Following the news that from Monday (September 10, 2018) J D Wetherspoon will no longer allow dogs into its pubs, we take a look at some of many Lancashire pubs that are happy to welcome canine visitors.
Lane Ends: The Lane Ends pub on Blackpool Road, Preston, welcomes dogs and their owners with open arms.
Customers can head for “Doggy Corner”, a specially-assigned part of the pub for dogs and their owners.
Manager Cliff Thompson said there were popular walks in the area and customers often came in with their dogs.
He stressed that dogs were not allowed in the dining area.
Cliff said: “We basically let any well behaved dog into the pub. We have an area set aside for them. Everybody knows it as Doggy Corner. We supply the dogs with snacks and fresh water as well.”
Three Mariners: Dominic Leighton, landlord of the Three Mariners in Lancaster, welcomes dogs.
He said: “Despite being a city centre pub we’ve kept a country pub feel, and being part of the local community is hugely important to everything we do.
“Allowing well behaved dogs into the bar with their owners is part of that, and it’s fantastic to see people out for a walk who pop in with their dogs.”
The Three Mariners serves food every day but does not see dogs as a problem.
Dom added: “People treat their pets as members of the family, and with fewer and fewer venues allowing dogs in it’s limiting huge numbers of people from being able to have a drink or a meal out all together.
“It’s something that we’ll definitely continue to do .”
The Hare and Hounds: The Hare & Hounds at Abbey Village near Chorley is a popular pub with walkers and dog owners.
Many customers bring their dogs into the pub for a drink or something to eat – and dog-owning landlady Silke Adamson is more than happy to see them.
She said: “The pub is open plan so we allow dogs everywhere.
“They are usually well behaved. If you go out for a walk with a dog what are you going to do when you end up at a pub?
“Leave the dog in the car? It’s cruel.
“They are welcome here any time.”
The Derby Arms: The Derby Arms at Treales is well aware of the Wetherspoons dogs ban. So bosses have made sure their dog friendly credentials are spelled out.
They posted a picture on their Facebook site with the message:
“We would like to confirm that as a traditional English country pub, all dogs, provided they are accompanied by a well behaved owner, are welcome at the Derby Arms “
A 2016 Lancashire Post poll asked readers to nominate their favourite dog-friendly pubs. You named:
• The Wheatsheaf, Woodplumpton
• The Queens, Lytham
• Derby Arms, Treales
• The Waterloo, Blackpool
• Station Tavern Lytham
• Number 11, St Annes
• The Plough, Euxton
• The Waddington Arms, Waddington
• The Lower Buck, Waddington
• The Continental Preston
• The Running Pump Catforth
• The Tap House Lancaster
• The Lane Ends Preston
• The Borough Lancaster
• Crooke Inn Wigan