Every dog has its buffet

OpenTable reveals UK’s dog-friendly restaurants

  • One in five millennial dog owners prefer a doggie date over dinner with their friends and family
  • Half of the dog owning public admit they would base their choice of pub/restaurant based on whether their dog would be able to join them 

London, 25 August 2017… Ahead of National Dog Day on 26th August, OpenTable, the world’s leading online restaurant booking platform, has revealed research which finds that one in ten dog owners would prefer to dine with their dog than their friends and family. This new ‘Doggie Diners’ tribe is taking over the restaurant scene and bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘doggy bag’.

Google searches in the UK for dog-friendly restaurants have steadily risen over the past five years, and with a fifth of 25-34 year old dog owners (19%) preferring to have dinner with their dog than family or colleagues, British consumers are making no bones about the importance of their dogs in their lives. With over half of Brits (57%) saying they would base a pub/restaurant choice on whether or not they could take their dog, and two thirds of women (62%) admitting they would dine at a restaurant if there was a designated doggie menu, it’s clear that restaurateurs would do well to keep man’s best friend in mind when aiming to create the perfect dining experience.

OpenTable’s research has also revealed that restaurant and pub staff are having to deal with a rise in unusual requests by dog owners, with staff reporting demands for everything from spare scraps of meat to dog-friendly cheeseboards and even steaks.

In light of the research, OpenTable has compiled an insider guide to dog-friendly restaurants across the nation. OpenTable already offers users the ability to book a table at an array of restaurants and their insider guide means users will be able to involve man’s best friend too. The list includes dog-friendly hot spots such as Bronte in Charing Cross, a restaurant that not only boasts amazing interior by Tom Dixon but also includes a dog-friendly area, and newly refurbished Bibendum, vision of Claude Bosi which allows dogs into its airy and elegant Art Deco tiled ground floor Oyster Bar.

Adrian Valeriano, Vice President, Europe, OpenTable, comments “Our research shows that man’s best friend is quickly becoming the ideal dining partner for many owners, and we are seeing restaurants embrace this trend. For diners and their pooches to get the best out of their experience, we have an amazing selection of dog-friendly restaurants and pubs on OpenTable, which allow ‘Doggie Diners’ to dine in style! With traditionally ‘human’ foods such as chicken, salmon, carrots and sweet potato, amongst others, proving to be tasty and nutritious to our four legged friends, dogs and their owners can definitely enjoy fantastic dining experiences together… often from the same menu!”

It’s not just the restaurant industry that has seen a change in the way Brits are treating their dogs. Previous research has shown that millennials are willing to spend more to ensure their pets can enjoy premium, health focused dog food brands. Brands such as Butternut Box are revolutionising the UK pet food market, bringing the recipe box concept to the pet food market they have already cooked over half a million individual meals for our canine companions.

Kevin Glynn and David Nolan of Butternut Box commented“People view dogs as part of the family, but often, diet-wise, pets get left behind. Pet owners are left choosing their dog food in an aisle cluttered with washing powder and bin bags and dominated by a few unhealthy choices. Butternut Box makes it easy and convenient to ensure dogs get the very best diet tailored for each individual, our products are made with ‘human grade ingredients’. OpenTable has some fantastic restaurants and pubs that you can take your dog to. If you do need to feed your dog whilst out, we would always advise sticking to cuts of cooked meat and vegetables such as peas and carrots.”

OpenTable’s Insider Guide to Dog Friendly Restaurants in London

The Strand, London

Bronte is a welcome new addition to London’s vibrant restaurant scene, with Tom Dixon-designed interiors and a menu created by Chef Andrew Lassetter. 


The large outdoor area boasts a great tropical themed dog friendly terrace which is perfect for those summer days.

Daphne’s Restaurant  

Chelsea, London

Daphne’s appeal lies not only in its seasonal cooking, but also its natural warmth and effortless Italian charm. 


The elegant surrounds of the Daphne’s conservatory is the perfect place to unwind with your four legged friends.

Bull and Last 

Hampstead Heath, London

The Bull and Last serves outstanding seasonal food and prides itself on great service while retaining a traditional pub atmosphere. 


Londoners should grab Fido and pull up a seat at the bar as the ground floor is completely dog friendly.


Hampstead, London

Located in the leafy suburbs of North London, Gaucho Hampstead offers an intimate dining space throughout the week, culminating in a bustling, lively vibe on a Saturday. 


The space is completely dog friendly, meaning a Saturday stroll with your dog can end with you both relaxing at this perfect little Hampstead oasis.

The Albion       

North London

The Albion is a Georgian gem left over from a time when Islington was fields and farmland, and where the regulars would take afternoon walks out of the city to visit. 


With this in mind The Albion prides itself on ensuring that every guest is catered for, including the furry friends who often visit. The Albion happily provide both water and biscuits for visiting dogs and love to have them around.


Islington, London

Bellanger is a classic Brasserie with a Grand Café inspired by the Alsatian brasseur heritage of the traditional Parisian originals. 


This restaurant champions its dog visitors and the popular #HoundsofBellanger Instagram hashtag showcases many of the four legged visitors who’ve already padded through its doors.


Sloane Square, London

True to the spirit of traditional French cafés, Colbert, with its prime position on Sloane Square next to The Royal Court Theatre, is the perfect spot to while away a few hours over drinks, snacks or a full meal. 


Colbert’s is a pup friendly restaurant with ample outdoor seating for the two of you to have a ‘bon soir’!

The Crooked Well 


Locally-loved and critically-acclaimed, award-winning The Crooked Well is a neighbourhood restaurant and bar well worth visiting for British and Modern European food, served in a relaxed environment. 


At The Crooked Well your pooch will be treated to bones and bowls of water, whilst you dine in style.

Bibendum – Oyster Bar 

Fulham Road

Bibendum is a South Kensington stalwart. Recently re-launched under the direction of chef Claude Bosi, it’s great for a glass of fizz and a few oysters (there are six varieties to choose from), or a more leisurely lunch or dinner. 


Well-behaved dogs are always welcome at Bibendum, either in the cosy outside area or downstairs in the Oyster Bar.


Maze Grill Park Walk  

Chelsea, London

Gordon Ramsay Group’s maze Grill Park Walk, is a restaurant inspired by the grill rooms of Manhattan, but with a distinctly British take. 


The open space and light atmosphere make this the perfect spot for brunch with friends – and four-legged friends – as Maze is a completely dog friendly restaurant.


OpenTable’s Insider Guide to Dog Friendly Restaurants Nationwide
The Jolly Farmer 


The Jolly Farmer is a historic pub located in the beautiful countryside of Cookham Dean. The pub dates back to 1788 and many of its original features are still in place. 


With plenty of room to run around, this pub is both family and dog-friendly.

The Marlborough Tavern 


Just around the corner from Bath’s Royal Crescent, The Marlborough Tavern combines the atmosphere of a local pub with the food quality you’d expect of a top restaurant. 


The Marlborough’s pub garden is arguably Bath’s finest; a walled courtyard space is perfect for allowing your four legged companions to roam and not get lost.

The Horse and Groom Wilmington 


The Horse and Groom is the perfect place to pop in for a quick bite and a pint or to indulge in a delicious meal and a nice bottle from the extensive wine list. 


You don’t have to worry about leaving man’s best friend at home as the pub is dog-friendly, offering water bowls and treats free of charge.

Hall & Woodhouse      


With a spiral staircase, a grand glass ceiling and roof terrace, Hall & Woodhouse, Bath offers a relaxed and characterful atmosphere with delicious dishes to satisfy all tastes. 


After a walk around Bath city centre, well behaved doggies are welcome in the spacious street-level Pantry.

Red Lion Freehouse    


The Red Lion Freehouse Pub holds a Michelin star, 3 AA rosettes and is rated 3rd in the Good Food guide. 


This traditional pub has a quaint charm and a list of ales not many can compete with. The quintessentially English vibe pairs seamlessly with the surroundings and overall dog-friendly ethos.

Any of the Elite Pubs Group

Full of period charm and character Elite Pubs’ offer a varied selection of freshly prepared food all day every day. 

The Elite Pubs Group encourage visitors to bring along their dogs and have created a number of dog friendly areas across their locations.

Any of the Whiting and Hammond Group

The Whiting and Hammond group offer a little piece of tranquillity amidst busy, everyday life with hearty food and an array of local beers and ales. 


The group’s countryside-inspired interiors and dog friendly atmosphere make any of its pubs the go to spot for a place to spend an afternoon with friends.


The Durham Ox           



The Durham Ox is a family-owned traditional village Inn offering friendly and efficient service; showcasing the best of local produce on the menu, as well as stocking an extensive range of wines and cask ales. 


As well as an extensive restaurant area, The Durham Ox has several spaces for Private Dining and dog friendly areas.



Bourgee boasts the perfect mix of contemporary style and opulent flair. The restaurant offers a touch of luxury at an affordable price, why not  enjoy the josper charcoal grilled beef steaks or choose one of the decedent cocktails from the menu as you take in the surroundings. 


The Bourgee also comes complete with an indoor water feature and pet friendly sun terrace which is the perfect place to unwind.

Lulworth Cove Inn 


Situated in the picturesque coastal village of West Lulworth, the Lulworth Cove Inn is steeped in history with links to King Henry VIII, Napoleon and Thomas Hardy. 


Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the pub’s bar and outdoor areas.