Dorset’s miles of footpaths, golden beaches and seaside towns make bringing your dog on holiday to the area a breeze. However, finding a suitable place to sit down and grab a bite to eat can sometimes be a challenge. So when you have your four-legged friend in tow, here are some dog friendly pubs and restaurants in Dorset worth checking out. You may even find a generous bowl of water outside of the following places, so it’s refreshments all round for you and your dog after your walk.

Most of the following locations are just a short drive from our dog friendly caravan and camping site. Perfect if you don’t want your dog to miss out on what our fantastic area has to offer.

Jazz Cafe, Sandbanks

Situated in an ideal beach location, the Jazz Cafe is a great place to refuel after a walk along Sandbanks beach. The cafe offers a wide rage of food. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just coffee and cake, you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy. They welcome families of all sizes and well behaved dogs. Live jazz music is played every Sunday, 1pm – 4pm, from a varying line-up and special guests that play standard and modern jazz classics.

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Kings Arms, Wareham

The Kings Arms is a traditional pub, situated in the heart of Wareham. If you crave a Sunday roast and pint of ale to follow up your countryside walk, look no further. In the winter months there is a log fire to keep you and your dog warm whilst you enjoy your meal. The Kings Arms is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors, winning TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award from 2016 – 2018.

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The Stable, Poole

When you’re walking along Poole Quay and are in the mood for a pizza, The Stable fits the bill. Their menu offers a great range of pizzas including their “Sandbanks Scorcher” for when you fancy a fiery kick. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options can also be found on the menu, so there’s something for everyone. Beers, ciders and desserts are also available, a perfect addition to your meal. The Stable welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes in the ground floor section of the restaurant.

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The Crows Nest, Weymouth

A visit to the seaside town of Weymouth with your four-legged friend wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Crows Nest. Situated in the iconic Hope Square just a stone’s throw away from the harbour, this welcoming cafe/bistro is proud to be very dog friendly.

The Crows Nest prides itself in offering food created from locally sourced ingredients. They have over 85 dishes from their breakfast, lunch and tapas menus, so there’s plenty to choose from. Wine is also available if you fancy a bottle of red or white to accompany your meal.

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The White Horse Inn, near Blandford Forum

The White Horse Inn is an 18th century pub and restaurant situated in the heart of the Dorset countryside and is surrounded by walking trails. The pub has everything you need after exploring the countryside with your dog. If the weather is fine, you can enjoy your meal soaking up the sun in the outside seating area. On cooler days grab a spot near to one of their fires and cozy up with your dog by your feet.

The White Horse loves to have canine visitors, they get lots of fuss and attention. As such the pub is listed in the good dog guide.

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The Blue Boar, Poole

Pub grub for you and your pup is made easy with The Blue Boar‘s well thought out menu. Not only do they offer traditional pub dishes, but also treats for your dog. The pub features three floors, decorated with military and diving artefacts: The ground floor, where you’ll find their homely bar with two log fires, a basement featuring a unique cellar bar and their top function area floor. There’s plenty of seating to pick and choose where you’d like to sit. When you’re craving a satisfying pint, award winning ales are on tap, along with beer options from the multiple bars.

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Angel Poole, Poole

Originally built as a traditional ale house, Angel Poole welcomes visitors and dogs with open arms, offering quality ale, ciders and spirits, along with a wide selection of carefully crafted dishes. Their menu changes regularly so you can enjoy something different on every occasion. The pub is situated in the heart of Poole’s Old Town which features the grade 2 listed Guildhall building dating back to 1761. An area steeped in history that makes for a perfect lunch or dinner spot with your dog for company.

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Bakers Arms Lytchett Minster, Poole


The Bakers Arms Inn is only a 20 minute walk from our campsite, making a visit to this cosy 18th century thatched pub with the dog a must during your stay. Throughout the week they have a fixed lunch and dinner deal. A great opportunity to try something from their hearty menu. There’s even vegan and vegetarian dishes, so there’s something for everyone at the Bakers Arms Inn.

We hope you find this shortlist of dog friendly pubs & restaurants in Dorset helpful. If you don’t fancy cooking when staying at our campsite, it’s good to know there is plenty of places you can go that are welcoming to dogs too.