Top 15 Dog Friendly Pubs In The Lake District

When you are in the Lake District, knowing where you and your fur friend will be welcome is a must. Dogs are a part of our family, so they shouldn’t miss out!

The Lake District is one of the most dog friendly places in the country! Whether it’s for a quick refreshment pit stop while out on a walk, or for a bite to eat, these 15 dog friendly pubs in the Lake District are worth a visit:


 1. The Wateredge Inn – Ambleside
Dog Friendly pubs in the lake district

The Waterhead Inn is situated at the top end of Lake Windermere (Ambleside). This is a great dog friendly pub, with a large beer garden which has a stunning view of the lake. It has its own private jetty too which is perfect for those who are out on their boats and want a quick pub lunch.

The Wateredge Inn, Borrans Road, Ambleside LA22 0EP

2. The Albert – Bowness

Situated in the heart of Bowness, the Albert is great for dogs. They have a beautiful outdoor seating area which is perfect in the summer sun, with plenty of shading too for your pooch. They also serve tasty home cooked food and drinks, and even live music. The Albert is definitely worth a visit.

Queens Square, Bowness-On-Windermere LA23 3BY

3. Boaters Bar – Bowness

The Boaters Bar is situated next to the beautiful Lake Windermere with great marina views. They serve the largest selection of craft beer, gins, extensive wine and fizz menu. At the weekend, they host very talented artists, comedians and much more! They even have a selection of treats from The Barking Bakery too for your pooch.

Quays, Glebe Road, Bowness-On-Windermere LA23 3HE

4. The Bridge Hotel – Buttermere

The trees at the southern tip of Buttermere, known as the Sentinels, are said to be the most photographed in the country, it is stunning. There are some lovely walks around Buttermere, so why not finish off with some delicious food from The Bridge Hotels a la carte menu. Oh, and dogs can stay here too.

The Bridge Hotel, Buttermere, Near Cockermouth CA13 9UZ

5. The Bitter End – Cockermouth

Situated on the outskirts of The Lake District, in West Cumbria, The Bitter End serves fine wines, real ales and quality pub food. They host curry night every Thursday and a quiz night on a Tuesday!

15 Kirkgate, Cockermouth, CA13 9PJ

6. The Britannia Inn – Elterwater

The Britannia Inn is situated in the heart of the Langdale Valley, with scenic views. They have an open fire for during the winter and a beautiful beer garden for the summer sun. Take your dogs on one of many stunning walks in and around Elterwater.

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9HP

 7. The Woolpack Inn – Eskdale

The Woolpack Inn is one of Cumbria’s historic Inns, located at the top of Eskdale Valley and at the foot of Hardknott Pass, popular with walkers. They have a fabulous beer garden and serve home made pizzas and pub classics. They serve breakfast too!

Hardknott Pass, Eskdale, Lake District, CA19 1TH

 8. Masons Arms – Grange Over Sands

Fresh, locally sourced food. The Masons arms have a reputation as being one of the best pubs to dine out in near the Lakes. With just a 15 minute drive from Bowness, you could enjoy seasonal dishes, Sunday roasts and more! Enjoy 15 mile views towards Scout Scar while you enjoy your visit.

Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell, Grange Over Sands  

9. Tweedies Bar – Grasmere

They serve up amazing pub grub, especially their proper roast dinners, where you can enjoy locally sourced seasonal vegetables, roast loin of pork or leg of lamb. Accompanied by huge Yorkshire puddings and the chef’s special gravy. 

Grasmere, The Lake District, Cumbria, LA22 9SW

10. The Pheasant Inn – Keswick

A traditional pub that serves high quality food and local real ales. With an indoor open fire, and outdoor seating, this Inn caters for your winter and summer needs.

Crosthwaite Road, Keswick, CA12 5PP

11. The Pooley Bridge Inn – Pooley Bridge, Penrith

Located in the heart of Pooley Bridge, just moments away from Ullswater. They have something for everyone, traditional home cooked food, roast dinners, vegan and gluten free choices. 

Finkle Street, Ullswater, Pooley Bridge, Penrith, CA10 2NN

12. The Mortal Man – Troutbeck

Set in a stunning location, The Mortal Man has a stunning beer garden, which has actually been acclaimed as being one of the best in the whole country. They serve up all the pub classics as well as a daily updated specials board.

The Mortal Man, Troutbeck, Cumbria, LA23 1PL

13. The Wild Boar – Windermere

Set in the beautiful, ancient Gilpin Valley, The Wild Boar boasts its standard of service and a warm, friendly atmosphere. You can explore the hotels own woodland trails with your fur friend before sitting down for a delicious 5 star meal.

The Wild Boar, Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3NF

14. The Crafty Baa – Windermere

This quirky bar is definitely one to add to your list. It was built by the family using over 80% recycled, up cycled materials, built with love. Sit and enjoy the soulful music and delicious homemade food.

21 Victoria Street, Windermere, LA23 1AB 

15. The Brown Horse Inn– Winster

 Situated in the heart of the stunning Winster Valley, the award winning restaurant and pub welcome you and your fur friends. With a beautiful, cosy restaurant and a casual bar, you can enjoy their delicious menu. They also have a separate terrace and garden as well as a separate playground for the younger ones.

Winster A5074, Near Windermere, LA23 3NR 


If you are in Ambleside and would like to taste some of our tasty 100% natural dog treats, head down to Hayes Garden World, where you can take your pick. This is also a dog friendly garden centre with a beautiful café too.