1. The Brandling Arms
The spacious open-plan bar area here is big enough to accommodate even the most gargantuan mastiffs and Great Danes, though their well-appointed garden patio area starts to become more inviting at this time of year. The park is a short walk away too, should your dog need to stretch its legs.
High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle
0191 285 4023 www.thebrandlingarmsgosforth.co.uk
2. St. Mary’s Inn
Dogs are more than welcome at St Mary’s Inn and while they can’t go into the dining areas, the many and various snugs around the building make up for it. Plus, you’ll be able to treat your pal to a bowl of dog beer or some dog popcorn. No, really.
St Mary’s Lane, St Mary’s Park, Morpeth
01670 293293 www.stmarysinn.co.uk
3. Otterburn Castle
Having a dog at one’s side in the stately surrounds of Otterburn Castle just feels right, so it’s only just and proper that pooches are welcome in the bar and lounge areas as well as in the rooms there. The castle sits in the perfect location for exploring the rest of the Northumberland National Park too, so there’s plenty of opportunity for walkies.
01830 520620 www.otterburncastle.com
4. The Beehive
The Beehive is a favourite with dog-lovers not just for its relaxed approach to canine interlopers – there’s a room specifically to cater for diners who want to eat with their dogs – but also for its hidden one-acre outdoor area. The menu, and in particular the sh platter, ploughman’s sharing board and wondrous garlic and thyme baked camembert with homemade chutney, are what keep patrons coming back though.
Hartley Lane, Earsdon, Whitley Bay
0191 252 9352 www.beehiveearsdon.co.uk
5. The Three Wheat Heads Inn
While the carvery here is excellent, the greater part of its charm and dog-friendliness lies in its frankly staggering beer garden, which would be remarkable in itself even without the unspoilt vista of the River Coquet and the Simonside Hills it looks out upon. There’s also a small children’s play area out there, which is great news if you’ve got the kids with you or happen to be training your dog for Crufts.
01669 620262 www.threewheatheads.co.uk
6. The Rose & Crown
If you ring ahead, your dog will be welcome to stay in most rooms at no extra cost. Even the hairiest dogs are welcome to stay, as there’s a separate tiled room available where they can bed down and moult to their heart’s content. On top of that, Romaldkirk-made Welly-bix treats are available and there’s a hosing and drying area too so you’ll not have to worry about your dog trailing post-walk mud everywhere.
Romaldkirk, Barnard Castle
01833 650213 www.rose-and-crown.co.uk
7. The Grey House
This fondly regarded country pub has tradition running through every bracket and beam. Accordingly, dogs are very welcome, and are best served by a gambol around the fields surrounding the A692 to the south-west of town – Consett sits among some of the county’s best open country. While you’re there, try some ales from The Grey Horse’s in-house microbrewery.
Sherburn Terrace, Consett
01207 502585 www.thegreyhorse.co.uk
8 .The Joiners Arms
The coast and countryside around this five-star retreat are a part of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, though the plush interiors will make leaving the staggering scenery behind you a er a long day’s walk far more pleasurable than you might expect. The Joiners Arms features dog-friendly rooms along with a whole load of extras and treats which should help your dog settle in nicely after the day’s exertion.
01665 576112 www.joiners-arms.com