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Our favourite dog-friendly eateries in the North East

Finding a good restaurant or café that caters for our pooches can be hard. Our resident foodie, Charlotte Cooper, has put together a list of our favourite dog-friendly spots...

Written by High Life North
Published 21.02.2020

There are few things better than a walk along the coast followed by a rustic, warm and cosy meal inspired by some British classics. At Hinnies in Whitley Bay, you can dine right on the seafront without leaving your pooch in the cold. Owner, Andy Hook, also looks after award-winning restaurants such as Blackfriars and Dobson and Parnell and the food here is just as delicious. Its menus feature Geordie-influenced classic dishes made properly from scratch using local and seasonal produce. Try for weekend brunch or a delicious evening meal. 

From the same owners as Jesmond Dene House, St Mary’s offers delicious pub grub, afternoon tea and also menus for occasion dining. A great place to enjoy some delicious food and drink while your dog lies by the open fire or at your feet.

A reasonably new dining experience that has popped up in Durham City is Whitechurch. From the esteemed creators of Flat White Durham, this dog-friendly location is a purveyor of fantastic food and drink in County Durham. Offering brunch, lunch, Sunday dinner and delicious coffee, Whitechurch is a cosy and calm environment for all to enjoy; including our four-legged friends.

With three locations around the region, Lola Jeans is a big lover of all canines. The venues offer signature cocktails, award-winning burgers and sharing boards to drool over. Choose your location from either Tynemouth’s Front Street, Newcastle City Centre or HWRKMRKT on the Quayside. Tynemouth has just been refurbished and it looks fantastic. 

Tranquil and tasty with treats for everyone. Chaia tea emporium not only offers an extensive range of teas from around the world but also serves up absolutely fabulous cakes and sweet treats, including homemade dog treats. Although small, this café is certainly mighty on hospitality and taste and is one of HLN’s favourite locations.

Located in the heart of Felton village, The Northumberland Arms is an 1820’s built pub, hotel and restaurant that caters well for our furry friends. Approximately one mile from the A1, its resident AA Rosette and Michelin experienced chefs serve up traditional dishes using locally sourced ingredients. We love the veggie pan haggerty with a poached egg and mustard sauce. For meat lovers, the rib eye with truffle and parmesan duck fat chips is not to be missed. 

This brewpub on Newcastle’s Quayside serves artisan ales from its on-site microbrewery. They make it a priority to serve locally sourced, seasonal comfort food and we have to say, it’s delicious. We’re a big fan of the pigs head croquettes, the meat sharing platter, the haggis toastie and the spicy black pudding with mash (we could go on…).

Why leave the puppy at home when this central location welcomes dogs with open arms – and a dog biscuit too.

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This relaxed bistro is surprisingly large inside, offering plenty of space to chill out and catch-up. We actually like to work at this spot sometimes, enjoying speciality coffees on tap. Expect lots of other dogs as this one is a favourite with the dog-owners of Jesmond. Breakfast is offered all day. Our personal favourite is the truffled grilled cheese with sweet potato fries (try it). 


Established in May 2013, this pretty pink parlour is open daily, serving a selection of freshly baked cupcakes, cakes, bakes and shakes as well as a full breakfast, sandwich and dessert menu. Pop along to enjoy a sweet treat with your dog. Although as a warning, it is quite small so we wouldn’t recommend taking a really large dog in there! Afternoon tea here is delicious, with a great gluten-free option. 

Four-legged friends are a very big deal at William de Percy. Situated in Otterburn, there are some fantastic country walks to enjoy with your dog to build up an appetite before settling down in the cosy inn. As well as being a dog-friendly pub and restaurant, they also have three dog-friendly hotel rooms so you can stay the night and explore more of Northumberland with your pooch. Dishes which caught our eye were ‘The biggest fish the boat could safely land’ and the ‘Pork belly with spiced apple and Yuzu compote, Pak Choi and Hoi sin gravy’. 

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