Dog-friendly places to eat & drink holiday cottages

Dog-friendly places to eat & drink

The Lake District is a great place for a holiday with your dog, and at Lakeland Hideaways, we offer a wide selection of pet-friendly properties. Simply head to our collection of dog-friendly Lake District cottages to find your perfect holiday.

The area around Hawkshead offers plenty of low level walks, as well as high mountains nearby. There are plenty of lakes and tarns which dogs love. We are lucky enough to have a very doggy friendly village where you and your four-legged companion will be made very welcome in the numerous pubs, restaurants and cafes. Here are some of our favourite tried and tested places in Hawkshead and beyond, with a choice of where to eat and drink throughout Cumbria.


The Kings Arms Hotel - With its oak beams and open fire, you and your dog are ensured a warm welcome as you walk through the door of this 500 year-old-inn.

Red Lion Inn - A traditional 15th century Lakeland inn (the oldest pub in Hawkshead), this pub is very dog-friendly, offering dog snacks and a doggy menu, and also welcomes well behaved owners.

The Queens Head and The Sun Inn both allow dogs in the bar and guests can enjoy a great selection of quality food and local beers.

Poppi Red is a pretty café which sells a delicious range of cakes and pastries.

For a real doggy treat, why not visit the Naturally Hawkshead Cafe, which even offers a breakfast for dogs?

Near Sawrey

The Tower Bank Arms will be familiar to generations of children as the small country inn in "The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck”. The slate flag floors are perfect for muddy paws.

Far Sawrey

The Cuckoo Brow Inn welcomes muddy boots, wet dogs and children, and is a firm favourite with walkers who use it as a destination after a walk over Claife Heights.


The Outgate Inn is a 17th century inn offering real ales, fine wines and home-cooked food. Dogs are welcome inside and there is also a secluded beer garden at the rear to enjoy the summer sunshine.


The Drunken Duck Inn – Tucked away in this tiny hamlet 3.5 miles from Ambleside, this pub hosts a good selection of beers, wines and ciders, and they even brew their own beer on site.


Stiles of Ambleside is a popular coffee bar which even offers dry towels and biscuit treats for your dog.

The Lily Bar - With a great selection of local cask ales, four legged friends are also assured a warm welcome.

Wateredge Inn – Set on the edge of Lake Windermere, the views here are stunning and the Wateredge Inn is the perfect place to rest after long lakeside walks with your dogs. Not only are dogs welcome but you will find water bowls outside and dog biscuits given out to keep tails wagging.

Luigi’s Restaurant – If you fancy some Italian food, head to the extra-dog-friendly Luigi’s. They not only offer treats and water, but even go the extra mile and lay a dog bed by your table.

The Sportsman Inn – This relaxing inn even has two resident greyhounds who wander around and offer guests a warm welcome.


Complete with an open fire, the Eagle's Head is a great place to unwind after a walk in Grizedale Forest.


The Village Inn Bar and Grill – Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Village Inn is a laid-back venue kitted out with Buddha figures and wicker chairs, offering cocktails and an eclectic menu.

The Albert is found at the heart of the town centre and offers an extensive menu as well as frequent live music.

Further afield

Keswick is a dog-friendly hotspot with a wealth of pubs and eateries to choose from. It even has a pub named the Dog and Gun, which offers its very own comprehensive doggy menu.

Kendal also has a wide selection of dog-friendly spots, with many providing water and treats for doggy visitors. The Ring O Bells, The Oddfellows Arms and The Factory Tap are just a few examples.

Dog-friendly places to eat and drink map

Find all of the great pubs, cafes and restaurants which welcome dogs mentioned above in the handy map below.

Dog-friendly holidays

The Lake District is a great place not only to eat and drink with your pet by your side, but also a great place to stay and explore! Check out our full collection of dog-friendly Lake District cottages and discover this spectacular National Park together.

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