Top 4 "Oh What's His Name?" Dog Friendly Pubs in North London

Written by: Victoria Highfield

As we mentioned in our top six things to do in Finsbury Park article, there is a pub that serves beer to dogs. Unfortunately this generous and all-inclusive craze hasn’t caught on.

But we are a particularly dog welcoming community here in North London and in the North Four office. So our contributor Victoria has expertly rounded up the top four most canine friendly boozers round our neck of the woods. Thank you Victoria!

Now if you need us we’ll be off petting other people’s pooches with pint in hand.

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Forget crazy cat lady, my mother-in-law is most definitely a drunken dog lady and celebrates the family dog Toby’s birthday with what other than a Caribbean themed party every year. It comes complete with rum punch and curried goat for the adults and doggie cupcakes for our furrier guests. Toby even has an official ‘Woof Mon’ Rastafarian outfit – because, well, he just loves Jamaica alright!?

Thankfully you’re never far from a pub in London and many of the city’s best boozers allow dogs. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating our favourite four legged friends by getting yourself down to your nearest dog-friendly pub. Even if you’re a saddo like me and don’t actually own a dog (damn you rental accommodation!) don’t fret, as you can still hope to stroke one without necessarily reeking of desperation.

1. The Narrow Boat – Regents Canal

The Narrowboat is a hidden gem and the one and only pub situated directly on Regent’s Canal in Islington. It’s a perfect place for you and your hound to take in the views and watch the world go by after a long in the office/barking at the neighbours.

The Narrow Boat 119 St Peter’s St, London N1 8PZ

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2. The Prince – Stoke Newington

Located amongst the beautiful backstreets of Stoke Newington, The Prince is a fairly new ruler of the Stokey pub scene.

The restored Victorian Freehouse is complete with stunning Art Deco decor and locally sourced craft beer and ales; it also does a mean Sunday roast. It’s home to plenty of dogs who like to hang out in the bar area wolfing down marrow bones.

So whether you need that pint shaped reward or not, it’s perfect for a post Clissold Park walk on a lazy weekend afternoon. 

The Prince 59 Kynaston Road, London N16 0EB

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3. Porky’s BBQ – Crouch End

Did you know that all Porky’s BBQ restaurants are dog friendly? Meaning that they don’t just say, “oh go on then” when you ask awkwardly at the door, lead in hand, if Buster can sit quietly at your feet.

Oh no! They practically throw down a red carpet for your canine and start up the fanfare. Porky’s provide bowls of water, loving pats and more recently give out organic dog burger biscuits free of charge.

Winner winner chicken dinner.

Porkys BBQ 4 Topsfield Parade, Crouch End, N8 8PR

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4. Rosemary Branch – Islington

Sandwiched between Angel and Shoreditch this pub is a local gem. Relax and put your feet up in this cosy dog-friendly pub with theatre upstairs. Run by Landlady and fellow dog lover Lucy there are blankets and bowls of water that will leave your pampered pooch in doggie heaven.

Rosemary Branch, 2 Shepperton Road, London N1 3DT

5. Bull and Last – Hampstead

A stone’s throw away from Hampstead Heath in leafy North-West London, the Bull and Last is a perfect place to unwind after a long walk with Bailey. It’s also a fantastic spot for a Sunday roast accompanied with divine Bloody Marys – a perfect anecdote to your bank holiday hangover.

The Bull and Last 168 Highgate Road, London NW5 1QS

Your local pub isn’t featured? Please get in touch with snaps/tweets of yourself enjoying the weekend with your pet pooch @Northfour_

Photos courtesy of Victoria Highfield, The Prince, Porkys BBQ, Bull and Last.

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