The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is a popular place for dog walking, this page focusses on places that are dog friendly. This includes attractions, pubs, cafes and restaurants that we have visited on our travels or recommendations from trusted sources.
Most of the areas bus services are operated by Stagecoach West, I have always been able to travel with my canine friend on many routes in the Forest. They charge £1 per journey for pets to travel, I think it is a shame they don’t sell doggie day riders as they do for humans.
Pubs & Restaurants
Finding a dog-friendly place to eat and drink can sometimes be a challenge, so we have built this section from my own research with the puppy in tow. This includes Forest of Dean restaurants, pubs, cafes and other eateries. Some places allow canine guests inside, others limited to outdoor areas only and some embrace the concept and have treats and water bowls for dogs.
Miners Arms Whitecroft
A pub that I have visited a few times and always welcoming, serving good food and provide good service. Our canine friends are allowed inside and in both front and rear gardens. I would love to return for a meal out and try their mixed grill which includes; Lambchop, steak, sausage, gammon with home-made chips, onion rings, tomato, and mushrooms. https://www.theminersarmswhitecroft.com/
The Woodman Inn Parkend
A local pub in Parkend that @aboutglos recently visited after a day out on the trains. This is a nicely decorated establishment with a bar, restaurant and outdoor seating area. Another pub with bowls filled with water and treats on the bar. For humans, they have a good selection of drinks and food on the menu. I didn’t eat this visit but the wild boar from the main menu caught my eye for a return visit. https://www.thewoodmanparkend.co.uk/
The Doghouse Coleford
A pub in the centre of Coleford that was recommended by The Forest Deli on Twitter. Wednesday nights they have a quiz night which was very busy and had a good vibe. The Doghouse served a good selection of local ciders and other drinks. They describe themselves as a Micro Pub that sells Real Ales, local ciders & great wine + our new gin bar! An old fashioned traditional pub but with a modern twist. https://www.facebook.com/Thedoghousemicropubcoleford/
Saracens Head Symonds Yat
A very nice pub on the banks of the River Wye at Symonds Yat East, this was puppy friendly both inside and out on the latest visit by @aboutglos. This visit we enjoyed a few glasses or Mortimer’s Orchard and some bar snacks including chips. Snacks for puppy were available on the bar and water was provided in a nice bowl. They also have a reputation for serving very good food, looking at their menu will aim to be there in the evening next visit. More info…
Feathers Hotel Coleford
Another central pub with an outside seating area and a vibe of a traditional 80’s pub, drinks were served with a smile and the lucky boy got petted by the bar staff.
The Angel Hotel Coleford
This is the first establishment you will see if arriving in Coleford by bus, it is housed opposite the clock tower in the centre of the town. A welcoming pub with a few bowls of finest dog water inside. The Angel serves an array of drinks at reasonable prices and from experience, the locals are a friendly bunch. For food, they have a bar menu or a full restaurant menu for diners wanting more than pub grub. Faggots and chips were a welcome treat after a long day walking washed down with a few ciders. https://angelhotel.southcoastinns.co.uk/
Punch House Monmouth
@aboutglos visited the Punch House pub at the end of a very long walk down the Wye from Symonds Yat. The pub was just what we needed and served us up a succulent burger and a local pie dinner. Dogs were welcome inside without issue. https://www.sabrain.com/pubs-and-hotels/south-wales/monmouthshire/punch-house-new/
The Boat Redbrook
This pub is located just over river Wye from Redbrook in Penallt, to access it we crossed the Penallt Viaduct (Redbrook Railway Bridge) by foot. Dogs were very welcome inside and out. The pub served a very good selection of local ciders and meals for diners, unfortunately, they not serving food when @aboutglos visited. I would most likely have tried their Cheddar ploughmans or a jacket potato. https://www.theboatpenallt.co.uk/
The Ostrich Inn Newland
A discovery on a walk from Coleford to Redbrook recently when I noticed this quaint pub near to Newland Church. This is a nice venue that serves great food and has a very nice rear garden. They had bowls of water on hand. The Ostrich Inn describes itself as a free house renowned for excellent food. The menu did look impressive with delights like beef wellington, Brie de Meux, Wild Mushroom and Truffle Tart with Smoked Salt and Truffle Crème Fraiche and a choice of others to suit most tastes. http://theostrichinn.com
Attractions that @aboutglos has visited or those that clearly advertise that your dog is welcome to visit.
Dean Forest Railway
A great day out for the family travelling between various train stations on the heritage line. Dogs are allowed on board on all their standard days but not on the special days. More info…
This is an outside trail so naturally compatible with “Fido”, this is a great structured walk through the woods via an array of sculptures on the way. More info…
A cruise boat that tours the Wye Valley from Symonds Yat East, dogs were permitted on board at no extra cost. The tour travels upstream and the guide informs tourists about the history of the Wye valley, salmon fishing, historical flooding, Saint Dubricius Church and much more.
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