Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Dog Friendly Pubs and Restaurants
Our top picks
Dogs about town
The Black Lion is a centrally located bub in the Brighton Lanes. Lively by night and a great food pub by day. There’s a large heated patio garden with covered booths at the back and additional street-side seating at the front. Dogs welcome in and out.
The Bierhaus on Edward Street, just a little way up from The Royal Pavilion, is a tap room for local, award-winning micro brewery Brighton Bier. This is a stripped back but enjoyable venue, for lovers of real beer, looking to quench a post-walk thirst.
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. Full of warmth and character, you can either sit outside on a summer’s evening and people watch or relax by the crackling open fire.
If you and your dog need a break from the hustle and bustle of the Lanes then Lost in the Lanes café provides sanctuary for you both. Open for breakfasts, lunch and early evening small plates. Recharge with a coffee or refresh with a cocktail or glass of wine.
Mange Tout is Brighton’s favourite spot for brunch, as voted for by Brightonians in the 2020 BRAVO awards. It’s ethos is on sustainability and quality infused with a relaxed social vibe. The menu changes constantly and gets penned up on a chalk board for ease. Dogs are welcome inside and at the street-side seating.
As a favourite go-to spot for many locals and those passing through the city, The Mes has made sure it is inclusive to all and that includes your pooch pals. This is a superb Lanes location and not far from the seafront. Great cocktails and a strong food menu, with doggie biscuits also available.
You’d be barking mad not to swing by The Bronze on your dog walk through Kemptown. It’s all about Sussex sourced smokehouse and barbeque flavours, community and fun-loving Brighton vibes. Big on sustainability, great beer, cocktails and an extensive whisk(e)y list.
The Chimney House, located between Seven Dials and the back of Brighton Station is just a short walk from Hove Green. It has everything you could want from a ‘proper pub’ with a Brighton edge – seasonally led elevated pub food, quality beer and that warm local pub vibe that extends to dogs.
The Cleveland Arms is a community pub that serves great food (and prize-winning roasts). Handily located near Preston Park (for big walks) and Blacker’s Park (for little walks or top-ups). It’s a light, modern venue that still feels cozy and has rear and front outdoor seating.
Close to Queen’s park, Hanover, 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.
If you’ve worked up an appetite from all the boundless fun of Preston Park then The Joker is a go-to spot to refresh and recharge. The food element is supplied by Lost Boys Chicken, bringing a sassy New York to feel with a selection of wings and sizeable sandwiches together with Big Apple proportioned sides and lip-smacking sauces.
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.
Starfish and Coffee is the perfect stop after taking your dog for a walk in Queen’s Park. This light and friendly cafe is a central part of the Hanover community where you can #BrunchLikeABoss with this BRAVO 2020 Best Cafe winner. Dogs are very welcome with water bowls, biscuits and doggy ice cream!
Having worked up a thirst with walkies on the level, you may not be quite ready to face Muesli Mountain. Make a pit-stop in The Free Haus just off Elm Grove for some quality local beer from Brighton Bier and maybe a tasty Greek Gyro from Happy Go Souvlaki. There’s a rear garden and plenty of room for the whole family in this community pub.
This Ladies Mile Pub on the edge of Mackie Park strongly embraces it’s local community, welcoming all members of the family including the four-legged kind. Food is from the kitchen of local chef Russell Tisbury, whose Sunday roasts have consistently landed him a top-three spot for the BRAVO Best Roast since 2018
Brighton Bier Brewery, just a little back from the seaside before Marine Gate, has opened up their beer garden for you and your friends (including the four legged kind) to revel in. Enjoy international award winning beers and pop up street food vendors under the sun (or gazebo on wet days). The bar is fully stocked with freshly tapped beers, crafts, wine, soft drinks, water bowls and doggy treats so no one will feel left out
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.
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.
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.
Going for walkies along the marina cliff walk is best rewarded with a stop in the chocolate box village of Rottingdean. The Plough Inn, situated on the edge of the traditional village green and duck pond is the perfect spot where you can enjoy a pint, and some quality food, while dogs can ‘make friends’ with the ducks.
If you’re looking for a spot to eat or drink at the Marina after walking your dog then The Watershed is a must for you. The food is all prepared fresh with sharing platters and small plates making for congenial social dining. The venue itself is light and stylish with a gorgeous west-facing outdoor seating area right on the water’s edge. Dogs are very welcome with bowls of water made available on request.
Conveniently located just off Hove seafront, this is an ideal venue if you want to take the dog for a stroll along the seafront. 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 includes a large Italian garden out the back and a delightful terrace at the front. Offering a contemporary twist on pub food, there’s something for everyone’s taste.
Entirely dedicated to shellfish, matched with a range of over 100 craft beers, The Urchin is a local people will travel the country to visit! Hidden in the residential streets of Hove, The Urchin mixes a serious love of brewing and cooking with a lot of fun.
The Crown Inn Dial Post in Horsham is a charming country pub full of character and good, locally sourced home made food. The pub is welcoming both to the locals of the village and visitors and their dogs. Water bowls, biscuits and ear scratches are plentiful and with a large garden at the back and village green at the front, there’s plenty of running around room.
Mannings Heath Vineyard and Golf Club in Horsham is set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside. The Vineyard Kitchen is open to non-members and their four-legged companions and is open from breakfast through to early evening lunch and afternoon teas daily.
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 South Downs National Park The New Inn is a welcome break during country walks, with a fantastic gastropub menu and local beers and wines
Lewes is a historic, picturesque town that’s surrounded by the rolling South Downs, which makes for a great hiking destination. If you’ve been out roaming the hills with your four-legged Fido and friends then you’ll want to stop at a pooch-friendly spot to refuel for the second leg of your journey. You’ll be sure to find plant-based power breakfasts, brunches and lunches at The Needlemakers Cafe and they’ll welcome your pooch in too.
Situated in the little West Sussex village of Goddards Green, the Sportsman is a traditional English country pub. 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 Crabtree is an idyllic country pub surrounded by fantastic dog-walking trials. Run by the former founders of Food For Friends this is a spot to go to for exceptional food and service as well as a warm welcome to four legged friends.