In the last few years, we’ve all gone dog crazy, with nearly a quarter of the nation’s population now owning a furry four-legged friend. Considering how great they are, it’s only natural that we’d want to take our dogs everywhere with us, including to our favourite pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants in Chester. With so many places to eat and drink in Chester, it’s hard to know where you and your canine companion will be welcome.
In the past weeks, we’ve been asking you about your favourite dog friendly places in Chester. Listening to your wise words, along with some of our own research and knowledge, we’ve compiled this extensive list of some of the finest places to take your dog in this beautiful city. Of course, there’s a slight chance we’ve missed some businesses in this list, so please feel free to include them in the comments!
Look out for our next feature on dog friendly cafes and restaurants next week!
10 Commonhall St, Chester CH1 2BJ
Commonhall is a home away from home for many, so the fact that it’s such a dog friendly place is no real surprise. However, the lengths they go to in order to welcome our four- legged friends is astonishing. With water bowls always available and treats on hand to all, Commonhall are true dog lovers. This is shown no more than their offering of free dinners for dogs on Sunday while their owners enjoy a roast! It’s not just the dogs who are spoilt at Commonhall, the humans also have plenty to choose from, whether it be the extensive choice of beers or the new food menu.
Village Rd, Christleton, Chester, CH3 7AS
Whether it’s burgers on Monday, pizzas on Wednesday or roasts on Sunday, the Ring O’Bells will have you and your four-legged friend covered. Located in the heart of the Cheshire village of Christleton, this popular spot combines the warm welcoming feel of a traditional pub with a fine dining experience. Christleton is one of the best locations for dog walking, with open fields and access to the canal. The Ring O’Bells is the perfect place to end that walk, with water and treats available too!
Higher Burwardsley, Tattenhall, Cheshire, CH3 9PF
Nestled in the Peckforton hills, The Pheasant Inn offers some of the most stunning panoramic views of Cheshire, with visitors able to sit in the flower filled courtyard and soak up the fantastic sights. Situated on a number of trails, it’s the ideal spot to take a break mid-dog walk. With a warm welcoming interior and sun-dappled external seating area, it’s the perfect destination for you and your dog all year round.
The Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY
If it’s not horses racing around Chester Racecourse, it’ll most likely be dogs! The racecourse has become a haven for dog walkers, its proximity to the city centre making it a convenient location for dog owners to let their furry friends stretch their legs. The White Horse enables walkers to get some respite after a long walk on the vast open course, while enjoying some of the delectable offerings from the kitchen and its skilled chefs.
52-54 Lower Bridge St, Chester, CH1 1RU
Located in the historic Gamul House, The Brewery Tap is a straightforward pub with a beautifully traditional interior, serving beer and cider on 8 hand pulls and 8 keg lines, and locally sourced food also from their own Spitting Feathers farm. The Brewery Tap is the perfect place to unwind for food and drink with your dog after a long walk down the river.
Souter’s Ln, Chester, CH1 1SD
One of Chester’s most popular restaurants, Hickory’s Smokehouse has a vast outdoor seating area, all of which is dog friendly! You can now enjoy some of the finest American BBQ food in the company of your four-legged friend, be it out in the sunshine on a warm summer day, or under the heaters on a cool winter afternoon. It also boasts the benefit of being only a stone’s throw from the riverside and the meadows… a great stop off on those long walks!
Fishpool Rd, Northwich, CW8 2HP
The traditionally designed Fishpool Inn is a treat for all who visit… including their lovely dogs. With its quintessential Victorian interior, The Fishpool also plays host to its own dedicated dog friendly dining area. Since it’s renovation and reopening in 2013, The Fishpool Inn has earned wide praise for its homemade food from the environmentally friendly kitchen, along with its extensive selection of ales, gin and wine. Of course, your dog won’t be forgotten about… treats and water will be on hand for refreshments after your adventures in Delamere Forest!
Tower Wharf, Raymond St, Chester, CH1 4EZ
Often considered one of the best pubs in Chester, Telford’s Warehouse sits on the canal basin and offers a fantastically unique view from its outdoor area, especially in the evening as the sun sets over the canal and the surrounding Garden Lane area – the perfect place to enjoy with your four legged friend. With dogs also allowed in the bar area, there’s more than enough space for when the weather turns. With regular musical events and the famous long running salsa classes, there’s always something going on at Telford’s, so be cautious about taking your dog at busier times. However, rest assured that whenever you visit, staff will always be welcoming and friendly.
Goat & Munch
52 Garden Ln, Chester, CH1 4EW
This family owned pub, located in the centre of the garden quarter, might not be the largest pub in Chester… but it certainly makes up for it with a warm welcome and fantastic choice of beer, cider and spirits. That warm welcome is extended to all dogs too, with water and treats available to all good pooches! With its intimate interior, your dog will get bundles of attention from regulars in this friendly local.
Music Hall Tap
2-3, Music Hall Passage, Chester, CH1 2EU
Offering a mixture of craft ale, sports and live music, the Music Hall Tap is also dog-friendly… what more could you ask for? With great beer from all over the country and dog treats on the bar, you and your canine companion will be returning again and again to enjoy all that Music Hall Tap has to offer.
54 Nicholas St, Chester, CH1 2NX
Perfectly perched overlooking Chester Racecourse, The Architect’s large outdoor area offers the perfect setting to enjoy a post-walk drink with your dog. With a shaded area, water and treats all available, The Architect is a prime destination for when the temperatures rise. Offering a huge selection of beers and gin to owners, along with some truly exceptional food, it’s impossible to find a reason not to go!
The Cross Keys
2 Duke St, Chester, CH1 1RP
Dog walkers really are spoilt for choice on Bridge Street and The Cross Keys is another fantastic option. A charming single roomed tavern, the pub has an inviting cosy interior with a rare traditional pub feel. The Cross Keys are also certified dog lovers. With water and treats available for all well-behaved dogs, it’s a wonderful environment to kick back and relax – whether it’s inside or in the front outdoor seating area, elevated above street level.
The Bear and Billet
94 Lower Bridge St, Chester, CH1 1RU
Spread out over three floors, The Bear and Billet offers plenty of warm welcoming space for you and your four-legged friend to relax and enjoy the fine choice of ales and traditional pub food. Located just inside the historical Chester Walls, the building itself is also an emblem of history, dating back to 1664. It’s the perfect distance from both the meadows and the racecourse; two prime dog walking spots.
4-8 City Rd, Chester, CH1 3AE
A short walk from Chester station, The Cornerhouse is warm, welcoming bar with friendly staff who will no doubt make you and your dog feel at home! A wide selection of beer and spirits are available along with an impressive choice of sharing platters to keep you occupied while your four-legged friend soaks up all the attention. On the weekends, it’s important to remember The Cornerhouse regularly hosts live music, so it might be a good idea to make sure it’s not too busy!
City Rd, Chester, CH1 3AE
Although they’re all about great beer, we have it on good authority that The Cellar also have a soft spot for our canine companions. The award-winning beer bar, only a stone’s throw from Chester Station, welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes – from dalmatians to daschunds. Dog treats are available at the bar and the staff will be more than happy to supply you with a water bowl upon asking. While you’re there, you’ll also want to sample some of the tremendous beers on cask or keg!
The Old Harkers Arms
1 Russell St, Chester, CH3 5AL
The fantastically traditional Harkers Arms can be found backing onto the Shropshire Union Cana, a common dog walking route which runs right through the city. Harkers pride themselves in excellent customer service and that courtesy is extended to your canine companions, with water and treats available alongside some of the finest food and drink for owners!
The Deva Tap
121 Brook St, Chester, CH1 3DU
Sitting on the unique location of Hoole Bridge, The Deva Tap has lovely cool interior and a sun trap beer garden, perfect for those hot summer days. Whether you’re enjoying a fine pint of craft ale or a bite to eat from Nice Bites’ delicious menu, The Deva Tap feels like somewhere you could spend the entire day, and with treats and water available too, we doubt your dog will be complaining either!
Chester Rd, Aldford, Chester, CH3 6HJ
Using their helpful iFootpath link, visitors and dog walkers alike can walk around the gorgeous surrounding area, before returning to the Grosvenor Arms for some much-needed refreshments – whether a fine selection of wines, ales and spirits, or maybe something more substantial from the delicious menu.
Newgate St, Chester, CH1 1DE
Renowned as one of Chester’s prime evening locations on the weekend, The Church is also a great place to stop off with your pooch in the week for some fine food and drink – whether on the stunning outdoor terrace or inside the spectacularly decorated bar area which is a wonderfully cool temperature for hot and bothered dogs! The dedicated and friendly staff will treat you and your four-legged companion with a warm welcome… Just remember the weekends at The Church are incredibly busy, so it’s probably not the best environment for a dog!