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Eleven restaurants where you can take your dog

5 years ago

Celebrations usually involve food and family which, for many of us, extends to our furry friends. We love our dogs so much that our lives sometimes revolve more around their routines than our own. So it’s great when we find a restaurant that happily welcomes in our precious pooches and we can enjoy a family dinner with every member of the pack.

We have put together a list of top-notch restaurants that allow well-behaved dogs inside. Belzan, Bundobust, Parker’s Arms and The Freemasons at Wiswell have all told us they love and welcome your dogs, almost wagging their own tails as they did so.

Others like The Moorcock, The White Hart, and The Roebuck – who even serve a stock-based doggy beer – have areas where you can dine with your best friend any time, either in the pub section or on designated tables – best to call and check beforehand that they can accommodate you and Fido that day.

Lastly, you can bring your bow-wow for chow at The White Swan at Fence during the week and on specific tables (book in advance to be safe) and Roski in Liverpool at lunchtime.

NOTE- Of course, all restaurants should allow guide dogs and most of the ones we contacted said these were the exception to their no-pets rule. Some we haven’t included in the guide; for instance, Maray Dockside, El Gato Negro and The Cartford Inn allow dogs to join outside tables.

  • A tableful of dishes at Belzan in Liverpool
    Mossley Hill


    Restaurant - European

    Following punchy reviews in the local and national press, it has been hard to secure a table at Liverpool’s Belzan.

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  • The kids menu at The Black Friar - a family-friendly restaurant in Manchester.
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Black Friar


    The Black Friar stood empty and unloved for almost 20 years before reopening in summer 2021 after a substantial renovation project. Now a modern British restaurant and a traditional pub, it has two distinct settings with menus to match.

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  • Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers
    Manchester City Centre

    Bundobust Manchester

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Bundobust is a huge beer hall serving craft ales in the heart of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. It also happened to win Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards, thanks to its stellar menu of Indian small plates.

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  • Gastropub the Freemasons at Wiswell is situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire

    Freemasons at Wiswell


    Cooking goes from strength to strength at the Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Roaring fires, cast-iron fireplaces and pictures of fantastically proportioned livestock lend a cosy vibe to the renovated cottages which make up what’s been described as the original gastropub.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    Mowgli | Corn Exchange

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Purveyor of healthy and often vegan Indian street food and home cooking, former barrister Nisha Katona’s Corn Exchange Mowgli was the second after launching on Liverpool’s Bold Street in October 2014, so this is Manchester’s original branch and technically pre-chain.

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  • The Parker's Arms is a homely pub serving superb modern European food in Newton-in-Bowland in Lancashire.

    Parker’s Arms


    The Parker’s Arms is a homely pub, serving and baking extraordinary, modern European food.

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  • The homely interior of The Roebuck Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire

    The Roebuck Inn


    Multi-award-winning pub in the Cheshire countryside. Winner of countless ‘best pub’ awards, and established in 1708, the latest incarnation of The Roebuck Inn is owned by Cheshire Cat Pubs. The Grade II Listed building is now a bonafide ‘rustic country inn’ with six bedrooms, a bar, a bistro and a tiered beer garden.

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  • A dish served at Roski restaurant in Liverpool from MasterChef winner Anton Piotrowski
    Georgian Quarter


    Restaurant - Modern British

    Roski is a wild child of a restaurant from MasterChef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski.

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  • A pub with a view: The White Hart at Lydgate is 700 feet above sea level on the edge of Saddleworth Moor

    The White Hart at Lydgate


    The White Hart at Lydgate is a rustic dining pub with an excellent reputation and wine list. Located 700 feet above sea level, where Saddleworth Moor starts, the restaurant is in an impressive former coaching house, and it’s a place for all: there’s a restaurant and brasserie with two AA rosettes, a pub, function areas and a boutique hotel.

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  • Inside The White Swan at Fence - a Michelin star restaurant near Burnley from local chef Tom Parker

    The White Swan at Fence


    Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can still order a pint of Timothy Taylor’s at its very pubby bar. But over recent years The Swan has established itself as a destination fine-dining spot thanks to young chef Tom Parker from up the road in Burnley.

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