Doggy Dining: Nearly half of new dog owners take their pooch everywhere

  • OpenTable survey reveals that 61% of British diners are booking ahead to secure top outdoor spots this summer*
  • Dogs really are a man’s best friend, with nearly half (46%) of UK men surveyed refusing to dine out without their dog, even if it means missing out on a special occasion
  • Of those who welcomed a dog into their family in the past two years, 42% take their pet with them every time they socialise
  • With temperatures rising across the UK, OpenTable reveals its Top 50 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining** this summer


LONDON, July 2022: As temperatures soar, OpenTable reveals that 61% of British diners surveyed are booking ahead to secure sought-after outdoor tables this summer. This figure increases to 71% among Gen Z and male diners. 


New research from OpenTable also unveils the average UK diner is most likely to choose a pub garden (59%) for enjoying a meal alfresco, followed by a beachfront (32%) and a courtyard (28%), with rooftop bars coming in at just 18%.


When dining with dogs this summer, just under half (49%) of Brits surveyed will only take their pet with them if they’re eating outdoors. The most common struggle owners report facing is finding a pet-friendly restaurant (48%), followed by keeping their pet in the shade (43%), keeping their pet comfortable (33%) and keeping their pet hydrated (30%).


Dogs really are a man’s best friend as over a third (35%) of surveyed Brits refuse to dine at a restaurant that doesn’t accept pets, even if it comes highly recommended and means missing out on a special occasion. Nearly half (46%) of UK men turn down the opportunity to dine out if they can’t bring their furry friend, compared to 27% of UK women. 


Findings also show that 42% of new dog owners take their pet with them every time they socialise, including to bars and restaurants, which means newer dog owners are 22% more likely to bring a dog to the party than those who have had their dog for more than two years.


Nearly all (88%) of dog owners surveyed however, are feeling the puppy love, revealing that they’re willing to put their dog’s needs before their own when dining out. Top reasons for doing so include ensuring their pet is comfortable (59%) and ensuring their pet’s health isn’t being put at risk by environmental factors such as overheating (59%).


Whether Brits are looking to dine with their dog or are simply seeking to enjoy the warm weather, OpenTable’s Top 50 Outdoor Dining list provides the perfect options for prospective diners nationwide. With a variety of dog-friendly options, from Cornwall’s The Bank at Bude to York’s Ate O’Clock, diners can rest assured that both themselves, and their furry friend, will find the ideal alfresco dining location. When using OpenTable, diners also have the option to filter restaurant options by ‘outdoor dining’ to help them find the perfect spot. 


​​​​Robin Chiang, VP EMEA, OpenTable comments: “As the warm weather continues and diners across the UK look to secure those outside spots, our Top 50 Outdoor Dining list highlights the range of brilliant restaurants that are perfect for personalised dining, alfresco.”


The complete Top 50 list can be viewed here and below.


List of the UK’s Top 50 Outdoor Dining Restaurants 2022 in alphabetical order:

Albert’s Standish British Manchester / Greater Manchester
Applebee’s Fish Seafood London
Ate O’Clock British Yorkshire Dog friendly
Bill’s Restaurant & Bar – Kingston Breakfast London
Bird In Hand British Surrey Dog friendly bar area
Boro Bistro French London
Branca Italian Oxford / Oxfordshire
Bucks Bar – Trongate American Glasgow / Lanarkshire Dog friendly
Cranside Kitchen Garden International Glasgow / Lanarkshire Dog friendly
Down the Hatch – South Queensferry Canadian Edinburgh / Midlothian Dog friendly
Dukes 92 British Manchester / Greater Manchester
Fleur de Lys Gastro Pub Warwickshire
Gather British Dumfries and Galloway
Gees Mediterranean Oxford / Oxfordshire
GOGOS Waterfront Restaurant British Berkshire Dog friendly
Jolly Fisherman at Craster Gastro Pub Newcastle and Northumberland Dog friendly
La Goccia Italian London
Lussmanns – Harpenden Modern European Hertfordshire
McLarens on the Corner British Edinburgh / Midlothian Dog friendly
Parsonage Grill Contemporary British Oxford / Oxfordshire
Quod Restaurant & Bar European Oxford / Oxfordshire Dog friendly
Red Lion – Grantchester British Cambridge / Cambridgeshire
Rooftop Gardens Contemporary British Norfolk / Suffolk
The Bank At Bude Tapas / Small Plates Cornwall Dog friendly
The Black Swan Ockham British Surrey Dog friendly
The Boatman British Berkshire Dog friendly bar and terrace
The Britannia Richmond Gastro Pub London
The Cherry Tree British Manchester / Greater Manchester
The Crabtree Gastro Pub London
The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub British Yorkshire Dog friendly
The Drumming Snipe British Surrey Dog friendly
The dun cow Modern European Norfolk / Suffolk Dog friendly
The Ewe and Lamb British Worcestershire
The Ferry Inn Gastro Pub Mid Wales Dog friendly
The Fleece Inn Home cooking Worcestershire
The Folly British Oxford / Oxfordshire
The Fox at Willian Gastro Pub Hertfordshire
The Granary Square Brasserie Contemporary British London
The Grange Restaurant & Gift Shop British Buckinghamshire Dog friendly
The Greene Oak British Berkshire Dog friendly bar
The Ivy in the Lanes Breakfast Brighton
The Jolly Sailors British Norfolk / Suffolk Dog friendly
The Locksbrook Inn Gastro Pub Bath / Somerset Dog friendly
The Old Inn British Dorset Dog friendly
The Old Thatched Cottage Steakhouse Bath / Somerset
The Terrace Restaurant RHS Garden Wisley British Surrey
The Throckmorton British Warwickshire Dog friendly bar area
The Weeping Willow British Norfolk / Suffolk
The White Hart at Fyfield British Oxford / Oxfordshire
Woodforde’s Brewery Tap at The Fur & Feather Inn British Norfolk / Suffolk Dog friendly


For those looking to enjoy summer dining of a different kind, OpenTable has also revealed their selection of Bottomless Brunches and London Greats [INSERT LINKS]. Inviting London diners to explore iconic eateries and have fun in the city sun this summer, OpenTable is here to help diners plan their summer of dining.




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Notes to Editors:

*According to a OnePoll survey of 1,000 people, representative of UK adult dog owners, carried out in the UK between 13/07/2022 and 15/07/2022

**OpenTable’s Top 50 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the UK is generated from over 1.6 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between 01/05/21 and 30/04/22


About OpenTable:

OpenTable, part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), connects more than 1 billion people with restaurants every year, helping power hospitality at more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, wineries, and other venues in more than 80 countries. With software that drives reservations, experiences, payments, guest insights and operations, OpenTable enables restaurants to run their most successful business yet. 


London Specific:

In true British fashion, the average London diner is most likely to choose a pub garden (55%) for enjoying a meal outside in the summer heat, followed by a beachfront (41%) and a courtyard (37%) or rooftop bar (37%), with patio (35%) and street dining (35%) being the least favourable.