Dog Friendly Venues Serving Food – Brighton & Sussex
Hi there, my name is Floyd the Dog (to use my proper title) and I’m the Restaurants Brighton dog friendly reviewer; it is my task to guide you through the best dog friendly pubs Brighton has to offer.
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 their 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 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.
Dog friendly pubs & restaurants in 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.
Great British Charcuterie, Brighton Marina
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 Sussex Ox, Polegate
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 and Elmo the Golden Retrievers and Lyla the Jack Russell.
The Cleveland Arms, Blakers Park
Welcoming folk of the Preston Park area and beyond, 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 at The Cleveland Arms could perhaps be described as ‘elevated pub grub’, offering 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.
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.
Ten Green Bottles, central Brighton
Who’d of thought it, your looking for all the dog friendly pubs Brighton has and you get a fancy 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.
Small Batch Coffee, Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Worthing.
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
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.
The Western, Central Brighton
Located within a stones throw of Churchill Square shopping centre this is the perfect spot for dad and the dog to relax while some retail therapy happens. Described as a tap room, The Western has a vast selection of some of our favourite beers. The food is top notch pub grub with a twist, being described as ‘Eastern European meets Dirty Western’. our favourite is the homemade chicken Kiev made with free-range chicken breast, which deserves ethical kudos for that alone.
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, 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!
The Hartington, Hanover
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.
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.
Lost Boys Chicken at The Joker, Preston Circus
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?
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 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.
New Steine Hotel Restaurant, Kemptown
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 un-pretentious 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.
The New Club Brighton, King’s Road
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.
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.
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 Urchin, Blatchington Rd, Hove
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 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. There’s plenty of space for your four legged friends and bowls provided.
The West Hill Tavern, Buckingham Place
Now if you’re looking for a spot to read the paper with a pint with your dog, The West Hill Tavern is a good choice. With it’s ever changing beer, great food selection and excellent Sunday lunches, it’s a pub that’s away from the crowds with friendly staff that are always welcoming.
Starfish and Coffee, Egremont Place
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.
Flour Pot, Brighton & Hove
The Flour Pot is a popular spot for many Brighton residents and visitors, for its artisan baked goods, quality coffee and cool interiors. It’s a cafe for meeting friends, doing some work or people watching. There are a few to choose from too, so not matter where you are in Brighton or Hove, you can get your Flour Pot fix while walking your dog around town or in Hove.
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.
The Schooner, Southwick
The Schooner gastro pub, is situated in a 18th century building, offering craft ales and open fires there’s a warm welcome for humans and canines alike. Food is served daily from Monday to Saturday noon until 9.30pm and the menu offers up a seasonal selection of classics as well as seafood and game.
The Wheatsheaf, Henfield
The Wheatsheaf in Henfield is a welcoming and friendly country pub inviting to all, gardens and play areas are great for families and dog owners in the summer. Whilst roaring fires and hearty, home grown, home cooked food make for an ample reward after brisk country walks!
The Wardroom is a modern restaurant and bar situated at The Old Ship Hotel on Brighton’s seafront. Being on the seafront the restaurant boasts beautiful views with alfresco dining. Dogs are more than welcome in the bar and lounge area where treats and bowls are available. You can also enjoy a light meal or snack while you’re there.
Cafe Plenty, Circus Parade
Situated in the Preston Circus area, 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 Coffee@33) or a tea from local purveyors, Chi. We recommend nabbing an outside seat when the sun is shining.
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.
The Coffee Break, by Edendum, East Street
The Coffee Break, by 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 serving authentic Italian and British dishes, this venue has charm and warmth throughout. The best bit? Dogs are welcome too!
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.
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 town.
Proud Country House, Stanmer Park
Proud Country House is located in the beautiful Stanmer Park, amongst acres of beautiful grounds. Enjoy a stroll with your dog before heading for a drink, meal or Sunday Roast.
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 Royal Sovereign, Preston St
The Sov’ as it’s affectionately known has 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. Photo credit: The Dorset Facebook
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 Victory, Duke Street
Winning the ‘Oldest’ category in the Dog Friendly Pubs Brighton award is The Victory on Duke Street. Established in 1766 it’s one of Brighton’s oldest pubs, The Victory 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 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 welcomes pet pooches with open arms and perhaps a water bowl should you ask. Expect plenty of cakes, Small Batch coffee and weekend specials.
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.
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.
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. When visiting by train, ‘the Manor’ as it’s affectionately known, is one of the first dog friendly pubs Brighton will greet you with.
Brighton Rocks, Kemptown
The ‘best kept secret’, award on the dog friendly pubs Brighton list goes to Kemptown’s Brighton Rocks.Tthis 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.
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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 boasts plenty 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. Photo credit: The Exchange Facebook
Lion and Lobster, Bedford Pl, Brighton
On the dog friendly pubs Brighton list this pub earns it’s place as a long cherished local. Previously voted in the top 3 for the Best Sunday roasts in Brighton, the Lion and Lobster is a bit of a legend. As well as their epic 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.
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 menu which features quality home cooked classics such as braised shoulder of lamb and pot roast chicken.
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!
The Rose & Crown, Cuckfield
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!
The Talbot, Cuckfield
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.