service! Privilegedpup aka Barney has asked me to compile a list of his personal Gloucestershire favourite dog friendly places to eat and drink and why he loves them so much.
Since opening in February of this year, The Old Courthouse has become Barney’s most favourite place to visit in Cheltenham. Formerly Jamie’s Italian, The Old Courthouse has been beautifully restored to above and beyond its former glory with the retention of its original remarkable features and a stunning display of artwork documenting its history and commemorating Cheltenham’s racing links. However despite it’s grandeur, it is very much a cosy home from home and dogs are very welcome. There are even little complimentary doggy biscuits, which is lovely because whenever we go, the food is so good that Barney hasn’t a chance of getting any of ours!
Recently voted Best Cafe 2019 in the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards for the second year running, The Find is one of my own personal favourite places to go in Cheltenham and even more so because I can take Barney. At the heart of The Find’s offering is its commitment to ensuring the best of customer experiences and the happiness of the four-legged variety is no exception. Dogs are very welcome in the downstairs area of the artisan coffee house, which is conveniently situated on Regent Street in Cheltenham. With a real sense of genuine warmth in every visit, it is a welcoming, relaxed environment for you and your doggy companions.
I discovered The Strand by chance and loved the little sign on the bar offering a beer for your doggy friends too. There’s a really friendly, relaxed feel about The Strand and lots of good pub food on the menu. With staff aiming to ensure that all customers feel welcomed, especially man’s best friend, it’s firmly on the list of Barney’s favourites. With welcomes like these, we definitely need to visit more often.
As a very charming 16th century Elizabethan manor house hotel and spa, The Greenway is the absolute epitome of country style and is the perfect place to visit for afternoon tea or lunch. And you can even take along your favourite four legged friends, as they are very welcome in the bar and lounge areas as well as the beautiful gardens. Dog friendly rooms are available for overnight stays at an extra cost of £25 per dog per night. With its eight acres of grounds there are lots of opportunities for outdoor exercise too which Barney just loves.
The Kilcot Inn, a family owned country pub, is one of Barney’s favourite locals. Just a stone’s throw away, it offers open fires, good home cooked pub food and most importantly, a very warm welcome for man’s best friend. The Kilcot Inn prides itself on being able to offer a range of locally sourced dishes and the atmosphere is very relaxed and homely. Who better to snuggle up in front of the fire for supper with than your faithful four legged friend?
The Old Dairy Tearoom has its own resident dog and it’s one of the most doggy friendly cafes I know. The cream teas include homemade oven scones, baked to the Tearoom’s very own recipe and over 80% of main menu ingredients are sourced locally. In addition breakfast is hands down the best I have ever tasted and is excellent value for money. I’m sure Barney would love to sneak the odd tasty sausage or two himself but at a current 32.5kg, that’s probably not the best plan!
Last but not least, The Lyon Inn is the latest in local doggy friendly discoveries for Barney. If you’re thinking about a country drive out especially for Sunday lunch then it is well worth taking a look! The Lyon Inn is a new, recently re-furbished gastro pub, which is fast building a reputation for delivering excellent service and the preparation of dishes sourced using the best of local products. The pub is in a beautiful rural location, there is a large garden area and dogs are welcome in the bar if kept on a lead. The thoughtful provision of dog bowls and biscuits means that Barney can also enjoy the best of dining experiences!
STOP PRESS! There’s another one! Have you tried The Royal Oak at Gretton where ‘kids, dogs and muddy boots are all welcome’? This recently renovated country pub has stunning views over the Cotswolds countryside, there are cosy log fires and a lovely seasonal menu.
So there is it, a summary of Barney’s 7 favourite dog friendly places to eat and drink in Gloucestershire plus one more for good measure! He’s on Instagram as privilegedpup75 if you’d like to see some photos. He’s also recently just discovered doggy afternoon tea at The Fish Hotel in Broadway where four legged friends can enjoy muffins, cakes, biscuits and Pawsecco and love to hear any other recommendations too so make sure you comment if you’ve got other great places to share with him.
One final thing from Barney. If you like his new lovely handmade leather dog collar pictured below, then please do check out the Instagram account of The Dog’s Collar. Definitely worth a look! Just don’t forget to mention his name when ordering as it will make him very happy.