Nine dog-friendly places to eat Dorset

With its outstanding areas of natural beauty and stunning dog-friendly beaches, Dorset is a brilliant holiday destination to visit with your four-legged friends. As well as ample activities to suit both humans and canines, you’ll be spoilt for choice by tempting dining spots. From cosy cafes to pubs with incredible beer gardens, here’s our pick of the best dog-friendly places to eat in Dorset.  

1. The Greyhound Inn

Location: Corfe

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5EZ

Why dogs love it: The dog-friendly ice cream


The Greyhound Inn, one of the best dog-friendly places to eat in Dorset

Image credit: The Greyhound Inn


The Greyhound Inn is the ideal spot for a delicious lunch after exploring the charming, history-packed village of Corfe. Settle down at a table in the quaint, low ceilinged bar area or bask in the sun with your furry friend in the lovely garden overlooking Corfe Castle. There’s a wide selection of real ales on offer, plus the Greyhound Inn is known for hosting several festivals and music events throughout the year.

2. Cobb Arms

Location: Lyme Regis

Address: Marine Parade, Lyme Regis DT7 3JF

Why dogs love it: The delicious dog treats


 Cobb Arms, one of the best dog-friendly places to eat in Dorset

Image credit: The Cobb Arms


Venture all the way down to Dorset’s border with Devon to dine at the lovely Cobb Arms. The traditional pub overlooks Lyme Regis’ picture-perfect Cobb Harbour and is a great venue for a meal before or after a long walk. Tempt your tastebuds with various fresh seafood dishes and don’t forget to ask the bar staff about the free dog biscuits!

3. The Anchor Inn

Location: Bridport

Address: Seatown, Bridport DT6 6JU

Why dogs love it: The direct beach access


The Anchor Inn, one of the best dog-friendly places to eat in Dorset

Image credit: The Anchor Inn


Boasting one of the best beer gardens on the coast, it’s easy to see why this dog-friendly place is so popular! The Anchor Inn lies right on the beach in Seatown, just outside of Bridport, and within seconds of the Golden Cap cliffs. After a scenic coastal walk with your pooch, why not pop in for lunch or drinks? Dogs will be greeted with bowls of water, while dog-owners will love the Anchor Inn’s moreish menu that features numerous local ingredients. 

4. Key West Bar & Grill

Location: Bournemouth

Address: Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA

Why dogs love it: The sights and smells of the sea

Key West

Image credit: Key West Bar & Grill


If you want to feel like you’re floating on water as you eat, you can’t beat the Key West Bar & Grill. It’s found right at the end of Bournemouth’s Pier and is a brilliant dog-friendly venue for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You’ll only be able to sit outside on the terrace if you’re dining with your pooch, but it’s the best place for panoramic ocean views!

5. Nothe Cafe

Location: Weymouth

Address: Nothe House, Barrack Rd, Weymouth DT4 8TY

Why dogs love it: They get to be involved in a family outing!



Image credit: Nothe Fort


Weymouth’s historic Nothe Fort is a must-see on holidays to the seaside town. What’s more, it welcomes well-behaved dogs on leads! Once you’re done exploring the Victorian sea fort and soaking up the breathtaking sea vistas, head to the Nothe Fort Cafe for a cuppa, cream tea or home-cooked breakfast. The casual cafe has a range of colourful benches and a simple yet mouth-watering menu.

6. The Thimble Inn

Location: Piddlehinton, Dorchester

Address: 14 High St, Piddlehinton, Dorchester DT2 7TD

Why dogs love it: Snoozing near the log fire



Image credit: The Thimble Inn


Cosy vibes and gourmet pub grub makes The Thimble Inn a fantastic place to dine on cooler days. The dog-friendly pub and restaurant in Piddlehinton is housed inside a charming 18th century building and has a huge, leafy beer garden perfect for when the sun does come out. Vegans and vegetarians should ask for The Thimble Inn’s separate menu which features a selection of delectable plant-based dishes.

7. Smugglers Inn

Location: Osmington Mills, Weymouth

Address: Osmington Mills, Weymouth DT3 6HF

Why dogs love it: The big garden and drool-worthy treats


Smugglers Inn

Image credit: Smugglers Inn


Smugglers Inn is handily located in Osmington Mills along the South West Coast Path, making it a great pitstop for those on a coastal hike with their canine. The pub dates back to the 18th century and has stunning oldy-worldy interiors! Dogs can look forward to snoozing in the sun in the pub’s large garden and snacking on delicious doggy-friendly ice cream.

8. Tawnys Wine Bar

Location: Swanage

Address: 52 High St, Swanage BH19 2NX

Why dogs love it: Being snuck yummy food under the table


Want a break from pubs on your Dorset break? Tawnys Wine Bar is a chic venue right in the heart of Swanage. It’s perfect for sumptuous cuisine and a few glasses of good wine. What’s more, it’s very dog-friendly! Soak up the bistro-style decor and dine on regional delicacies (think Exmoor venison and Dorset-caught shellfish) while your pooch naps under the table. 

9. Cloisters

Location: Wimborne Minster

Address: 40 East St., Wimborne BH21 1DX

Why dogs love it: It’s great for meeting other doggies



Image credit: Cloisters

You can’t visit the South West for a staycation without indulging in at least one cream tea! Cloisters is a cosy, eco-friendly cafe in Wimborne Minster that not only welcomes dogs with open arms, but also has a tasty menu of sweet treats and savoury bites. Visit for breakfast or go in the afternoon to order the Cloisters’ High Tea, featuring finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones. There’s also plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.



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