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Dog-Friendly Restaurant Dining Tips

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Dining out with friends is a fantastic way to unwind and socialise, but what if your best friend has four legs and a wagging tail? Fear not, dog lovers! The rise of dog-friendly restaurants means you can include your furry companion in the fun. 

However, venturing out with your pooch requires a little extra planning to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Below are some tips to help turn your next restaurant visit into a paw-sitive outing for you and your canine companion.

Things to Consider Before You Go

  1. Do Your Restaurant Research: Not all restaurants are dog-friendly, and not all dog-friendly restaurants are the same. Some may have designated outdoor patios, some might allow well-behaved pups indoors, while others may not allow dogs at all. Check the restaurant's website or call ahead to confirm their dog policy, including any size restrictions or leash requirements. Reviews from other dog owners can also offer valuable insights into the atmosphere and how accommodating staff are towards furry friends.

  2. Pick Your Pup's Perfect Patio (or Table): If the restaurant offers outdoor seating, consider the time of day and weather conditions. If it's a hot afternoon, opt for a shaded table with access to water. Many restaurants, including The Lantern, should be able to provide water bowls for dogs. Busy pavements or loud traffic might be overwhelming for some dogs, so choose a quieter location if possible. Indoor seating can also be a good option, particularly for smaller dogs or during unpredictable weather. Ask the restaurant staff for recommendations on the best dog-friendly tables.

  3. Fuel Up First: A satisfied pup is a well-behaved pup. Feed your dog a light meal before heading to the restaurant. This will curb their hunger pangs and make them less likely to beg at the table or be tempted by dropped food from other diners.

  4. Exercise is Key: A tired dog is a happy dog (and less likely to cause a scene!). Take your pup for a long walk (perhaps around the Malvern Hills?) before your meal to burn off some energy.

  5. Pack an Essentials Kit: Be prepared with a doggy bag that includes; poop bags, a water bowl, and a water bottle. Bring along your dog's favourite leash (a short, non-retractable one is ideal for restaurants), a comfy bed or mat for them to relax on, and some chew toys or a food-stuffed puzzle toy to keep them occupied, whilst you dine or enjoy a refreshing soft drink or cocktail.

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Canine Etiquette

  1. Mutt Manners: Ensure your dog is well-behaved before venturing out. Practice basic obedience commands like sit, stay, and heel in a distracting environment like a park to prepare them for the restaurant atmosphere. A well-trained dog reflects well on both of you and ensures a more enjoyable experience for everyone at the venue.

  2. Keep them on a Leash: Keep your dog on a leash at all times, even if the restaurant allows them off-leash in certain areas. This gives you control and prevents unexpected interactions with other diners or dogs.

  3. Be Respectful: Not everyone loves dogs, so be mindful of other customers. Ask permission before letting your dog approach other diners or their furry companions. Some dogs might be nervous or reactive around strangers, so keep your pup at a comfortable distance unless a friendly greeting is mutually welcomed.

  4. Table Manners (for Humans): Avoid sharing your delicious food with your dog (no matter how tempting it might be!) at the restaurant as it can be disruptive to other diners. If you want to treat your pup, bring along some dog treats to keep them happy.

  5. Clean-Up Crew: Be prepared to clean up any accidents your dog might have. Always carry poop bags and dispose of waste responsibly. Restaurants appreciate considerate dog owners who leave no mess behind.

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Enjoying Your Dog-Friendly Restaurant Dining Experience

  1. Relax and Unwind: The goal is to have a fun and relaxing experience with your dog. Don't stress over minor mishaps. Focus on enjoying quality time with your furry friend and appreciate the opportunity to dine out together.

  2. Social Butterfly or Solo Pup? Consider your dog's personality. Some dogs thrive in a busy environment, while others might prefer a quieter setting. Choose a restaurant that caters to your dog's comfort level or choose quieter seating areas.

  3. Positive Reinforcement: Reward your dog for good behaviour throughout the meal. Praise them calmly when they are quiet, sitting under the table, or following your commands. Positive reinforcement will help solidify good restaurant manners for future outings.

  4. Building a Bond with Businesses: Dog-friendly restaurants are a welcome sight for many pet owners. Show your appreciation for their hospitality by being a responsible dog owner and leaving a positive review mentioning your pup's experience. You might just become a regular along with your four-legged friend!

By following these tips and ensuring your pup is well-behaved and comfortable, you can transform your next restaurant visit into a positive dining experience for everyone involved. So, leash up your pup, grab your bag of treats, and book a table at a dog-friendly restaurant today!

Did you know that The Lantern is proud to be a hiker and dog-friendly restaurant? We’re always happy to welcome you as your four-legged friends to our restaurant and our sunny outdoor terrace is the perfect place to rest up after a long day hiking. Call 01684 561837 or email us at

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