Try these dog-friendly pubs in Wiltshire

PUBLISHED: 11:47 08 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:16 28 February 2013

Try these dog-friendly pubs in Wiltshire

Try these dog-friendly pubs in Wiltshire

If you already have the good company of a dog, try these welcoming pubs at the end of your walk. If you don't yet have a dog, read on!

Pints and paws


If you already have the good company of a dog, try these welcoming pubs at the end of your walk. If you dont yet have a dog, read on!

Words: Caroline Hook

It's offocial - Dog ownership is good for you!
In addition to the social benefits, animal charities have now gathered concrete proof that dog ownership is also good for your health. Dogs can assist in the recovery from certain medical conditions, such as heart attacks, and in the development of children with learning and social difficulties. Dog owners make fewer visits to their doctors, and owning a dog can help reduce stress and anxiety and blood pressure.

When friends complain about their dull social lives or reluctance to pay exorbitant gym membership costs, I simply reply Get a dog!

When I first arrived from London to start my job with Bath Cats & Dogs Home, I remember wondering how I would meet new people? Where would I start looking? Little did I know that walking my five-year-old rescue dog Saffy dog three times a day would offer just the answer. Six months on, I am on first-name terms with practically the entire neighbourhood! Popping out for quick walk is mission impossible; Im guaranteed to bump into someone I know or strike up a conversation with another newcomer.

Saffy and I now meet with our new friends for trips out into the countryside to suss out walks and dog-friendly pubs.

Here are my recommendations for those of you looking to explore the Wiltshire countryside with your dog:

The White Horse, Biddestone
A beautiful country village complete with green, open fire, choice of real ales, home-cooked food, large garden and pets corner. Try their traditional bangers and mash. Biddestone is relatively unknown compared to the other local villages of Corsham, Lacock and Castle Combe and, therefore, unspoilt. An easy afternoon stroll through relatively flat fields and picturesque countryside.

The Quarrymans Arms, Box
Superb panoramic views of the Wiltshire countryside and great walks nearby. Beer festivals throughout the year specialising in real ales including the annual Pig and Jig event on nearby Box Common. Cheesy chips a must-have especially on a cold winters afternoon! Views from Box across the Wiltshire countryside are simply breathtaking. Locals are always friendly and happy to chat. The sounds of babbling brooks and local wildlife are never too far, a delight for all the senses.

The Barge Inn, Bradford on Avon
Lovely canalside pub with friendly staff and quality pub grub. Often five dogs in the bar, plenty of room for adding a sixth four-legged member to the party! Bowl of water always topped up.

The Bunch of Grapes, Bradford on Avon
Traditional 16th-century pub with original wooden floor boards and open fireplace. Popular with dog walkers, cyclists and cross-country trekkers alike, a walk along the tow path is a favourite for a flat stroll.The Ivy Inn, CalneA gorgeous thatch-roofed pub with traditional ales hand-pulled from wooden casks and lashings of home-cooked food. A circular route takes you along some stunning riverside walks.

The Methuen Arms, Corsham
The Georgian house was built on the front of a medieval house called Winters Court. This historic inn is the social hub of the Corsham community and boasts a beautiful courtyard and garden for dogs, and tasty pub food. A walk across the fields of Corsham Court is like walking through a Jane Austen film set. Be careful of livestock in the fields though. Keep your dog on a lead just in case he decides to recreate One Man and his Dog!

The White Hart, Ford
One of the prettiest coaching inns in the county, complete with babbling brook and trout stream. Dog treats are provided as well as a warm welcome for human visitors! A charming hamlet with stunning scenery tucked away off the A420. Theres an invigorating walk through woods and open fields.

The George Inn, Lacock
Dogs welcome in the bar and courtyard area and there are free dog biscuits at the bar too. The perfect pub to listen to tales around the welcoming fireplace where theres a dog wheel, which in days gone by used to have a specially trained dog (or Turnspit) turning the spit. Theres been a warm welcome here since 1361.

The Red Lion, Lacock
Excellent old village inn complete with large beer garden in what is often referred to as the quintessential English village where Harry Potter, Cranford and Pride & Prejudice were filmed to name but a few. A beautiful walk in one of the most picturesque English villages. National Trust owned Lacock and surrounding countryside is ideal for a gentle walk across fields and along the River Avon. I often strike up conversation with locals who sell plants and cakes from their front porches!

The Salutation Inn, Castle Combe
A 17th-century coaching inn with cask ales and good home-made food. A bit off the beaten track, but as a result its popular with the locals. Old beams, Cotswold stone and a welcoming log fire.One of mine (and Saffys) favourite walks in a quintessential English village, the views from the top of the valley down across Castle Combe are simply breathtaking. Walking through the forest is ideal protection from wet weather too.

Caroline Hook is Press Officer of the Bath Cats and Dogs Home, The Avenue, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AZ. 01225 750192, bcdh.org.uk

1 comment

  • If you are over the other side of Wiltshire, The Swan Inn at Wilton Nr Marlborough is also very dogs friendly and has excellent walks along the canal to The Crofton Beam Engines and over the Roman Road to the Windmill. www.theswanwilton.co.uk

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    billclem

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