If you have a dog at home, they quickly become part of your family and adventures without them can often leave you all feeling as though something or someone is missing. Here at Lyons Holiday Parks, we encourage you to bring your four-legged friends with you on holiday, with an abundance of beautiful places to explore, fantastic attractions that invite your pooches along too and a great range of dog-friendly pubs and restaurants, you won’t be missing out on anything during your stay! Here are nine of our favourite dog-friendly pubs and eateries, where you can refuel, relax and unwind with your four-legged friend during your time away.
Ye Olde Cross Keys, Ruthin
The stunning 16th-century inn is a charming spot for a drink, or a bite to eat, in Ruthin and dogs are welcome if they are well-behaved. With large open fires, authentic and rustic wooden beams set amongst the tastefully refurbished interior, it really is a pleasure to spend an hour or more at the Ye Olde Cross Keys. The countryside surrounding the pub and restaurant is equally and if not more pleasing than the inside; on a clear day, the views are spectacular, as the rolling Welsh hills make for the perfect backdrop for your afternoon of relaxing. The food and drink offered is also first class, with many of the ingredients sourced locally and cooked to perfection, the culinary delights on offer are difficult to pass by! From classics such as surf and turf and burgers to risottos with hints of the flavours of summer alongside fresh salads.
Pie Records, Rhos on Sea
The quirky little restaurant Pie Records in Rhos on Sea is near the seafront where you can enjoy delicious classic pies with a modern twist, along with vegan and gluten-free dishes, accompanied by friendly service! The restaurant also offers music and crafts if you fancy doing something other than eating when you visit – there is a chance to DJ, play board games, or do some knitting! The restaurant has always been welcoming to dogs, and there is even a weekly ‘dog of the week’ competition you could enter, run by the owner Aaron.
Red Lion, Old Colwyn
If you are a fan of a classic British pub, then the freehouse Red Lion in the Old Colwyn area of Colwyn Bay serves patrons guest ales from local brewers within the traditional pub setting with a coal fire and cosy sofas – slightly worn by years of people sitting on them night after night! The pub is a lovely place to stop by after a run about on the beach with your dog, so long as they are well-behaved and not too grubby from their run around.
The Toad, Colwyn Bay
Boasting outstanding views of the west promenade and the Irish Sea, the Toad offers guests an eatery with some of the finest views in the area! Dog owners and their four-legged friends are welcome to enjoy the outstanding food and drink in the outdoor seating area, but unfortunately, they are not allowed indoors, although with the views that the eatery has, the place is best enjoyed outdoors on a sunny day. The menu is extensive and is sure to provide a tasty option for even the pickiest of eaters amongst your group. From steaks, burgers, fishcakes and pies to salads, tarts, ciabattas and paninis, there are plenty of choices.
The Albion Ale House, Conwy
For ale and beer lovers, the Albion Ale House is the place to head during your visit. A collaboration between four local breweries, the Purple Moose, Great Orme, Nant and Conwy of which all share the vision of creating a pub where punters can simply enjoy a refreshing drink in the most traditional of ways. There is no television or jukebox, and instead, the pub is filled with conversation, games and a great atmosphere. Priding themselves on excellent beers and ciders, this pub is all about the drink, although they do offer a range of bar snacks should you get peckish, including scotch eggs, pies and cheese boards – what more could you want? The cosy and welcoming pub is more than dog-friendly as it was named second in the Dog-friendly Pub Awards 2017 and is one of the best places to take your four-legged friend in North Wales. You can choose one of three dishes for your dog, such as lamb, chicken or salmon. A small bowl is £1.99, and larger bowls are £2.99.
Sun Inn, Rhewl
In the gorgeous setting of Dee Valley near Horseshow Pass and Llangollen is the Sun Inn, a Grade II listed building over 200 years old. The quiet pub in the idyllic setting of Rhewl is a lovely place to stop by after a day walking in Dee Valley. The pub is open in the evening every day and welcomes dogs if they are well-behaved. Beers served at the inn come from the local brewery, Llangollen Brewery, which is owned by the same people who own the Sun Inn and nearby Abbey Grange Hotel. You can expect to try three in the summer and two in winter, along with other local ales. Regular beers include the Llangollen Bitter and Llangollen Holy Grail.
Queen Victoria, Llandudno
The traditional Queen Victoria pub overlooks beautiful Llandudno Bay and is just a short walk from the famous pier, making it a great place to relax after a walk on the beach. Back in 2012, it was crowned pub of the year, and you can enjoy regular beers, guest ales and a selection of wines and spirits. Many visitors will appreciate the five Marstons-related beers and the good choice of pub grub. The pub is welcoming to children and dogs, and there are a few seats out in front for sunny days. The Queen Victoria is not far from the Great Orme Tramway too!
The Cottage Loaf, Llandudno
A picture-perfect cottage, serving delicious traditional and locally sourced homemade meals. Dogs are allowed in the gorgeous sun terrace and garden courtyard, which in the warmer months are filled with a beautiful display of flowers, the pub was the winner of the ‘Llandudno in Bloom’ award in 2016, 2014 and 2012 and has provided high competition in all of the years it has entered. It is a delightful space to enjoy a light bite or full meal, and rest assured, as much of the menu as possible has been sourced locally, so you’ll get to have an authentic taste of Wales.
The Cosy Club Bar, Towyn
A great place to head all year round, as its cosy interior welcomes you inside during the colder months and an open outdoor area is ideal for hot summer days. You are guaranteed a lovely time at the Cosy Club Bar in Towyn; the staff are friendly and accommodating, and you can enjoy the decent prices and entertainment on some evenings. Dogs are very welcome too, and throughout the summer, you can ask for a bowl of cold water to refresh your dog as you sip on a refreshing drink!
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