The Cholmondeley Arms listed in Britain’s 25 most dog-friendly pubs
Finish a weekend walk with a trip to one of these hound-welcoming hostelries. Introduced by Kate Humble
No need to leave your canine companion outside: Kate Humble introduces our choice of dog-friendly pubs
If you love having a dog, you probably love doing things that dogs love doing too – and a good walk is top of the list. We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful country, and not only that, a country that is criss-crossed with a network of public footpaths crying out to be explored. This wonderful access we are given to our countryside is one of the greatest privileges of living and holidaying in Britain. As dog owners, we naturally want to share the scenery with the company of a dog or two – or in my case, three. Yet often in the past it has been a challenge to find somewhere equally pleasurable to have a restorative drink – and perhaps a lovely meal as well – at the end of a stroll. I’m sure I’m not the only one of us who has ended up in a poky, lino-clad room tucked away down some dark corridor that describes itself as “dog friendly”. But there are plenty of civilised, dog-friendly pubs out there. The dedicated team at Sawday’s has travelled the length and breadth of Britain to find an enticing collection of places to eat and stay. And if, like me, you are eccentric and dotty enough want to bring your dog along too, you can. I call it the “tail-wagging” guide, and it has never failed me or my dogs yet..
ARMS, WRENBURY ROAD,
As prim and proper as a Victorian schoolmistress on the outside, this old school house is as stylish as Beau Brummell within. The glorious carved oak bar dominates the main hall and apart from the malted charms of the local ales, there are 200 varieties of ruinously good gin to discover. Fear not, for your faithful friend will not go thirsty, dog beer is available and baskets provided for those that stay over.
Lunch/dinner £7.25-£17.95, Sunday
lunch £14.50. Rooms from £75 per
night, dogs £10 per night. cholmondeleyarms.
co.uk; 01829 720300.