Dog friendly pubs in Norfolk
Not only are staycations with dogs becoming more and more the done thing, but Norfolk is becoming an ever more popular choice for staycations themselves.
Visitors are attracted by its beautiful coastline, the Norfolk Broads, quaint market towns, and the wonderful medieval City of Norwich. There is simply so much to see and do in the region that’s dog friendly. With all this to explore, it’s fortunate that Norfolk is also home to a wealth of dog-friendly pubs. So, whether you are looking for a cooling summer drink or some locally sourced gourmet food, we’ve got the spot for you on this list of the best dog friendly pubs in Norfolk.
1. Fishermans Return, Winterton-on-Sea
The Fishermans Return is a 300-year-old pub housed in a historic building made of brick and stone and is just half a mile from Winterton Beach and four miles from Haven Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park. Once just the favourite of locals in Winterton, the pub was also discovered by tourists and day trippers several decades ago when the village became a popular holiday destination. The pub has been updated recently with an extension, it is now full of character, and the current landlord Darrin Winter welcomes everyone including dogs and children, to enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
The pub showcases local brews and hosts a beer and cider festival in August. The food is even more of an event. Freshly prepared using local produce including freshly caught fish and meat from local butchers, it is served from noon until 8.30pm from the main menu as well as a specials board that changes regularly and with the seasons. Live music every Saturday night, quiz nights and a dartboard will keep you entertained while ou
2. The Ship Inn, Mundesley
The Ship Inn overlooks the stunning sands of Mundesley Beach on the North Norfolk coast, and is the perfect destination for eating, drinking and relaxing with your four-legged family member. This 300-year-old pub is one of the oldest on the Norfolk coast and has the traditional hospitality to match. Doggie guests are encouraged to enjoy the excellent gardens and venture onto the beaches to play. We recommend Trimingham Beach, Happisburgh Beach and East Runton, with long, uninterrupted expanses of sand to let your dog stretch their legs.
Dogs are also welcomed to dine with customers in the bar and restaurant where you can enjoy the cosy, coastal atmosphere together. Perhaps known for food and drinks in equal measure, The Ship Inn prides itself in using only the finest, freshest ingredients, sourced locally, to create seasonal menus.
3. The Dun Cow, Salthouse
The Dun Cow Salthouse is a traditional pub with original wood beams and an exposed brick fireplace that serves a classic British menu. The pub holds an impressive position on the North Norfolk Coast that gives way to the vast Norfolk expanse, making it one of the best dog friendly pubs in Norfolk.
There can be no better way to finish off a morning walking by the sea with your four-legged friend than by enjoying lunch and a G&T in the Dun Cow. The restaurant makes use of local produce including good honest seafood and fresh fish, best enjoyed sitting in the huge pub garden with uninterrupted views over the salt marshes.
4. The Whalebone Freehouse, Norwich
The Whalebone Freehouse is found a little north of Norwich city centre and nestles amongst the many Georgian chimney pots of the city. In addition to an exciting selection of lagers and ciders, eight cask ales from regional and local breweries are always on tap. There is also a fantastic selection of wines available in the cellar to pair with the Whalebone’s excellent food. We think the steak sandwich is lovely!
The Whalebone is managed and staffed by a team of dog lovers, so your pooch is very welcome if they are kept on a lead and well behaved! Your four-legged fried is in luck as there is also a treat jar kept at the bar. Just ask the staff on hand and they’ll be happy to supply you with one.
5. The Dog at Ludham Bridge, Norfolk Broads
True to its name, this gastro pub in the beautiful Norfolk Broads is as dog friendly as they come. The pub offers a water station and waterproof dog beds for your pooch’s comfort, while children are also accounted for with an outdoor play area. Just 500 metres from Ludham Bridge and one mile from Ludham village, the pub’s Norfolk Broads surroundings mean that its ideally located for walks and a spot of boating.
The Dog is a traditional watering hole that serves locally sourced, home-cooked pub grub as well as locally brewed real ales and hosts regular live music. There are a number of indoor dining areas to choose from, and large outside seating area so there will be a spot to suit you and your four-legged friend.