Dogs are more than just pets. They are faithful and loyal companions who quickly become much-loved members of the family. It seems a shame to leave them at home when the rest of us are out enjoying ourselves.
With dog ownership on the increase and the canine service industry booming, more and more local businesses are opening their doors to our four-legged friends.
Fancy a spot of lunch but don’t want to leave Dave the Doberman feeling excluded? Does Linda the Lurcher get lonely when left on her own? Perhaps, Colin the Cockapoo is quite partial to a Ploughman’s? Here, are just a few local eateries which will offer a warm welcome to you and your pooch.
Cock and Bottle
The Cock and Bottle on Swadford street dates back to the 17th century and is one of Skipton’s best-loved pubs. Serving food until 9pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends, their menu features some great traditional dishes such as Fish and Chips, Steak and Ale Pie and an excellent Ploughman’s board. They also serve a great selection of delicious salads, sandwiches, ciabatta melts and homemade flatbreads. We’re particularly fond of their Rump Steak Melt!
Dogs are welcome both inside the pub and in their rear beer garden. Water is always available to quench their thirst and keep them cool and there are locally-sourced dog treats available behind the bar. The food here is always excellent so be prepared for an awful lot of doggy drooling and whimpering should you choose not to share with your furry friend!
The Black Horse
The Black Horse at the top of Skipton High Street was given a huge refurbishment just a couple of years ago. It’s one of the town’s oldest buildings and probably one of the most recognisable on Skipton High Street. Their extensive food menu offers something to suit all tastes and there’s always one offer on or another. Tasty, traditional pub grub and very reasonable prices!
You can bring your pooch into any area of the pub so long as you keep them off the furniture. You’ll find a water keg in their beer garden so you can fill up water bowls as and when required. They’ve also got dog treats available if Rover is feeling a bit peckish!
The Craven Heifer
The Craven Heifer on Grassington Road is a popular haunt for both locals and tourists due to its stunning rural location. They love to see dogs coming in with their owners after a long walk through the Yorkshire Dales and always provide fresh water and homemade dog biscuits. There’s also some seriously good food on offer for the ‘hoomans’. As they try their best to use locally sourced ingredients, the menu at The Craven Heifer changes regularly, however, it’s always varied with delicious homemade meat, fish and vegetarian options.
Dogs are allowed anywhere except the restaurant area, as some people aren’t too keen on being watched by a drooling doggy whilst tucking into their meat pie! However, as they are such dog lovers at The Craven Heifer, they will accommodate your dog overnight if you choose to book a room with them.
Skipton’s Kibble Bakery doesn’t just welcome dogs. Kibble Bakery was opened FOR dogs after the owner realised the importance of feeding dogs natural and nutritious treats and began making them herself. Only 50% of the Kibble Bakery’s customers are human so even the seating is dog-friendly!
Alongside their fabulous brunch menu and tempting baked treats, they have a menu designed especially for dogs. All the items on the dog-friendly menu are wheat, gluten and dairy-free. Special dog tea, ‘pupcakes’, dog doughnuts and specially made ice creams are all immensely popular with the local pooch population and they even stock a range of accessories so you can really spoil them! If you don’t have a dog, it’s still well worth popping in to try their excellent coffees and demolish their topped toasts, Bacon Bagels or American Pancakes. Certainly the most quirkiest dog-friendly place to eat in Skipton!
The Castle Inn
This early 19th Century coaching inn sits on Skipton’s Mill Bridge, to the top left of Skipton’s award-winning High Street. Known for their comforting homemade food and traditional, beamed interiors, this superb Skipton pub is often packed out. They serve food between 11 am and 5 pm daily and their menu includes all the expected traditional favourites as well as some excellent sharing platters and light bites.
Dogs are welcome both inside the pub (in certain areas) and in their incredibly popular front facing beer garden. It’s in a great location so on warmer days you can sit outside, tuck into some seriously good grub and watch the hustle and bustle of Skipton town centre.
The Narrow Boat
The Narrow Boat pub is tucked away on Skipton’s Victoria Street and is a real hidden gem! With unrivalled access to hundreds of UK breweries, this place is a favourite with local beer lovers. The food here is pretty good too. They source local ingredients to produce a menu of fresh and hearty comfort food which never disappoints.
The Narrow Boat is run by a team of dog lovers so it’s completely dog friendly. Sit outside with one of their local ales on warmer days or tuck into a hot lunch in their cosy dining areas when the weather isn’t quite as friendly as this great Skipton pub.
The Woolly Sheep
The Woolly Sheep is immensely popular with tourists due to its traditional interiors and top quality food. Although you can expect to find all the traditional favourites on their seasonal food menus, there is absolutely nothing ‘standard’ about the food. With a superb menu featuring the usual offerings such as roasts, pies, burgers and scampi plus a daily specials board comprising creative, restaurant quality dishes, The Woolly Sheep offers a pub lunch which will certainly exceed expectations.
They’re dog friendly at The Woolly Sheep and they have as many canine regulars as they do human ones! Their rear beer garden is also one of the best in town with its colourful flower displays and covered heated seating area. Dining outside at The Woolly Sheep is a must during the warmer months but still perfectly possible on dreary days! This wonderful pub also offers accommodation and some of their 12 ensuite bedrooms are also dog friendly.
Not too long ago, The Railway was named as “The Best Place to Eat in Skipton” and we certainly weren’t surprised. Created by talented Head Chef, Liam Bradbury, their menu features perfectly prepared British classics in addition to some great international dishes. The food is always outstanding and the prices are beyond reasonable considering the quality of what they serve. We absolutely adore their Cheese and Onion pie and their Belly Pork simply melts in the mouth.
Again, this is a dog friendly pub and your favourite four-legged friend is welcome to join you in the bar area. We guarantee that no matter how much you love your pooch, you won’t want to share a single morsel of your food!