Paws and Pints: The Top 5 Dog-Friendly Pubs in Bideford

Bideford Quay

Unleash the fun in the charming town of Bideford! Known for its vibrant social scene, Bideford offers a unique mix of friendly locals, hearty food, and a thriving pub ambience.

But there’s more to this quaint town than just its ale, it’s a haven for dog owners too!

Bideford’s amazing array of dog-friendly things to do and pubs cater to those of us who love to combine a relaxing pub visit with quality time with our beloved pets.

Are dogs allowed in Pubs?

The answer is yes, dogs are allowed in pubs and there are no laws against them being in pubs or where food is being served.

In this guide, we’re excited to wag our tails over the top 5 dog-friendly pubs in Bideford where you can enjoy a pint while your four-legged companion finds a cosy spot by your side.

Find the best dog-friendly pub in Bideford, the ultimate destination for dog lovers and their pets. This local’s guide has the top pubs you can take your doing in with you.

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Why Dog-Friendly Pubs?

Now, you might be asking, “Why the fuss about dog-friendly pubs?” Well, let’s paws for a moment to consider it.

For starters, dog-friendly establishments offer a world of benefits, both for our four-legged pals and us, their human companions.

The social interaction dogs get in these welcoming settings is invaluable – it helps them grow more comfortable around different people and other dogs too.

Dog Friendly Pub, The Thatched Inn
Dog-Friendly Pub, The Thatched Inn

For dog owners, there’s a special kind of happiness that comes from sharing fun outings with our canine friends.

Not to mention, it saves us from the guilt and worry that comes with leaving them at home alone.

And let’s face it, who could resist those puppy dog eyes pleading to come along?

Are dogs allowed in pubs?

It’s a common question that arises when planning a visit to pubs in Bideford, or in fact anywhere in the United Kingdom (we have personally found it more of an issue in bigger cities).

In fact, many establishments in the area warmly welcome well-behaved dogs as they appreciate that your dog is part of the family.

However, it’s important to be aware of the specific policies and guidelines set by each pub as it is down to the individual landlord’s decision, that’s why some pubs allow dogs, some only in the garden (even if there is no law to say they cannot be inside) or not allowed at all.

Dogs in pubs, restaurants and cafes
There is no law or any health and safety regulations that ban dogs from being in premises where food and drink is served or sold. However, they must not enter areas where food is prepared, handled or stored, for example the kitchen.

It’s up to the owner of the establishment that serves food and drink whether they’d like to welcome dogs.

Law: Food Hygiene Regulations 2013, under EU Regulation (EC) 852/2004, Annex II Source

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Top 5 Dog-Friendly Pubs

Here are our top 5 dog-friendly pubs in Bideford

We have hand-picked these because of either their very high review counts on Google or like The Appledore Inn and The Beaver Inn, we have been there with our own dog when visiting.

White Hart Inn
White Hart Inn

The White Hart

This beautiful establishment combines a warm and inviting atmosphere with a special love for our dogs, making it a favourite gathering spot for both locals and visitors.

With a rich history dating back several decades, The White Hart exudes character and charm.

Its rustic yet cosy interior, complete with exposed wooden beams and crackling fireplaces, creates a welcoming ambience that immediately puts guests at ease.

What truly sets The White Hart apart is its commitment to being a haven for dogs and their owners.

Address: Queen St, Bideford EX39 2JG, United Kingdom
Phone: 01237 473203

The Appledore Inn
The Appledore Inn

The Appledore Inn

One of the defining features of The Appledore Inn is its dog-friendly policy.

We understand that dogs are cherished members of the family, and we warmly welcome them to join in the pub experience.

From well-behaved dogs to seasoned pub-goers, all dogs are embraced with open arms and wagging tails.

While dogs enjoy their time at The Appledore Inn, human guests can savour a wide range of beverages and delectable pub fare.

The Kings Arms
The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms: Located in the heart of Bideford, The Kings Arms stands out not only for its historic charm but also for being one of the most beloved dog-friendly pubs in Bideford.

Bring your four-legged friend along and experience the warm hospitality that awaits both humans and dogs.

What sets The Kings Arms apart is its dedication to being a dog-friendly establishment.

Address: 7 The Quay, Bideford EX39 2HW, United Kingdom

The Beaver Inn
The Beaver Inn

The Beaver Inn

If you’re searching for a pub that caters to both two-legged and four-legged patrons, look no further than The Beaver Inn.

This beautiful establishment has gained a reputation for its welcoming atmosphere and dog-friendly policies, making it a top choice among Bideford pubs for dogs.

Well-behaved dogs of all breeds and sizes are welcomed with open arms, ensuring that no dog is left behind.

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Dog-Friendly Activities in Bideford

While our top 5 pubs definitely deserve a spot on your itinerary, Bideford offers even more dog-friendly activities for you and your furry friend to explore.

Kickstart your day with a refreshing walk along the stunning Tarka Trail, famous for its beautiful landscapes and dog-friendly trails.

After your pub visit, why not head over to Westward Ho! beach and let some fresh blow the whistles out?

Westward Ho! Beach Dog Walking
Westward Ho! Beach Dog Walking

Dogs are welcome year-round on certain sections (see our ultimate guide to dogs on Westward Ho beach), making it a perfect spot for a game of fetch or a romp in the waves.

For those interested in history, Bideford’s Old Bridge is a beautiful site to explore. Built-in the 15th century, it offers scenic views and an enjoyable walking path. Especially if you go along the quay and onto Victoria Park.

And finally, Victoria Park offers plenty of green space for your dog to run around (on leads) and enjoy.

So, whether you’re a local or a visitor, Bideford truly is a dog lover’s paradise, packed with fun and dog-friendly adventures.

Local Dog-Friendly Pub Guides

This post guide is just one of many and we’re guessing you’ll be going to at least one of the places below while you’re with us in Bideford, so we have dog-friendly pub guides to all the local places in North Devon!

In Summary

Bideford is a delightful treasure trove for dog lovers and their four-legged companions. With its vibrant social scene, dog-friendly pubs, and numerous outdoor activities, it’s the perfect place to create cherished memories with your dog.

Whether you’re enjoying a pint at one of our top five dog-friendly pubs, taking a refreshing walk along the Tarka Trail, or exploring historical sites with your furry friend, Bideford offers a unique blend of relaxation and adventure that is sure to leave a paw print on your heart.

Don’t miss the chance to unleash the fun in this charming town, after all, happiness is just a wag away in Bideford!

Author Matt Ogborne
Matt Ogborne
About the Author

Welcome to! I’m Matt, a seasoned explorer and avid fan of Bideford and the broader North Devon area. With over a decade of consistent family visits, virtually every weekend, I’ve immersed myself in the rich history and vibrant culture Bideford & North Devon.

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