Dog friendly pub walks in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 13:22 20 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:12 30 September 2020

These dog friendly pubs are perfect for your pooch (photo: monkeybusinessimages, Getty Images)

These dog friendly pubs are perfect for your pooch (photo: monkeybusinessimages, Getty Images)


After a long dog walk in the Herts countryside, nothing beats finding a spot in a cosy, dog friendly pub

The Black Horse

Brent Pelham nr Buntingford SG9 0AP. 01279 778925. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Once you arrive at The Black Horse, whether a first-time guest, regular or local, you’ll find a warm welcome waiting for you.

There may be a dog or two (Goose and Mushy) to step over on your journey to the bar, but they’re very friendly - and that’s what a country pub should be. You will even find doggy biscuits at the bar and six carabiner points to keep your four-legged friend out of trouble.

The village of Brent Pelham is a dog walkers’ dream. Simply exit the car park and experience the very best of rural Hertfordshire as you choose from a 30-minute, 60-minute or two-hour walk. The Landlord, Hugh Cater, grew up in the village and is on-hand to tell you about the local walks, scenery and landmarks.

Finish your stroll with a seat by the fire and a locally-sourced treat from their seasonal menus.

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The Plough

Sleapshyde Lane, St Albans AL4 0SE

Sleapshyde is a quiet hamlet in St Albans, Hertfordshire, surrounded by stunning English Countryside. The primary alehouse dates back to 1690 and features wooden beams, which have recently been restored to their original state. Lime plastered walls, two fireplaces and low ceilings make The Plough a cosy and inviting pub, which is family and dog-friendly.

The Freehold has recently been purchased by Dylans, St Albans; a truly independent pub serving similar drinks to the city centre restaurant but with proper pub food. Head Chef Liam Goldstone creates his own seasonal menus which change regularly.

The Plough has a spacious garden with covered dining on the terrace, surrounded by fields and horses. The pub is just off the Alban Way: a 45-minute walk or nine-minute cycle from Hatfield and an hour’s walk or 20-minute cycle from St Albans City Centre.

On offer is a welcome pitstop for a drink, lunch or dinner.

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The Cricketers of Redbourn

East Common, Redbourn AL3 7ND. 01582 620612. Facebook

Welcome to The Cricketers of Redbourn; set in the idyllic location of East Common in the heart of the village, overlooking Redbourn Common in Hertfordshire.

In The Cricketers of Redbourn you can be assured of a warm welcome, great service and excellent food.

Redbourn Common is opposite and many other walking and cycling opportunites surround this popular village pub.

For furry friends there is always a big jar of doggy treats to be enjoyed here. Whether that is as a treat after a walk around Redbourn, or beforehand for fuel ahead of the walk, dogs are always welcome at the Cricketers.

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Bricklayers Arms

Hogpits Bottom, Flaunden. 01442 833322.

If you are looking for a dog friendly pub with fine dining food, The Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden is a great choice.

With beautiful surrounding countryside and nearby country walks over the rolling hills of the Chess Valley it’s hard to believe that this 18th century pub is within such easy reach of many major routes to London and the home counties.

You will enjoy the cosy atmosphere when you step inside the rustic low oak beam interior full of character with its brick bar and real log fire. In summer enjoy lunch in the garden surrounded by green pastures.

The English traditional French fusion menu is cooked by Michelin trained Chef Claude Paillet and his team who have transformed the Bricklayers Arms into an multi award winning gastro pub restaurant. Perfect for those seeking a treat in Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside.

Dogs are welcome Monday to Saturday.

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The White Hart Hotel

23-25 Holywell Hill, St. Albans AL1 1EZ. 01727 853624.

The White Hart is a charming timbered old coaching inn located in the heart of St Albans offering value for money accommodation, bar and Tudors restaurant.

The hotel is one of the oldest buildings in St Albans and is situated opposite the ancient Cathedral and Abbey and is ideal for exploring the city.

The White Hart Hotel boasts 15 charming, individual bedrooms, two of which are dog friendly, with free parking in the heart of St. Albans city centre.

Why not stop and have a pint or a bar snack after walking your dog through the St. Albans parkland?

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The Three Tuns

6 High Street, Ashwell SG7 5NL. 01462 743131. Facebook

Set in 0.3 hectares of beautiful woods and fields the Ashwell springs is the perfect place for a gentle stroll with your pooches, the springs are one of first sources of the river Cam which goes on to be a main waterway through Cambridge and other counties. The springs arrive from deep underground meaning they are very cold in temperature and are home to many rare insects and bugs giving a classification as a site of Special Scientific Interest.

The Three Tuns is just a short walk from the springs and the bar with its log burner, real ales, extensive wine list and comfy chairs and the garden with with a large flagstone terrace are dog friendly so whether you are looking for a hearty meal, light bite or just a drink after your walk around the springs, The Three Tuns are the perfect place to finish your walk.

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Bushel and Strike

15 Mill St, Ashwell, Baldock SG7 5LY. 01462 742394

At the Bushel and Strike there is always a warm spot next to the fire and a biscuit for four legged friends.

Being set within villages full of history, this is a hotspot for walkers and their furry sidekicks. Ashwell once an important route during Roman times is overwhelmed with archelogical delights dating back to the 1300’s.

So once you have taken in all that Ashwell and it’s surroundings have to offer, they are ready and waiting to offer you a menu straight from the coals, be it rain or sunshine, wind or snow.

They are creating their own history as the only pub within the three counties to offer a coal cooked menu in all weathers and seasons.

What can the pooch expect? A snooze by the open fire in the colder months and on a summer’s day to lie and bask in the sunshine of the nicest pub garden in Ashwell, right underneath the picturesque church.

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