A 2 part post written in July 2016
According to the PFMA there are 8.5 million pooches in the UK, with at least one of them resident in 24% of all UK households.
We’ve recently had a few enquiries about the best dog-friendly cafes, restaurants and pubs in the Richmond area and realised its a topic we’ve never covered… so we thought we’d ask our followers for their insights on Facebook and Twitter.
This is what they said.
- The White Swan, Richmond… good for drinks, epic Sunday lunch very welcoming to dogs ( and owners ??)
- Harris and Hoole and the Press Room in Twickenham both pooch friendly. Press Room also do a salted caramel brownie to die for…
- The Shaftesbury – they love pooches
- The Mitre is very dog friendly and great ales too!
- The Aleksander is dog friendly ??
- The Crown is great for dogs
- Paws For Coffee has just opened & specialise in being a doggie cafe!
- Marlborough pub very good too. My dog loves it there. Good food always brings out water. They are very dog friendly.
- Dogs seem happy at The Sussex Arms
- The Hare and Hounds in Sheen are very welcoming when we visit with our little pup.
Our pick of the best places for fellow dog lovers to enjoy in the area.
Firstly, Kew Road is home to a couple of favourites. The restaurant/cafe Educated Palate is owned by a lovely Italian women who herself used to own two bulldogs. She greets all dogs with a warm welcome, and is on hand to offer them treats as well. The Shaftesbury, a Young’s pub on the same road, is well worth a visit for dog owners too, and as with most pubs in Richmond, dog owners can benefit from being offered a dog bowl of water upon entry. The Lass O’Richmond Hill and The Marlborough, both on Richmond Hill, are no exception, and also have large jars of dog biscuits on offer. In colder months, the log fires in both are ideal for tired dogs to sleep in front of.
For riverside fun, The White Cross pub, and Tide Tables Cafe are both good options. The Britannia pub on Brewers Lane, near Richmond Green, is another pub option, and is so dog friendly that there are two dogs who live upstairs. Even one of the fancier bars in Richmond, No 1 Duke Street, is very dog friendly with normally at least one dog enjoying the ambience inside.
Anyone who owns a dog, however, will know that it’s not all about pubs and cafes, though these do make welcome rewards after long walks with your canine friends! Having a dog is all about walking, and Richmond is luckily spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful places to exercise your four-legged friend. In particular, Old Deer Park and Richmond Park provide plenty of green space and interesting sights and sounds.
Riverside walking is also highly recommended, with the Thames Path being a great option in either direction. If you stay on the Richmond side and head South, you’ll find the end of River Lane with a really small beachy area that slopes into the river, making for the perfect spot to throw the ball in if you have a dog who loves swimming.
We hope we’ve recommended some new places for dog lovers in Richmond to try, and maybe there’s some old favourites on our list too. Let us know your favourite dog-friendly spots in the local area!