The 20 best dog-friendly pubs in Cambridge

Punter pooch watering hole. Photo by www.jamiescottlong.com

Dine with your doggie…….scuseme’s favourite dog-friendly pubs in Cambridge

Most people who know me, knows how much I love hanging out with my dogs, Roscoe and Sugar, and especially my daily walks around the beautiful parks, nature reserves and meadows in Cambridge.

When it comes to eating out or just having a drink it’s nice to find places that will accommodate my four-legged friends. So, we’ve compiled a list of places in and around Cambridge that won’t banish you to the garden because you have your dog with you but will welcome your paw-some pets whatever the weather.

If you’re looking for a good old fashioned country pub or a bolt hole in the centre of Cambridge where dogs are allowed, you’ve come to the right place.  We speak to all our venues to make sure that our information is correct.

Find out in which Cambridge pub Ozzy resides, where a 17-year-old cantankerous cat visits, where bonkers cocker spaniels Smoky Bacon and Scampi Fries live, and where Millie takes charge.

Scampi Fries and Smoky Bacon. Photo by James Louis Parker

Scampi Fries and Smoky Bacon. Photo by James Louis Parker

Go barking mad for our top 20

The White Hart

This country pub is just 4 miles from the centre of Cambridge. It’s perfectly situated to enjoy the wonderful walks around Fulbourn Fen Nature Reserve and dogs are allowed in the bar area which is more like a small restaurant with comfy seats.

1 Balsham Road Fulbourn Cambridge CB21 5BZ – Tel: 01223 880264

The Clarendon Arms

Just off Parkers Piece, for a play/run-around beforehand, this is a great local pub with excellent food, beer and a real fire.  Right in the centre of Cambridge, chef’s dog Ozzy is a regular and it’s very near a good vets, Clarendon Street Veterinary Surgery.

35-36 Clarendon Street, Cambridge CB1 1JX – Tel: 01223 778272

The Free Press

Lovely little town centre pub, happy to accept quiet dogs.  The garden is very small garden, more of a yard, but the food is good and plentiful.  This pub has a guest 17 year old cantankerous cat who makes the occasional visit.

7 Prospect Row, Cambridge CB1 1DU  – Tel: 01223 368337

The Geldart

A great choice of ales and food, they also do hot stones on which to cook unusual meats like ostrich, bison or kangaroo, the offer varies. But the best bit is that they allow Yogi and Millie their border terriers into bar and restaurant area (Millie waves a paw).

1 Ainsworth Street, Cambridge CB1 2PF  – Tel: 01223 314264

The Castle Inn

Lovely traditional pub with some wonderful real ales and delicious homemade food.  Lots of regulars that hang out with their dogs and the landlord has a dog who is often present.

38 Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0AJ – Tel: 01223 353194

The Fort St George

Right in the heart of Midsummer Common the home of so many local events, this is a great place to hang out with your dogs.  There is plenty of outside space with views of the common & river, plus your dogs are allowed in all areas except the restaurant, but there are some very nice snug areas indoors.

Midsummer Common, Cambridge CB4 1HA – Tel: 01223 354327

The Green Man

Sugar at Grantchester Meadows

With a wonderful outside garden, which is open all year round you’ll want to be outside, but if the weather turns, they are delighted to welcome well-behaved dogs in the bar area but not in the restaurant.  It provides great access to Grantchester’s famous Meadows and strolls around this beautiful village.

59 High Street, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9NF – Tel: 01223 844669

The Ancient Shepherds

The buildings here date from 1540 and originally comprised three cottages, with a bar area at the front (known as “The Fold”) is a pretty lounge area and two other rooms for dining.  The food has a great reputation and dogs are allowed in the bar area.  Lots of nearby lovely dog walks along the river and flood meadows.

5 High St, Fen Ditton Cambridge CB5 8ST – Tel: 01223 293280

The Empress

In the heart of Romsey Town, The Empress is a real community pub.  Great for families and you can’t miss it, it’s blue.  They also have a resident pig called Romsey so yours won’t be the only four-legged friend!

72 Thoday Street, Cambridge CB1 3AX – Tel: 01223 247236

The Pickerel

One of the oldest pubs in Cambridge and is situated on the picturesque Magdalene Street.  Just a stroll up from the river, where you can enjoy some great traditional British food and watch the punters, all within walking distance of the beautiful Cambridge colleges in the city centre.

30 Magdalene Street, Cambridge CB3 0AF – Tel: 01223 355068

Earl of Beaconsfield

A multi-award winning thriving community pub, a live music venue, and home to a fine range drinks from cake ale to lovely wines. Join their two bonkers cocker spaniels, Smoky Bacon and Scampi Fries.

133 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AA – Tel: 01223 410703

The Punter

Punter pooch watering hole. Photo by www.jamiescottlong.com

Punter pooch watering hole. Photo by www.jamiescottlong.com

A cheerfully pub that has a certain scrappy authenticity with fabulous crowd of customers – from postgrads and dog lovers to arty, beardy types and determined regulars who’ll make the journey from the other side of the river for their favourite dish at their favourite table.

No 3 Pound Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AE- Tel: 01223 363322

The Red Lion

A perfect place where you can stop for a while, eat and drink in the atmosphere. Dogs very welcome in the bar area, but they’ll want to run down to the Meadows a minute walk away.

33 High Street, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9NF – Tel: 01223 840121

The Panton Arms

One of Cambridge’s best kept secrets, serving traditional hospitality with a modern twist.   Well behaved dogs are always welcome and greeted with a bowl of water, sometimes joined by the landlord’s two dogs.

43 Panton Street, Cambridge CB2 1HL – Tel: 01223 464351

The Black Bull Inn

A beautiful setting, both inside and outside with stunning garden design, whilst remaining sensitive to many of its charming Grade II Listed features.  Plenty of choices of wine, beers and locally produced meals.  Dogs allowed in the bar area and being a stone’s throw from Chilford Hall country walks on the doorstep, and possibly more wine.

27 High Street, Balsham CB21 4DJ – Tel: 01223 893844

The Green Dragon

Serving dishes from sizzling flame grill to traditional pub classics, there’s something for everyone on the menu.  All dogs welcome provided they are kept on leads, and perfect for a walk on the common and along the riverside.

5 Water Street, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1NZ –  Tel: 01223 505035

The Three Horseshoes

Lovely huge garden and dogs are allowed anywhere if all their customers are happy, but also have lots of snug areas inside.
22 South Street, Comberton, Cambridge CB23 7DZ –  Tel: 01223 262252

The Six Bells

This friendly pub dates back to the 15th century, nestled in the heart of Fulbourn.  A great village pub, with a love of real ale complemented by good old fashioned home cooked food.  Open wood fires in winter and big beer garden in summer and dogs can roam everywhere except the restaurant.

9 High Street, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB1 5DH –  Tel: 01223 880 244‎

White Horse

CAMRA Community Pub of the Year 2016, dogs allowed everywhere in the pub which also has a large garden and is close to Milton country park for a walk.  Meet the two resident spaniels, Tia and Phoebe.

22 High Street Milton, Cambridge CB4 6AJ –  Tel: 01223 860327

The Chequers

A traditional, community-oriented pub offering seasonal homemade food with all produce locally sourced.  Dogs always welcomed inside and out. In the picturesque village of Pampisford there are plenty of nearby walks.

1 Town Lane, Pampisford, Cambridge CB22 3ER  – Tel: 01223 833220

Roscoe enjoying the Cam

Scuseme also recommends local pet services including dog walkers, doggy day care and boarding; find out more here.

We visit or speak to all our venues to make sure that our information is correct.  They all recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

About the author: Dawn Giesler, is the founder of Scuseme Cambridge, an online recommendation website developed to provide an essential resource to help your family run smoothly.

Keep up-to-date - we never share your email



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *