Summer has finally arrived in County Durham after a dreary June - and what better way to spend the weekend than a trip to the pub. 

But for dog lovers, it’s sometimes harder to find a place that allows you to kick back and enjoy a drink while in the company of your beloved pooch. 

Thankfully, County Durham has plenty of places that welcome your four-legged friends with open arms - from country pubs serving up cask ales to sports bars.

Here’s five places in County Durham that allow dogs: 

The Sticky Wicket

Based in the grounds of the Emirates Riverside cricket venue in Chester-le-Street, The Sticky Wicket is the “home of good sport, good food & live music.”

The sports bar - which is famous for its Sunday roast - serves up great ales and wholesome food from burgers to stone-baked pizzas. 

It has garnered rave reviews online, with one person saying: “Went for dinner last week for the first time and I was completely blown away with how good the food was.” 


The Old Farmhouse

Described as an “absolute gem of a find”, this country pub is located on Yarm Road near Middleton St. George, Darlington, and serves up both seasonal food and cask ale. 

The Old FarmhouseThe Old Farmhouse (Image: The Northern Echo)

Menus at the site are “full of hearty favourites and country pub classics” and drinks on offer include everything from fine wines to British gin. 

One happy customer said: “My family enjoyed a delicious lunch here, during a recent holiday to Darlington. The service was outstanding, especially from the manager who lit the fire for me! From the food to cozy atmosphere, this venue had it all.”


The Coach and Horses

This popular pub - operated by Marston’s - is located at 22 Galgate, Barnard Castle, and boasts everything from a pool table and dart board to a comfy corner. 

They are also playing all the live Euros matches for any footy fans that want to bring their pooch along for all the matchday action. 

One person said: “Had a lovely stay here. Food was delicious and nice atmosphere, good music , fun for all ages. Will definitely be coming back.”


Fox Hole

This traditional pub - located on Piercebridge in Darlington, featured an “inspired mix of traditional features and contemporary decor.” 

The Fox Hole, in PiercebridgeThe Fox Hole, in Piercebridge (Image: SARAH CALDECOTT)

Bartenders serve up locally brewed, hand-pulled beers, organic wines, an extensive gin selection and a large selection of spirits. 

One reviewer said: “Fantastic place - superb food, tremendous service, would highly recommend. Definitely will be going again.”

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The Mowden

This Staindrop Road pub is described as being a “hub of the community” overlooking green belt land in the west end of Darlington.

The pub prides its bar for being “second to non” with ten draught products, award-winning cask ale and a wine list too. They also show live coverage of sports events. 

One person said: “Really enjoyed my short visit here. Good choice of beer, the staff were friendly and the food looked great (although I didn't have time to sample it on this visit) will definitely be back.”