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Best dog friendly pubs in the Cotswolds

Posted: Thu, 18th Nov 2021
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With the help of Otto, Bolthole Retreat’s official office dog, we’ve snuffled out 11 barking-good, dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds. Otto hopes your four-legged companions enjoy his recommendations, and we hope you enjoy our nearby properties.

Weighbridge Inn

Minchinhampton

The home of the locally renowned 2in1 Pie, this rustic pub is quirky and a firm favourite of locals. Dogs are most welcome and please remember to order your water and gravy bones at the bar.

The Woolpack Inn

Slad in the Stroud Valleys

This lovely pub was the author Laurie Lee’s local. Portraits of the writer, whose first book Cider With Rosie was based in the Slad Valley, are all over the inn’s walls. Walk from the pub to Lee’s house and then down to the pond which features in Cider with Rosie.

The Fleece Inn

Bretforton

One of the very few pubs owned and run by the National Trust, the Fleece has many accolades, including the Good Pub Guide’s Top Ten Country Pubs 2020 & 2021 and the Best Beer Garden in the Cotswolds 2020 – super important for pooches! There are dog treats behind the bar and water bowls available.

Eight Bells Inn

Chipping Campden

This gorgeous pub was first built in the 14th century and later updated in the Georgian period. It has a roaring log fire and lots of cosy corners to snuggle up in during the winter, and a terraced garden that’s great for the warmer months.

The Plough Inn

Finstock, near Chipping Norton

Well-behaved doggies are most welcome in the bar area at the Plough Inn, a traditional country pub that dates to 1772, with a lovely inglenook fireplace and a big garden – two key features for a dog-friendly pub in Gloucestershire.

Hollow Bottom

Guiting Power, near Cheltenham

A firm favourite with the horse racing set, the Hollow Bottom is a rural pub in a super-inviting, 17th century Cotswold stone property in the heart of the Cotswolds, just five miles from Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold. It’s complete with a cosy bar, terrace and covered outdoor area, utterly pawfect for resting up after a long walk.

Coach and Horses

Longborough, near Stow-on-the-Wold

This super old, compact and cosy coaching inn is part of the Donnington Brewery Group, so serves an excellent pint. The village has excellent views of the Evenlode Valley and is just 4.5 miles from beautiful Batsford Arboretum, which is fully dog-friendly.

The Shilton Rose & Crown

Shilton, near Burford

This traditional, dog-friendly pub near Cotswold Wildlife Park (1.7 miles) accepts dogs in the bar area where there are two open fires to warm paws in front of. If you want to escape busy, nearby Burford, head to this local secret watering hole which has a pretty garden too.

Snowshill Arms

Snowshill, near Broadway

The Snowshill Arms is a dog-friendly, 15th century pub at the heart of Gloucestershire village Snowshill, near Broadway. It is in walking distance of the fabulous Snowshill Manor and Gardens – but be aware that only assistance doggies are accepted at the Manor and Gardens.

The Beehive

Cheltenham

A buzzing local in Cheltenham’s popular Montpellier district. Despite being a town pub, dogs are very welcome – as long as muddy paws are wiped before coming inside.

Old George Inn

South Cerney

Newly refurbished and under new management, the Old George Inn is near to Cotswold Water Park – in fact, you could walk or cycle there from most of the lakes, even taking in a circular walk from the Gateway Centre to Bow Wow Street – the only street in the UK named after a dog’s bark!

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