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Hey there, fellow foodie dog-lovers! If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent ages trawling the internet trying to find the best dog-friendly places to eat so you can enjoy a delicious meal with the entire family, regardless of number of legs. 

But fear not, because in the delightful seaside town of Poole, we’ve sniffed out (pun intended) the best dog-friendly eateries where you can chow down without leaving your four-legged buddy behind!

From al-fresco dining experiences overlooking the water to cosy pub roasts in a historic setting, keep reading to find out some of our favourite dog-friendly places to eat (and stay!) in Poole, Dorset.

Enjoy award-winning ales at The Angel, Poole


The Angel – Poole 

The Angel is a staple of Poole Old Town, located behind the Guildhall, and having been around since the 18th century. Despite its age, this Grade II listed pub has undergone renovations, blending its rich heritage with modern comforts including WiFi and Sky TV. Originally an ale house, The Angel honours its own history by serving award-winning ales, fine wines, and spirits, alongside pizzas with a huge range of toppings and gluten free options.

Don’t miss out on their inviting beer garden, perfect for enjoying sunny days with your dogs, because The Angel is dog-friendly. It’s just across the road from our dog-friendly holiday accommodation in Poole (Edward Cottage), and around a 10-15 minute walk from dog-friendly property Quay Cottage.


The Yachtsman – Hamworthy 

The Yachtsman is a dog-friendly Hall & Woodhouse pub located in Hamworthy, close to Ham Common, Lake Pier, and Hamworthy Park, all of which are great year-round dog-friendly areas. Our dog-friendly holiday lodges in Rockley Park, as well as our dog-friendly accommodation in Hamworthy (Shore Thing, Lake Retreat, Just Beachy, and Lulworth House) are all within a 15 minute walk of The Yachtsman.

The Yachtsman serves pub classics and locally-brewed Badger Beers. There’s a lovely beer garden with a children’s play area, so if they somehow still have energy after a day frolicking in the play areas at Hamworthy Park, The Yachtsman has you covered. Their Sunday roasts are a highlight, but they have daily deals for certain meals, such as Burger Wednesdays and Fish Fridays, making them a midweek favourite.

Fill up on spectacular seafood after a day on the coast at Rockfish on Poole Quay


Rockfish, Poole Quay

Rockfish Poole is located right on Poole Quay, with fantastic views across the water. They are very dog-friendly, with dogs welcome in the main restaurant. They specialise in serving delicious, sustainable local seafood with a menu full of seasonal dishes, plus daily specials based on the day’s haul from local fishermen. 

There’s a lovely atmosphere in Rockfish, with lots of guests visiting post-walk with their furry friends to enjoy a great meal. The tasty dishes are even accompanied by unlimited chips, so you’ll never leave here hungry. 
Poole Quay is around a 10 minute walk from dog-friendly cottage in Poole, Trade Winds.

Enjoy fabulous cocktails upstairs at The Bermuda Triangle, ales downstairs, and delicious food somewhere in the middle!


The Bermuda Triangle, Ashley Cross

The Bermuda Triangle in Ashley Cross has something for everyone, including those with dogs, with a downstairs bar area serving a great selection of drinks including ales, regular live bands, and a fantastic atmosphere. The ‘secret’ upstairs bar is accessed through a bookcase which grants you access to a relaxed seating area inside and out, live DJ sessions, and loads of cocktails. There is also a café serving coffees, breakfast, lunch, and weekly evening specials.

Ashley Cross is located in Parkstone, a 10-15 minute walk from our Parkstone dog-friendly cottages, Lime Tree House and Belle Vita. The area is full of great bars, restaurants and even clubs – a great place to spend an evening while you’re visiting Poole.

Enjoy your elevenses at The Tea Rooms in the form of a latte and a big slice of homemade cake.


The Tea Rooms, Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park is an award-winning 160 acres of woodland and park, with a huge formal garden, a Grade II listed Georgian Manor House, multiple play areas and activities, and finally, the Tea Rooms! It takes less than 10 minutes in the car to get here from Poole and Hamworthy.

It’s easy to see why the park is so popular with dog walkers and families. The Tea Rooms themselves sell homemade sandwiches, pastries, and cakes, alongside teas, coffees, and a range of cold drinks. Dogs are allowed into the Tea Rooms, so you’re welcome to sit inside, or you can head out onto the terrace to enjoy the Walled Garden whilst you eat.


South Deep – Parkstone Marina

South Deep is an incredible dog-friendly, al-fresco venue, with views across Parkstone Bay perfectly visible from their waterfront garden. On warm evenings it can feel like you’ve stepped into the Mediterranean, but it’s right here in Poole. South Deep serves a range of fresh local seafood, including lobster, oysters, and mussels, as well as burgers and sandwiches. It’s a fantastic spot for breakfast and brunch as well, with a delicious range of dishes to kick off your day right. 

A beautiful walk with your dogs around Parkstone Bay will bring you to South Deep in half an hour from our dog-friendly cottages near Poole Quay, including Dolphin Cottage and Candle Island View.

Fuel up for the day with a full English breakfast at The Cowshed


The Cowshed, Lytchett Minster

The Cowshed is a dog-friendly café and restaurant surrounded by the great Dorset countryside, and yet somehow only a 10 minute drive from the centre of Poole, where there are dog-friendly cottages like Oak Lodge and Park Lake View. There’s a few lovely independent shops around the eatery as well, so you can make a morning of your visit. 

You can eat inside or outside with your dog, and the Cowshed is really beautifully decorated. It’s another fantastic brunch spot with a dedicated morning menu with all the classics from a full English to Biscoff banana pancakes. Lunch is another delicious affair, with homemade soup, a posh fish finger sandwiches, and loads of gluten-free and vegan options. 

The Quay Inn – Wareham 

If you’re looking to explore wider Dorset, then The Quay Inn, Wareham, is a great first stop – it’s only 20 minutes away by car. This dog-friendly pub was established in 1747, and is beautifully situated overlooking the River Frome. They provide a selection of local ales and beers, as well as a delicious menu full of English pub classics with the volume turned up.

A fan favourite is the Black Rock Grill, which is an interactive dining experience where your meal will be presented cooking on the volcanic rocks at your table. Choose from a range of steaks, chicken breast, or even a mixed grill for this unique cooking and dining experience.


Dog-Friendly Self-Catering Cottages in Poole

Looking for dog-friendly accommodation for your next family holiday? We hope you’ll love these holiday cottages in Dorset just as much as we do, and we’re here to help you with your holiday every step of the way.

Our range of self-catering holiday properties in Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth are each beautifully unique – whatever you’re looking for, we’re passionate about finding the perfect holiday property for you. From quaint cottages for small families to spacious, modern five-bedroom houses, we’re proud to offer a true home-from-home experience on Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast.

Browse our range of self-catering properties or get in touch with us to get started.

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