BEACH
2016 WINNER

Bamburgh Beach Northumberland Website
2016 Dog Friendly Best Beach Winner

Commendations

“Bamburgh beach is a beautiful large beach and dogs are welcome to run the length and breadth of it the whole year through with no restrictions.”

“Beautiful beach. Extremely dog friendly and very clean so you don't have to worry about your four-legged friend cutting their paws on discarded rubbish.”

“Wonderful long sandy beach with not too many people. Dogs welcome throughout the year and plenty of space for them to run and play. Uplifting!”


HOTEL / PLACES TO STAY
2016 WINNER

Widgets Farm Frome,Somerset Tel: 07900 403126 Website
2016 Dog Friendly Best Hotel / Places To Stay Winner

Commendations

“Widget's Farm not only welcomes dogs, they positively encourage them, and the luxury cabin has been designed and located very much with doggy guests in mind... The cabin has a beautiful finish which is also hard wearing and easy to clean so owners can rest easy; there is an en-suite wet room meaning everyone, man and furry family, can have a warm shower; the cabin garden has secure fencing allowing dogs to have freedom (but not too much freedom), and the cabin is located in it's own private 5 acre meadow so less sociable pups don't need to meet anyone they don't want to. It also means that no one will hear them bark if owners have more "chatty" pups"! The location is also perfect for doggy families... located in Somerset (near Bath), there is a dog-friendly pub within 5 minutes walk; lots of great walks from the door (as well as the Salisbury plain within a few minutes drive) and an abundance of dog friendly visitor attractions locally. Doggy daycare can also be arranged as well as dog hampers and beds so owners can truly travel light.”


PUB / BAR
2016 WINNER

The Mill Salisbury
Wiltshire
Tel: 01722412127 Website
2016 Dog Friendly Best Pub / Bar Winner

Commendations

“Dogs are family members and so are treated with a warm welcome as with any guest. All dogs who visit the Mill will have fresh water bought to the table by one of the team. They receive a plate of biscuits picked from a range of fresh, home-made, healthy dog biscuits on display behind the bar. All dogs who visit the Mill are treated to the full V.I.P treatment from the team (very important pooch).”

“What a great place....the staff brought us a huge bowl of water for our dogs and complimentary dog biscuits made by the manager.......fantastic food as well, well worth a visit.”

“The staff always come and say hello to my dogs, with a plate of biscuits and fresh water. I always feel my dogs are warmly welcomed.”

“My first visit to The Mill, I was walking my labrador and spotted the dog friendly sign outside. I thought I would stop for a coffee. We sat down inside and without asking a lady bought over a bowl of water and a small plate of biscuits. We got chatting as she also was a Labrador owner. It turned out she handmade the biscuits fresh every week. What a wonderful touch. She even gave me a little bag with a couple in to take for the rest of our walk.”


DAY OUT
2016 WINNER

Amberley Museum Amberley
West Sussex
Tel: 01798 831370 Website
2016 Dog Friendly Best Day Out Winner

Commendations

“Dogs always welcome, and they can ride on the free bus service (vintage buses) and the free train service (narrow gauge, usually steam-hauled).”

“Lots of room to walk and plenty to enjoy. Dog drinking bowls around the site. Outside seating at the Limeburners Cafe so your dog can watch you eat!”

“Excellent place to visit for dogs and their humans too. A nature trail with plenty of sniffs and water bowls at almost every exhibit area. Your pooch, large or small will thank you for the day out and you too will enjoy the friendly atmosphere staffed by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. ”


CAFE / RESTAURANT
2015 WINNER

Doggie Diner Sunderland Tel: 0191 706 8500 Website
2016 Dog Friendly Best Cafe / Restaurant Winner

Commendations

“A really lovely, friendly diner where the dogs are the centre of attention. A great selection of both human and canine food and drinks, exceptional staff and they don't even mind if the pooch jumps up on the couch.”

“Doggie diner is an amazing place for us and our pets we are welcomed shown a menu there is a pet play area so we can have our food and drink and our pets have there's as they do an amazing range of doggie goodies from woofins to doggie beer. The staff are amazing and welcoming and really friendly to us and our pets. Me and my puppy think this is the best place ever .”

“Always welcoming. Fantastic for dogs and owners alike. One of a kind I have never been in another cafe with my lovely dog. Deserve an award. My Marley loves the home baked doggie biscuits.”

“Really friendly staff. Really care about dogs and their humans. I suffer from really bad social anxiety and needed somewhere to eat as I felt faint. I could not fault the staff at all. The cafe was packed and despite this they made myself and my rescue dog feel very welcome. Staff are very, very accommodating and friendly. Every single one of them.”


CAMPING / CARAVANNING
2016 WINNER

Blue Hills Cornwall Tel: 01872552999 Website
2016 Dog Friendly Best Camping / Caravanning Winner

Commendations

“A great welcoming camping and caravanning site with a very dog-friendly attitude and lovely facilities including a large separate dog exercise/free play field, dog wash down area, water bowls, poo bins, great local information for dog owners and a very local all-year-around dog friendly beach. On the doorstep there are fantastic walks along the coastal path and the inland footpaths offer luscious scenic walks amongst the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

“Most beautiful location and so peaceful. Wonderful owners. Practically Perfect!”

“A small friendly campsite in a stunning location. Such an amazing choice of walks from your pitch including a short walk to a quiet dog friendly beach.”


GREAT OUTDOORS
2016 WINNER

South West Coast Path Cornwall Tel: 01752896237 Website
2016 Dog Friendly Best Great Outdoors Winner

Commendations

“With hundreds of short circular walks that link in with dog friendly pubs and places to stay; plenty of wide sandy beaches and salty water for pooches to play in; as well as a 630-mile continuous trail around the entire south west peninsula, all of which is dog friendly; it's the ideal way to experience the great outdoors with man and woman's best friend.”

“I love walking the SW Coastal Path with my dog because the paths are clearly signposted, inspected and maintained for safety. The pathways and walks are all detailed on the website as to the terrain expected and also places of interest and history details are given as appropriate. My dog's exercise is my priority but I have to say I also love to indulge myself in the scenery and magical discoveries I have made on the way. Walking the SW Coast Path is a win win as far as I'm concerned. “

“Me & my dogs have so far walked 157 miles of the South West Coast Path & have loved every step of it, stunning scenery & a trustworthy well managed trail the whole way.”

“The Southwest coast path is just a great place to walk a dog -walking along some of the many miles of the path is uplifting for both my dog and me - much more stimulating than a walk in the park. The path is kept in good order so it's easy to walk along.”


HIGH STREET
2016 WINNER

Austin & Co Great Malvern
Worcestershire
Tel: 07956 080473 Website
2016 Dog Friendly Best High Street Winner

Commendations

“We've been bringing our dogs to Austin & Co for many years and every time we receive a great welcome from not just the owner, but also from Nessa, the shop's resident dog. Water bowls and gravy bones are to hand but just knowing we can take our dogs in is enough for us. If only more shops were as welcoming.”

"A delightful independent card and stationery shop in Great Malvern.“

"Great independent stationary and greetings card shop that will allow you to take your dog in whilst shopping. Doesn't mind if a waggy tail disturbs the displays and offers gravy bones to well behaved dogs.“

"Always a bowl of water for the four legged shopper and the resident dog is very friendly!"

"Nessa, the Austin & Co dog is always happy to meet four-legged friends. Being allowed to look around with your pooch is a delight!“

"It is great to choose from the fantastic stationery and beautiful greetings cards with help from your furry friend."

TOWN / CITY
2016 WINNER

Kelso Scottish Borders Tel: 07858 366501 Website
2016 Dog Friendly Best Town / City Winner

Commendations

“What a waggy welcome you get here...from the cafes, hotels, restaurants....even the barber's.”

“Kelso, in The Scottish Borders, warmly welcomes dogs, lots of them ! Since 1975, The Border Union Agricultural Society has been hosting The Annual Border Union Championship Dog Show which sees anything from 5,000 - 6,000 dogs being entered. In addition they host Dog Agility events and specialist dog breed events. So, Kelso is well used to welcoming canine companions. Everyone enjoys the arrival of the many different shapes and sizes and welcoming their owners to Kelso. There is a wide choice of accommodation providers in the Kelso area that welcome dogs to stay in hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catering holiday cottages. Many visitors return year after year as all are made to feel welcome. Some accommodation providers offer special menu's for their canine guests - which is quite unique. Kelso has a myriad of marvellous walks, making it just ideal for any visiting canines. With walks along The Cobby and Mayfield on the banks of The River Tweed, by the River Teviot, round Shedden Park and Woodside Parks, through the woods, and along the old railway, the routes are endless. Paved walks run along the road side, round the two bridges - the old Rennie Bridge and new Hunter Bridge, out to Ednam and Heiton villages. Floors Castle offers walks round the estate in their membership package.”


LARGE ORGANISATION
2016 WINNER

Eurotunnel Folkestone
Kent
Tel: 08443 353535 Website
2016 Dog Friendly Best Large Organisation Winner

Commendations

“Travelling with a pet can be challenging and stressful for all involved. However, when we have travelled to France for a camping holiday we were blown away by the pet facilities at the Eurotunnel terminals. Despite being a very busy period to travel, we had ample space to let all 4 dogs run around the exercise area and collect some free toys and treats before boarding the shuttle. The staff were friendly towards the animals and ready to assist with any questions or problems. Having previously travelled on the ferries (where facilities are lacking to say the least, and you are forced to leave your pet alone, below decks), being able to comfort your cat or dog during the unusual process of boarding and travelling gives us massive peace of mind. We wouldn't travel any other way!”

“My dog is 18 years old in a couple of months time and is well into her second passport as we travel frequently, but she still enjoys meeting all the other dogs at the wonderful facilities which are available at both terminals. We have always found the staff friendly, helpful and welcoming. The way the pet facilities have improved over those years is staggering! I am sure it is the reassurance of such care being taken for the most important member of the family that is the one of the main reasons why owners choose Eurotunnel. Lastly, it is good to see the improved facilities at the French terminal.”

“Great facilities for the dogs for taking a short break in the journey. Very professional staff who are helpful and efficient ensuring the minimum delays whilst completing the necessary checks.”