Dogs are more than just pets. They are faithful and loyal companions who quickly become much-loved members of the family. It seems a shame to leave them at home when the rest of the us are out enjoying themselves.
With dog ownership on the increase and the canine service industry booming, local businesses have taken note and started opening their doors to our four-legged friends.
Fancy a spot of lunch but don’t want to leave Dave the Doberman feeling excluded? Does Linda the Lurcher get lonely when left on her own? Perhaps, Colin the Cockapoo is quite partial to a Ploughman’s? Here, are just 5 local eateries which will offer a warm welcome to you and your pooch.
5 Dog-Friendly Places to Eat in Skipton….
Cock and Bottle
The Cock and Bottle on Swadford street dates back to the 17th century and is one of Skipton’s best-loved pubs. Serving food until 9pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends, their menu features some great traditional dishes such as Fish and Chips, Steak and Ale Pie and 14oz Ribeye Steak. They also serve a great selection of delicious salads, sandwiches, ciabatta melts and homemade flatbreads.
Dogs are welcome both inside the pub and in their rear beer garden. Water is always available to quench their thirst and keep them cool and there are locally-sourced dog treats available behind the bar.
“Found the rear of the pub by accident! Saw the menu and we decided to try it. Service in the bar was excellent, the food arrived quickly and was very well presented and very reasonably priced. Food was scrummy and will definitely be back for more along with the very nice beer. The Landlord brought our dog some water in a bowl without being asked – another great touch!”
The Black Horse
The Black Horse at the top of Skipton High Street has recently undergone a huge refurbishment and it’s looking fantastic. To top it off, they’ve completely revamped their food menu to offer something to suit all tastes and ages. It’s very reasonably priced and they have a different food deal on each day. Pop in on a Tuesday and get Burger & a Beer for just 6.49!
You can bring your pooch into any area of the pub so long as you keep them off the furniture. You’ll find a water keg in their beer garden so you can fill up water bowls as and when required. They’ve also got dog treats available if Rover is feeling a bit peckish!
“Fab refurbishment! The staff were very friendly and attentive to our needs. All our Food was spot on so we’ll definitely be going back!”
Just By The Bridge
Just By The Bridge is one of Skipton’s wonderfully quirky independent businesses. It’s a gift shop AND a tea room so you can chomp down on chocolate cake whilst browsing their range of unique, handmade gifts. They’re also licensed and dog friendly. What’s not to like?
Owner, Anita Omatseone, decided to cater for dog owners after noticing that many shops were allowing them entry but not catering to their needs. Your little woofer is free to roam the cafe so long as they don’t access areas where food is being prepared. A dog lover herself, she provides towels, blankets, water bowls and even bakes her own treats! According to Anita, if Just By The Bridge were a breed of dog, it would be a unique mix of the crazy Chihuahua, the elegant Saluki and the laid-back chocolate lab.
“A perfect find! A gorgeous little tearoom with a great selection of gifts over 3 rooms. We had mushrooms cooked in wine, cream and garlic (I think) with ciabatta, homemade soup and roll followed by cakes. Everything was scrummy!! A friendly and relaxing cafe and dog friendly to boot! Thanks ”
The Craven Heifer
The Craven Heifer on Grassington Road is a popular haunt for both locals and tourists due to its stunning rural location. They love to see dogs coming in with their owners after a long walk through the Yorkshire Dales and always provide fresh water and homemade dog biscuits. There’s also some seriously good food on offer for the ‘hoomans’. Begin with ‘Crispy Calamari’ before devouring a 14oz Pork ‘T-bone’ chop or a delicious sharing board served with crusty bread.
Dogs are allowed anywhere except the restaurant area, as some people aren’t too keen on being watched by a drooling doggy whilst tucking into their meat pie! However, as they are such dog lovers at The Craven Heifer, they will accommodate your dog overnight if you choose to book a room with them.
” We both had steak – it was fantastic. Really well presented, hot and very tasty. The staff are really friendly. The service was excellent and great choice of beers. To cap it all someone who has finally realised dales pubs and dogs go together. Will definitely be back with our lab – even got homemade dog biscuits to take home.”
Skipton’s Kibble Bakery doesn’t just welcome dogs. Kibble Bakery was opened FOR dogs after the owner realised the importance of feeding dogs natural and nutritious treats and began making them herself. Only 50% of the Kibble Bakery’s customers are human so even the seating is dog-friendly!
Alongside their fabulous brunch menu and tempting baked treats, they have a menu designed especially for dogs. All the items on the dog-friendly menu are wheat, gluten and dairy free. Special dog tea, ‘pupcakes’, dog doughnuts and specially made ice creams are all immensely popular with the local pooch population and they even stock a range of accessories so you can really spoil them! If you don’t have a dog, it’s still well worth popping in to try their excellent coffees and demolish their topped toasts, Bacon Bagels or American Pancakes.
” Finally made it here, and have had a really lovely time, the food is excellent. I had the bacon bagel, Ted my Bichon enjoyed his pupspresso and his beef and apple sausages. The hot chocolate is the best I’ve had! Thank you we will be back for sure!”
Have you been to any of these dog-friendly places? Can you recommend any others? Let us know in the comments!
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