(The Thatch, Croyde)
There’s nothing more quintessentially British than a good, old-fashioned pub. Dotted around the country offering passers-by the option to indulge in some classic, comfort food where they can sink into a wonderfully rustic atmosphere.
What makes it better is when your furry friend can join you and fortunately North Devon is packed full of pubs that will happily welcome your pooch. From the traditional to the quirky, here are just a few of our favourite dog-friendly haunts.
The Thatched Inn, Abbotsham
The Thatched Inn is a classic amongst locals and holiday guests alike, situated in the quaint village of Abbotsham, which is only a stone's throw away from the seaside village of Westward Ho!, this traditional pub is a fine example of a historic country inn. Better yet - your furry friends can join you there!
Boasting a comforting menu stuffed to the brim with a wide range of homemade dishes, paired with an ever-changing specials board. This eatery is certainly not to be missed for foodies. Whether you fancy enjoying a 28 day aged West Country steak or a Grilled Halloumi Salad - there’s something for everyone.
Ready and waiting to accommodate you and your canine companion, The Thatched Inn also boasts a wonderfully popular beer garden, enveloped by flowered walls and benefitting from endless summer rays. Make it a stop on your route!
Pig on the Hill, Westward Ho!
Located in the popular seaside village of Westward Ho!, The Pig on the Hill is a (not-so) hidden gem, nestled into picturesque countryside. From an extensive outdoor sun terrace to their American-style diner, window restaurant - The Pig on the Hill have truly created an enjoyable space for pooches and people alike!
Here you’ll find wholesome pub grub with elements of fine dining in a beautiful menu, crafted by some of the finest culinary talents. From their classic ‘Pig’ Burger to a Pan Seared fillet of Seabass - the choice is wide, and every dish is as tantalising as the last.
Surrounded by plenty of stunning walks, that quickly join onto the stunning South West Coast Path, The Pig on the Hill is the perfect stop off for you and your four-legged friend.
The Seagate, Instow
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If you and your pooch are passing the pretty little fishing village of Appledore, then be sure to pay The Seagate a visit where muddy paws and dirty boots are more than welcome. Situated on the Quay and boasting estuary views that are second to none - it’s easy to see why this coastal gem is so popular!
There’s nothing better than nestling down in their cosy bar area, enjoying a hearty feast, washed down with a local ale. Whether it’s crispy, beer-battered fish that takes your fancy, a gourmet burger or a prime steak, you’ll find all their menus are packed with dishes you’ll want to dive straight into.
A popular haunt for dog-owners and offering a jaunty, Appledore atmosphere, filled with friendly folk - there are plenty of good times to be had at The Seagate for you and your furry friends!
The Westleigh Inn, Westleigh
Beer gardens don’t get much better than at The Westleigh Inn, located in the little village of Westleigh which is located near Bideford. This impressive venue is an example of everything we love about a good country pub - great food, a welcoming atmosphere and it’s dog-friendly!
Offering a vast menu packed full with home-cooked food and a bar that’s stocked to the brim with local ales - you’ll truly experience an unbeatable taste of North Devon here.
Only a stone’s throw away from the Tarka Trail, take a countryside walk with your canine companion and make The Westleigh Inn a stop on your schedule.
The Thatch, Croyde
Standing proudly in the centre of the seaside surf haven that is Croyde, The Thatch is a go-to if you’re after a vibey experience that you and your four-legged friend can enjoy together.
The Thatch is known for its superb atmosphere, packed with individuality and freshness - no two days are the same! Boasting a tasty menu, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re after a bar snack or a pub classic. Don’t forget to try their famous Nachos!
Take a walk on the beach with your pup and cosy down at The Thatch for a relaxing break that’ll leave a lasting impression.
The Hunters Inn, Newton Tracy
Snuggled away in the quiet village of Newton Tracey, The Hunters Inn is a cosy, retreat that offers some traditional ‘olde worlde’ atmosphere for you and your furry friend.
The Hunters Inn boasts a truly sumptuous menu that offers excellent food and a fantastically high level of service, as well as a wide selection of local ales, ciders and a daily specials menu.
Sit back, relax with your pooch and enjoy a truly authentic pub experience.
The Pyne Arms
Renowned for its sumptuous menu and boasting multiple awards - this traditional country pub offers a rustic experience but with a tasteful modern flair. Local produce is plentiful here, with delicacies like Somerset Camembert and Devonshire Duck Breast gracing the menu.
Surrounded by plenty of scenic public footpaths, this country pub is the perfect place to kick back and relax with your pup after a long walk.
So whether you and your pooch fancy a long walk down the Tarka Trail, or a run along the beach, there are plenty of places that you’ll be welcomed in along the way! Don’t forget to vote for YOUR favourite dog-friendly venue before 18th August over at https://forthglade.com/campaigns/dogfriendly and you could be in for a chance to win a dog-friendly package worth over £1,000! You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to let us - and your fellow dog lovers - know all about your own recommendations!