Trying to Explain Dogs in Bars in a Tavern and Failing

Dear reader,  a few of you were 'confused ' over dogs being allowed in pubs in the UK.  They can be but it's at the discretion of the landlord and must comply with local regulations.  Dogs aren't allowed in areas solely for the purpose of eating such as a restaurant or area of a pub set aside for eating.  Areas set aside primarily for drinking but with bar food can allow dogs.  However, generally town bars and pubs are not so dog friendly. To prove this to you  Mr Him and I decided to explore a new tavern in town.



We left the dogs at home and dressed in Sussex finery to watch the smart set.   The set that dress up and drink casually with friends on a Sunday afternoon, because they can. Because they have the luxury of nothing else pressing to do.  The set that have sunglasses on heads even in the winter.  More on that here on my boring blog.

On arrival, to disprove my point, I found this on the patio.  A darn dog bowl.  Not just a bowl but a dedicated beer  water barrel for dogs!  Well, proving my point was going to go well! 



Inside we settled down for a small glass of wine and a wheat ale for Mr Him. These ales apparently are better with a cordial to sweeten them.  A trick Mr Him learnt in Germany in his youth and passed on to others in the Tavern who screwed up their faces at their first slurp of the wheat Ale.







The Tavern is one belonging to a local brewery,  Dark Star brewery in Partridge Green.





 We liked the decor.






Oh, what's that hiding behind the stools?  Would it be a darn dog?



Well, that disproves my point about towns.  I will have to try harder next Sunday,  if the money lasts. 

16 comments:

  1. You should spin this quest into a whole delicious series, I think!

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    1. Oooh, such a gooood idea. Thank you and that's a nod from Mr Him too.

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  2. There is a few pics around here that are dog friendly as well, so I have heard. We don't get out much, just wander about north america and such.

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  3. It seems dogs hang out in the pubs in your area!

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    1. The quest to find a dog free one continues to prove they do exist.

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  4. Anna you certainly made me smile, this would make a great series.

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  5. Please don't attempt the whole series in one day, Anna, could get messy.
    P.s. the doggie looks a tad bored.

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    1. I think I will leave Mr Him at home for that very reason.

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  6. It always amazes me that in France, supposedly the home of good cuisine,they allow dogs in restaurants, whereas here you are definitely not welcome with (or allowed) a dog, because of some PC regulation or other. There's a lovely pub called The Eight Bells at Jevington near Eastbourne which allows dogs as it is in the middle of a farming area and a hiking area on the South Downs. We used to go there with our dog and there'd be farm dogs there curled up in front of the open fire, all getting along just fine.

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    1. Anothere good country spot. Funnily enough within an hours drive of me. Must be a Sussex thing:) PS I did a Jack and Jill blog on south downs a few weeks back.

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  7. So charming! Our Starbucks puts out bowls of water for visiting doggies but they can't come in!

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    1. That was what I had thought the water here was for at first. Dogs in the grounds welcome then that black dog came in.

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  8. The best pubs are ones with dogs. We have some in different areas of the USA. We once spent a Sunday in a crowded bar in Red River New Mexico watching a huge dog and a little small dog chase each other up and down and around the whole place while everyone looked on and laughed at the antics of those two dogs. It made it such a happy place!

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    1. Seems its a Canadian thing only to not allow dogs in bars.

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