As promised here is the second instalment of our blog on wonderful places to eat that welcome the furry clientele as well!!

  • The Old Lock & Weir Inn – this is an absolute favourite of mine!  And if you have read our walking blog you will have heard me mention it.  When I visit this lovely spot I do not tend to park in the car park, instead I like to park at either Conham River Park or at Hanham woods (which is just down Castle Farm Road) and then walk the rest to really build up an appetite.  This place is great in the summer as they have a huge outdoor area with plenty of tables all beside the river and in the summer they have been known to serve Thatcher slushies (nothing more refreshing on a hot sunny day!)

  • Beese’s Riverside Bar & Garden – Again like The Old Lock & Weir Inn if you feel like a walk before dinner and a quaint little boat trip then this is the place for you.  You can park at Conhan River Park, walk along the river with your four legged dinner companion and then simply catch the little boat across the river and boom you there!  If you don’t fancy the boat trip you can drive there, but it is down a rather bumpy lane and there are limited parking spaces, but you can check out their website for tips on where to park…

  • The Lock Keeper – is located just outside Keynsham beside the river, again there is the opportunity to eat outside as they have a lovely garden and decked area!  The last time I visited they served an amazing lasagne, like Garfield this is my favourite food…

If you have the whole day to spend eating and drinking (what better way to spend a day in my opinion) then I have a quirky idea for you to try…  The above 3 places are all located within a decent dog walking distance of each other, so why not gather up a few friends with their doggies in tow and have a ‘moving meal’.  What is this I hear you ask??  Well….  Start at one end of the river, stop off in one place for pre dinner drinks, continue to the next for starters and main, and then finish off at the last pub for deserts and coffee??  I guarantee you will have a tired and contented pooch the next day!

  • The Pump House – is a fabulous place along the harbour side in the centre of Bristol, it is very dog friendly and has a wonderful gin menu….what more could one ask for in the summer!?  They even have a lovely area to sit outside; in the sun and watch the boats sail past…..A perfect summer evening if you ask me!
  • The Crafty Cow – is a lovely family pub located on the Gloucester Road.  It is ideal for a family dinner out, it has an indoor play area for kids, ‘The Crafty Kids Area’, a lovely beer garden and they even serve doggie friendly ice cream, so even your pup can chill in the garden while you indulge in one of their many craft beers.  Everyone will be happy!!  And for when those autumn nights set in they have a lovely log burner to snuggle up in front of, perfect for every time of the year!
  • Thatchers Railway Inn – if you don’t mind travelling a little way out from Bristol then this is a must, it is a perfect country pub owned by the Thatcher’s family.  They are extremely dog friendly, with the dogs being allowed in the bar area (just not the restaurant) and they also have a lovely play area for the children in the outside space.  The bar, obviously, comes fully stocked with all varieties of Thatchers Cider along with the usual tipples you would expect from any good pub, and to top off they even have a lovely open fireplace, so it is perfect even in the winter time!

As with part one, we haven’t checked that all these establishments are definitely going to be open as lockdown continues to ease, so it is still worth a quick phone call, or checking their website/social media before you visit just so you don’t end up having a wasted journey and another hungry tummy!!

From Kirsty and all the team at Friends for Pets Bristol and South Gloucester!