Top 5 dog-friendly pubs in Nottingham

4 June 2024 - 3 min read
Image of Canalhouse, Nottingham

A historic British town only means one thing: an array of amazing pubs to choose from. While that sounds good, it means it can be difficult to find the right one for you, especially when you have a dog in tow.

We've reviewed them all, from historic pubs to laidback chains, to find the best dog-friendly Nottingham pubs.

See our five favourite dog-friendly pubs in Nottingham that are leading the pack.

1. Poppy and Pint

Image of the interior of Poppy and Pint, Nottingham

Poppy and Pint is a popular community pub nestled in the leafy suburb of Lady Bay. It's modern and spacious, with a distinctly Nottingham vibe, making it a nice place to unwind, chat and watch the townsfolk go by.

As you can imagine, the pub has a wide selection of beers, from nationwide chains to local breweries. But the main appeal here is the location: complemented by a bright conservatory and relaxing beer garden, you can overlook the local tennis courts and swaying trees.

The food menu is full of the classic, homemade pub grub, and we hear good things about their Sunday roast. It's dog-friendly, and we're sure the highly-praised staff will treat your pup like one of the locals.

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2. Malt Cross

Image of the interior of Malt Cross, an old pub in Nottingham

Fancy a bit of history with your pint? Malt Cross is an institution when it comes to Nottingham's history. This Grade II listed, former Victorian music hall is right in the city centre, featuring a gorgeous interior, deep wood furnishings and superb food and drink.

It wears its not-for-profit status on its sleeve, being a base for community events, from music to the arts. The food and drink are great value, using seasonal, local ingredients and breweries.

It's a little piece of Nottingham bottled up in one of the few surviving Victorian music halls left in Britain - you can't miss it.

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3. Bread and Bitter

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Nestled in an old bakery, the aptly named Bread and Bitter has been popular with locals since its opening in 2007.

Sitting in Mapperley Top, it's a Castle Rock pub that feels very unique. Alongside its traditional bar, there's a spacious conservatory, a dining area near some old baker's ovens and a smaller seating area if you need to unwind.

The food here has its fans, but the Sunday roast has reached near-local levels of fame. It'll definitely cause some major food envy for your dog, but we're sure the bar's dog treats and water bowls will keep them happy.

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4. Canalhouse

Image of the Canalhouse pub, Nottingham in the middle of the day

Ever had a beer in an old building that used to be a canal museum before? No? Well, now is your chance.

Canalhouse is yet another Grade II Nottingham pub with a long history. It's known for having a canal that extends into the building, but the real appeal here is its outdoor space: a canalside beer garden. It's a beautiful spot to soak up some views and unwind.

Dogs are only allowed outside, but as mentioned, you really want to come here for the outdoor space anyway. Plus, it's suitable for all weather thanks to outdoor heaters and covered spots.

It helps that the pub is award-winning for its beer, and it offers the usual Castle Rock Brewery affair: local beer and food that'll keep you going.

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5. BrewDog Nottingham

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With "dog" in its name, BrewDog is bound to be dog-friendly, right? You'd be correct.

Sitting in the colourful Lace Market area of Nottingham, BrewDog offers 28 craft beers, plenty of space and lots for pups too. Every BrewDog venue is dog-friendly, with K9 water stations and their dog treat menu is extensive: doggy 'beer', Punk IPA biscuits and dog-friendly sorbet are some pawpular picks.

Plus, the food is always surprisingly good and filling - from towering burgers to hand-finished sourdough pizza, there's plenty here to soak up the beer, brews and good times.

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Ben Newman
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Ben is a writer and editor with years of experience in insurance. After spending a long time creating content for some of Britain's biggest brands as part of a marketing agency, Ben began to focus on insurance and hasn't looked back since. When he's not consuming copious cups of tea, you can find him reading a book, daydreaming about having an Australian Shepherd and shouting at Liverpool on the TV.