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8 of the best dog-friendly pubs in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 11:39 14 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:39 14 February 2019

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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?

The Bush Inn

Take a visit to this beautiful Itchen riverside pub. The Pilgrim’s Way meanders alongside, which is always popular with ramblers and dog walkers. Enjoy food ranging from baked Camembert and fish boards to honey glazed ham and swordfish.

Ovington, Alresford SO24 0RE

The Iron Duke

The friendly owners provide refreshments for dogs and owners. Cod and cips, halloumi burger, local game casserole and beef wellington all feature on the menu. There’s a large enclosed field with plenty of footpaths close by.

Fair Oak Lane, Stratfield Saye RG7 2EH

The Hampshire Bowman

An unspoilt Victorian freehouse with real fires, good food, a big garden and plenty of real ales served straight from the cask on a stillage behind the bar. Enjoy classic pub fare if you’re staying to eat.

Dundridge Lane, Dunridge SO32 1GD

The Boot Inn

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.

Church Lane, Houghton SO20 6LH

The Brickmakers

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 if the weather permits and all food is free range, fresh and high quality.

Church Road, Swanmore SO32 2PA

The Watership Down

At at the foot of the North Wessex Downs, overlooking the headwaters of the Test Valley, this pub serves delicious lunches and dinners daily. The lunch menu may include fresh linguine, steak beef burger and vegetable coconut curry.

11 Priory Lane, Whitchurch RG28 7NJ

The New Forest Inn

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

2 Boult Bee Cottages, Lyndhurst SO43 7DY

The Shoe

Nominated for Pub of the Year at the 2017 Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards, this Exton pub 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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