Peggy Pub Recommendations
Pubbing with pets can be tough work. Not all venues welcome four-legged friends at the bar. Finding the perfect pet-friendly public house can mean a lot of forward-planning, careful research and a bit of trial and error.
Both pup and pup-parent need to feel comfortable and at ease to fully enjoy the experience. Luckily, Peggy, our adorable party Toy Poodle and instagram star (@peggyredrose) along with the team at Support Adoption for Pets have done the legwork for you. Ales have been sampled, cuisine critiqued and ambience analysed to put together a list of ‘pawsome’ pooch friendly pubs in Manchester. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Don’t worry, you can buy us a pint afterwards to say thank you.
Peggy’s pick: Horse and Jockey - Chorlton
Peggy isn’t the type of pup to laze about the house, watching boxsets on Netflix. She’s such a sociable creature that she even has her own favourite local, the Horse and Jockey in Chorlton.
The Horse and Jockey is a family and dog friendly which prides itself on providing patrons with hearty, affordable grub and a range of real-ales to wash it all down with.
Curl up with your four-legged friend by the open fire in the winter or give them a run around their sun-trap of a beer garden in the summer. The Horse and Jockey hosts a programme of free events throughout the year - from monthly farmers’ and crafts markets to open air concerts on the Green.
Parlour – Chorlton
For a cracking Sunday Lunch - The Parlour in Chorlton should be top of your list. The traditional, timbered decor has a homely feel and is the perfect setting for sampling their real cask ales, craft beers and selection of wines. British food is the main offering here, and it’s made with only the best, locally sourced ingredients.
The Parlour is situated on Beech Road in Chorlton Cum-Hardy, an eclectic area with plenty of great walking routes nearby, ideal for a post-lunch stroll with your pup.
Folk Bar – Didsbury
Brunch in the sun? What could be better? Brunch in the sun with your dog, that’s what! While we can’t guarantee the weather, (it is Manchester after all,) we can vouch for their smashing choice of mid-morning offerings. The Folk Bar is a relaxed venue with a shabby chic vibe. Peggy’s favourite feature is the terraced area outside, complete with palm trees. Perfect for a blissful, lazy day!
Volta – Didsbury
There’s nothing ‘ruff’ about this place! This upmarket venue offers deli boards and charcuterie in an intimate bistro bar. Outside you’ll find a lovely, little terrace to while away those summer afternoons. Ambience in spades, stunning Sunday lunches and a variety of small plates to pick and choose from makes this place a premier pooch hangout.
West Village – Didsbury
If you venture to West Village in the early hours of the morning, you may stumble across Peggy still partying away.
West Village is situated in a bustling and popular part of Didsbury. Here you’ll find an extensive cocktail menu, featuring both some of your favourites alongside a few of their house specialities. Enjoy a barista-prepared coffee, one of their craft beers or an ice-cold lager in the company of man’s best friend. If you’re feeling peckish, they have an amazing pizza menu - what more could you want?
Best of the rest: Support Adoption For Pets recommendations
Pickle the miniature dachshund recommends:
The Wharf, Castlefield
The Wharf in Castlefield is one of the most dog-friendly venues in Manchester, in fact you might find yourself outnumbered here! The Wharf’s sprawling, canal-side terrace is the perfect pup destination to while away summer afternoons. Sup rhubarb cider, sample their range of craft beers or indulge in a cheeky cocktail in the sun. Food-wise, there’s an extensive menu of British classics to choose from, and biscuits and water for your four-legged friend to keep hunger at bay.
Once suitably refueled, there’s plenty of nearby walking routes to take advantage of. Infact, iFootpath have kindly created a circular walk from the pub to help you on your way.
Rocky the Jack Russell recommends:
The Vicarage, Holmes Chapel
If you’re looking you’re looking for somewhere to refuel and rest your head after a long day of exploring everything Manchester has to offer, The Vicarage offers gold-star treatment for your companion.
Dogs are made to feel super welcome here. Rocky was particularly impressed with the doggy blanket and a bag with treats on arrival. You’ll also get a map of a local walks and even a doggy food menu for the pub! The ‘human menu’ showcases dishes inspired by local and regional ingredients. Including breads from the local bakers, W Mandeville, where One Direction’s Harry Styles once worked!
Cooper the Shih Tzu recommends:
Beach Dog Café @ Central Bark Cafe, Wythenshawe
While not technically a pub, it didn’t seem right to talk about dog-friendly destinations in Manchester without mentioning ‘Central Bark’.
The vibrant, Beach Dog Café is the jewel in the crown of this puppy paradise. Featuring a whopping 14,000 square-footage of dog-centric offerings, this place is all of your four-legged friend’s Christmases come at one!
There are FOUR dog play areas, distinguished by picture-perfect picket fences, a doggy daycare on site, and a grooming centre for all of your pup’s preening needs.
Based in Roundthorn industrial estate near Wythenshawe Hospital, your dog won’t know what to try first. Trampolines in the agility zone? The cuddle tent, complete with comfy sofas? There’s so much to choose from.
What sets this place apart from the competition though, is the adorable resident rescue dogs, which has been brought to Manchester from Greece - where there is a large population of stray pups. While waiting for a home they are lovingly looked after by staff at Central bark. They sport a little bandana, reading ‘adopt me’, encouraging visitors to re-home a rescue dog if they can.