Below is some information about dog friendly pubs we have visited. For me a good dog-friendly pub will be close to some good long walks, serve substantial food with vegetarian options, and have a good selection of beer and cider. In addition, really dog-friendly, rather than just dog-accomodating, pubs will offer the dogs water and maybe even treats, and be genuinely welcoming (as long as the pooches are well-behaved, of course). Some of the pubs below, especially those not in Essex or Norfolk, have only been visited once, so it's entirely possible things have changed since we were there. I've provided contact details only if the pub doesn't have a link to its own website. An excellent website for more pubs can be found here. However, we've found it's always best to check before you go, and to go in first without the dogs when you arrive to check out a good place to sit.
PL30 4PP Tel: 01208 850711
We visited here several times in the summer of 2007. I'm not sure if dogs are allowed inside, but there is a garden, and raised decking area, where water bowls are provided. The pub serves traditional pub food such as ploughman's lunch, and the portions were huge. The pub's website doesn't seem to be working, but here's the address in case it should get fixed soon: http://www.theoldinnandrestaurant.co.uk/.
It seems that The Swan has changed hands recently, and isn't quite as dog-friendly as it used to be. Whilst dogs are still allowed in two of the bars, and outside in summer, there aren't any water bowls inside, and the dogs aren't offered treats anymore. There are however a lot of corner tables where it's easy to let the dogs lay down while you eat, and the floors are slate so you don't need to worry too much about muddy paws. Best of all, the pub is in the middle of the Colne Valley Trail which is a long distance footpath that goes through the beautiful Chalkney Woods and under Chappel Viaduct , which is one of my favourite buildings.
CM9 4RX, Tel: 0871 917 0007
This pub is on the Blackwater Estuary so it's ideal to return to after a long walk, especially in the summer when the estuary is beautiful. I understand that dogs are allowed in the bar, but we usually eat outside as there is a nice garden which gets the sun at lunch time with water bowls for the dogs. The food is traditional pub food such as ham, egg and chips, but they also do ploughman's lunches and veggie burgers and the portions are quite large.
This pub is near Pits Wood where we often walk at the weekends. There is a large beer garden where you can sit with the dogs, and watch the little river run by. I've never seen water bowls in the garden, but I understand dogs are welcome in the bar area if they're on a lead. The food is from the 'hungry horse' menu focussing on burgers and curries. There is quite a lot of choice for vegetarians, and seem to be good offers througout the week.
A lovely pub that we have visited several times between 2007 and the present. They do a range of real ales and great local scrumpy and always have a water bowl available for the dogs. A group of regulars always seem very dog friendly and the landlord is happy to chat about dogs. They usually do great food including an excellent stuffed mushroom vegetarian dish. Fabulous for lunch after a walk on Happisburgh or Cart Gap beach.
We visited early in 2009 and liked it so much we went back four times in a week. There's a great menu with big portions, perfect for lunch after a two our walk at Sea Palling. There are several veggie options although I developed a small addiction to the Binham Blue bread and butter pudding. The staff and locals are very dog friendly and there is always a water bowl available. It seems to get very busy, even on Monday lunchtimes in the depths of winter, so it's probably best to book.
I actually visited here without the dogs as I was in the area for work. However, I understand that dogs are allowed inside and the owners have two Great Danes and are happy to chat about dog related matters. We visited in Spring 2008, on our last day in the area, and really wished we'd gone there before. The food was excellent, including fish, burgers and veggie options. It's also near good walks on the Peddars Way , so we hope to back in the area and take the pack there soon.
Tel: 01935 822510
This pub is at the bottom of Ham Hill, which is an excellant place to walk the dogs in this part of the world. We got a very warm welcome from the owners who provided treats and lots of conversations about dogs. Dogs are allowed inside which is a good thing as it rained for 10 out of the 14 days we were in the vicinity (August 2008).
Tel: 01935 822848
This pub is at the top of Ham Hill so has fabulous views down over the countryside. There is a large beer garden where we managed to sit on one of our rare sunny days in the area. I understand that dogs are allowed in one of the bars too.
Tel: 01458 831473
We went in here just once in the summer of 2008, right before a walk up the Tor and a visit to the abbey (where dogs are allowed too). There's not a lot of room in the eating area, but that's ok if the dogs are well behaved. Glastobury itself is a bit hectic if your dogs aren't used to walking through towns, but the pub is very dog friendly.