Dog friendly pubs in Somerset: 12 of the best to visit

PUBLISHED: 15:02 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:02 17 March 2017

Lord Nelson, Norton Sub Hamdon

Lord Nelson, Norton Sub Hamdon


The beautiful diverse landscapes of the Somerset countryside are perfect for taking the dog for a long walk, and what better way to end your ramble than at the pub? We pick 12 of the best watering-holes for you to enjoy a pint with your four-legged friend in the county

1. The Dolphin, Ilminster

Nestled in the small market town of Ilminster you’ll find The Dolphin, a traditional watering hole for you and your dog to enjoy a pint in the sunshine or a game of pool with a couple of drinks inside. Delicious homemade dishes are available over lunch and dinner times, perfect if you and the pooch work up an appetite!

2. The King Alfred Inn, Bridgwater

After an afternoon traversing the Somerset Levels, pay a visit to The King Alfred Inn where well behaved dogs and welly-wearers are welcomed with open arms. Whether you fancy a couple of local beers, plates of tasty, home cooked fare or perhaps a pot of tea by the roaring fire to warm yourself up, the Inn makes an ideal retreat.

3. Fleur De Lis, Stoke Sub Hamdon

The Fleur De Lis, at nearly 500 years old, exudes historic charm and character and is the perfect place for a muddy dog and tired owner to enjoy food and drink. The pub is situated just around the corner from the idyllic Ham Hill country park making it the ideal base to refuel after a ramble across the countryside.

4. The Rose and Crown, East Lyng near Taunton

Ideally located a short drive from Taunton, Glastonbury, Street, Langport, Somerton and Bridgwater, The Rose & Crown makes a great base for exploring the beauty Somerset has to offer. The 13th century inn is wonderfully charming: enjoy relaxing by the pub fire with a drink in hand or a bite to eat in the delightful beer garden, all with your pup at your feet.

The pub garden at Rose & Crown, East LyngThe pub garden at Rose & Crown, East Lyng

5. Dinnington Docks, Dinnington

Nestled deep in the Somerset countryside, this lovely pub is the epitome of a hidden gem. With a wonderful atmosphere and lovely interior, rest up with the pooch in the Dinnington Docks, a proper dog friendly countryside style pub. The menu is brimming with delicious, traditional pub grub and sumptuous desserts to sample if you still have room!

6.The Crossways Inn, West Huntspill

If a hearty, home cooked meal is what you’re looking for after a long walk with the dog, look no further than The Crossways Inn. Alongside a menu brimming with tasty pub classics, expect an extensive range of local beers and farmhouse ciders, a friendly welcome and relaxing atmosphere to while away the afternoon. Make sure to pop along in the summer – The Crossways Inn is a lovely spot for dining in the sun.

7. The Lord Nelson, Norton Sub Hamdon

Ham stone buildings, cute-as-a-button corner shop and surrounded by stunning countryside, you don’t get more charming than the village of Norton Sub Hamdon. The village pub – The Nelson – is again located near Ham Hill Country Park so after walking your four-legged friend, settle in the cosy confines of the pub with a tasty pint of ale or warm up with a cup of tea.

8. The Hairy Dog, Minehead

Following a bracing walk along Minehead beach with the family and your four-legged friend, try the lively, award-winning pub and restaurant The Hairy Dog to refuel with a few drinks or perhaps something to eat, and even a couple of doggie treats from behind the bar! A visit to the much loved venue is a bit of an event: there’s a massive play area to keep the little ones occupied with plenty of live entertainment throughout the week and delicious dishes served throughout the establishment.

9. The White Horse, Bradford on Tone

Just outside Taunton, The White Horse Inn can be found on the way to Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole. After visiting Somerset’s iconic landmarks with your family and furry friend in tow, why not unwind at the wonderfully traditional country pub. Boasting a large garden, enjoy drinks and a bite to eat al fresco in the warmer months or enjoy a warm welcome within the cosy interiors in the winter.

10. The Bath Arms, Cheddar

Positioned just before the bustling route leading to Cheddar’s busy shops and cafes, and of course the infamous Gorge, The Bath Arms is a wonderful spot for you and the dog to sample a delicious dinner while relaxing in an oversized chair in the bar area or upon a picnic table at the front of the pub. The warm and welcoming staff are happy to provide your pet with a bowl of water and place to rest after a vigorous walk.

11. The Royal Oak, Over Stratton

Previously mentioned in our cosy Somerset pubs, the Royal Oak in Over Stratton is the perfect pit stop for you and your canine companion to relax and fill your bellies. Built in 1600s as a farmhouse, expect ham stone walls, exposed brickwork and solid oak beams, as you take a seat. The pub’s restaurant serves delicious fare at reasonable prices, and with dogs welcome in the flag area of the pub you can enjoy all the menu has to offer.

The Royal Oak, Over StrattonThe Royal Oak, Over Stratton

12. Exmoor White Horse Inn, Exmoor National Park

Exploring the stunning, diverse landscape of Exmoor National Park is a true treat for you and the pet pooch. Relax after a lengthy ramble appreciating the area at the Exmoor White Horse, a stylish, charming inn boasting delightful period features. Settle down in the bar area with a drink in hand and a bowl of water for the dog or perhaps enjoy a plate of locally-sourced, mouthwatering food.

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