My name is Poppy and I am a Maltese Terrier who lives in the Norwich area. I’ve been repawting for The Barking Bugle since joining the team at 4 months old in 2016. I’ve been out and about with my Mummy visiting dog friendly places on my patch and have developed a taste for wine and pub cooked food (have you tasted my Mummy’s cooking?) and recently real ale. I like to bark about the pubs I’ve visited and I hope my opinion will help you to convince your human to take you there.
You can find a full listing of dog friendly pubs/cafes on the The Barking Bugle Dog friendly pubs/cafes guide to Norfolk.
The King’s Head, Station Rd, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8UR
The King’s Head is a nice dog friendly pub on the river in Wroxham. Inside, I was allowed in the bar area where Mummy and her friend had a lovely lunch. There was a water bowl at the entrance for me and a treat. We were there when England were playing in the Euros so it was a little noisy as the pub were showing the match on a large television screen. We sat in a corner and I made sure I was out of the way. There’s a garden outside for those dogs that like the feel of the grass under their paws.
The Red Lion, Bishopgate, Norwich, NR1 4AA
My Mum has used this pub for the last few years, first with my big sister and now with me. My first visit was at 12 weeks old and I was welcomed with open arms. I’m allowed everywhere in the pub and there are two gardens outside, one paved by the river and one grassed, both of which I was granted access to. My Mum loves the food there and apparently the Sunday roast is lovely – I’ve yet to go to experience that! However, Mum tells me that there’s one part of the bar where they keep the food which I’m not allowed to enter on a Sunday.
The Longe Arms, 1 Crostwick Lane, Spixworth, NR10 3PE
My Mum regularly goes to this pub in the evening for their quizes and now I’ve started going as well. Apparently my big sister was a regular here as well. They have a dog who is a little too large and enthusiastic for me at the moment, so I just stayed on the comfy bench and ignored her and had a lovely sleep. I’m allowed everywhere in the pub and they have a nice garden for quiz interval walks. Loads of people made a fuss of me.
The Whalebone Freehouse, 144 Magdalen Road, Norwich, NR3 4BA
We went here on Friday night when they had a BBQ on. They have a big black lab who said hello to me and then ignored me. I’m allowed in the whole bar and loads of people made a fuss of me. Mum had a burger which she made lots of nice noises about, and I had a very small piece of chicken wing.
The Earlham Arms, 41 Earlham Rd, Norwich NR2 3AD
This is a very dog friendly pub on the outskirts of Norwich. I was allowed in the whole bar area which has wooden floors. I was less worried about having an accident than I am on a carpet. There’s a garden outside where you can eat and drink if you want and even a dog bin for your human to use when clearing up after you. Mummy really liked the wood sculpture in the garden. Inside there were a variety of different chairs for my Mummy to pick from, including a sofa. There was a very wide menu include tapas and a good selection of wine. Mummy had a sandwich which she made a lot of good noises about. Mummy couldn’t see a water bowl, but there was no problem getting the bar to top up mine that Mummy had brought with her.
The Cottage, 148 Thunder Ln, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 OJD
This is a nice pub for dogs on a summer’s day. There’s a lovely garden and a covered seating area. If the weather isn’t so nice there’s a small “snug” just inside the door which has tiles on the floor, comfy seating for your human and is where doggies can relax. There’s an excellent food menu for humans.
Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Rd, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8QU
This is a cafe rather than a pub but I thought you might like to know about it. It is a little more dog friendly than it used to be, but there are restrictions on where us four legged friends can go. A sign at the entrance makes it clear, for those dogs that can read, where we’re not allowed. My advice is to make sure you go with two humans, as you’re not allowed in the shops and it’s much more interesting to wait outside with a human than on your own. There is an outside seating area for food and drinks where you’re allowed to be with your humans whilst they eat, but this is weather dependent – you don’t want to be sitting on wet concrete now do you! There’s a little shop near the eating area which sells doggie treats so make sure you get your human over there.
The River Gardens, 36 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0EQ
I went to this pub with my Mum when they had a doggie day on, so normal human food wasn’t available, although there was a BBQ going. Mummy had a look at the menu and said that it had a small, but good looking restaurant priced menu, but no bar snacks. On normal days, I allowed in the garden which is very nice and has river footage where you can sit and watch the boats and rowers as well as in the bar area where humans can eat. But I’m never allowed in the restaurant area. Mummy said she didn’t mind as there were comfy chairs in the bar area and there were even games that people could play whilst drinking.
The Rising Sun, 28 Wroxham Road, Coltishall, Norfolk, NR12 7EA
This pub is right on the river and on a summer evening you can sit and watch the boats go by. The garden has large doggie water bowls available, but the bar staff are only too happy to fill up your own bowl if you wish. Mummy and her friends decided to sit inside and I was allowed in the main bar area but not the restaurant. Unfortunately Mummy had to sit on one of the tall chairs, which I don’t like because she’s too far away from me. In the interest of true repawting, I managed to slip my harness whilst Mummy was eating and had a quick look in the restaurant. It looked lovely, pity I can’t go in there. The menu choice isn’t vast, but there are specials on the board and there are different menus for day and evening. Mummy says the food was very nice and not too expensive.
The Maids Head, 85 Spixworth Rd, Norwich NR6 7NH
This pub is technically my local. It’s walking distance from home and has the big advantage of being beside a very large dog friendly park – Catton Park is a Grade 2 listed public park located in the village of Old Catton just north of Norwich. Mummy tends to walk me to the pub through the park, have a couple of glasses of wine and then walk around the park and home afterwards. You’re allowed to run off the lead and there is only a small area where dogs are not allowed. Unfortunately the Maids Head doesn’t serve food, but it’s very friendly and I’m allowed inside and outside. Outside is a very nice area including a grassed section. Inside there is a wood floor and various chairs and a very long bench.
Coach and Horses, 51 Bethel St, Norwich NR2 1NR
Mummy found this pub earlier this year and loves it. It serves real ale and wonderful tapas style food, both lunchtime and evening, but not during the afternoon. The Coach and Horses is situated in the City, so parking can be a problem, however there’s a massive car park at Chapelfield Shopping Centre about 10 minutes walk away. Chapelfield Gardens is just round the corner so you can have a walk round there before going in the pub. This is a very dog friendly place; I’m allowed anywhere and there is a paved area outside which is currently being renovated. I didn’t see a water bowl inside, but there wouldn’t be any problem getting water from behind the bar.
The Wild Man, Bedford St, Norwich NR21 1AG
This is another city pub in a different part of Norwich. They don’t do food, but I was offered a lovely large bowl of water which I could have taken a bath in! It’s a nice pub in which rest after window shopping in Norwich. There’s wood on the floor and most tables are high with stools so you can be a little way away from your human. Again there’s no parking and they don’t have a garden, but it’s a nice, relaxing pub where I was made to feel welcome.
Wallows, 36 Exchange St, Norwich NR2 1AX
This wine bar is also in Norwich, but well worth a visit. Unfortunately there’s no parking and no garden, but I’m allowed in the bar area at road level. Mummy loves this place. You get a “credit card” at the bar and put as much money on it as you want. You then help yourself to wine from a wall cupboard using your “credit card”, paying for a taste, a small glass or a large glass. There is also an upstairs and downstairs area where I’m not normally allowed. However, these rooms are bookable, which Mummy did, and I was allowed upstairs. This is a very relaxing bar with comfy chairs and sofas – there’s even a real fire upstairs!
The Duke of Wellington (The Iron Duke), 91-93 Waterloo Rd, Norwich NR13 1EG
This pub is in a residential area of north Norwich and parking can be difficult. The outside area is paved and at the front of the pub by the road. We go here for their quizzes. I’ve never had any problems with being anywhere in this pub and love it when we get the “snug” where there are two comfy sofas. Mummy puts her coat on the sofa next to her and I fall asleep. Everyone makes a fuss of me.
Sole and Heel, 2 Salhouse Rd, Rackheath, Norwich NR13 6QH
I’ve only been to this pub once so far, but Mummy fully intends to return to try the food as apparently the menu looked very appealing. There’s a nice large car park, and a garden area which I was told I could run around in if I wanted. I’m not allowed in the whole of the pub, but if Mummy wanted to eat there and take me, apparently it wouldn’t be a problem. The area is carpeted and has normal pub seating.