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
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.
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.
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 and Elmo 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.
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.
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.
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
Seafront bar and restaurant Ohso Social is the perfect post dog walk lunch or dinner venue. With plenty of outside seating, their extensive menu caters for all, and the drinks menu is vast and thoughtful and perfectly enjoyed overlooking the sea on a sunny day.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.