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Five Dog Friendly Pubs Near Windermere

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13th October 2023

A guest recently asked if we could recommend a dog friendly pub near Windermere. Well it turns out there are quite a few. Hardly surprising – with such stunning landscapes and picturesque surroundings, it’s no wonder that many of you decide to explore the region with your four-legged friends. Here we’ll round up five of our favourite dog friendly pubs near Windermere.

The guest opted for the Hare and hounds at Bowland Bridge, so we’ll start there.

The Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge

The Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge is nestled deep in the Winster Valley to the east of Lake Windermere. Whether you’ve been out on the fells, cycling the lanes or are simply looking for some cracking food without the fussiness, the Hare and Hounds will make you feel more than welcome. And the same goes for your canine companions.

You’ll find classic pub dishes here, such as beer battered fish and chips or steak and ale pie, as well as daily specials, lighter meals and vegetarian dishes. For something truly special, make sure you book a table for Sunday lunch, especially if you’re partial to a Yorkshire Pudding.

The Angel Inn in Bowness

Nearer home, in fact just a short from walk from Birkdale House, is the Angel Inn in Bowness. The Angel has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment where you can either opt for a seat in the extensive bar or the large pub garden. And dogs are more than welcome.

The Flying Pig in Bowness

Just down the hill from the Angel Inn is the Flying Pig. The Flying Pig is a traditional family friendly Lakeland pub offering seasonal food made using only the finest locally sourced ingredients. It also serves a fantastic selection of local real ales, fine wines and premium lagers and ciders.

Dogs are welcome in the bar area and the pub has dedicated taps and bowls outside where dogs can enjoy a refreshing drink.

The Watermill Inn at Ings

Just a couple of miles down the A591 towards Kendal is the village of Ings where you’ll find The Watermill Inn, a multi-award winning, family run pub and brewery surrounded by glorious countryside.

The pub is renowned for brewing its own beers, twelve in total, and many of them have some sort of canine reference in the name, such as Golden Retriever, a Bit’er Ruff or Collie Wobbles, a nod to the fact that dogs are warmly welcomed.

The Queens Head, Troutbeck

Our final stop is the Queen’s Head at Troutbeck is a 17th century coaching inn that lies at the foot of the Kirkstone Pass, nestled on the side of the fells which overlook the Troutbeck Valley. Here dogs are welcome in the bar area and the restaurant. You can chance a walk-in or book a dog-friendly table via their website.

They also offer Sir Woofchesters dog food and beverages which means that even your four-legged friend can enjoy a Sunday Roast.

There are so many great dog friendly pubs near Windermere. We could just keep writing, but we’ll leave it there for now. Keep an eye on our blog for another instalment. In the meantime, if you want any more information, please do get in touch.

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