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Dog friendly pubs in Kent

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Known as 'The Garden of England', Kent specialises in gardens of every variety, not only the wild gardens, rose gardens, and arbor, but also the pub garden. This means that any given pub in Kent is likely to have a garden to hang out in with your pooch. Being renowned for their hospitality, many of the dog friendly pubs in Kent will also welcome your four-legged friends inside too.

Kent is an extremely beautiful county full of old, traditional pubs that match their beautiful surroundings. There are plenty of pub types to enjoy, from seaside drinking spots to gastro grub in the countryside.  In this article, we round up some of the best dog friendly pubs on the Hoo Peninsula, all within 20 miles of our Kent Coast Holiday Park. Some of these pubs allow your pets anywhere, others have restrictions, but all will be happy to welcome your hound along with the booze hounds. So, whether you're a caravan owner at Kent Coast, or just planning a staycation in the local area and want to bring your pooch along, you can be sure there'll be a suitable place for you to relax with a drink. 

Fenn Bell Inn, Fenn Street

The Fenn Bell Inn in Allhallows near Rochester is a pretty 17th-century pub which serves food and drink. However, it is not your average country pub with a bit of history. In the garden, alongside the usual furniture, you will find a miniature railway, as well as a zoo! This intriguing combination has fascinated locals and visitors alike, so you may well need to book before visiting. 

Go and enjoy a pint of beer at the venue in St Mary's Hoo alongside meerkats, monkeys, racoons and of course your own best friend! Not only is the venue family friendly, but also it is dog friendly, with pooches on leads welcome in the middle bar area and garden. While they are not allowed in the restaurant areas, it is pawsibble to order a main meal and eat in the middle bar or garden on request. 

Three Mariners Inn, Rainham

Three Mariners Inn, Rainham

The Three Mariners is a friendly pub with a good atmosphere that draws in an eclectic crowd. Your pooch will also feel right at home, thanks to the resident rescue dog Poppy, an adorable presence who is always seeking belly rubs from customers and will be sure to share her toys. 

The pub is found in Lower Rainham, just east of Gillingham, which means it makes a great place for refreshment after a day out at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Refreshment at the Three Mariners Inn comes in the form of the usual selection of lagers, wines and spirits, as well as bar snacks and good old fashioned pub food. We recommend popping in on a Sunday to enjoy one of their famously generous roasts. There’s a lovely, grassy beer garden where your dog is allowed to play with its canine friends off-lead as long as they’re well-behaved! There’s also a children’s play area setup so that you can sit back with a cold drink while the kids and dogs entertain themselves in the summer. 

The Horseshoe & Castle, Cooling

The Horseshoe & Castle, Cooling

The Horseshoe & Castle is nestled between two RSPB Nature Reserves and surrounded by nautical History like Chatham Dockyard in the village of Cooling. This tiny parish in the Strood rural district has ties to Charles Dickens and is just a 10 or 15-minute drive from our Kent Coast Holiday Park. If you want to eat some of the best pub food in the county, next to a roaring fireplace and drink with the friendliest (and dog-friendliest) bar staff and locals around, then this really is the place for you.  

The Horseshoe & Castle offers a variety of pub fare made with local produce such as their seafood specialties and Sunday roasts. Even the beer is sourced locally and the pub uses the finest Kent Breweries to provide their customers with old favourites and exciting new varieties using the highest grade of hops that the county of hops has to offer. The pub achieved runners up in the 2019 ‘Dog Friendly Pub’ awards and will do everything they can to make their furry guests welcome.

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The Rose & Crown, Shorne

The Rose & Crown is a dog friendly pub in Kent that offers a large selection of fine wines, beers and ciders. The Rose & Crown’s motto is that they "don’t serve fast food, just good food as fast as we can." This means the food found on the specials board and extensive menu is fresh as can be and the reasonable prices are just a bonus. The good old Sunday roast is excellent so make sure to grab one if you visit on the day of rest! 

The pub is located on the eves of the pretty Shorne Woods Country Park. With ample marked paths in 288 acres of woodlands, lakes, wetlands and meadows, it’s a great place to take your furry friend for a walk, just 20 minutes’ drive from Kent Coast Holiday Park. When you stop by at The Rose & Crown after a stroll in the beautiful Kent countryside, your dog might be just as thirsty as you are, so lucky for them that the staff will welcome them with space to lie down and a water bowl. 

The King’s Arms, Wainscott

The King’s Arms, Wainscott

Perched on the banks of the impressive River Medway, and close to the Elizabethan fort of Upnor Castle, the King's Arms is a real local gem. The range of beers on tap is extensive and there’s also a great selection of bottled Belgian beer for those with refined tastes! Choose from the varied menu of many traditional classics using quality produce and cooked to perfection by the expert kitchen team - served to you by happy, helpful staff. 

The Kings Arms is dog friendly so you can stroll down the lovely, cobbled street for views of the river with your pooch, knowing that there’s somewhere to pop into afterwards for a fresh pint and excellent food. The pub has a quirky and spacious garden, complete with a replica pirate ship and a mermaid statue! Hands down one of the best dog friendly pubs in Kent, pooches are even welcome to join you in the indoor bar area once the sun goes down and you want to warm up inside.

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