My boyfriend and I have talked about getting a puppy for years but the dream finally became a reality when I recently started working for myself from home. Meet Pat… he’s a wire haired fox terrier and we are absolutely besotted with him!
At the time of writing this post Pat has only been a part of our family for a few of weeks but we have already taken him on a couple of little adventures and have plenty more planned.
So, I thought I would share some of the amazing dog-friendly pubs, cafes, parks, beaches and attractions around the north east that we hope to visit with our new four legged friend. Something tells me Pat is going to love his life in Geordieland as much as I do.
The following venues are ones that actively promote themselves as being welcoming to dogs or have been recommended to us by other local dog-owners. The list is already quite long but I’m sure we’ll soon discover even more amazing places to add to it!
The Tanfield Railway in Gateshead is the oldest in the world and they offer steam train rides every Sunday and Bank Holiday plus Thursdays and Saturdays during the summer holidays. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for ages so I was delighted to hear they welcome dogs onboard!
I love a good mooch around the local garden centre on a weekend (getting old!) and seeing as Pat seems intent on digging up most of our garden I think we’ll be spending quite a bit of time in Dobbies! Well behaved dogs on leads are permitted in-store, except in the food hall and restaurant.
This is one of my favourite places for a few pints on a Saturday afternoon, it has the most fabulous views of the River Tyne and the glorious bridges. I remember seeing lots of lovely dogs there last summer so I’m sure Pat will be in good company.
This dog-friendly hotel is in the heart of Newcastle city centre on one of my favourite streets, High Bridge. Pat and I will definitely be popping in for drinks but I’m thinking it might also be nice to plan a summer staycation here too.
I’ve talked about my love for Beamish many times on this blog, it’s the perfect family day out and knowing that they welcome dogs with open arms puts it even higher on my list of places to visit.
This cute little cafe in Heaton has a great reputation for being both child and dog friendly. It’s somewhere I’ve never been but it’s been recommended by fellow dog owners so I can’t wait to check it out.
Once Pat gets a bit bigger and is ready for longer walks we’ll be making a beeline for Broom House Forest Adventure Trail. James and I stumbled on it last year on our way home from a city break in Durham and we commented then that it would be a lovely place to visit with the family and a dog. There’s a farm shop, tea rooms and brilliant adventure trail through the woods.
Kiln in Ouseburn is one of the best places for breakfast in Geordieland, so I was chuffed to bits when I discovered that dogs are welcome! I’ll have to keep a close eye on him with all the lovely crockery on display from the in-house pottery, the phrase ‘bull in a china shop’ comes to mind!
(Disclosure: The link in this sentence leads to a review that was gifted) You may remember a little while back I was kindly invited to review the lunch menu at St Mary’s Inn (you can read the post HERE). While I was there I noticed several dogs keeping their owners company at the bar and was delighted to discover that one of the cosy bedrooms was also dog friendly, it would be the perfect place for a little overnight stay with Pat.
I have heard so many good things about Hamsteley Forest down the road in County Durham but it’s actually somewhere I’ve never been. It looks like a wonderful destination for a summer day out. There are four different walking trails to explore and Pat will love splashing about in the river! I bet there are some lovely picnic spots in the forest too.
I’ve spoken of my love for Bamburgh village and its beautiful castle many times, so you can imagine my delight to discover this facebook post shortly after we got our little puppy. This is definitely somewhere I am looking forward to taking him!
This emporium of vintage delights is exactly the kind of place I like to shop. I could rummage through the rails for hours looking for rare, unique and pre-loved items. Now I can do it with Pat by my side as this hidden gem of an independent thrift store is dog-friendly.
This beach front cafe in Whitley Bay is an absolute institution, I love the fact that it has barely changed since it first opened in the 1930’s and that it’s always full of gorgeous pooches!
As I mentioned in THIS POST at the start of the year, I have made a promise to myself to spend much more time in Saltwell Park as it really is one of Geordieland’s most beautiful public spaces. Now I have an even bigger excuse to head there more often.
Pat and I have already ventured to City Tavern, a dog-friendly pub just off Northumberland Street in Newcastle city centre. I was really impressed as Pat was made to feel incredibly welcome, a bowl of water was brought to our table for him before we’d even placed an order! The decor is lovely and the food menu looked fab, especially for breakfast, I think we may become regulars.
We are really fortunate to have several amazing National Trust sites within easy reach of Newcastle, places like Cragside, Gibside and Seaton Delaval Hall are wonderful places to spend the day in the great outdoors. One of my hopes when getting a dog was that it would encourage us to be more active and get out in to the fresh air more often so I found this new video from National Trust really inspiring…
Although, truth be told, we are more likely to take Pat along to Gibside’s ‘Beer and Bite Nights’ which take place on Friday nights. There’s street food and live music from 6pm and entry is free
even for non-members. (Update, entry to Beer and Bite nights is no longer free for non-members, membership or admission applies at all times).
I was delighted when Wylam Brewery moved in to the stunning Palace of Arts in Exhibition a couple of years ago as it’s virtually my local! The setting is incredibly unique and I can’t think of anywhere better to quench our thirst after a game of fetch on the Town Moor!
(Disclosure: The link in this sentence leads to a review that was gifted) I have had some lovely meals at Hinnies in Whitley Bay, it’s part of Hooked on Group which also owns Blackfriars and Dobson and Parnell in Newcastle and the quality is exceptional! We really want to try the brunch menu at Hinnies, it is sure to warm us up after a stroll on the promenade.
I have pretty much travelled the length of England’s coastline so believe me when I say that our north east beaches are the country’s finest, I’d even go as far as saying we have some of the best beaches in Europe (if only we had the warm climate too)!
There’s been lots in the local news recently about dogs being banned on the beaches for the peak summer period but this ban only takes place on certain sections of some beaches. Check the signs before you venture on the sand with a dog but rest assured there are still lots of lovely spots to enjoy, especially in Northumberland.
I think this list should keep us going for a while but I’d also love to hear any recommendations you’ve got so leave your suggestions for dog-friendly days out in the comments box below! Love from Rachel, James & Pat the dog!