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10 Awesome Dog Friendly Restaurants Harrogate Yorkshire

10 Awesome Dog Friendly Restaurants Harrogate Yorkshire

Bertie, my Sprocker spaniel, is a huge part of my life and I’m always looking for dog friendly restaurants near me where he is welcome. The great news is that the lovely town of Harrogate in dog friendly Yorkshire is full of folk who love dogs.

There are lots of dog friendly restaurants in Harrogate to choose from, so Bertie and I have done the work for you and, after many glasses of wine, pub meals, and afternoon teas, I have pulled together my completely unscientific list of the best eateries in the area, that also happen to be dog friendly.

Bertie boy 3 min
Bertie loved “road-testing” all of the dog-friendly eateries in Harrogate!

About The Harrogate Area

The elegant Victorian spa town of Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, is perenially popular with tourists who flock to the town to enjoy its beautiful gardens, boutique shops, fabulous original Turkish Baths, and proximity to the Yorkshire Dales. They come too to unwind at Harrogate’s excellent pubs, cafes and restaurants.

As the town is just 40 mins from the medieval City of York, the buzzing City of Leeds, and the enchanting market town of Skipton, Harrogate is popular as a day trip location or for a weekend getaway.

Discover the best places to stay in Harrogate here.

View of Harrogate North Yorkshire
Pretty Harrogate is a very dog friendly town

The wider Harrogate area is blessed with breathtakingly pretty smaller towns and villages including Boroughbridge, Ripley, and Knaresborough.

These tend not to draw the same crowds as Harrogate, and they are some of my favourite towns in Yorkshire – I love pottering around those quiet hidden gems where Bertie and I can pause for a while to ponder and people watch with a pot of Yorkshire tea and a slice of frighteningly good cake. Even better if I can take Bertie with me!

Here’s my list of the 5 best dog friendly pubs and restaurants in Harrogate and the nearby area.

Best Dog Friendly Restaurants Harrogate

Pristine walks in Harrogate North Yorkshire
Harrogate has plenty of wide pavements – perfect for a stroll with your dog!

This guide includes the very best dog friendly restaurants in Harrogate, where you and your furry pal will get a warm welcome, splendid food, and no snarky looks!

Best Dog Friendly Pub Harrogate – The Travellers Rest

The atmospheric 17th-century Traveller’s Rest is perfectly located on the 20 mile circular Harrogate Ringway walk, but fear not – you don’t have to do the walk to pop in for something to eat.

Image of dining nook in the Traveller's Rest dog friendly restaurant Harrogate North Yorkshire
One of the cute dining nooks at the Traveller’s Rest

Four-legged friends are greeted with a warm welcome, doggie treats and a water bowl. The staff will spoil your pooch with lots of fuss and ear scratches too!

Bertie loves it here as he’s allowed in the historic old bar and there are lots of interesting places to sniff!

lush green field grazed by fluffy white sheep beneath ancient trees
Your dog will love the walk to the Traveller’s Rest

Top tip: Park in the car park just beyond the Fodder Farm Shop on the Great Yorkshire Showground, Railway Rd (HG2 8NZ) and take a gentle 5-minute stroll to the pub. The scenery is lovely and you’ll definitely be grateful for the chance to stretch your legs after eating, as the portions at the Traveller’s Rest are generous.

Go to The Travellers Rest for…

image of huge homemade burger and chips, plus a traditional British Sunday roast with a Yorkshire pudding
A very filling lunch at the Travellers Rest
  • Awesome, locally sourced food – Sunday lunch is simply fabulous and the teen boy was super impressed with his burger!
  • The warmest of welcomes for your doggo
  • Miles of beautiful country walks right on the doorstep

Best of the Dog Friendly Hotels in Harrogate – The Old Swan

For when you don’t just want to eat with your furry friend, but want somewhere lovely to stay too, the Old Swan is perfect. One of the most famous hotels in Harrogate, the Old Swan was the bolthole where Agatha Christie – the mistress of crime-writing – was discovered after she famously disappeared in 1926.

Located in the heart of Harrogate, the splendid Old Swan is very dog friendly.

image of the Old Swan Inn, Harrogate
The beautiful Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate is very dog friendly

Go to The Old Swan for…

  • Seasonally-changing menus that feature only the best local Yorkshire produce
  • Posh dining with your pooch in the main bar area and a lovely welcome from Maisie the resident dog
  • Fantastic walks on the doorstep, plus gorgeous gardens surrounding the hotel for your doggo to roam, sniff and play
  • Proximity to the town centre, so you can dine around at other nearby dog friendly pubs and restaurants in Harrogate

If you choose to stay at the Old Swan Inn (and you really should), the hotel even provides a doggie breakfast. Check availability and rates here.

Best of the Harrogate Dog Friendly Cafes – Hoxton North

image of dog friendly Hoxton North Cafe in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Go to Hoxton North for…

  • its absolutely lip-smackingly good menu
  • the super friendly staff who adore dogs
  • the fantastic location – moments from the 50+ independent shops, boutiques and eateries in the Montpellier Quarter
  • dogs are allowed in their interior and exterior spaces
image of Montpellier Street Harrogate, with its collection of independent boutique shops and cafes
Opposite Hoxton North – The boutique shops of Montpellier Street

More Brilliant Dog Friendly Eateries in Harrogate

It was a tough call to choose the three top spots! Bertie and I agreed that there were more than a few other great places to mention:

West Park Hotel

Location: 19 W Park, Harrogate HG1 1BJ

For something a little upmarket, you can’t go wrong with the lovely West Park Hotel where dogs are very welcome. The friendly and attentive staff are happy to provide a dog bed and bowl (for a small charge). You can also take your dog with you when you want to dine in the hotel restaurant, so there’s no need for your dog to stay in your room while you eat!

Go to the West Park Hotel for:

  • Great central Harrogate location – opposite the Stray park (for dog walks)
  • Excellent breakfast in the bar area with your doggo
  • A touch of luxury and really good, locally sourced food

Take a peek at the accommodations at the West Park Inn here. It’s very popular with locals (always a great sign).

Hales Bar

Location: 1-3 Crescent Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2RS

Harrogate view from Pump Rooms towards Hales Bar min 1
The pretty walk from the Harrogate Pump Rooms to Hales bar

Dogs are allowed in both bars and in the attractive beer garden but must be kept on a lead at all times. When the bar is very busy, dogs are not permitted (even in the beer garden), as it’s far too easy for paws to be accidentally trodden on.

Go to Hales Bar for…

  • its Instagram-worthy interior and exterior
  • the possibility of meeting the pub ghost!
  • a chance to see where part of the blockbuster movie Chariots of Fire was filmed

You may also like

  • Major Tom’s Social: Easily the coolest of the dog friendly pubs and restaurants in Harrogate
  • The Old Bell Tavern: A historic hostelry with a warm and welcoming vibe for dogs and their humans
  • Balterzens: A seriously popular and very chic Scandinavian coffee shop with fabulous home-baked pastries
  • Caffe Nero: A typically relaxed Caffe Nero with great coffee, big squidgy sofas, and scrubbed wooden floors, plus a great view of Harrogate, making it perfect for a spot of people watching. You’ll find pooches of all shapes and sizes in here – often sitting in the window and chilling – like an advertisement for dog friendly Yorkshire!
  • Brio Cafe: Packed to the rafters with delicious Italian pastries and seriously good coffee, Brio is tucked away in a pretty little side street well worth hunting down. Do try the canoli while you’re there – they are fabulous!
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Bertie loves going out to eat!

More Yorkshire Travel Resources

If you’re headed to Yorkshire, do check out what to pack for Yorkshire.

If you’re thinking of going to Harrogate, check out my guide to the best things to do in Harrogate and my guide to how to visit the Turkish Baths in Harrogate.

I also love York and Leeds! Check out the most Instagrammable places in Leeds and the best things to do in York to inspire your trip.

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Have you found any great dog friendly Yorkshire locations? Do share your favourites in the comments below.

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Farrah

Thursday 19th of May 2022

I don't have a dog (yet) but this is definitely something I've been meaning to look into more. Gotta love dog-friendly places/spaces! :] Your dog is such a cutie!!

Coralie

Thursday 19th of May 2022

Dogs are the best company Farrah :)

Lauren

Friday 6th of May 2022

I'm loving how dog-friendly Harrogate is! This is something people should know as more and more folks start traveling with their pups internationally.

Coralie

Friday 6th of May 2022

Thanks Lauren - Harrogate is a top town for dog lovers!

ashley

Thursday 5th of May 2022

I mean, can you really go wrong with dogs + food?? I don't think so! Such a helpful resource.

Coralie

Thursday 5th of May 2022

So glad you found it useful Ashley :) You are 100% right too about that dogs + food comments! A complete winner :)

Sharyn

Thursday 5th of May 2022

What a great idea for a post. It is often hard to know which cafes and restaurants accepts dogs and often you have to leave them at home. Now I know where to go.

Coralie

Thursday 5th of May 2022

Thanks Sharyn - it's definitely something I always want to know - especially in the cooler months, when a seat outside is not much fun :)

Jill

Thursday 5th of May 2022

Your puppy is so cute! And it's always nice to have options to bring your dog along, I usually can only find places outside that allow dogs so the Traveller’s Rest seems like a great change! Thanks for sharing

Coralie

Thursday 5th of May 2022

He is a cutie Jill -thank you :) I count myself lucky to have found such a very dog-friendly town!

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