|The Blue Paw Awards
Pudsey's Guide to Dog Friendly Pubs and other places.
last updated: 7/5/06
A bit about the Awards.
'Blue Paws' are awarded to Pubs for five categories, these being overall welcome, friendliness of staff, availability of water bowls, snack selection, and quality of gardens.
The Fox. Green Lane by the Grand Union Canal.
a most excellent pub. i got there after a wonderful scamper along the riverside and found a tub of water outside the front door which was much appreciated. went in and had a good sniff around, met lots of friendly humans and a labrador who was also enjoying his visit. checked out the snacks and found they had a good variety including pork scratchings, tried the plain crisps and they were very tasty. they also do a wonderful sunday lunch here and dogs are welcome to stay in the bar and eat as well. full water bowl in the bar at all times too, top marks for that. brilliant garden there, but you have to keep your humans on a lead.
rated. highly recommended
The Dolphin. Lower Boston Road.
a very nice pub with friendly staff and other humans. no water bowl permanently in the bar, but always available on request. snack selection good, but no pork scratchings. plain crisps very yummy. they have a garden there which is very nice and has lots of good sniffs in it (including barbeque) but sadly no grassy bits to sit or roll on.
The Viaduct. Uxbridge Road.
recently revamped and remodelled and fortunately still dog friendly, but not quite up to as friendly as once it was. although welcome, four legged visitors are not allowed off the lead now, so the whole social aspect is not as much fun. the bar staff were very nice and one of them went all the way to the garden to get the water bowl for me which was very much appreciated, but a bowl for the bar as there used to be would have been nice. snack selection so-so, no sign of pepperamis and although they are now doing food there, it's rather over priced, but you can still sit and eat with your humans which is nice. garden has yet to be investigated but from what i've heard, it's the same as it used to be which is good.
The Duke of York. Hanwell Broadway, Uxbridge Road.
only recently open to the canine customers of hanwell, due to new management. i've been there a few times recently and have to say i am very impressed. a water bowl is available on request, and they have a most tasty snack selection, which includes pepperamis! dogs are allowed to socialise off the lead, and are also permitted to sit on the seats next to their humans if they wish. no garden sadly, but the whole pub is carpeted throughout, and in the winter there is an open fire going at all times.
rated. worth a visit!
The Grapevine, Questors Theatre, Mattock Lane
this is the first members only place that i've visited, and i'm so impressed i want to sign up right now! i went there on a sunday with my human, and the first thing to catch my nose was the smell of burgers being barbecued. this is a regular sunday afternoon feature and not only are the burgers extremely tasty, they do a special doggy burger without the bun cooked to order! no water bowl in bar at all times, but a special silver bowl is kept behind the bar for canine visitors. snack selection excellent, they've got nearly everything and i can recommend the pork scratchings and cheesy biccies. great patio garden and a car park surrounded by bushes, so there's plenty to explore and sniff. very friendly humans there too.
rated. highly recommended, join now!
i have this information from the famous chalky himself (he replied to my email!) the rooms at the seafood restaurant, (except for st. edmund's house) are canine friendly, hurrah! i haven't been there yet, but my human and i are planning on visiting asap. from what i've seen of the food that mr stein cooks, and the chance that i might get to meet chalky (did i mention he emailed me? he sent me a gorgeous pic of himself too!) i'm sure it's going to be more than worth the drive from london! (he signed the email 'love chalky' too!)
rated, and i haven't even been there, yet!.
The Cornish Arms, St. Merryn, Padstow.
i can really, truly recommend this place with my paws on my bonios! my human and i went there whilst on holiday, and had a wonderful meal (a mixed grill that we could share) served by very welcoming staff, who also brought me a bowl of the finest water in the whole of cornwall! outside, there is a big car park with a garden area, and also a field at the back if you fancy a walkie after dinner. carpeted in areas in the bar too, so v. comfy. i didn't check out the snack selection, as i didn't think it necessary if you can choose from the menu - on which there were many delicious sounding options. i wish there were more pubs around like this one!
rated. don't miss it if you're ever in the area!
The Harbour Inn, Padstow.
a dog-friendly pub; not the best, as i was not allowed off the lead, and there was nowhere comfy to sit and there was no sign of a garden, but i would like to recommend going there for a sunday lunch,as not only was i allowed to sit with my human, but they also got me a special order of diced chicken for a lunch of my own. water bowls are available on request, and i was informed by a local dalmation that there's always a good welcome from staff and customers.
rated. worth a visit!
Smokey Joe's Café, Blackwater.
this café comes recommended by a dog called pookie. not only is it dog friendly, but smoking is allowed throughout, so if you or your humans are unable to 'kick the habit' and are in search of something to eat, this is the place to go.
we want more signs like this!