Where to Find the Pub Dogs of London
Photo courtesy of Thinkstock. As a friendly reminder, do not give animals beer.
Your local pub is like a second home and, while humans might be a pub’s bread and butter, the regular canine customers are what give many pubs their character. That is certainly the case with the 100 or so dogs showcased in Fiona Freund’s new book, Pub Dogs of London. Freund scoured London, finding some of its friendliest — and most photogenic — furry friends. The book features more than 100 pages of glossy photos of each dog, their likes and dislikes and information about their owners – and of course their favorite watering holes.
The book is available in hardcopy in the U.S. from Amazon on May 1. However, if you are looking for a more in-depth experience, you can share a pint with a local pooch at one of these London pubs featured in the book.
Several pups lay claim to The Lansdowne in Primrose Hill – it’s home to Molly and George (who according to the book are big fans of Camden lager) as well as Dobbie, the Lurcher. A stalwart of the London pub scene in Primrose Hill, the Lansdowne has been in operation for 22 years and is the perfect place to settle in for great food and a good drink. The menu rotates, serving both traditional British fare and Mediterranean cuisine.
Red Lion and Sun
Red Lion and Sun – home to Silvester and Indie, who you can see in the book – is a gastropub in Highgate. It’s privately owned, features two beer gardens, a rotating menu, a wood-burning fire, a stellar wine list and serves food daily, from noon to 10 p.m. Fun fact: this location has been a pub since the 16th century.
The Prince Regent in Herne Hill is a friendly, welcoming spot where local mutt, Mud, holds court. Visitors can say “hi” when they stop in to check out the changing menu with daily specials and traditional pub fare. They have a long list of ales, as well as wine and the perfect room for parties.
The Rosemary Branch
The Rosemary Branch in Islington is Alfie’s local haunt. It was once a Victorian music hall – and it is said that Charlie Chaplin once performed in the hall. The theater has won many awards and has top-notch directors who put on a variety of shows. Apart from its theater, its bar is well-liked too. There is a wide selection of ales, Czech lagers, wines and food. Fresh specials are always on the blackboards and the location is well known for its Sunday roast. They are open Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Mondays.
Portobello Gold in Notting Hill is where mixed-breed Miss Jones is known to be a regular – and it’s an establishment that goes by many monikers, be it a “brasserie,” a “wine bar” or just a plain old “pub.” It’s a hotel, bar and restaurant rolled into one. There are 11 guestrooms above the award-winning bar and restaurant. No matter what brings you to the Portobello Gold, visitors will find an eclectic haven for those who want food and drink served with passion and personality. The pub is known for its ability to be a trendsetter, bringing oyster shooters to London and setting up one of the first cyber cafes in the city. It’s also a VIP hot spot and the perfect place for a good party.
This is one of London’s oldest pubs, frequented by some lucky dogs – namely Abi the Staffie. This establishment was immortalized by Charles Dickens in the Pickwick Papers and is possibly where Keats wrote Ode to a Nightingale. Regardless, the inn and its pub undoubtedly have a few tales to tell over a pint or two. From bar snacks to fish and chips, this rotating menu is full of classic pub fare and well known for its outdoor beer garden and al fresco dining.
Looking to continue your quest for man’s best beer buddy? There are also books that follow the pub dogs of Glasgow and Manchester.
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