Dining with the dog

As more restaurants and hotels become dog-friendly, Carole Hamilton and her two canine companions welcome the trend

Multi-species dining rooms are on the increase and I’m not just talking about pubs welcoming our four-legged friends. Some of Britain’s top restaurants and hotels are now doggie-friendly.

OpenTable revealed recently that searches for dog-friendly establishments have doubled over the last five years and more than half of British dog owners make dining choices on whether their pooch is welcome too.

Giorgio and Plaxy Locatelli, co-patrons of Locanda Locatelli, happily let Olive, their cockapoo, wander through their Michelin-starred dining room, and if one of their guests wants to bring along a well-behaved dog, they are more than welcome too.

The stylish five-star Rosewood hotel in London has a resident Labrador called Pearl @pearlofrosewoodlondon who happily greets four-legged guests at the door. Chef-Patron Sandia Chang of Bubbledogs has been known to hold doggy tea parties with her Jack Russell Paxo @paxoontour hosting procedures. Chic Chelsea eaterie Daphne’s has welcomed dogs into their conservatory restaurant since last year and even have a Lulu Guinness dog bowl partnership – a limited edition bowl featuring Lulu’s own Westie Daphne to commemorate the visit.

Gaucho in Hampstead hold a doggie brunch on the first Sunday of every month, complete with doggie red carpet, and up to 40 dogs have been known to turn up to enjoy home-made treats while their owners tuck into some of the best steaks in London.

Dogs are a key accessories for many people and if restaurants want to keep all their well-heeled guests happy, they need to welcome the dog too. The Wigmore, the latest uber-trendy pub (food by Michel Roux Jr) opposite the BBC welcome dogs. As manager Jonathan Sharp confirms, “some of our best customers come attached to a beast.”

VIPS (very important pets) welcome

The Cary Arms Beach Hut Suites, Devon
The ultimate in dog-friendly seaside luxury. A combination of coastal chic and New England charm, these gorgeous huts have an enviable location on Babbacombe Bay, hugging the water’s edge. With wall-to-wall glass doors that fold back onto the sunbathing deck, there are uninterrupted views across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill. Plus, just on your doorstep is the luxury gastro inn, The Cary Arms for fabulous gourmet dinners with Fido in tow.

Rosewood London
Dogs receive a bed, delicious welcome treats, water/food bowls as well as resident pooch Pearl’s guide to London with recommendations from dog-friendly restaurants, bars and parks including nearby Lincoln’s Inn Field. Want to try the ultimate pampering experience for you? There’s also a canine package in collaboration with Barbour and Lily’s Kitchen offering a range of delicious food.

Ace, London
Ace Hotel in Shoreditch is the perfect dog-friendly destination for hipster hounds and their equally stylish owners in the heart of East London. Achingly cool, with minimal décor, it’s a great place to hang out with your hound in one of the most creative hubs in London. Incredibly dog-friendly, your furry friend will love all the attention they receive and enjoy exploring the local canine-friendly cafés with Victoria Park just a 15-minute walk away.

The Milestone, London
This quintessentially English five-star Grade II Listed property is an English country mansion set in the heart of London. Expect a range of pet-friendly services which include dog walking, dog sitting and even bathrobes! On arrival, VIPS (Very Important Pets) receive a welcome hamper which includes a treat, toy and Milestone tag.

Blakes Hotel, London
One of the A-list’s favourite haunts, Blakes in South Kensington will treat your favourite canine with a special bed, bowl set and toy on request. The concierge will happily recommend local walks, or do the dog walking for you, and book your dog in for some pooch-pampering in one of the local salons.

Kingham Plough, Oxfordshire
Set in the pretty village of Kingham, The Kingham Plough is a stylish dog-friendly pub with rooms, owned by top chef Emily Watkins and her husband. If you’re a foodie this is fabulous destination for a weekend of nothing but mouth-watering Michelin-starred meals.

Lucknam Park, Wiltshire
Set within 500-acres of stunning parkland, this award-winning hotel with Michelin-starred restaurant is happy for your four-legged friend to come along too, welcoming them to your room with a bed, bowl, toy and some of Lily’s Kitchen yummy food.

The Forest Side, Lake District
A fairytale Gothic mansion, stunning scenery with Michelin-starred cooking from Kevin Tickle, this is luxury all the way but with laid-back charm that includes welcoming dogs to six of their bedrooms. You’ll receive a special bed, bowl, doggie treats and a handy towel which, given the weather in the Lake District, is a must!

Specialist website petspyjamas.com is the must-visit for dog-friendly travel ideas.

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