Wednesday, 20 November 2019 Dog Friendly Pub Awards | 2019

Hello all! 

It’s been quite a while since we blogged; the last year has been a crazy one. One of our goals for 2020 is to resurrect and re-design the blog, so we’re kicking things off today with a little post about’s Dog Friendly Pub Awards. is primarily a fab database of dog walkers and day-care providers, and they recently emailed to ask whether Winnie and I would like to become ‘roving’ reporters. They have been running a competition to find the UK’s most dog-friendly pubs, and asked us to visit one in the South East and share our experience. Voting is now over, and The Fox and Hounds in Theale was named today as the best dog-friendly pub in our region, however want everyone to visit as many dog-friendly pubs as possible; not just the winners! Keen to support dog-friendly businesses, we headed to The Four Horseshoes in Hook.

First impressions are everything, and The Four Horseshoes didn’t disappoint! There was a cosy log burner, everyone immediately made a fuss of Winnie, and the owner produced a jar of treats from behind the bar! Winnie was in her element, of course. There’s nothing a dachshund loves more than food, attention and somewhere warm to sit.

The décor throughout makes it obvious that the pub is dog-friendly, from the funny sign pictured above, to artwork of dogs. There’s also a decent-sized beer garden for dogs to stretch their legs, but we decided to stay cosy by the fire today as it was SO cold outside… and Miss Winnie does not do cold.

After chatting with the owners about their own dog, who is normally behind the bar, it’s clear that being dog-friendly is very important to them. It was great to visit somewhere that was genuinely welcoming towards dogs, not just tolerant of them; which is definitely something we’ve experienced before. The chef even came out to give Winnie some roast beef! She couldn’t believe her luck. 

After more treats, a delicious hot chocolate (and cuddles with the owners!) it was time to go. I’m so glad we visited The Four Horseshoes today, as they really did embody what it means to be a dog-friendly business. I’m grateful that contacted us, or we may never have discovered just how many dog-friendly pubs there are in the South East! Don’t forget to checkout the website and visit the entrants in your region; who knows, you might even find a new favourite!

Chloé, Archie and Winnie ox