If you've ever been to the beautiful Ribble Valley, you'll know it's crammed full of beautiful eateries, traditional pubs and stunning wine bars and those of us who live here are constantly spoilt for choice!
If you ever visit with your four-legged friend, here are our favourite seven places to eat and drink in the Ribble Valley with our Cocker Spaniel Willow, in no particular order - no favouritism here!
This is the perfect place to stop for some food or a nice glass of red wine by the roaring fire after a long walk. It's a beautiful wedding venue and has a lovely restaurant but they allow dogs in the bar area and the cosy snug where you first walk in. Dogs are even welcome in some of the private dining rooms, so if you'd prefer to book something more exclusive, Mitton Hall is the one for you and your pup/s!
Whalley Wine Bar
A fairly recent extension of the famous Whalley Wine Shop, the gorgeous Whalley Wine Bar has cosy indoor seating and a roadside outdoor area with heaters and a relaxing village feel. It's the perfect place for a glass of wine or a craft beer (you'll be spoilt for choice!) and the charcuterie boards and yummy nibbles are hard to resist. The staff are so lovely and are always really welcoming to us and to Willow. We really love it here, well worth a visit if you're close by.
Looking in from the outside, you wouldn't know they welcome dogs in this cosmopolitan styled bar and restaurant in the centre of Whalley. But, far from it - they welcome them with open arms! Willow was treated like royalty when we visited and she was brought water and treats when we enjoyed our meal. Forum has a globally inspired menu and literally has something for everyone. It's also very veggie and vegan friendly which is a plus!
Bowland Beer Hall
Great dog friendly beer hall with lots of tables inside and out. It gets very busy in the evening and outside during summer, so I'd only take very well socialised dogs who don't mind being walked past a lot and enjoy a lot of attention (this makes it one of Willow's favourites!). If you like trying different beers, this is definitely the place for you and if you're eating, I'd recommend the greek fries! Plus, fun fact - Bowland Beer Hall boasts the longest bar in the North of England.
Escape Coffee and Cocktails
This is a firm favourite of ours. It's so cosy and the perfect place for a cocktail, coffee or the most incredible hot chocolate you've ever seen! The food and cakes are great too. Dogs are welcome in the back room where there are sofas or more formal seating for dining. Willow usually gets a treat (or two!) from the lovely staff here too. Escape Coffee and Cocktails often do bottomless brunches and pizza nights so I'd recommend following them on Instagram to see what they have going on!
The Aspinall Arms
The Aspinall Arms is a lovely, dog friendly pub with great food. Dogs are allowed in the bar area only, so let them know you have a dog with you and they'll reserve you a table in the right area. They brought Willow some treats and made a fuss of her which is always lovely! Plus, hands down one of the best veggie roast dinners in the area!
We love to sit out the back of the Shireburn Arms in Summer or inside by the fire when it's colder. Dogs are welcome throughout the pub and it's the perfect end to a lovely walk. If you're looking for a nice, relaxing stroll, we'd recommend walking the Tolkien Trail which is approx. 5.5 miles around the Hurst Green area - then end up at the Shireburn for a drink or a roast dinner!
The list could go on... We're very lucky and we're never stuck for where to go with Willow in the Ribble Valley. It's full of dog friendly eateries, bars and shops.
Let us know your favourite dog friendly bars, restaurants and pubs below so we (and other readers) can give them a go.
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