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11 dog-friendly restaurants, bars and pubs in Newcastle and the North East

Finding a good restaurant or café that caters for our pooches can be hard. We've put together a list of our favourite dog-friendly spots...

Written by High Life North
Published 24.06.2023

THE BRANDLING VILLA

Haddricks Mill Rd, South Gosforth, NE3 1QL

Considered a dog-friendly haven across the region, The Brandling Villa isn’t just dog friendly, it’s essentially a pub for dogs where humans are also welcome.

They do the most amazing burgers and loaded fries, have a full veggie and vegan menu, and even have a food and drink menu specifically for dogs too – personally, our pups are a big fan of their Sunday dinner.

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FRATE 

High Bridge Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EN  

New opening FRATE has already fast-tracked its way into our hearts.

Open until 2am every day of the week, FRATE is an open-air celebration of the best in independent food, drinks, music and art here in Newcastle.

A day-to-night celebration venue, at FRATE you’ll find live sports on the big screen, live DJs keeping the decks hot, a sun-drenched cocktail menu, and BBQ/mezze-style alfresco dining from some of the most delicious street vendors in the North East.

And it’s not just for humans, showcased by the adorable Winnie enjoying herself a Frate session lager.

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ST MARY’S INN

St Mary’s Lane, St Mary’s Park, Morpeth, NE61 6BL

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 furry friends lie by the open fire or at your feet.

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WHITECHURCH

29 Church Street Head, Durham, DH1 3DN

A reasonably new dining experience that has popped up in Durham City is Whitechurch.

From the owners of well-loved of Flat White Durham, this dog-friendly location offers fantastic food and drink in County Durham.

With brunch, lunch, Sunday dinner and delicious coffee on the menu, Whitechurch is a cosy and calm environment for all to enjoy; including our four-legged friends.

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THE BRIDGE TAVERN

7 Akenside Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3UF

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 fan of the pig’s 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 dog-friendly central location welcomes your pooch with open arms – and dog treats too.

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LOLA JEANS

With two 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 in the most Instagrammable surroundings.

Choose your location from either Tynemouth’s Front Street or Newcastle City Centre and take your pooch on their coolest trip out yet.

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THE NORTHUMBERLAND ARMS

The Peth, West Thirston, Northumberland, NE65 9EE

Located in the heart of Felton village, The Northumberland Arms is an 1820s-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 pie and ale pub 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.

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1901 CAFFE BISTRO

St. George’s Terrace, West Jesmond, NE2 2DL

This relaxed dog friendly 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 dog owners in Jesmond. Breakfast is offered all day. Our personal favourite is the truffled grilled cheese with sweet potato fries (try it).

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THE PUNCH BOWL

125 Jesmond Rd, Jesmond, NE2 1JY

Sister venue to The Brandling Villa, The Punch Bowl comprises three rooms, specialising in records, vermouth, fourteen-cask beers, live music, delicious food, stand-up comedy and everything in-between.

This natural wine haven actively encourages you to bring your pups with you: “Owners also encouraged to come to the pub, but really we just want the dogs. “

HLN TOP TIP: Remember to let your furry friend check out the dog station which is full of tasty treats.

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HINNIES

10 East Parade, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AP

There are few things better than a dog 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.

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TWENTY TWENTY

5 Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1UN

If you’re after a pizza paradise, bring your furry friend along to Twenty Twenty.

They run a Doggy Disco on the last Sunday of every month 12:30 to 2:00pm, where pooches and humans alike can socialise in a relaxed environment.

Hosted by Twenty Twenty’s much-loved mascot, Theo the Labradoodle, here you can expect puppuccinos, free dog treats, dog beer and plenty of photo opportunities.

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