Pet friendly holidays, pubs & cafes around Yorkshire

11 December 2017

It’s always bring-your-dog to work day at Harrogate Holidays! Depending on the day, it might be Jack the pug, Caspar the bichon frise, Zoe the cavapoo or Bodie and Amber the Labradors (and we’re so excited about our new pug puppy Lola Rose – the brand new addition to the fold!)

We don’t like leaving our pooches at home when we go away and love that so many of our holiday cottages, houses and apartments welcome dogs (with well behaved owners of course!)

We’re often asked by guests which cafes, bars and pubs locally welcome dogs, and the good news is that there are lots!  Here are some of our favourites:

The Old Bell Tavern is a well-loved Harrogate institution and one of the first real ale pubs to establish in the area.  Located on the Crown roundabout, just a stone’s throw from the iconic Pump Room Museum and the Valley Gardens, the Old Bell has a stylish yet traditional interior, serves great home prepared food and a huge range of craft ales and artisan spirits.

In one of the oldest parts of town known as High Harrogate, there are two great pubs almost next to each other.  The Swan on the Stray and 10 Devonshire Place are both former coaching inns which take their beer, spirits and cocktails very seriously! 10 Devonshire Place in particular is carving a name for itself as a great live music venue. 

Harrogate is blessed with great independent cafes and fortunately our favourite ones welcome canine friends!  Filmore and Union serves all day wholesome yumminess (with an amazing range of smoothies, boosters and infusions) as well as catering for a very wide range of restricted diets.  Baltzersens is Harrogate’s hugely popular Yorkshire/Scandinavian collaboration – selling scrumptious Nordic-inspired cakes, pastries, sandwiches and toasts (the waffles and cinnamon buns are legendary!).

For something a bit more special, The West Park Hotel (awarded an AA Rosette in 2017) offers high quality and expertly sourced food and drink in boutique hotel surroundings and welcomes dogs into its bar area.

There’s nothing better than blowing away the cobwebs with a brisk dog walk and you don’t need to venture far from Harrogate to find beautiful scenery.  Why not work up an appetite and break for lunch at one of our great country pubs – we especially love the Castle at Spofforth and the Square and Compass at North Rigton.  Contemporary styling, imaginative spacious interiors and expert menus combine to offer a fabulous informal dining experience.

For a very special walk, take a trip to Knaresborough’s Waterside, meandering along the banks of the scenic River Nidd overlooked by the medieval castle.  There are a number of lovely cafes along the waterside, but our personal favourite (and welcoming of dogs) is the Black Mulberry.

 So don’t leave your dog behind – come to Harrogate and expect a warm welcome!