Dog Friendly Venues Serving Food – Brighton and Sussex
Hi there, my name is Floyd the Dog (to use my proper title) and I’m the Restaurants Brighton dog friendly reviewer.
I love a good bowl of water, a few treats if possible, and of course I love a good walk. It’s great when Mr and Mrs RB can take me with them as I really do prefer to come along, say hello to everyone, and lie under the table quietly just in case someone accidentally drops some of the delicious smelling food on the floor. After all, if they’re happy and they know I can go with them then I get to go to some really swanky venues.
Here is my list of dog friendly pubs in Brighton as well as some Sussex venues (these often give me trips to the South Downs which is an extra bonus).
Give me a woof if you think there are others I should visit and here’s one of my favourite pics from this month. It is a picture of the lovely Golden Retriever, ‘Leo’- courtesy of the Better Half Pub in Hove.
Dog friendly pubs & restaurants – Brighton & Sussex
Malmaison, Brighton Marina
If you’re looking for a spot to eat or drink at the Marina after walking your dog then the new Malmaison hotel has the fantastic Chez Mal. Serving dishes with flare and skill, mixing French style with generous British portion sizes. Enjoy New York Strip Steaks with their homemade steak sauce or a whole host of delicious dishes including breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas in the chic modern brasserie.
The Schooner, Southwick
A wonderful option if you are a dog walker as this venue is a good strong walk along the seafront and will take you past Hove Lagoon – then a bit further along. An independent gastropub offering locally sourced meats, fish & seafood. Enjoy real fires and stunning panoramic views overlooking lady bee marina & the harbour. Child friendly and bones are waiting for your four legged friends.
The Crown Inn, Horsted Keynes
The Crown Inn is situated at Horsted Keynes, just past Lindfield around 35 minutes from Brighton. There’s a friendly and relaxing atmosphere at The Crown Inn, and with head chef Simon’s years of experience in fine dining you’re in for a real treat! Your canine friend doesn’t have to miss out as dogs a very welcomed at The Crown Inn!
Lucky Beach, Brighton Seafront
Located in a prime location on Brighton Seafront, Lucky Beach is the kind of cafe that locals have always longed for. A funky menu, friendly staff and most importantly – a damn good drinks menu! Because most of the seating is on their patio or beach area they are extremely welcoming to dogs and will be happy to provide water bowls and plenty of pats if needed.
The Rose & Crown is situated in the picturesque village Cuckfield, around 35 minutes from Brighton. It is a family business run by Simon & Mark Dennis, who also run the popular sister venue the The Crown Inn at Horsted Keynes. Serving modern British food and a great selection of drinks there’s a fabulous beer garden, a lounge or the main restaurant you can enjoy your food in with your dog!
Busby and Wilds, Kemptown Village
Tucked away in the quiet back streets of Kemptown, Busby and Wilds is a family owned pub which serves great food in a friendly environment. They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create a range of delicious, satisfying dishes. Family and dog friendly, it’s a great place to go for lunch with your clan. There’s a lovely courtyard outside for the warmer months. Booking recommended on weekends.
The Bull Inn, Henfield
Located just north of Henfield, this traditional style pub welcomes the whole family (including the dog!). With plenty of space and a delicious menu specialising in freshly baked pizza we think this is a venue that will please the kids and adults alike! The spacious beer garden is an ideal space to dine al fresco with your dog during the summer months or just to relax & enjoy a drink.
Cafe Plenty, Circus Parade
A new addition to the up and coming area of Preston Circus, Cafe Plenty has the essence of a New York coffee house; with oodles of space, funky lighting and a deconstructed warehouse vibe. Pop in with your dog and they will be welcome to a bowl of water whilst you choose between coffee (sourced from [email protected]) or a tea from local purveyors, Chi. We recommend nabbing an outside seat when the sun is shining.
Coggings and Co, Seven Dials
Serving some of the best burgers you’ve ever tasted with a delicious set of sides and puddings, Coggings and Co have thought about it all – and did you kow you could take along your dog too? A venue which packs a very warm welcome, with a spacious rear garden should you wish to sit outside on those warmer days.
The Better Half, Hove
Conveniently located just off Hove seafront, this is an ideal venue if you want to take the dog for a stroll along the seafront, then it is a venue you can nip into, just one road back from the main Hove seafront. The Better Half is situated slightly west of Hove lawns on Hove Place. Known as your friendly neighbourhood local, this great quality food pub offers a gastro style menu along with a great selection of wines and ales.
Ten Green Bottles, central Brighton
Dogs allowed in a wine bar? We kid you not, well behaved pooches are welcomed like old pals in this friendly drinking venue, perfect for the discerning drinker and pet owner! Pop in for a glass of something delicious, and if you fancy a nibble you can take advantage of their tapas menu which includes local cheeses and Spanish and Italian charcuterie.
Rootcandi, Western Road
Rootcandi is sure to delight both you and your four-legged friend, with its interesting plant-based menu and kindliness to dogs! The staff are very welcoming to pooches and will provide a bowl of water on request. Enjoy a spot of vegan tapas, sampling their selection plates or choosing from the a la carte menu.
The Cherry Tree, Brighton Marina
Many a great weekend walk has been had along the the seafront to Brighton Marina, and it’s great after a long stroll with the dog to stop off for a spot of something delicious. Luckily the newly opened Cherry Tree is located in the attractive Waterside square and welcome pet pooches with open arms and perhaps a water bowl should you ask. Expect plenty of cakes, Small Batch coffee and weekend specials.
Semolina, Off London Road
Semolina is an independent café/bistro serving a homemade seasonal menu created around local ingredients from Sussex suppliers. Run by husband and wife team, Orson and Linda they pride themselves on a family and dog-friendly environment. Semolina have been recommended for our dog-friendly page by our Facebook fans who commended them for their friendly attitude and water bowls for the pooches.
The New Club, Brighton Seafront
New Club is a super option if you’re planning a seafront walk. They already have several regulars, and well behaved canines are allowed if kept on a lead (but not on the seats please!). Water bowls are provided free of charge for customers’ dogs- please ask if you need one when you get there. The New Club in Brighton is super-cool and brings us an LA style Indie Coffee House, mixed with the vibes of a New York Bar and Diner.
The Independent Pub, Hanover
In a nutshell, the Independent is a beer, wine & food pub but you will also find artisan roasted coffee, loose leaf teas, breakfasts, jazz nights and vinyl spins regularly on a lovely Rega turntable. It’s perfect for a Sunday lunch after walking the dog around Queen’s Park, and they will happily provide water bowls and dog biscuits for parched pups.
Chimney House, Seven Dials
The Chimney House has everything a ‘proper pub’ should and more. The food is proper ‘pub grub’ but delivered in a polished way and created using the finest quality, local ingredients. The menu changes seasonally and the kitchen is open plan so you can watch the chefs as they work. Has plenty of space for your four legged friends and bowls provided.
Eatalio, Queens Road
Eatalio is a recently new addition to Brighton’s food scene, and is located on Queens Road, about a 5 min walk from the station near Brighton’s clock tower. Inspired by the simple, yet healthy food served from the street carts in Italy, Eatalio provides affordable, grab and go food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No services for dogs, they just allow them in the venue.
Proud Country House (formerly Stanmer House)
Proud Country House is located in the beautiful Stanmer Park, amongst acres of beautiful grounds. Enjoy a stroll with you dog before heading for a drink, meal or Sunday Roast. One patron has commented saying ‘ they do great doggy bar snacks like roast pigs trotters and ears” which sounds pretty dog-friendly to us!
Al Duomo, City Centre
Al Duomo is an ideal spot if you want to visit the centre of the city while having plenty of space around you for you and your canine friend. Al Duomo is great for coffees and pastries at any time of the day, plus it’s a great option if you fancy some of the finest Italian cuisine in the city. Close to the Pavilion Gardens, 2 minutes from the seafront. Water bowls provided for pooches.
Jolly Poacher, Ditchling Road
Situated between Fiveways and the Level, the Jolly Poacher is a fabulous dining experience in a casual and laidback environment. The menu created by head chef Anthony Burns moves with the seasons and the availability of fresh, local and sustainable produce. They have a few tables on the terrace for when the sun has got it’s hat on and fires inside for when it doesn’t.
The Coach House, The Lanes
A lively and unique Brighton venue, the Coach House is known for its informal and friendly atmosphere as well as it’s outstanding food. Situated in the heart of the lanes, but still only a stone’s throw from the seafront, it’s an ideal place for a quality relaxed lunch. The menu features classic dishes with a twist and all made with local and seasonal produce where possible. Inviting roaring fire for the colder months. Dogs welcome.
Hove Place, Hove
Described as a ‘bistro pub and gardens’, the Hove Place is a stylish,modern pub with an emphasis on their outdoor space which include a large mature Italian garden out the back and a delightful terrace out the front. The relaxing, picturesque gardens are perfect for Alfresco dining with friends or family or just you and your dog! Offering a contemporary twist on pub food, there’s something for everyone’s taste.
The Lord Nelson, North Laine
One of Brighton’s oldest pubs, the Nelly as it’s affectionately known is a great place for a proper pub lunch in a proper traditionally Victorian pub. Situated in the North Laines, it’s super warm and friendly, perfect for a relaxed lunch with friends or simply by yourself and your dog. Big on using trusted local suppliers their food is simple but fresh, homemade and tasty. Not one, but two cozy roaring fireplaces.
The Black Lion, The Lanes
One of Brighton’s well known pubs, The Black Lion, is situated in the heart of The Lanes just near the seafront on Black Lion Street. Not only does The Black Lion have a good reputation for a music filled night out, it’s amazing food is also the attraction to many people. Dogs are welcomed at The Black Lion and there’s a great heated beer garden you can enjoy in the warm and cold seasons!
Battle of Trafalgar, Nr Brighton Station
A cosy little pub near to Brighton station, the wonders of Lyndsey’s kitchen can be experienced here too. Keen to keep their menu evolving to reflect the seasons and local produce, they offer high quality home-made pub classics. In fact the only thing you’ll find which isn’t made in house is the bread. They have special offer nights such as 2 burgers for £12 on a Monday and cater very well for their vegetarian and vegan diners.
The Urchin, Blatchington Rd, Hove
One of Brighton’s newest offerings, the Urchin craft beer and shellfish pub is a wholly unique concept. Entirely dedicated to shellfish, matched with a range of over 100 craft beers the Urchin is something Brighton has never seen before. Seats 30 covers in the restaurant, the menu predominantly features prawns, lobster, crab and scallops. What better place to create such a concept but the shores of Brighton?
The Connaught, Hove St, Hove
A warm and friendly ‘all round’ pub close to Hove seafront. The Connaught is a favourite among locals and welcomes all kinds of customers including families and pets. There are toys and a special menu for the kids, water bowls for dogs and plenty of quality food and drink for the adults! With a south facing beer garden for warmer days, and a wood burning stove for those chillier days, everyone’s a winner.
The Exchange, Hove
Tucked away in a residential street near Hove station (Goldstone Street) the Exchange is a newly revamped pub with loads of character. Now with wooden floors, green and bare brick walls and industrial pendant lamps, it’s a great place to sit down by the roaring log fire with your dog, a pint and a plate of good food. Great menu with British classics made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Lion and Lobster, Bedford Pl, Brighton
Voted in the top 3 for the Best Sunday roasts in Brighton in 2014, the Lion and Lobster is a bit of a legend. As well as their legendary Sunday roasts, they have a restaurant set menu, an extensive pub menu for the bar and a late night menu for dirty stop outs. Great quality pub food in one of Brighton & Hove’s most unique and historical pubs. Wood burning stove on the terrace.
The Royal Sovereign, Preston St
Having recently re-opened after a period of refurbishment, the Sov’ as it’s affectionately known is back with a heated decked rear garden and roaring fires. Part of Brighton’s history for many years, the Sov’ attracts locals and travellers alike from all ages and walks of life. Spoilt for choice with craft beers and local real ales it’s definitely a place you could sit and while the hours away. Dog friendly.
The Fountain Head, North Road
Warm and inviting, the Fountain Head is a favourite amongst Brightonian’s. Always packed with every type of punter ranging from after work drinkers, students and loyal ‘old-timers’. Combining classic with contemporary it has original exposed brickwork and two cosy open fires all in a light and airy space. The food menu is quality pub food ranging from sandwiches, burgers and main dishes such as Sausage & Mash of the Week.
The Dorset, North Laine
Situated on the corner of Gardner Street and North Road, the Dorset has been part of Brighton for almost 200 years. Right in the heart of the bustling North Laine it’s the perfect spot to refuel after a busy shopping spree or for a relaxing after work drink. Full of warmth and character you can either sit outside on a summers evening and people watch or relax by the crackling open fire. Pet friendly.
White Rabbit, North Laine
A fantastic pub for winter evenings, the White Rabbit on Kensington Gardens offers a roaring log fire to get cosy by whilst cradling your pint or glass of red. This quirky, kitsch pub fits in perfectly in the North Laine. Warm, friendly and very welcoming it’s an easy pub to while away many hours. Interesting and unusual artwork litters the walls to ponder over. The beer garden is open from 12 – 8 for those not quite ready to say goodbye to Summer.
Prestonville Arms, Seven Dials
A warm and welcoming pub tucked away just 10 minutes from Brighton station. Children and well behaved dogs are welcome making a great place for families. No noisy TV’s or gaming machines but just a cosy, comfortable pub which serves a quality menu, selected specials and delicious Sunday Roasts. A pretty patio for warmer times and a cosy warming fire for those cold and rainy days us Brit’s are all too familiar with.
The Joker, Preston Circus
Named a few times by their dog-owning patrons on Facebook, The Joker seems to be a popular hang out spot for those with dogs. Located smack bang on the Preston Circus crossroads, The Joker is popular for those who live in Preston Park and around who come for the great selection of drinks and the even better menu of American-style chicken wings and curly fries!
Freemasons, Western Road, Hove
A warm and welcoming pub in the heart of Hove. The thing you’ll notice first is the beautiful stony tiled mosaic front art Deco windows making this grade II listed building even more inviting. The staff are extremely friendly, making you feel at home. They have a new summer menu which features quality home cooked classics such as braised shoulder of lamb and pot roast chicken.
The Victory, Duke Street
Established in 1766 making it one of Brighton’s oldest pubs, the Victory on Duke Street has kept most of it’s original features giving it a really authentic and traditional feel. Think beer kegs for high tops and book cases embedded into brick walls. The food is simple but quality featuring simple bar snacks such as scotch eggs, casual baguettes, burgers and salads and more substantial dishes such as the Jack and Coke Pork Ribs.
The Prince George, Trafalgar Street
Cosy, lively pub where the menu is solely vegetarian. Award winning, this menu will tempt even the most committed of carnivores. Street food, a Mexican influence and traditional roasts on a Sunday, the Prince George is a great place to re-fuel after a busy afternoon shopping in Brighton’s North Laine, or enjoying a tasty meal with friends and family. Dogs welcome too.
The Basketmakers Arms, North Laine
Multi Award winning, the Basketmakers is a little gem of a pub tucked away in the heart of the North Laine. With carpet, and low ceilings it’s easy to make yourself feel at home. The home-cooked pub food with a focus on the vegetarian and organic is a big draw, using only fresh, local ingredients from around. Don’t forget the real ale, with no less than eight hand-pulls there’s plenty to choose from.
Edendum, East Street
Edendum is a place that brings together three amazing experiences: eating top-quality Italian cuisine, enjoying top-quality coffee and pastries and buying top-quality Italian food products. Quality is the essence shared by all three, all 100% Italian. Offering a casual cafe and a restaurant serving authentic Italian dishes, this new venue has charm and warmth throughout. The best bit? Dogs are welcome too!
Morris & Jacques, Kemptown
More than just a coffee shop, Morris & Jacques aim to serve the best of British and Mediterranean cafe style food, using local producers such as Nutbourne chutneys and jams, Hannington honey, yummy cakes from “A Taste of Dreams” and bread from Real Patisserie. Supremely dog friendly, they even have a jar of doggie biscuits for your four legged friend. Their spacious rear garden is the perfect place to enjoy some sun with your pooch in tow.
Pub Du Vin, The Lanes
Neighbouring the Hotel, the Pub du Vin is a classic pub with a Hotel du Vin twist. You may think ‘wine bar’ based on the name, but this is not the case. Serving proper pub food, and an exciting range of real local ales, it has all the right ingredients for a traditional British pub. There’s even a large screen to show key sporting fixtures. Awesome Sunday brunch menu too.
Sussex Yeoman, Brighton
Up on the hill, just 2 minutes from Brighton station, the Sussex Yeoman is an attractive looking pub which specialises in locally and ethically sourced ingredients, award winning Sunday roasts, wines and real ales. Only using free range meat and poultry and organic and free range eggs you can be rest assured that you are getting good quality food. Friendly and welcoming, ‘the Manor’ as it’s affectionately known is popular with locals. Dogs welcome.
Independent neighbourhood pub, the Sidewinder is the place which houses the Smokin’ Gringo: the Mexican inspired kitchen serving up authentic street food including your classic burritos, quesadillas and tostados. Headlined by creative head chef, Matt Young, he marinates and slow cooks his meat for a whole day. Having spent some time in Austin, Texas, Matt’s creations are a touch on the Tex Mex side. Daily specials available. Dog friendly.
Brighton Rocks, Kemptown
‘Kemptown’s best kept secret’, this trendy cocktail bar is a great place to relax, unwind and eat good food with friends. Serving a simple but quality menu for light bites or more substantial mains, it’s got something for everyone including ‘Small plates’, sharing platters and an awesome Rib Eye. Renowned for their fabulous contemporary cocktails give the Sussex Martini a try.
And a few dog friendly pubs in Sussex
The Sportsman Pub, Goddards Green
Situated in the little West Sussex village of Goddards Green, the Sportsman is a traditional English country pub. Formerly two pubs, the Magpie and the Sportsman, the grade II listed buildings were knocked through into one in recent years. Known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, the Sportsman is the perfect place for a pub lunch or cosy evening meal. The diverse menu offers pub classics with a creative twist. Locally sourced fresh ingredients.
A family favourite of one of our reviewers, Baloo’s Bar and Kitchen is a hidden gem in the sleepy little village of Woodmancote, West Sussex. A pretty drive into the country followed by fabulous locally sourced food and warm and professional service. Caters for many an occasion from a quick but tasty set lunch to a leisurely family Sunday roast. Gorgeous wood burning stove to keep you toasty on those chillier nights. Dogs welcome.
Senor Buddha, Preston Circus
Small but perfectly formed, Senor Buddha offers Asian-fusion tapas just off the popular Preston Circus area. It’s wise to book ahead as seating is limited but it’s well worth the phone call – dishes are innovative and the service is very personable. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
Shepherd and Dog, Fulking
This beautiful old inn in the ‘miss it if you blink’ hamlet of Fulking literally sits at the foot of the South Downs. Which is why it’s huge beer garden is on a very big upwards slope. Although recently refurbished, it has sensibly retained most of it’s 18th century charm including it’s original fireplace and wood burner. A perfect place to refuel after a long walk over the Downs with the dog.
A traditional pub in the large but pretty village of Cuckfield near Haywards Heath. The modern restaurant is separate from the pub. Light, spacious and airy it is a lovely place for a relaxed meal. Dog friendly it is really popular with dog loving locals and passing dog walkers alike. The menu is carefully crafted with a good selection of classic British dishes cooked with locally sourced ingredients and real passion.
Royal Oak, Poynings
A well reputed pub in the beautiful hamlet of Poynings situated at the foot of the South Downs by the famous Devils Dyke. A 10 minute drive from Brighton, it’s easy to get to but makes you feel deep in the countryside. Buzzing with loyal locals most nights, it’s one of those pubs where everyone’s welcome including the furry, wagged tail kind. Superb sophisticated pub menu and an open fire.
Fountain Inn, Ashurst
Beautiful olde worlde inn in the sleepy village of Ashurst. A free house and ‘Cask Marque’ accredited, the Fountain has plenty of local ales on offer as well as the more recognised international beers and lagers. Complete with wonky floorboards, inglenook fireplaces and the heart warming smell of homemade cooking wafting in from the kitchen, you will not want to go home.
The Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington
Modestly not defining themselves as ‘fine dining’ but a place of ‘fine cooking’, the Jolly Sportsman is a multi-award winning food pub which serves high quality, finely crafted, seasonal dishes in a relaxed and informal setting. Nestled on the north side of South Downs near the sleepy village of East Chiltington, it is an ideal place to retreat to.
Rainbow Inn, Cooksbridge
The Rainbow Inn in Cooksbridge near Lewes is a beautiful, historic pub with bags of character. The gardens are glorious in the summer months but when the weather isn’t so balmy, there is a gorgeous, big log burning fire in the bar area to get cozy and snuggle up. Dogs are welcome (on a lead) so the perfect place to stop for lunch and a local ale after a walk in the country.
The Bull, Ditchling
The Bull is a stylishly converted pub in the charming village of Ditchling, about 10 minutes north of Brighton. Think low timber beams, open fires and plush leather sofas. There’s also a terrace and a large garden with views of the South Downs for the summer months. The menu is affordable and changes daily including modern British classics, inventive fusion dishes and some lighter vegetarian fare. Children and Dog friendly.