Dog friendly pubs in Derbyshire

One of the best things recently happened – my bestie got a dog! As the only one out of my friendship group who had a dog, this has opened up a whole new world of social possibilities for me AND a good excuse to take a trip to a pub of an evening. So, over the next few weeks we’re trying out all the dog friendly pubs in Derbyshire and I’ll keep this post updated with all the places we visit.

The Old Poet’s Corner, Ashover

Ashover is really near to where I live and it’s a lovely little village with plenty of places to walk your dog nearby. The Old Poet’s Corner is your traditional village pub (although don’t worry, you don’t get funny looks if you’re not from the village!) – it’s quite dark inside, it’s always pretty busy and on Wednesdays there’s a pub quiz. I think this is my favourite dog friendly pub in Derbyshire.

The food: The food is pretty traditional pub dinners like fish and chips, pies and burgers. I can recommend the steak and ale pie and I’ve also had the Pie of the Day a couple of times – chicken and veg and turkey and ham which were delicious. They’re served with homemade chips which are amazing and plenty of gravy – the portions are huge so you’ll probably manage to slip a couple of chips to your furry friend.

For the dog: Dogs are allowed in the bar area but not the restaurant. There are dog treats on the bar and there are PLENTY of dogs in the pub. Dogs usually get plenty of fuss from the other customers and staff too.

Find out more here.

The Peacock at Barlow

The Peacock at Barlow

So this is quite a new venue and the very best thing about it is the outside terrace with incredible views over the Peak District. You can’t book a table here, you just turn up, but there’s plenty of tables and although they were busy when we went there were spaces. I don’t think many places will be better on a sunny day! The only issue for us was that the service was really slow and the food took about 45 minutes to come.

Dog friendly pubs in Derbyshire
The food: Again, I had chicken and leek pie here which was yummy! It came with carrots, chunky chips and plenty of gravy. Yum!

For the dog: Dogs are allowed throughout the pub and restaurant so you can take the pups anywhere. We got a bowl of water and some doggie treats brought out to us too, plus plenty of attention from the staff.

Find out more here.

Three Horseshoes, Clay Cross

Now this really is my local as it’s a really short walk from my house to here. Inside it’s just a normal sort of town pub with a restaurant area and a bar area and they also have lots of live entertainment including music and (ahem) psychic nights. Due to its convenient location, this might become a regular spot for doggie trips.

Three Horseshoes food
The food: The menu is really extensive and features classic pub dishes and burgers. I had a pulled pork burger in a brioche bun which was really tasty. The portions were massive and it was served with chunky chips. My boy had the chicken burger which unfortunately he said was a little dry and tough.

Three Horseshoes Alfie
For the dog: Dogs are allowed in the bar area and our waitress brought him a drink of water. He also got plenty of fuss from the staff and other customers.

Horse and Jockey, Wessington

This pub has recently undergone a refurbishment so it’s looking lovely. Chunky wooden furniture, exposed brick and woodburners make for a really cosy atmosphere.

Horse and Jockey
The food: The food is nice, although I did find it a tad expensive for what it was. The portions were really large so we left feeling pretty satisfied. I had the chicken burger which was really nice. It had a chunky slice of brie on it which was a slightly odd combination that I hadn’t tried before, but I demolished it pretty quickly!

For the dog: Dogs are allowed in the bar area and Alfie was the subject of plenty of fuss throughout dinner.

Find out more here.

The Stable Bar, Monsal Head

We went on a beautiful walk along the Monsal Trail from Bakewell and stopped for some fuel on the way at the rustic Stable Bar. The original flagstone floor is uneven and this feels like a really old pub. It’s quite small and cosy and both muddy boots and muddy paws are welcome. We didn’t eat here but it’s perfect for a drink during a long walk.

Fish and chips

The Tupton Tap

I think the Tupton Tap is owned by the same people as our fave The Old Poet’s Corner but we don’t like it quite as much. It was pretty quiet when we went and didn’t have quite the same atmosphere as The Poet’s.

The food: The food was average. The portions were hearty but I had fish and chips and the batter was really thick and stodgy, rather than being crunchy.

For the dog: Dogs are welcome but there is also a pub dog called Bella who unfortunately was “in season” when we visited and literally would not leave Alfie alone. It kind of ruined our whole experience as we couldn’t just relax and eat and drink, we had to be constantly telling someone else’s dog off. The owners kept threatening to send her upstairs and we definitely wish that they had!

Find out more here.

The Tickled Trout

The Tickled Trout, Barlow

We visited The Tickled Trout on Christmas Eve and it was really lovely. It’s super cosy and rustic inside with leather booths and wooden plank tables. Barlow is a gorgeous village and we went on a lovely walk around the fisheries before we visited the pub.

Calzone and Christmas pie
The food: The Tickled Trout primarily serves Italian food, so not your typical pub grub. I had a vegetarian calzone and my boyf had a Christmas pie filled with turkey, pigs in blankets and veg. The food was delicious but I did think the portions were quite small, it was perfect for Christmas Eve (as we were planning to stuff ourselves silly over Christmas) but we might have been slightly disappointed were we going for dinner.

For the dog: Dogs are allowed in the bar area, which is really cosy and snug. There’s a big fire as well so it’s perfect for warming up after a winter dog walk.

Find out more here.

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7 Responses

  1. Clara says:

    Great list! There’s nothing better than a lazy afternoon in the pub with your dog!

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