After a trek across Hampstead Heath, a stroll along Regent’s Canal or a walk around your local park with your dog, a visit to a pub is the perfect way to recharge your batteries. Thankfully, there’s an abundance of dog friendly pubs in North London that will happily welcome you and your pooch.
Whichever corner of North London you live in, you don’t have to wander far to find a cosy place to stop for a pint, pub grub and dog biscuits. We’ve explored the area to find ten of the best dog friendly pubs in North London.
As its name suggests, The Narrowboat overlooks Regent’s Canal. Your dog will love the calm atmosphere of this Islington pub. The pub is an ideal spot for people watching and meeting plenty of other four-legged friends after a walk along the canal. Sit outside on the terrace to enjoy the picturesque views; you’ll feel as though you’ve left the city behind.
Lunchtime is the best time to visit. Tuck into the brunch menu of sandwiches, eggs and fresh fish dishes, inspired by life along the canal. You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to cask ales, craft beers and wines. Water bowls and dog treats are always provided, without having to ask.
The Red Lion & Sun
Your dog will feel right at home at The Red Lion & Sun. Well located to Hampstead Heath, the pub is a good retreat after a long walk. The Highgate pub has two large beer gardens – the perfect sunny space to relax in with your pooch and a group of friends in the summer months. In the winter, your dog is sure to love reclining indoors by the cosy wood-burning fires.
The menu of rustic British cuisine includes generously laden brunch favourites, pub classics, and hearty Sunday roasts. The expert chefs curate each menu with the changing seasons, so you can always expect something different. If you’re simply popping by for a drink, there’s an extensive wine list, cask ales and even frozen margaritas. Dog water bowls are happily provided.
Stylish and traditional, The Albion maintains much of its Georgian roots. Step through the wisteria-covered entrance to be transported into a cosy haven that brings together the aura of a British countryside pub with a stylish London restaurant. Expect delicious seasonal dining, a wine list curated by the country’s leading wine experts, and an array of local London beers.
The Albion is likely to become your preferred dog friendly pub in North London thanks to the warm welcome you and your pooch will receive. Your dog will be showered with attention and dog treats, whatever time of day you visit. The leafy beer garden is a true hidden gem in the capital and an escape from the bustle of Islington’s Upper Street.
The Wells Tavern
Hampstead’s The Wells Tavern has a welcoming neighbourhood atmosphere that will instantly set your dog at ease. A two-minute walk from the southwest side of Hampstead Heath, the converted Georgian gastropub is a relaxing pitstop after a long walk.
Inside, you’ll find ample room to unwind. There are squishy sofas and roaring fireplaces on the ground floor, or step outside to the all-weather terrace area. Dog water bowls and treats will be hand-delivered to your pooch. The pub offers an extensive range of beers and wines so everyone can stay refreshed with their drink of choice. The innovative dining menu includes Sunday roasts, grilled meat dishes, warming soups, delicious vegetarian mains, and mouthwatering puddings.
Bald Faced Stag
Bald Faced Stag is one of the cosiest dog friendly pubs in North London. Your dog will be treated like royalty, as the staff are all dog lovers. Dog water bowls are readily available, as are a few different types of dog treats.
For hungry humans, the pub is well known for its delicious Sunday roasts and Yorkshire puddings. Choose from roast turkey, roast pork belly, roast beef, and even a vegan wellington option. The patio garden at the back is a peaceful retreat from the buzz of East Finchley high street. During the summer months, the pub occasionally hosts live music events to enjoy with a drink in hand and your dog by your side.
The Shaftesbury Tavern
There’s more to The Shaftesbury Tavern than initially meets the eye. With the façade and vibe of a traditional British pub, the menu is what sets this dog friendly pub apart. If you’re looking for a different dining experience to enjoy with friends, the modern Thai menu is sure to satisfy your appetite. Whether you live for spice or struggle to handle the heat, each of the dishes can be adapted to suit your spice levels.
Your dog will be pampered with the pub’s very own homemade dog biscuits, not to mention plenty of ear scratches from the staff. Pull up a chair indoors in the main pub area or pop outside to the big garden area. The pub will become your number-one neighbourhood haunt in the Finsbury Park area.
The Bull & Last
When you live in and around Highgate, The Bull & Last will become your local dog friendly pub. Located between Hampstead Heath and Waterlow Park, the pub is a convenient rest spot after a long park walk or run. The friendly pub owners love to reward well-behaved dogs with some meaty treats and biscuits from behind the bar.
You can expect award-winning pub food to satisfy your appetite after a healthy dose of the outdoors. All of the dishes are prepared with the finest local ingredients, perfected over the years. From classic beer battered haddock and chips, to a celeriac and mushroom pie, indulge in the best of British flavours. If you don’t have time to sit in, check out the pub counter for grab-and-go sandwiches and baked goods.
The Spaniards Inn
The Spaniards Inn brings the snug atmosphere of a countryside pub to NW3 — nestled on the northwest edge of Hampstead Heath. You and your dog will both appreciate the cosy leather armchairs, roaring fire and menu of comfort food (dog biscuits included) after a tiring walk.
The pub is a great meeting spot for human and four-legged friends. Your dog is invited to smile for the camera to make his way onto the doggy hall of fame on the pub’s Instagram page. When you’re not busy posing for photos, tuck into the hearty pub food. There’s something on the menu for everyone, including bottomless brunch classics, an array of burgers (plus a Beyond Meat® vegan burger), and delectable desserts for those with a sweet tooth.
Address: Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London NW3 7JJ
Phone: 020 8731 8406
In the heart of Highgate Village, The Gatehouse has an enviably large and leafy garden. The all-weather space includes large sun umbrellas and heat lamps, dependent on the seasons, so you can visit all year round.
Pop by with your pooch for a lazy al fresco lunch and cocktails in the sun. The menu is carefully curated to reflect quality seasonal British cuisine, with a unique Spanish twist – expect Sunday roasts alongside tapas. While you dine with friends, your dog will love lapping up the sunshine and meeting other four-legged friends in the garden area.
The Lord Palmerston
For an atmospheric dog friendly pub in North London, look no further than The Lord Palmerston. Situated in the heart of Islington (and just around the corner from our Vantage Point apartments), the pub is one of the biggest in the area, boasting a huge indoor bar, dining area, cosy armchairs, and two outdoor spaces. After a walk up to Parliament Hill, your dog will appreciate the respite of this welcoming pub.
You’re sure to meet other dog walkers in the ‘Secret Garden’ during the summer months or pooches lounging indoors by the log fires in the winter. Sit back and relax with a choice of craft beers, international wines and classic British pub food. Dog treats are available behind the bar.
Dog Friendly Pubs in North London
When you live in North London, you’ll have an abundance of dog friendly pubs right on your doorstep. After a long walk, there’s no better reward than relaxing with a pint while you pooch tucks into some homemade dog biscuits.