I spend lots of my free time in my home county of Gloucestershire which has enabled me to find some great dog-friendly places. I have been to many pubs, restaurants and attractions while out walking or camping with the puppy in tow.
Overall there seems to be an abundance of dog-friendly pubs and eateries in the county. This guide includes my preferred options rather than all options.
Dog Friendly Pubs
Some of my favourite places to visit with puppy in tow for a beer or two.
The Pilot Inn Hardwicke
The Pilot Inn is located on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal in the village of Hardwicke. They serve some good beer and has a nice friendly vibe, possibly as I know many of the locals. The area is great for walking and are many circular walks to do starting at the pub including down to the River Severn. The Pilot has a nice cosy bar, a restaurant area and loads of outdoor seating overlooking the water, ideal for a nice sunny day.
The Midland Hotel Cheltenham
Located opposite the Cheltenham Train Station and instantly recognisable by the murals on its exterior. The Midland hotel is a nice friendly drinking establishment and very convenient for when changing trains.
The Dog House Coleford
Located in the centre of Coleford this micro-pub has a great selection of alcoholic beverages. They have many options for real ale, local ciders and a good wine selection. The vibe of this place is very friendly and cosy.
The Turks Head Gloucester
A drinking hole for cider lovers, The Turks head have over 25 different ciders on draught. The pub has a unique set of rules including no phones inside, limits on the number of beards and pets are completely welcome.
Harry Cooke Freehouse Cheltenham
Located in the Montpellier area of Cheltenham, just opposite Montpellier Gardens, Harry Cooke’s is a nice place to go for a beer, wine or a light bite. They have inside and outside seating and have a nice vibe going on.
The Woodman Inn Parkend
Located in the pretty Forest of Dean village of Parkend at the terminus of the Dean Forest Railway. This is a very nicely decorated pub which was very dog friendly and had plenty of water bowls and treats in the bar. They have a great menu serving some very tasty local food and beer. This is a great place to go after a walk in the woods between the pub and Cannop Ponds.
Dr Fosters Gloucester
Located in the heart of the Gloucester Historic Docks, Dr fosters is a great drinking pub. They have an array of seating including some overlooking the waterfront and a nice covered garden. My experiences here include good beer and a bowl of water delivered to the table for puppy.
St George’s Vaults Cheltenham
Located just off the high street, St George’s Vaults is a nice drinkers pub with a great selection of beers. I enjoyed some nice Czech Staropramen while watching live sports on my visit and felt very welcome.
The Miners Arms in Whitecroft
Located in the Forest of Dean, The Miners Arms is a nice friendly pub near to one of the Dean Forest Railways stations. They serve some great food in the form of traditional pub grub or an ala carte menu in the evenings.
The Boat Redbrook
A nice pub with a diverse selection of real ale and locally produced cider located on the banks of The River Wye in Redbrook. A great place to stop for food or a drink while walking this section of the river. Also, there are footpaths from Redbrook to Coleford for the more long-distance dog walker.
The New Inn Gloucester
A pub and restaurant located in a very historic building that is well known for paranormal activity, I have had the feeling someone walked past me on a quiet day. The pub is friendly and serves a selection of great beers, the building is timber-framed and makes you feel like you have stepped back in time.
Restaurants & Other Eateries
Places to enjoy great food out in Gloucestershire including may gastro-pubs.
WoodKraft in Cheltenham
WoodKraft in Cheltenham is an artisan eatery by Master Chef Winner Simon Wood in the centre of town. They serve a variety of foods from some special breakfasts to a delicious longhorn burger which happens to be my favourite dish. This is an informal place with a posh cafe vibe and has got quite a reputation for great food.
Jolly Nice Cafe in The Cotswolds
Located at the Jolly Nice Farm Shop halfway between Stroud and Cirencester in The Cotswolds. This is a stunning place to eat local produce in their picnic area or inside one of their domed buildings. The food is very tasty and has options from breakfasts to sandwiches for lunch. The dog was very welcome in the farm shop and eatery. Also, a great place to purchase local beer, food and produce.
Brewhouse and Kitchen Gloucester
A canal-side eatery that also brews its own beer on-site as well as giving brewing lessons. This place serves great food for a chain restaurant and always have enjoyed my visits with the puppy. They have loads of options for beer and seem to have a great rotation on the pumps. I particularly like it when they have Tongerlo Blonde on tap while sitting in their comfy seats inside or enjoying the sun outside.
Boston Tea Party Cheltenham
A chain restaurant I have visited with the puppy in a few cities and have always provided treats and water for the puppy. They serve a good selection of feeds including a big breakfast and some healthy lunchtime options.
The Saracens Head Symonds Yat
Located in the picturesque Wye Valley and maybe not strictly Gloucestershire this eatery is special. They serve some great locally sourced food cooked to perfection. The pub has some great river views and is comfortable inside, a great place to recharge after having a walk along the river or a walk up to the viewpoint.
The Bell Inn Frampton on Severn
The Bell is a pub at the end of the picturesque village green in Frampton on Severn. The village is famous for having the longest village green in the UK. The food served here is fantastic, this includes their very popular Sunday lunch that is served with all the trimmings. The pub is a great basecamp for circular walks in the area including to the Canal, The River Severn or up the green towards the gravel pits and sailing club.
Guru Coffee House Gloucester
My go-to place to eat in Gloucester city centre due to its organic beers, comfy sofas and fantastic homemade burgers. The vibe is a health food cafe and all very hip, they also allow pets to sit inside or outside under their parasols. I highly recommend their Lamb & Feta cheese burger with salad and sweet potato fries for a lunch out in the city.
Stables Cafe Saul Junction
As well as the countless options for walking in the county including the Forest of Dean and Cotswolds there are canine friendly attractions.
Dean Forest Railway
A museum and heritage railway in the heart of the Forest of Dean which allows dogs on board the trains. An ideal day out for steam train enthusiasts and those wishing to explore a few forest villages. About my trip to Dean Forest Railway…
Best Walking Spots
My personal preference for places to walk in the county.
Starting in Stonebench a riverside walk which is usually quiet even on a summers day. The path follows the river for as long as you wish to walk and is home to some fantastic buttercup meadows in late spring. This is also an ideal point to see the counties unique phenomenon, the Severn bore. The Severn bore is an inland tidal wave that goes upstream against the flow of the river and is a spectacle to see if visiting the area.
This is the main park in Cheltenham, it is easy to get to from the city centre or via the Honeybourne Line from the train station, the park is very well maintained. Pittville Park is quite big and is a great walk, it has 2 lakes, cafes and included so fantastic architecture such as the Pittville Pump Room.
Robinswood Hill Gloucester
Robinswood Hill and Country park is a great place to go for walkies. The hill consists of meadows, woodland and has a few cliffs, all with optionally marked trails to follow. If you reach the top you can see for miles including a great view of the city of Gloucester.
Pets at Home
Visiting Pets at Home is always a pleasure for me and has always been a positive experience. It is located just outside the city towards Quedgeley on the A38. They have a diverse range of food, toys and other products for all types of pets and have some very knowledgable staff. An ideal one-stop-shop for pet-owning tourists or locals alike.
Travelling in the county is pretty easy with a dog in tow without a car. The trains all allow well-behaved dogs on as long as they don’t take up a seat for paying customers or cause issues, as a bonus there is no charge for travelling. The local Stagecoach buses also allow dogs on with the caveat that only one per bus, they charge £1 for each journey. Taxis are a bit more tricky and have found that hackney cabs will always allow pets to travel although some private hire taxis will, its best to enquire on booking for this.
I don’t have much experience of staying away with the dog in Gloucestershire as it’s my family home. I have tried a few, alternatively, most accommodation portals like hotels.com have the option to filter by pet friendly.
I have stayed multiple times at Greenacres campsite just outside of Coleford in the Forest of Dean and found them to be great.
Another hotel I have tried and tested is The Hallmark hotel in Gloucester who have dedicated rooms for pet owners. One of their conditions is not being allowed to leave your pets unsupervised in the room. The hotel is nice, has a great restaurant and a spa that is free to use for guests.