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Are you seeking the best pubs in Exeter that allow dogs? Here, you will find a number of quaint public houses set around the ancient city promising to be a true delight for dog walkers and pub seekers alike.

Rich in art, culture and history, Exeter offers a vibrant experience for all of its visitors. Settled at the centre of Devon with the flow of the River Exe running throughout, you can expect to find a plethora of pubs settled along its beautiful banks and within its bustling city centre which allow dogs.

Read on to discover 6 dog-friendly pubs in Exeter…

1. Mill on the Exe, EX4 3AB

River Exe, Exeter

If you’re seeking a quiet spot to truly soak in your surroundings, Mill on the Exe is perfect for you. A paper mill until the 1960s, this cosy-come-casual pub can be found in close reach of the city centre, with its idyllic location allowing you to unwind amongst its tranquil, waterside settings away from the central excitement.

While away the hours from the comfort of the riverside terrace, absorbing the beauty of the Blackaller Weir and the Millstone footbridge. Later on, embark on a journey into the city centre to find a whole host of dog-friendly attractions, perfectly suitable for your dog-friendly holiday in Devon.

2. On the Waterfront, EX2 4AP

On the Waterfront, Exeter

Also settled along the quayside of Exeter, the Cask Marque accredited pub of On the Waterfront makes a great spot for those seeking an afternoon of award-winning ale and delicious delicacies.

This family-friendly pub allows your canine companions to enjoy your company from the delight of the heated terrace; the ideal spot for summer sun-soaking or winter evenings snuggled up beneath a blanket.

Benefiting from being within walking distance of some of Exeter’s most-famed attractions, this dog-friendly pub in Devon offers a desirable location from which to uncover the region’s many wonders whilst on a waterside break.

3. Double Locks,  EX2 6LT

Double Locks pub, Exeter

Positioned on the Exeter Ship Canal, this pooch-friendly pub oozes English tradition, making it a desirable spot to spend your days with your loved ones on a traditionally English escape.

Double Locks can be found nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of Exeter, providing scenic walking routes and unrivalled views, making it the perfect backdrop to any occasion.

Whether you’re visiting by car, bike, or even via a boat ride from the Exeter Quay, your four-legged friend is sure to love bounding around amongst the waters.

The pub also holds various events throughout the seasons, including Cider Festivals and even an Annual Dog Show. There’s something here to discover at every time of year on your next adventure break.

4. The Fat Pig, EX1 1BL

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Exeter’s only independent family run freehouse, The Fat Pig is a quirky, pooch-loving pub, priding itself on its use of local produce in both its delicious dishes and its in-house ales and spirits.

The mini-brewery can be found in the spare bedroom of the property, as well as its food sources coming from local farms and shooting a lot of their own game, ensuring your dining experience is fresh and flavoursome.

The pub has two sister venues, also enriched with local pride; both the Tabac and The Sample Room, providing their own unique experiences and a lively atmosphere, and of course, happily accepting your canine companions.

Centrally positioned for a riverside walk or an afternoon of retail therapy, you’ll find everything you need at the foot of this pub for your city break.

5. The Thatched House, EX4 2BQ

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An open-plan pub home to a warm and welcoming aura, The Thatched House offers the perfect place to indulge in a dog-friendly carvery, real ales and snug settings.

If you’re seeking an evening of entertainment, this traditionally-styled pub offers a quiz every Tuesday. Alternatively, delve into tranquility with a good book with the help of the pub’s little library charity book exchange, all in aid of the children’s mental health charity, Bounce.

Also at the centre of the city, conveniently encompassed by play areas for the little ones on your family-friendly getaway, you can take a short stroll to the River Exe where you can embark on a river cruise and absorb it’s beauty up close. The perfect way to spend your holiday by the river.

6. The Oddfellows, EX4 4EP

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Best known for its delicious roast dinners and cleverly-concocted cocktails, The Oddfellows is a contemporary-styled gastropub providing you and your pooch with a modernistic space to enjoy wonderful food and equally as fabulous company.

Changing their menus quarterly in keeping with the fast-pace excitement of Devon, you can expect to find a wide range of English dishes to tantalise your taste buds while exploring Devon’s pubs and cafés.

Explore the nearby Underground Passages and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum for a truly historic holiday escape, or venture further afield to the Dartmoor National Park for scenery and spectacles like no other whilst holidaying in a National Park cottage.

Take a look at our full range of cottages that accept pets for free!

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With so many pleasant pubs to explore in and around Exeter, why not begin your holiday with one of the 7 best Devon walks before indulging in tasty delicacies? Be sure to check our guide on things to do in Exeter too, to keep you entertained on your travels!

Image Credits: John Englart (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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