As a dog owner, I understand the pain and unwillingness of having to leave your pooch at home when you all want to go out for a meal. After a long walk with the dog, there’s nothing better than a cold drink to refresh but It can be a little tricky finding somewhere to do this, let alone a meal too!
Luckily, there are places within Derbyshire that do let you bring in your four legged companion, so here are some great places you can try.
This beautiful, stone built, traditional country pub in the village of Pentrich is a very popular place for amazing locally sourced food. With ever-changing specials boards, you’re spoilt for choice and there’s even biscuits behind the bar too for your dog as well as a water bowl outside. Dogs are allowed in the bar area, which means that you would need to order from the bar menu, however there is no compromise when it comes to the taste and quality of the food.
A popular village gastro pub with plenty of history that prides itself on their homemade modern English food.
The Saracens Head serves up a mixture of classic pub dishes along with high quality restaurant style dishes and is a popular stop for hungry dog walkers.
Husband and wife duo Head Chef Robin & Terri have done an excellent job at adding contemporary style to this quiet village yet still manage to hold onto that old school pub feel to make all feel welcome – even if just for a quick drink.
On the edge of Hardwick Park, just around the corner from the stunning Hardwick Hall lies The Hardwick Inn. A 15th century sandstone building which makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. This countryside location means it’s a popular stop for dogs and their humans.
Their chefs prepare fresh pub classics on a daily basis to ensure the quality is at its best and there’s plenty of choice for drinks too. In fact, they have over 200 malt whiskies, so maybe give one (or two) of those a try?
This recently fully refurbished country pub is a family friendly, family run business where dogs always get a warm welcome. They even have a dog of their own, Ruben the Dachshund. With a classic pub menu, you know you’re getting some good grub especially as ingredients are locally sourced where possible. Make sure you try a pint of ‘Scrappy’s Nip’ when you visit, a specially made ale for the George & Dragon by Dancing Duck in Derby.
An award winning, recently renovated venue perched by the side of the Trent canal. There’s nowhere better to sit outside on a warm summer’s day after walking the pooch watching the narrow boats glide past. The restaurant serves a mixture of both classic and contemporary dishes and the bar is a great place to relax with with the friendly locals.
As well as themed evenings, there’s plenty of live music here too which attracts many every week.
Early bird? Why not give their breakfast menu a try?
It can be a task finding a restaurant or pub that your dog can come along with you in Derby city centre. That’s where the Exeter Arms comes in. From the outside, this 200 year old building may not look much from the outside, but when you step inside, it’s completely different with a cosy & traditional feel. The homemade food here is divine! If you’re dining, it can get quite busy here so you’re best to book a table if possible. For drinkers, the ales are very popular as they are part of the Dancing Duck Brewery.