If you love having a dog, you probably love doing things that dogs love doing too – and a good walk is top of the list. We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful country, and not only that, a country that is criss-crossed with a network of public footpaths crying out to be explored. This wonderful access we are given to our countryside is one of the greatest privileges of living and holidaying in Britain. As dog owners, we naturally want to share the scenery with the company of a dog or two – or in my case, three. Yet often in the past it has been a challenge to find somewhere equally pleasurable to have a restorative drink – and perhaps a lovely meal as well – at the end of a stroll. I’m sure I’m not the only one of us who has ended up in a poky, lino-clad room tucked away down some dark corridor that describes itself as “dog friendly”. But there are plenty of civilised, dog-friendly pubs out there. The dedicated team at Sawday’s has travelled the length and breadth of Britain to find an enticing collection of places to eat and stay. And if, like me, you are eccentric and dotty enough want to bring your dog along too, you can. I call it the “tail-wagging” guide, and it has never failed me or my dogs yet..
THE THREE GREYHOUNDS
INN, HOLMES CHAPEL ROAD,
This wonderfully renovated coaching inn is popular with families and dog walkers. Try a Cheshire cheese board with a warming cider brandy after a real walk around Shakerley Mere (right next to the pub). There is a dog’s dinner menu, doggy beer for sale and treats on the bar for well-behaved hounds, who can snuggle up or play in the large garden.
Lunch/dinner from £10.50, bar meals from £5.95. thethreegreyhoundsinn.co.uk; 01565 723455.