Dog Friendly Pubs in Scarborough [top picks]

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I often get asked, ‘how dog friendly is Scarborough?’ and the answer is, very! There are lots of activities to choose from if you are visiting this medieval town with your dog.

This article will list some of the best dog friendly pubs in Scarborough. If you are on holiday in the North accompanied by your dog, or looking to move to the area, you will certainly want to know about some dog-friendly pubs in this popular seaside town.

There are many great options to choose from, but here are our top 7 picks of dog-friendly pubs in Scarborough.

The Scarborough Arms

Located to the North of the town centre, this family-owned pub is a firm favourite amongst dog owners in Scarborough. It is a traditional English pub, serving food and with a good selection of drinks. They also have live music nights.

The pub is both family friendly and dog friendly. The staff are well-known for being approachable and welcoming, so expect to find water for your dog and maybe even a couple of treats.

The food is high-quality, with steak on the regular menu and a great roast on Sundays. This makes it a top choice for a cosy meal where you can relax with your dog.

The Hole in the Wall

The Hole in the Wall, close to the South Bay, is an independent pub with a quirky exterior and some great cask ales to choose from. Service has been called ‘spectacular’ by many online, and so expect a warm welcome for you and your dog.

The pub has a cosy interior as well as a lovely garden, making it a great year-round pub. Whilst you won’t find food here, the selection of drinks and fun atmosphere make this a top choice for dog owners living in or visiting Scarborough.

The Hole in the Wall recently set up a children’s area with games and crayons, so is great for a family visit. The pub also has a variety of live music nights.


Cellars is a dog-friendly and family-friendly food pub known for its Sunday roasts and all-day breakfasts in the summer. It also has a great selection of real ales and real ciders.

Inside has a traditional and cosy feel, and outside you can find pub benches to enjoy a pint or a meal in the sun during the summer months. The pub also has live music inside throughout the winter and outside during the summer, including an open mic night on Wednesdays.

Cellars is conveniently located just off the Valley Road, in an area where many BnBs are located, so is a great stop-off if you are visiting Scarborough.

The Belly Rub

The Belly Rub calls itself a ‘café, bar and bistro’, so is not a traditional pub but definitely deserves a place on this list. If you are looking for dog friendly restaurants in Scarborough, this is a great choice.

You will find a great selection craft beers and excellent food at The Belly Rub. They put an emphasis on food being comforting and home-made.

A love of dogs influenced the opening and the naming of this establishment, and so your dog will receive a warm welcome. They even have a snack menu just for dogs, so they can indulge in a tasty treat while you are enjoying your meal.

The Belly Rub is on Victoria Road, very close to Scarborough train station, and easily accessible from the centre and the seafront.

The Cask Inn

The Cask Inn welcomes dogs and families and is a lovely spot to cool off after a big day of exploring Scarborough. It is a traditional pub serving a selection of drinks and typical ‘pub grub’, as well as providing water and treats for the dog.

What stands this pub apart is the sport they show on their screens. If you are looking for a place to watch the football in a fun atmosphere with your dog, this is the place for you.

The Cask Inn is on Cambridge Terrace, very close to Valley Park and walking distance from the South Bay.

The Leeds Arms

The Leeds Arms is a smaller pub in Scarborough, with a very traditional feel and some great local beers. It is a favourite amongst locals for its laid-back atmosphere.

The Leeds Arms is for over-18s, so not an option if you are visiting with a family, but if you don’t have kids and would like a break from the noise of children, they will welcome you and your dog with open arms.

The pub is located on St Mary’s Street, right in the centre of Scarborough.

The Stumble Inn

Another adults-only, but dog-friendly, pub, that has become one of the coolest hangout spots in Scarborough, is The Stumble Inn. It is the town’s first micro-pub, so the space is small, but packed with character.

It has an excellent selection of local and craft beers, ciders, and wines. There are bar snacks available (pop a donation for the air ambulance in the box to say thank you), and antipasti days on Sundays. It’s not, however, a sit-down meal establishment.

The Stumble Inn is located on Westborough Street, very close to Scarborough train station. If you are looking for a lively atmosphere to enjoy some really good drinks with your dog, it is a great choice.

Related Question/s

Is Wetherspoons in Scarborough Dog Friendly?

The Lord Rosebery is the branch of Wetherspoons in Scarborough, and enforced a ban on dogs in 2018, saying that ‘even well-behaved dogs can be unpredictable’. If you are craving a Wetherspoons breakfast on Sunday morning, you’ll have to go without your dog.

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