Whitby might not be the largest town in Yorkshire, but it is undoubtedly one of the friendliest and dog friendliest! Here is our handy guide to dog friendly pubs in Whitby.
Pub and café owners here have come to understand that you might want to bring your canine companions on holiday. As a result, many now welcome the dog members of your family too. Whitby landlords, in particular, love to cater for dogs, so if you are considering bringing your pup to visit, you’ll be more than welcome at the following dog friendly pubs in Whitby.
The Buck Inn
With fantastic sea views and amiable owners, the Buck Inn is a dog friendly pub in Whitby that offers it all. Whether you fancy a quiet drink during the day, karaoke, and live entertainment at night. Dogs are welcomed throughout the week, although they have a curfew at 9 pm at weekends, simply because the pubs get very busy. The food is of great value, with a menu to suit the whole family.
The Endeavour Pub is named after Captain Cook’s iconic ship that was famously built in Whitby and offers a lovely, family friendly atmosphere with lots of doggy cuddles. Here you can enjoy a range of beers and wines all day, and although the pub doesn’t serve food, they offer bar tapas, and the landlord is more than happy for you to take your own lunch to enjoy on the premises (there’s an exceptional chip shop just a few minutes away).
The Black Horse Inn
This small, traditional pub always provides a bowl of water to visiting dogs. Again, the range of food on offer is limited (although you can get bar snacks), but the good ale and excellent Guinness make up for this. There are two lovely rooms to enjoy your pint, and dogs are welcome. The Black Horse is popular with the locals, so there’s always someone to chat with if you fancy learning about the hidden parts of Whitby. Dog treats are usually available unless Dave, their Miniature Schnauzer, has devoured them!
Situated close to the swing bridge and overlooking the beautiful harbour, The Dolphin is a lovely, airy and dog friendly Whitby pub with friendly staff. Always on hand to provide a bowl of water and a few doggy biscuits for your canine companion, they also offer excellent service to humans! A traditional menu is available at lunch and dinner, but if you fancy something light, such as a hot sandwich or a bar snack, these are also available.
The Little Angel
If you like your cask ales, this is the place to visit. Set back from the seafront; The Little Angel is a truly traditional pub that offers a wide range of cask ales on draught and ciders, wines and spirits. The food is great value, and dogs are welcomed as warmly as their owners.
The Pier Inn
Being located on Pier Road, The Pier Inn offers lovely views of the harbour regardless of whether you sit inside or on the pretty patio area. Good, traditional pub food is served at lunchtime and in the evening, and dogs are more than welcome in the bar area throughout the day. However, the pub does get very busy at the weekends, so excitable dogs may be happier visiting on a weekday.
The Golden Lion
The ‘pub that time forgot’, also known as the Golden Lion Irish Bar, is handily located close to the west side of the swing bridge. You can enjoy a hand-pulled pint of Guinness here, all in your pooch’s company. The locals that frequent the pub are all very friendly and happy to tell you the history of the ‘penny tables’ that have become a unique visitor attraction.
This dog friendly Whitby pub is very popular with locals and visitors alike, making it a great place to stop off for a pint, a meal, a bowl of water for your dog and the inside info about places to visit in Whitby. Located close to the seafront and the town, it’s a convenient watering hole for families, couples and singles, serving good food and ale throughout the day. The Granby does tend to get busy during the evenings, though, so timid dogs might be better off lounging in one of the quieter pubs.
The Station Inn
If you love your award winning cask-conditioned ales, then The Station Inn is a must. They offer eight fantastic ales throughout the year in addition to the more traditional pub drinks. It is worth noting that the Station Inn has live entertainment four evenings per week, and although dogs are welcome throughout the day, some may be happier in a quieter pub during the evening. Unfortunately, food isn’t available at this particular pub. However, there are various excellent eateries close by that also welcome dogs.
Located at the top end of Church Street on your way out of town, The Fleece is a quiet, traditional pub and a popular local drinking spot. This is the place to visit if you want to hear ageless fishers’ tales while supping a good pint. Food isn’t served here, but there are plenty of nice cafes nearby, many of which will welcome your dog as happily as the Fleece.
The First In Last Out
Best described as quaint, the First In Last Out is a lovely traditional pub with a dart board, quiz night, jukebox and occasional live entertainment. You can enjoy a popular draught beer or sample one of the four real ales while watching TV. Unfortunately, food isn’t available at the pub, but the owners are more than happy for you to bring your fish and chips in to eat with your pint.
With the by-line ‘scales & ales’, you know that the Abbey Wharf restaurant and pub will serve good seafood and beers! They also offer many more dishes and drinks for those who don’t appreciate seafood, so please don’t let this put you off. Their charcoal grill is famous throughout Yorkshire, and so are their steaks. Dogs are just as welcome as their owners at the Abbey Wharf, although even the best-trained pups might struggle to keep their noses off the plates. Read our detailed review of The Abbey Wharf here.
The White House Inn
Although not located in the centre of Whitby (about a mile up the coast), The White House is still worth a visit, especially as they welcome dogs with open arms. The Seaview restaurant offers stunning views of the North Sea and Whitby golf course, making it a lovely spot to enjoy a meal and a drink. The White House also has a beautiful terraced area where you can make the most of the sunshine while your dog relaxes in the shade.
The Windmill Inn
Although not technically in Whitby town, the Windmill Inn is still worth mentioning here as it is a very dog friendly pub/restaurant. Located in Stainsacre, about 3 miles from Whitby centre, the Windmill is a stopping point on many beautiful Whitby walking trails. Dogs are welcome in the bar area and the beer garden, with refreshing bowls of water plentiful and free.
The Hart Inn
Again, this pub isn’t in the centre of Whitby, but its generous meal sizes and reasonable prices make it a great place to stop and eat when visiting the nearby Sandsend. As with the Windmill, The Hart Inn is situated on many walking trails, making it the perfect spot to stop for refreshment. Dogs are allowed both in the bar and in the pretty beer garden. It is worth noting that this particular pub gets very busy during the summer, so if you want to eat there, it is advisable to book in advance.
Arch & Abbey
Arch & Abbey is a lovely, friendly, relaxing place to enjoy a drink with your dog. There is an excellent choice at this micropub. They sell four rotating real ales, real ciders, and craft beer, including three beers/lager on draught plus bottled and canned beers, Yorkshire gins and spirits and a selection of wine. There is no music or TV here, but you will find a mix of locals and visitors chatting. Plus, they always have plenty of dog treats!
The Waiting Room
Another micropub focused on conversation is The Waiting Room. They offer an ever-changing range of beers, ciders and fine wines in an environment with no TVs or background music. Dogs are more than welcome to join you. They are located at Whitby station and have excellent views of the Abbey and the steam trains. It is perfect for stopping by for a pint with your pet if you’re in the area.
The Duke of York
The Duke of York is now a dog friendly pub with a selection of dog friendly hotel rooms too. The pub is on Church Street, at the bottom of the 199 steps. It’s a cosy and friendly place to visit, featuring traditional decor with exposed brick walls, wooden beams, and a fireplace. The pub offers a wide selection of drinks, including local ales, craft beers, and spirits. The menu also features classic pub dishes, such as fish and chips, burgers, and pies, all made using locally sourced ingredients.
No doubt there are other dog friendly pubs in Whitby that we have missed off the list, so if you know of any, please get in touch by adding a comment below.