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We have selected 6 of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in York that you and your four-legged friend need to visit.

York is a great dog-friendly destination, evidenced by the number of eateries and pubs we have found that lovingly accept pets just as much as people. Enjoy a glass of wine in front of an open fire, discover a taste for the local real ale and sample some of Yorkshire’s finest food fare, all with your trusty companion by your side.

Find 6 of the best dog-friendly pubs in York below…


1. The Three-Legged Mare

The Three-Legged Mare, York

In the centre of the bustling city of York, you will find The Three-Legged Mare, a traditional real ale pub, with regular live music events and a warm welcome upon arrival.

Locally known as “Wonkey Donkey”, this dog-friendly York pub has a great reputation for its fine selection of 9 real ales, which have attracted visitors from all over the country since they first opened in 2001.

With a regular Monday quiz night, a Thursday Open Mic night and a Friday Open Folk night, this is not a place you want to miss while you’re visiting.

Your dogs will be provided with a bowl of water as soon as you walk through the door, with the owners priding themselves on a relaxing, dog-friendly atmosphere and plenty of treats for your four-legged friend.

Settle down on the bar stools or the provided sofa and indulge in the ciders and ales that are at hand.

Opening times: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Address: 15 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN

Contact: 01904 638246


2. Minster Inn

Housed in an Edwardian Ale House, this modern dog-friendly York pub is situated next to the River Ouse and easily accessible from York city centre.

Whatever your dietary requirement, there will be something for you. A lovely selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, with locally-sourced ingredients.

Whether it’s stonebaked pizzas, one of their 5 cask ales, fine wines or their whiskey and bourbons that take your fancy, you can enjoy it all in a traditional pub setting.

The owners are dog lovers and have fresh water bowls and dog treats inside, with several small lounges so you can enjoy a quiet evening with your family, should you wish.

Opening times: 12:00 p.m. – 23:00 p.m.

Address: The Minster Inn, Marygate, York, YO30 7BH

Contact: 01904 849240; minsterinnyork@gmail.com


3. The Gillygate

If you’re a dog lover, and can’t bear to part from your four-legged friend while you jet off on holiday, now you don’t have to!

The Gillygate Hotel is a dog-friendly venue with refurbished pub rooms offering a modern and welcoming space to enjoy local beers, spirits, soft drinks or a fine selection of wine.

Whether it’s a tasty family lunch before seeing the local sites, a relaxing evening meal, or a quick drink to quench your thirst, The Gillygate has something to suit you.

If you’re in the mood to stick around, then why not get involved with the range of quiz nights, usually happening between 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.

This dog-friendly York pub is also  a stone’s throw away from the city centre, where you can ‘shop till you drop’ and visit all the historic sites in the area.

This is the perfect place to stop off and enjoy an evening drink in their outdoor ‘Whiskey Snug’, with an assortment of table and chairs and an umbrella for shade.

Opening times: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Address: 48 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ

Contact: 01904 654103


4. Cross Keys

Cross Keys Pub, York

Cross Keys is a rare gem to find in modern-day pubs, with all areas of the interior welcoming dogs. Dating back to the 1800s, this Victorian pub offers a plethora of food options, with daily special offers.

Situated a short walk away from York Minster, which dates back to the Viking era and has easy access to the centre of the city, where you can explore all the local shops and historical sites.

Offering a homely atmosphere, with the owners being keen dogs lovers, your pets will be spoiled with attention and treated to water bowls and lovely, tasty treats at this wonderful dog-friendly York pub. Sit back and enjoy your home-made meals while your dog curls up in this cosy ambience.

With great value for money food and a fine selection of craft beers and wine, Cross Keys is the ultimate choice for a pet-friendly pub in York, where you can enjoy a relaxing evening with your pup by your side.

Opening times: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Address: 34 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF

Contact: 01904 655082


5. Brigantes Bar

Brigantes, York

Situated near the city walls, and part of the Market Town Tavern group based in Yorkshire, is the delightful Brigantes Bar.

Your dog will be spoiled with attention here, receiving cuddles, treats and a bowl of water from the owners. Described as a ‘second home’, this watering hole may just become your new favourite pet-friendly pub to dine in York.

Serving some of the finest craft, keg and fruit beers around, not to forget the exceptional wine list and bespoke gins and spirits. Offering a selection of lunch and evening meals, with plenty of continental beers to enjoy.

For larger groups, you can even use the Georgian function room on the first floor, or enjoy the spacious ground floor bar area which extends to a cosy lounge, giving that home-from-home vibe.

Whatever your age or food preference, this pub caters to all tastes, and dog owners need not worry about bringing their pets inside, this pub is specifically marketed toward dog owners.

Opening times: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Address: 114 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX

Contact: 01904 675355; brigantes@markettowntaverns.co.uk


6. The Nook

Boasting a stylish interior and modern artwork gracing the walls, with an assortment of seating arrangements, is The Nook.

Whether you want a light bite lunch, a slap-up homemade meal or a place to enjoy a refreshing beverage while you read, study or catch up with a group of friends, this is the place for you.

Another of York’s dog-friendly pubs, The Nook will supply a bowl of water for your pup when you arrive. Try the delicious home-made soups available, sample the cakes and a selection of coffees, and peruse the selection of craft beers, staff-led cocktails, seasonal wines and 30 different flavours of gin.

Hosting regular live music and poetry events, attracting an eclectic mix of people and culture. With plenty of food options, with the staff going that extra mile to cook up delicious meals that are dairy, meat and gluten free upon demand.

Opening times: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Address: 3a Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN

Contact: 01904 627 122; hello@thenookyork.co.uk


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If this doesn’t inspire you to visit York, then maybe our list of dog-friendly cottages in York will. For more holiday inspiration when planning things to do on your next Yorkshire break, browse through our Yorkshire Travel Guide.


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