You love your dog. Your dog loves your food. So it’s only natural that he or she wants to join you when you’re going out to eat. And you want the same. But some restaurants are fussy. Others aren’t friendly to those with fur. And some simply aren’t equipped to deal with more than one insatiably hungry species.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best places in London you and your real best mate can go. Because they’d feed us a crafty sausage under the table if the roles were reversed, wouldn’t they?
Bistrotheque is the sort of restaurant where every person sitting at the counter will have a Barbour jacket to match the one their dog lazing below them is wearing. And that suits us just fine. This Hackney restaurant is perfect for a drink and a snack, or a stop-off post Victoria Park. It’s open for brunch on weekends as well, so whether you want a bloody Mary or a beef pie, it works.
On paper, going for a meal in an old garage with your dog sounds bleak. Very, very bleak. Cup-a-soup for dinner bleak. Thankfully, Westerns Laundry is very much a tarted up garage. This Highbury small plates restaurant is a lovely spot for those on two legs and four legs alike. It’s got massive open doors that gives everything a bit of a holiday vibe, and the mainly-seafood menu suits this feel as well.
“Shall we take Pip and Shackleton to Little Duck?” is probably the most gag-inducing sentence in history. Swallow it up though, ’cos Dalston’s all-day fermenting kitchen is actually a lovely place to hole up for an hour or two. It’s open from breakfast till dinner (with a very good £10 plus wine lunch deal) and is a simple and tasty option for anything from pappardelle to pie.
When you’re out and about with your dog, all you want is somewhere comfortable. Somewhere that isn’t going to be highly strung, nor have the kind of customers who are going to shriek at something barking at a crisp packet. The Coach is just the place. The pub-ish atmosphere makes it very comfortable - plus everyone is welcome in the dining room - and the French bistro food makes it somewhere you’ll go back to.
You’d think, what with it being named after a type of dog and all, that Greyhound would be teeming with the things. All shapes and sizes. Like 101 Dalmations but with Thai food as well. Unfortunately that’s not the case. But they do allow dogs on their big old terrace out front, which makes for an excellent option in good weather.
We know what you’re thinking. Just. Another. Pub. Suggestion. Well yeah, but so what? When a pub is as good as The Anchor and Hope, why wouldn’t we include it? This Southwark boozer is everything you and your hairy pal want from a pub. It serves seriously, seriously good Mediterranean-style food, using only seasonal produce, and is the kind of place you can stay in for anywhere between one hour to a week.
A pub and a Chinese restaurant is a hybrid that’s good for human and dogs alike. The Duck and Rice is an excellent option in Soho when you’re wandering about wondering where to go together. It’s a casual gastro-pub atmosphere downstairs, and there’s dim sum, bao, and an array of Cantonese duck options for you to choose from.
Kudu is the sort of restaurant that every neighbourhood in London needs. It’s a casual but classy South African restaurant in Peckham that’s good for dates, mates, and most importantly, dogs. Don’t miss out on their bread whatever you do, it comes with either melted bacon or seafood butter, and it is very good. Walkies in Peckham?
There’s dog-friendly and then there’s dog friendly plus-here-are-some-homemade-dog-biscuits. Bellanger is the latter of the two. This Islington brasserie is from the same folks behind the Wolseley, and its vibe is similarly classy and casual. Only they really like dogs here. You and Muttley can have a seat on the terrace or in a booth by the bar - a drink for you, a bowl for them, and maybe even a schnitzel to share.
The Drapers Arms is easily the best pub and pup location in Islington. The food is of very high quality, and it’s perfect for a snack and a drink, or a full sit down meal of simple and classic food. Think crusty pies, fish stews, and baked camembert. There’s a garden as well, so your dog can sniff around while you get on with eating.
Heading to the Camberwell Arms isn’t like heading down to your local for a packet of crisps while your dog wanders around to general adulation. No, it’s heading to the pub for one of London’s best Sunday lunches. Or maybe an excellent bowl of pasta, or salad, as well as lots of general adulation for your dog. This place is everyone’s best friend.
The Ace Hotel’s trendy restaurant may not seem like the most obvious choice to bring something that eats, sniffs, and licks at will, but if you grab or book a booth then it’s the ideal Shoreditch option. It’s a no brainer kind of place - gnocchi, fish and chips, and roast cauliflower all feature on the menu - if you’re with a group of people and/or dogs.
There’s something intrinsically perfect about seeing a dog roam alongside a wooden bar, pints being pulled, and stranger’s ankles being licked. The advantage of this happening at the Marksman is that you’ll be eating some hearty and delicious food while watching this go on. With the smells of everything from curry to fried potatoes going around here, you’ll both be salivating.
If your dog is a prince or princess who is only used to the best, then Aquavit is where you want to be taking them. This Nordic-style restaurant is a little bit swish, but a lot tasty. Plus there are very affordable set menus for lunch and dinner time. Note: you won’t want to share the meatballs, no matter how much you love your dog.