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, we have 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.

The Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle are delighted to be a pet-friendly hotel, dogs are allowed in public areas and must be on a short lead at all times. There are also pet friendly bedrooms, so please be sure to let the reservations team know at the time of booking that you will be bringing your pet.

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 here, 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 our area and they will love it too.

Hugh McCann's Cafe Bar Deli
Live Music
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.

Slieve Donard Resort and Spa
Hotel
Slieve Donard Exterior

A beloved destination for families, golfers, and holiday travellers, Slieve Donard is a local landmark that’s equal parts homey and breath-taking. The resort sits at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, on the edge of Royal County Down Golf Club, ranked no. 1 in the world by Golf Digest.

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 - Woodland Walk
Walking & Hiking
Rowallane Garden - Woodland Walk

Whatever the season there's always something new to see at Rowallane Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens in Northern Ireland. Carved from the County Down landscape, the garden has grown from the 19th century beginnings of the Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore. Their vision helped create a place where you can leave the outside world behind and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty.