Categories: Pet FriendlyFood & Drink

Dog-friendly dinners that won't make you a pawper

Nobody wants to leave pooch behind when they go on holiday. Let’s face it, the hound is the cornerstone of many families and without your canine companion a trip away just isn’t the same. Luckily, Visit Mourne has plenty of places where both you and your best friend can sit happily indoors and enjoy a break from the great outdoors.

A pub in Newcastle fit for a King Charles

Hugh McCann's is located opposite the promenade in Newcastle and is only a stone’s (or a stick’s) throw from the beach. This cosy pub was a winner in DogBuddy’s Dog Friendly Pub of the Year Awards. It’s well known for its warm welcome, offers fantastic sea views and its homely interior is filled with antique fixtures and fittings. Sit yourself inside in the bar, enjoy a nice meal or drink beside the open fire and let the dog drift off to sleep in the so-called Hogg Snog. When he or she comes alive again, you’ll only be too eager to get out and tackle the beach.

After a day of sniffing out the charms and beauties of the Mourne Mountains, Paws 4 Tea in Dundrum is pretty much the ideal spot to wind down. The clue is in the name really - they love dogs here and go out of their way to make sure your best friends are well looked after. They don’t make waffles here, they make woofles. Need we say more. Whether you are a dog owner or not the home cooked food and friendly service makes this a lovely place for anyone to visit.

Pet-friendly and a Pub of the Year

About ten minutes up the road, you’ll find a warm log fire and friendly welcome at The Maghera Inn. A winner of the coveted Pub of the Year Award, this bar and restaurant has a reputation for exceptional food and service. Behind the clean exterior is a two-hundred-year-old pub that has that canny knack of changing with the times without ruining the intangible sense of history, heritage and atmosphere. Sample one of Ireland's finest pints of Guinness and some fresh local seafood while your trusty companion doses off at your feet. The perfect place to take a break after a walk around nearby Castlewellan or Tollymore Forest Park.

If you find yourself taking the dog for a run and a ramble in Castlewellan Forest Park then the nearby Urban Coffee makes for a perfect pitstop for you and your charge.

Not only do Synge and Byrne near Killeavy offer freshly made food and great salads for you but they offer a lovely courtyard for your best friend to take a break and dream of chasing cats.

Not far from the fishing village of Annalong you can step back in time at the Carrick Cottage Cafe, a beautiful traditional Irish cottage with great food and a lovely outside veranda with stunning views over the countryside and out to the Irish Sea. They are always happy to see you bring your pooch.

Closer to Strangford Lough, Rowallane Garden has a lovely café patio provided with water bowls and shade. It’s the perfect place for you and your furry friend to kick back and relax after a long but paws-itively enjoyable day chasing around.

Finally, it is worth noting that the people of Visit Mourne, like most of Ireland are very taken by dogs. You will find that people will approach you out of the blue, so you should be prepared to stop and chat through the whole history of you and your best friend’s lives together. As well as the places mentioned above there are a whole host of other places that will welcome your dog. As long as you take responsibility for it, you’ll find your pooch is welcome almost anywhere in Visit Mourne and they will love it too.

Hugh McCann's Cafe Bar Deli
Restaurant
Hugh McCann's Cafe Bar Deli

Hugh McCann's has a spectacular location opposite Newcastle's new promenade with panoramic sea views. The two hundred year old building is fully restored with antique fixtures and fittings.

Paws 4 Tea
Café
Paws 4 Tea

Paws 4 Tea cafe is based in Dundrum village and would like to welcome you and your canine friends to come and see what we have to offer.

The Maghera Inn
Restaurant
The Maghera Inn

You are invited to enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Maghera Inn and Bistro. Pretty as a picture and one of the finest family owned pubs that you are likely to come across. Awarded FRLT NI Pub of the Year 2007.

Urban Coffee
Café
Urban Coffee

We are located on the Main Street in the town of Castlewellan close to the exit of the beautiful Castlewellan forest park & 3 miles outside Newcastle County Down.

Carrick Cottage Cafe
Café
Carrick Cottage Cafe

The Carrick Cottage Cafe is a beautiful traditional irish cottage cafe which offers indoor seating to accommodate up to 18 people. Our brand new outside veranda which offers stunning views can seat a further 20 people we also have dog friendly area.

Rowallane Garden
Walking & Hiking
Rowallane Garden

Woodland Walk