A trip to the seaside with your dog always makes for a great day out. Whether it’s walking on the beach, taking a dip in the sea, or sharing some fish and chips, there’s just so much to do. However, if you want to rest your legs, or stop for some refreshments, you may occasionally find that dogs are not always welcome in some pubs and cafes.
To make sure you and your dog receive the warm and friendly welcome you deserve in Caister and Great Yarmouth, we’ve put together a short list of our favourite dog friendly pubs and cafes.
The Never Turn Back pub derives its name from the local saying “Caister men never turn back”, coined following an attempted rescue at sea in a 1901 storm in which nine members of the Caister lifeboat team perished, the history of which is displayed on the walls of the pub.
The pub itself is next to the Eastern Beach caravan park and is just a stone’s throw away from the lovely Caister Beach. There are two bars in the pub, and a large beer garden. Warm food is available, and the Sunday carvery is particularly popular. This is a very friendly pub where you and your furry friend are guaranteed to receive a warm welcome.
Located in Hembsy, Great Yarmouth, The Lacon Arms was recently named the UK’s most dog friendly pub in the Kennel Club’s Be Dog Friendly Awards, an accolade voted for by the general public.
The Lacon Arms is a very spacious pub, with various areas for you and dog to sit and enjoy a pint and bowl of water. The front terrace has some great sea views, and there is a large beer garden in the rear of the pub. As well as being dog friendly, the Lacon Arms is also suitable for families, with the Pirate Boat Adventure Play Area sure to keep the kids occupied while you enjoy a drink.
A variety of beers, meals and snacks are served throughout the day, and there is a large car park on-site.
An ex Lacons Brewery pub, The Barking Smack boasts an attractive and elegant exterior, and a clean, modern interior. The curious ‘Barking Smack’ name is derived from the famous Short Blue fishing fleet, which sailed from Barking to Gorleston in the 19th century.
The pub is in a great location, close to the popular Hippodrome Circus. A variety of grain beers are served, and barbeques are held in the summer months.
Dogs are welcome indoors and outside, making the Barking Smack a great place for you and your dog to enjoy a refreshing drink and bite to eat, in the heart of the Golden Mile.
Sara’s Tearooms is a family run cafe & restaurant located on the Great Yarmouth seafront. The staff really go the extra mile to make you and your dog feel welcome. A bowl or two of fresh water is always out ready for any doggy visitors, but fussy dogs who prefer not to share are provided with their own fresh bowl!
The Tearoom delivers great service to humans as well, and serves a variety of good quality food and drink, including freshly ground coffee and clotted cream teas. Cakes and homemade meals are the order of the day, and all cakes and homemade specials are baked personally by Sara herself.
Caister and Great Yarmouth are great places to visit with your dog. And while you may not be welcome in every pub or cafe, you can rest assured that you will always have a place to put up your feet and hang your lead if you visit the establishments listed in this article.