12 of the best dog-friendly pubs in Dorset


Are you planning a holiday to Dorset with your four-legged friend? Your dog-friendly Dorset break could be the trip of a lifetime! Discover 12 of the best dog-friendly pubs in Dorset close to our stunning Silverlake Estate.

The Black Dog

  • Distance from Silverlake: 3.2 miles (via B3390 and A352).
  • Location: 50 Main Street, Broadmayne, Dorset, DT2 8ES.
  • Opening times: Mon-Fri: 1200 – 1430, 1730 – 2200. Sat-Sun: 1200 – 2200.

Full of character, The Black Dog in Broadmayne is a charming pub that has been operating since 1851. Indulge in spectacular views of the countryside paired with refreshing drinks and delectable restaurant food – dogs are welcome at the main bar. As a family-friendly establishment, there are activities suited for everyone, including a large play area for children and a welcoming space for dogs. Perfect for special occasions, you can celebrate in style with the whole family at The Black Dog, which brings together the local community with its finest selection of food and drink.

The Wise Man Inn

  • Distance from Silverlake: 3.3 miles.
  • Location: West Stafford, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8AG.
  • Opening times: Mon-Fri: 1200 – 1500, 1800 – 2230. Sat-Sun: 1200 – 2200.

This modern English inn, The Wise Man Inn, situated in the heart of idyllic West Stafford, is perfect for your dog after an exciting day of exploring the surrounding countryside. Here you can choose an assortment of local ales and enjoy gastro cuisine made with exquisite local produce. Your servers can easily accommodate you and multiple dogs without trouble. With a relaxing pub atmosphere and high-quality cuts of meat on the menu, The Wise Man Inn is perfect for dogs and their owners alike.

Smuggler’s Inn

  • Distance from Silverlake: 5.9 miles (via B3390 and A353).
  • Location: Osmington Mills, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 6HF.
  • Opening times: Mon-Thurs: 1200 – 2030, Fri-Sat: 0900 – 2230, Sun: 1030 – 2030.

Make the most of your Dorset holiday and take your best friend to the Smuggler’s Inn in Osmington – all dogs are welcome!

Smuggler's Inn, Osmington

The Smuggler’s Inn, Osmington Mills photographed by Garry Knight.

Sat on the clifftops, this dog-friendly pub has spectacular views of the Isle of Portland and the English Channel. Owners can enjoy classic pub food and take their dogs for an unforgettable walk to the sandy beaches below that can be enjoyed all year round.

The Blue Raddle

  • Distance from Silverlake: 6.1 miles (via B3150).
  • Location: 9 Church Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1JN.
  • Opening times: Mon-Thurs: Closed, Fri-Sat: 1200 – 2200, Sun: 1200 – 1600.

Your best dog-friendly pub local to Silverlake, where laughter is on tap! In the historic town of Dorchester, The Blue Raddle has become a community favourite pub for locals and visitors alike and well-behaved dogs especially are always welcome to come and join the fun.

The Blue Raddle Pub, Dorchester

The Blue Raddle Pub, Dorchester photographed by Jim Linwood.

You are certain to find many dog patrons and their owners enjoying a delicious pub lunch inside! For gastronomic delights, a huge beverage selection and the charismatic countryside just outside, a trip to The Blue Raddle is a must-do when visiting Dorchester for the day.

Whilst not entirely family-friendly, (with children under the age of fourteen not allowed entry) it is the perfect pub atmosphere for a drink and adult chatter with the charming locals.

The Castle Inn

  • Distance from Silverlake: 8.5 miles (via Redbridge Rd).
  • Location: Main Road, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5RN.
  • Opening times: Mon-Fri: 0800 – 2300, Sun: 0800 – 2200.

Close to Lulworth Cove, The Castle Inn in West Lulworth, historically known as one of the oldest inns in Dorset welcomes you with its thatched roof and charming terraced gardens with amazing views of the surrounding nature. Rest and relax with your dog, grab a refreshing drink and take a walk along the surrounding coastal paths.

Lulworth Cove Inn

  • Distance from Silverlake: 8.7 miles (via Redbridge Rd).
  • Location: Main Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5RQ.
  • Opening times: Mon-Thurs: 1130 – 2200, Fri-Sat: 1030 – 2230, Sun: 1030 – 2030.

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove photographed by Cattan2011.

The closest pub to the iconic Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, the Lulworth Cove Inn is nestled on the South West Coast Path and provides an oasis to weary travellers in search of treats and water, certain to make your doggy companion happy. After a long day of walks and enjoying the scenery on the Jurassic Coast, why not treat you and your furry friend to a break and have a hearty lunch at a seaside pub with beautiful views?

The Stour Inn

  • Distance from Silverlake: 15.9 miles (via B3390 and A354).
  • Location: 5 Dorchester Hill, Blandford St Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LH.
  • Opening times: Mon-Sun: 1100 – 2300.

This traditional English pub, The Stour Inn, is full of fireplaces, perfect for your dog, who can enjoy sitting in front of the warming fire after a cold rainy day in the countryside. Here you can choose an assortment of local ales and enjoy a luxurious Sunday roast. Your servers can easily accommodate you and multiple dogs without trouble. With a relaxing pub atmosphere and high-quality cuts of meat on the menu, your dog will thank you!

The Square and Compass

  • Distance from Silverlake:2 miles (via A351)
  • Location: Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3LF
  • Opening times: Mon-Sun: 1200 – 2300.

The Square and Compass is full of friendly staff and is happy to accommodate extra party members of the furry variety. Here you can witness breathtaking landscapes in the heart of Swanage and indulge in a traditional homemade pie and cider outside. Whatever your Swanage outing plans, the Square and Compass is your perfect dog-friendly base to relax in between your busy day trips easily.

The Blue Boar

  • Distance from Silverlake:8 miles (via A35).
  • Location: 29 Market Close, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1NE.
  • Opening times: Mon & Tues: Closed, Wed-Sat: 1200 – 2300, Sun: 1200 – 2000.

In the centre of Poole, The Blue Boar has captivated the hearts of the local community with its unique setting, award-winning ale and dishes, such as the highly praised steak and grills. Your four-legged friend can enjoy basking in the aroma of delectable food and lounge by the log fire in this three-floor pub, where there is room for everyone. 

Bankes Arms

  • Distance from Silverlake: 21.0 miles (via B3351).
  • Location: Manor Road, Studland, Dorset, BH19 3AU.
  • Opening times: Winter (1 Nov – May 31) Mon-Sun: 1100 – 2200, Summer (June 1 – Oct 31) Mon-Sun: 1100 – 2300.

Escape for the day at the Bankes Arms, the best pub for nearby local beaches and walks to explore Dorset from a different angle. With rolling countryside and coastal views, the Bankes Arms serves food all day with plenty of options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike and a roaring fireplace. No need to book in advance; the pub runs on a first come first served basis.

The Black Swan Inn

  • Distance from Silverlake: 21.6 miles (via A351).
  • Location: 59 High Street, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2NE.
  • Opening times: Mon-Sat: 1700 – Late, Sun: 1200 – Late.

With walks nearby and views to see of the Purbeck countryside, the Black Swan Inn can offer this and more during your visit to Swanage, which is the perfect stepping stone to see the magnificent Jurassic Coast. For a cosy retreat tucked away in the country, this pub is your best stopping point for an evening of home-cooked food and a warm escape suitable for the entire family on cold winter evenings. Only a 10-minute walk from the beach, take your dog on a walk from the pub directly onto Swanage’s dog-friendly beachfront within minutes.

Rock Point Inn

  • Distance from Silverlake: 31.1 miles (via A35).
  • Location: 1-2 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3QD.
  • Opening times: Mon-Sun: 1100 – 2300.

Experience Lyme Regis’ nautical scenery up-close at the Rock Point Inn, an entirely family and dog-friendly pub on the water’s edge with the best view of the ‘Pearl of Dorset’.

Lyme Regis Harbour

Lyme Regis Harbour photographed by Mark.

Situated in a beautiful coastal area, enjoy having your dog in the bar area with you and take in the breathtaking views unique to the location. Your dog can also enjoy a drink with you with their special dog-friendly pint of Proper Dog beer after a long day of exploring and beach paddling.

Stay with us at Silverlake – all are welcome (including your dogs!)

In the centre of Dorset, Silverlake is the perfect base for a dog-friendly holiday that has everything you could need, from on-site activities to dog-friendly accommodation, welcoming multiple dogs ready for your trip to the South West!

Dog at Silverlake Estate, Dorset

We offer an exclusive dedicated dog area known as Pooch’s Place in our nature reserve, Knighton Reserve and all dogs are welcome in the on-site restaurant and bar, Hurricane Terrace.

Based in a sought-after holiday location full of astounding natural views, why not make Silverlake your next base for adventures with your furry companion and discover all the spectacular dog-friendly attractions nearby?


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