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10 of the best dog-friendly pubs in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 15:49 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:39 19 May 2017

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From Border Collies and Bull Terriers to Poodles and Pugs, we’re a nation of dog lovers and as the weather warms up, what could be better than a good walk ending in a dog-friendly pub? Claire Pitcher reports

No. 5 Bridge Street, Winchester

In the heart of Winchester by the river, this is perfect for walks with our four-legged friends. No.5 has a great bar area and courtyard which allows dogs. There’s a huge wine list, a great beer selection and interesting cocktail list.

5 Bridge Street, Winchester, SO23 0HN


The Bush Inn, Ovington

Another waterside pub, this time on the Itchen. The Pilgrim’s Way meanders alongside, which is always popular with ramblers and dog walkers.

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Ovington, Alresford SO24 0RE


The Iron Duke, Stratfield Saye

The friendly owners provide refreshments for dogs and owners. There’s a large enclosed field with plenty of footpaths close by and great food available all day.

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Stratfield Saye, Fairoak Lane, RG7 23H


The Hampshire Bowman, Bishops Waltham

An unspoilt Victorian freehouse with real fires, good food, big garden and real ales served straight from the cask on a stillage behind the bar.

Dundridge Lane, Bishops Waltham, Southampton, SO32 1GD


The Boot Inn, Houghton

This pub is so dog friendly there are canine treats behind the bar. It’s in a lovely spot, with a beautiful beer garden next to the River Test. There are local ales and a kitchen in the garden. Perfect for summer with pooch.

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Houghton, near Stockbridge, SO20 6LH


The Brickmakers, Swanmore

Rosie the pub dog will meet and greet you at this cosy pub with open fires and leather sofas, as well as complementary dog biscuits on the bar. You can spend time in the pub garden and all food is free range, fresh and high quality.

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Church Road, Swanmore, SO32 2PA


The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover

Another pub with a lovely garden. There’s a daily changing menu of Spanish influenced dishes. It’s run by Andres and Marie-Lou with help from their four-legged friend Robbie. Water bowls available at all times.

Alresford Road, Preston Candover, Basingstoke RG25 2EJ


The Watership Down, Freefolk

At at the foot of the North Wessex Downs, overlooking the headwaters of the Test Valley, this pub serves delicious lunches and dinners daily (except Sunday evening).

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Freefolk Priors, Whitchurch RG28 7NJ


The New Forest Inn, Emery Down

With ponies ambling past the front door, this pub is one of the most traditional in the Forest. The food has a good reputation and dogs are allowed anywhere in the bar, restaurant and large garden.

Lyndhurst, Emery Down SO43 7DY


The Shoe, Exton

Nominated for best Sunday lunch at last year’s Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards, it welcomes dogs and you can all enjoy a lazy afternoon in the pub garden. Even better, it has its own ice cream shack in summer.

Shoe Lane, Exton, SO32 3NT

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