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?
The Cloak Room is a taphouse and smokehouse at the top of St James’ Street, handily located a short walk from the beach. Forget American smokehouse and think Sussex, sustainable local produce smoked in Hurstpierpoint, served with locally brewed small batch craft beer, a covetable whiskey menu and chilled vibes. Water bowls and biscuits for dogs make this a place to kick back and enjoy with all your favourite people and animals (well dogs at least, please don’t bring your favourite lion or rattlesnake).
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.
The Regency Tavern always welcomes visits of the four legged kind, provided they are accompanied by well behaved human companions. Sunday’s are well worth the visit for the three-course Sunday lunch menu is one in which more is definitely more and doggie lunches are also available.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Lost in the Lanes is equally great for a spot of people watching at the window seats as it is for a lavish afternoon brunch with friends – including the four legged kind.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.