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Best dog friendly pubs in Newcastle and Northumberland

Regular readers will know we love a trip to the pub with Patch and are spoilt here in Newcastle and Northumberland for dog friendly pubs.

It’s National Pub Fortnight between July 19th and August 4th and pubs across the UK are giving away free drinks to mark it.

So we thought what better reason than to share a round up of our favourite pubs in the North East?

To learn more about National Pub Fortnight and claim your free tipple, visit Great British Pubs

The Brandling Villa, Gosforth 

We are so lucky to have this as our local and call it ’The Dog Pub,’ because dogs are treated as equals, if not superior, to human customers.

They have their own menu with roast beef and chicken dinners being Patch’s favourite, a range of treats, Pawsecco and dog beer.

For the humans, there’s an array of burgers with brilliant names like ‘The Dirty Thoughts of Cheryl Cole’ which has a Greggs sausage roll inside, and a vegan menu.

Patch loves seeing his friends here and always drags us through the door in the hope that his girlfriend Barbara is waiting for him!

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Patch enjoying a tipple in the Brandling Villa

Central Bar, Gateshead 

The Central Bar is a great pub that is rightly proud of its beers and eclectic and reasonably priced menu including dishes for dogs.

But the best bit is a playroom dedicated for dogs – forget jungle bungles and ball pools for kids – here it’s all about the pups.

There’s a ball pool, agility ramps, toys, balls, tunnels and even a chill out area decked out with cushions and blankets and water bowls of course. Read our review of the Central Bar Dog Playroom here

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Patch and Cookie the pub dog in the Temple of the Derg © Paul McGuiness Photography

The Brandling Arms, Gosforth 

Another brilliant pub on Gosforth high street with a beer garden, great local and international beers, simple but delicious menu and amazing bar bait.

Staff are so welcoming to dogs and our favourite thing is the dog table where they have pick and mix bags of treats which you can buy for a 50p donation to Newcastle Cats and Dogs Home, plus blankets for them to sit on and bowls.

It’s a perfect stop for you and your pooch. Patch always gets a cuddle from staff there and your pup will find plenty of fur pals to mingle with.

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Pick and Mix for Patch and a pint for dad at the Brandling Arms

The Redhouse, Newcastle

This is Newcastle’s oldest pub and was the birthplace of ‘The Newcastle Pirate’ Edward Robinson in the 1700s – when it was known as The Beehive.

Explore a maze of corridors and vaults and let your imagination runs wild with the stories the walls could tell!

It’s on the bustling Quayside with a view of the river and the Tyne bridge, and serves traditional ales and artisan pie and mash with liquor or meat gravy.

We love sitting in the window seat people watching and so does Patch – especially if he gets to eat our pie leftovers.

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The Redhouse © Wikimedia

Black Bull Wylam 

We love visiting here after walking along the banks of the Tyne and through the wagonways and forests between Newburn and Ovingham.

It’s a friendly, traditional pub where dogs are welcome and given treats and the Sunday lunches are amazing and such good value.

The Yorkshire puddings are as big as your head and you’ll find a good range of ales and local beers too.

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Patch and Tommy outside the Black Bull Wylam

Dog friendly pubs in Newcastle and Northumberland – can you recommend any more?

Red Lion Alnmouth 

The historic fishing village of Alnmouth is one of our favourite places and is so dog friendly and our favourite pub is the Red Lion – perfect after a walk on the beach.

It’s a former Coaching Inn that blends historical charm with great hospitality, with a cosy bar area, restaurant  and beer garden with stunning views over the estuary.

Their home cooked food is superb – the Steak Pie is a personal favourite and the roast dinner. Staff are super friendly and visiting dogs get biscuits and are fussed over.

To learn more about Alnmouth read The St Valery and dog friendly things to do in Alnmouth.

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Patch relaxing in the Red Lion beer garden

The Head of Steam Tynemouth 

Patch’s dad’s personal favourite when out and about in Tynemouth, a small but bustling and beautiful seaside town with miles of golden sands.

After Patch has tired himself (and us) out chasing balls into the sea this is our first port of call with an unrivalled range of quality beers.

The staff are really friendly and always make a huge fuss of visiting dogs, handing out biscuits and tummy rubs.

Patch and Tommy in the Head of Steam

The Office, Morpeth

This micropub is a hidden gem just off the high street in the beautiful market town of Morpeth.

Head here after a walk along the river and you’ll enjoy a warm welcome from landlady Andrea, a dog lover who has paintings of her own dogs past and present on the wall.

Waggy tailed guests get plenty of biscuits and their humans can enjoy the local ales, many of which have won CAMRA awards, and the atmosphere. There’s no music and no tv and all the better for it.

Read our review of Dog Friendly things to do in Morpeth here.

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Outside The Office in Morpeth © Facebook/theofficemorpeth

Wylam Brewery, Newcastle 

Set by a small lake in Exhibition Park, Newcastle is the Wylam Brewery, a huge pub and brewery in a former military vehicle museum.

The interior matches the ethos of a local brewery – think exposed wood and copper pipework – and the ales, lagers and ciders are superb.

The food is spectacular and the welcome warm. The pub is next to the vast Town Moor and they put on outdoor street food events in the summer and it’s where Patch had his first Geordie Banger sausage!

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Sausages at a street food event at Wylam Brewery

The Masons Arms, Warkworth

A traditional pub in the heart of beautiful Warkworth where you can enjoy castles, miles of beaches or a potter around the quirky shops.

The Masons has a great, hearty pub menu, barrels of biscuits for the dogs and a beer garden with a pizza shack and ice cream stall serving doggy ice cream.

It’s ideal on a summer day with shaded areas for dogs to relax after their walk and plenty of other pups to make friends with.


If you visit the North East and try any of these places, I would love to hear how you get on so please feel free to tag me @thepawpostuk on social media.

And if you have any suggestions of others to check out either leave a comment below or on social media, or send a message via the Contact Me page.

For more dog friendly things to do in the North East you might like to read:

Dog friendly Alnmouth Northumberland – places to visit with your dog.

Dog friendly Morpeth, Northumberland – things to do with your dog.

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