Guide to Dog Friendly Places to Eat
There are plenty of pubs who will welcome you with your dog, but are there as many restaurants? We’ve rounded up our top six that will welcome you with your four-legged friend/s.
Off the Rails, Yarmouth
Offering fabulous modern British & European cuisine for humans, Off the Rails knocks all other eateries off the map when it comes to caring for your pooch. They have their own bespoke canine menu specifically designed by OSCAR pet foods, including dog main meals and high nutrition treats and they have recently introduced a range of doggie ice cream by Billy & Margot which have gone down a treat! Seriously this is the place to take your dog for a special treat, or to walk along the old railway line from Freshwater to Yarmouth and then stop off for a light lunch, or barista coffee and slice of something nice, knowing your best ‘four-legged’ friend is going to be very well taken care of.
The Seaview Hotel is an upmarket chic hotel just up from the seafront in this historical and unique seaside village, frequented over the years by many famous names. You can’t bring your dog into the main restaurant but you can have a snack in either of the two bars: the cosy pump room in the middle of the hotel or the Naval Bar at the front. On a sunny day you can sit on the terrace, with views down to the seafront. Snacks include the famous Seaview Crab Ramekin, made synonymous with the hotel by former owner Nicky Hayward and her husband Nick.
The Met Bar, Ventnor
Right on the seafront at Ventnor with a spacious Mediterranean feel interior, comfy leather seating and further tables on the wide pavement outside, which is covered by a glass awning; the Met Bar is the ideal stop off after a walk along the beach with your dog. Food has a tapas theme with lots of small dishes to order along with yummy breads, olives and dips. There are papers and magazines provided for you to read while you watch the waves lashing on the beach across the road.
After a bracing walk on one of the west coast beaches such as Brighstone, Brook or Compton you might want to stop of at Seven in Brighstone village for a slap up Sunday lunch or a tasty little something on any day of the week (except Monday in the winter months). Originally a tea garden, Seven still offers cream teas but has extended its repertoire into lunches and, at weekends, evening meals. There’s a cosy wood burner in the restaurant and a selection of glossy mags to read if you wish.
A stylish bar in central Cowes, the owners of Moocow have their own dog and welcome your well-behaved best friends too. There’s a definite 60s feel to this cool bar/restaurant that specialises in mezze style dishes, has its own deli delights such as ‘grown up chocolate’ to take away and a speciality of ‘hot’ cocktails. MOOCOWnectar is a creamy latte with caramel syrup, toffee vodka, fresh cream and crumbled honeycomb, or MOOCOWmud is made from rich hot chocolate with rum, hazlenut syrup, cream and cheeky chocolate flakes. There’s a woodburner in the winter and the garden for sunny summer days.
The Hideaway, Shanklin
As the name connotes this little gem is hidden away on the cliff path above Shanklin offering hill top dining with stunning views out over the sea. The perfect pooch pit stop whilst out on a walk The Hideaway welcomes dogs in their fully licensed café/restaurant, which is open 10am-10pm seven days a week, serving a great selection of homemade freshly cooked local fayre.
30 May 2016