Cheltenham is a vibrant foodie town with many options for eating styles. Some places even are dog friendly, allowing you to eat out with a pet in tow. It’s challenging to find a suitable place to match your food tastes with having a dog with you.
Dog-Friendly Pubs & Restaurants
Our list of the best places to drink or dine out with your dog.
Woodkraft is an eatery on Regent Street near to the Everyman theatre that serves excellent food. They allow dogs to accompany you on specific floors, as mentioned on their website.
Woodkraft known locally for their delicious lunch and brunch options and small plates. https://woodkraftcheltenham.com/dog-friendly
Sandford Park Alehouse
After a dog walk in Sandford Park in Cheltenham, is the handy Sandford Park Alehouse. A lovely bar which is dog friendly. They have an impressive selection of draught beer and bottles. Sandford Park Alehouse has options for german beer, including Maisel’s a delicious wheat beer.
You can either sit inside or out in their big beer garden with your furry friend. They also have dog treats in a jar on the bar and water bowls available, too. The Alehouse also has an interesting food menu with options. There are choices for small plates up to substantial meals. Overall, a marvellous place to have a beer after walkies.
Harry Cook Freehouse
On Montpellier Walk is Harry Cook’s, a vibrant British pub ideal for drinking or dining. They have seating inside and outside, and canine friends are very welcome according to various review sites. Drinks at the bar vary from traditions; craft ales too well-made cocktails.
Their food menu includes a pub grub section, a vegetarian section including their beyond meat burger. Finally, they have a whole burger section on their menu; they look very tempting, especially the one they call the Big Cow. This is a British beef patty, hand-pulled beef brisket with cheesy sauce and tobacco onions. https://www.harrycookcheltenham.co.uk/
The Midland Hotel
Based opposite the train station, this is an ideal pub to visit when changing trains or before or after a journey. The Midland has outdoor seating and a bar area. However, they have nicely decorated the inside and great for a beer or two. The exterior wall has some fantastic street art and inside serve a good range of drinks. I have visited with the puppy a few times and made very welcome. https://www.midlandhotelcheltenham.co.uk/
St Georges Vaults
A new discovery I found after a night stays in the town, I was taking photos around the city for this site and spotted The St Georges Vaults. The interior is very nice with sport on the TV and serves a wonderful selection of lagers and beers I enjoyed a refreshing pint of Staropramen on my visit. They have a very nice “hidden” garden with plenty of seating and imagine it would be lovely in the summer. I didn’t have the dog, however I noticed a few patrons with their pets, one for the next trip out, maybe. https://stgeorgesvaultscheltenham.co.uk/
The Plough in Prestbury is a pub near to the racecourse, which has a great reputation for their real ale and ciders. This is a 17th century listed building, thatched roof and an extensive garden. The Plough serves traditional food centred around their pie menu. The Plough takes pride in its canine-friendly status and has plenty of water bowls around the site and dog treats behind the bar.
As part of The Hatton Collection, the beehive is a delightful place to eat or drink. The beehive is in the Montpellier area of the town. For casual dining, they have a bar area that serves dishes like pies, fish and chip or gourmet burgers. They have a basement area this is for more snug dining options. Their website makes their #dogfriendly credentials very clear. http://www.thebeehivemontpellier.com/
The Kings Arms
Located a short walk from Cheltenham Railway Station, The Kings Arms is a drinking pub I popped into while killing time before a meet with Sonia Norman. The pub is nice and has a garden for drinking and smoking and the landlord informed me they are pet friendly after checking.
They are a sports bar with TV screens on the sporting channels, have darts and a pool table and free customer Wi-Fi. I enjoyed a simple pint of Stowford Press while catching up on some social media prep on the laptop. The staff and clientele were all friendly, with some nice banter. More info…
BTP or Boston Tea Party is a national chain eatery on Clarence Street. They split the venue over 2 floors and offer informal but delicious dining. Pets are welcome in the cafe and often get offered a drink and a treat. BTP specialises in substantial breakfasts, burgers and tasty coffee.
Travel With a Dog in Cheltenham
Travelling to or in Cheltenham is easy with a well-behaved dog in tow, stagecoach the local bus company, allows pets charging £1 per journey. Travelling by train is free for your furry friend as long as it doesn’t take up a seat.
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Places that @aboutglos intends to visit and check with the puppy in tow for a pub crawl day.
- The Exmouth Arms
- The Gloucester Old Spot
- The Old Courthouse
- The Brown Jug
- The Bayhill Inn
- Cafe Moochoo
- Curious Cafe
- The Botanist
- John Lewis
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