Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Dog Friendly Pubs and Restaurants
Our top picks
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, its amazing food is also an 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!
If you’ve got a dog that loves to shop (you probably don’t but you know what we mean) then Kooks on Gardner Street in the North Laine is an ideal place to stop, drop and inspect your purchases. Dogs are welcome inside and out with staff on hand with fresh water bowls, during the summer weekends Kooks extends into the street, perfect for dog-days and social brunch get-togethers.
Located in the Preston Park area, The Cleveland Arms is the definition of a community pub. The venue itself has been recently refurbished into a modern and light but cosy and welcoming space, overlooking the beautiful green space of Blakers Park. The menu offers those English pub classics we have come to know and love through to more refined and experimental dishes showcasing worldwide cuisine. Everything on the menu is homemade with locally sourced ingredients.
The sizeable welcoming venue that is The Hartington, situated just off Elm Grove, is perfect for both large and small gatherings, with a cheery, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and traditional pub games. Dogs are welcome, with fresh water and doggy treats at the bar and a good sized garden for lazy summer days.
Well placed at the Southern end of Preston Park, The Joker offers a great range of drinks from craft ales and real beers to perfectly mixed cocktails. If you’ve worked up an appetite from all the boundless fun of the park then this surely is a go-to spot to refresh and recharge. The food element is supplied by Lost Boys Chicken, bringing a sassy New York feel selection of wings and sizeable sandwiches together with Big Apple proportioned sides and lip-smacking sauces. Was that Preston Park or Central Park you’ve just been throwing sticks in?
Wanting to escape the city for a weekend good food, drink and country walks with your pooch? Why not give The Sussex Ox a visit, just a short car journey outside of Brighton. Whether you fancy a few pints of something local at the bar or a superb Sunday roast, dogs are welcome anywhere in the pub. They may even make a few friends with pub resident’s Max, Elmo and Ozzy the Golden Retrievers and Lyla the Jack Russell.
The spacious Grade II listed New Inn in Hurstpierpoint boasts a third-acre garden with a southern aspect giving it full exposure during the summer months, perfect for dog-days. Set in the foothills of the Southdowns National Park and only fifteen minutes away from The New Inn is a welcome break during country walks, with a fantastic gastropub menu and local beers and wines.
Like its sister venue, Mange Tout, Plateau believes in great quality ingredients in which the fullest of flavours are encouraged out through expertise and natural means. A large number of their extensive range of biodynamic low intervention wines are available by the glass and the staff are more than willing to share their passion for a good drop. Stick around for sharing platters and food with the same simple, honest ethos, and just like Plateau, dogs are welcome.
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.
Keep your energy and enthusiasm up for those long walks with a coffee in hand from Brighton’s most popular independent coffee roasters, Small Batch Coffee. Part of the success of the brand is no doubt the super friendly and genuinely happy service which is extended to dogs with such vigorous enthusiasm they have earned themselves a spot in the Top 100 most dog-friendly places in the world
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.
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.
Serving the best of British produce, the GB Charcuterie is the perfect spot to enjoy stop by with your dog after a walk along the seafront. Be it to pick up a few food supplies on your way home or sit and have a glass of wine, you can take advantage of their outside seating in the sun too.
The New Steine Hotel Brighton in the heart of Kemptown is a gorgeous and cosy venue which forms part of the elegant New Steine Rooms and bistro. Offering classic and unpretentious French and British style dishes, this is a venue which is suitable for any occasion, you have plenty of room to enjoy your own table space and the restaurant area is tastefully decorated with local artists’ work and elegance. Dogs are welcome in the restaurant as well as the hotel.
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.
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.
There are pubs that are dog-friendly and there are pubs that are dog-prefered; of the two types the George Payne, tucked behind Portland Road, and fifteen minutes walk (walkies!) from Hove Park is definitely the latter. Among their array of menus, there’s an A-La-Bark selection, boasting such canine delights as a rawhide cigar and a doggy beer! All profits from A-La-Bark sales go to Canine Concern, a charity that provides therapy dogs for the sick, lonely and elderly.
Hidden away in the Lanes, Twisted Lemon is a popular cocktail bar for those in the know about Brighton’s secret locations. Happy hour drinks are available every day except Saturdays making this one of Brighton’s more affordable cocktail destinations. There’s a small menu of simple bar food that’s also reasonably priced and plenty of water and free pats for dogs.
Not far from the daily walk at The Level or Preston Park is the light, bright and friendly Roundhill Pub. Charmingly decorated with a good outside seating area and a lunch and evening menu that is vegan by default (some dishes can be made vegetarian), The Roundhill is a pub not just for those who love dogs but those who love animals in general.
Head into the friendly village of Kemptown for a neighbourhood pizzeria serving up authentic Neapolitan pizzas. If you find yourself hungry east of the Palace Pier then Woodbox Pizzeria is guaranteed to serve up a warm welcome for you and your four-legged friend. Or if you like dogs and aren’t blessed with one yourself, the resident hounds at Woodbox are often on hand for a pat.
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. The Urchin seats 30 covers in the restaurant with additional bar and outdoor seating. The menu predominantly features prawns, lobster, crab and scallops. What better place to create such a concept but the shores of Sussex?
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.
Ideally situated on the King’s Road with great views over the West Pier, The New Club Brighton is a seriously cool NY style eatery. Serving across two floors and with outdoor seating, The New Club is open for brunch through to late evening meals, coffee to cocktails. Dawgs with dogs welcome.
Al Duomo is an ideal spot if you want to visit the centre of the city while having plenty of space around 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.
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. There’s plenty of space for your four legged friends and bowls provided.
Starfish and Coffee is the perfect stop after taking your dog for a walk in Queen’s Park. With their excellent coffee that has been carefully chosen, Full English Breakfast and high end brunches, you’ll be set for the day ready to get going! Dogs are very welcome with water bowls and biscuits available for them.
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.
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.
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