You love your dog. Your dog loves your food. So it’s only natural that he or she wants to join you when you’re going out to eat. And you want the same. But some restaurants are fussy. Others aren’t friendly to those with fur. And some simply aren’t equipped to deal with more than one insatiably hungry species.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best places in London you and your real best mate can go. Because they’d feed us a crafty sausage under the table if the roles were reversed, wouldn’t they?
The pasta at Flour And Grape will give you a lot of feelings. Think Lassie reunion scene level, or ‘oh dear God I forgot the poop bags... no wait, wait, bloody yes, there’s one in my pocket’ level of feelings. This spot on Bermondsey Street serves excellent handmade pasta, has a gin bar downstairs, and, because dreams do come true, is also dog friendly. Don’t miss the pork shoulder tortellini.
The menu at Maggie Jones’s is full of British classics, there are nick-nacks everywhere, there’s lots of candlelight, and there’s a pretty iconic portrait of a British bulldog downstairs, so it totally makes sense that it’s also dog-friendly.
Bistrotheque is the sort of restaurant where every person sitting at the counter will have a Barbour jacket to match the one their dog lazing below them is wearing. And that suits us just fine. This Hackney restaurant is perfect for a drink and a snack, or a stop-off post Victoria Park. It’s open for brunch on weekends as well, so whether you want a bloody Mary or a beef pie, it works.
Do we love the halloumi with black seed honey at Bubala as much as your dog loves that toy it’s had since it was a pup? Trick question. No one loves anything as much as your dog loves that decrepit teddy bear, but honestly, our feelings for the middle eastern small plates at this all-vegetarian spot in Spitalfields are pretty close. You’re definitely going to want to get involved in the confit potato latkes, hummus, and fried aubergine - just be aware that it’s a small space, so this isn’t the place for any St Bernards.
Sitting at Levan, comté fries on the counter, some soft, 2007 indie hit playing in the background, and your best mate gazing up at you as if you’re their absolute hero - well, life doesn’t get much better than that. You might as well just lay down on the floor of this achingly cool and charming all-day Peckham wine bar next to Buddy with a big, excellent glass of pinot noir and kiss the world goodbye. You’ve peaked.
On paper, going for a meal in an old garage with your dog sounds bleak. Very, very bleak. Cup-a-soup for dinner bleak. Thankfully, Westerns Laundry is very much a tarted up garage. This Highbury small plates restaurant is a lovely spot for those on two legs and four legs alike. It’s got massive open doors that gives everything a bit of a holiday vibe, and the mainly-seafood menu suits this feel as well.
We can’t think of a single thing that’s bad about owning a dog. Except maybe those particularly rainy walks and the fact that you’re 99% sure that person from Pawshake who watches them steals your nice soap. But you’ll forget about any of those teeny tiny negatives after a quality meal together at Clapham’s Minnow. Expect interesting takes on modern British dishes, more mint green than a toothpaste advert, and a charming back patio that’s perfect for those sunny days.
Do you own a French poodle? Or do you have a suspicion that when your pup does that twitchy run thing in their sleep that they’re dreaming of legging it through the Luxembourg Gardens wearing a tiny beret? Perfect, it’s time for you and your chien to head for Chelsea’s Colbert. This all-day brasserie serves classic French fare like steak tartare, onion soup, and fresh macarons. Plus, in true Parisian cafe style there’s also some pretty lovely outdoor, terrace seating.
“Shall we take Pip and Shackleton to Little Duck?” is probably the most gag-inducing sentence in history. Swallow it up though, ’cos Dalston’s all-day fermenting kitchen is actually a lovely place to hole up for an hour or two. It’s open from breakfast till dinner (with a very good £10 plus wine lunch deal) and is a simple and tasty option for anything from pappardelle to pie.
You understand envy. Afterall your pomeranian has 846 more followers than you. That aching form of jealousy is exactly how we feel every time we happen to walk past True Craft and see someone eating their excellent sourdough pizzas. This Tottenham local is a five-minute walk from Seven Sisters station, and we’re big fans of the friendly, laid back atmosphere and cool, industrial beer-den look. Despite being a casual situation you shouldn’t underestimate their sourdough pizzas, the balsamic bang pepper number is particularly excellent.
When you’re out and about with your dog, all you want is somewhere comfortable. Somewhere that isn’t going to be highly strung, nor have the kind of customers who are going to shriek at something barking at a crisp packet. The Coach is just the place. The pub-ish atmosphere makes it very comfortable - plus everyone is welcome in the dining room.
You know that look of pure, intoxicated glee your dog gives you when they see a fresh pile of fox turd to roll in, that’s how we look when Daddy Bao’s shiitake mushroom bao arrives at our table. This cute and casual Taiwanese spot in Tooting is not only serving some of the very best fried chicken and bao in London, they also lowkey have a plum-wine negroni we’d go all bubble-eyed for.
Pique-Nique serves the kind of hearty French food that smells so good that you’re bound to see a lot of any-for-me-dear-master head tilts from your four-legged friend. This Bermondsey restaurant is all about foie gras, cheese, duck, and French digestifs. If you happen to live in the area, they’re also open for breakfast on Saturdays, which might make getting up at 8am on the weekend to walk Fluffy a bit less agonising.
You’d think, what with it being named after a type of dog and all, that Greyhound would be teeming with the things. All shapes and sizes. Like 101 Dalmations but with Thai food as well. Unfortunately that’s not the case. But they do allow dogs on their big old terrace out front, which makes for an excellent option in good weather.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, will ever make you as happy as your dog is when you say ‘walkies’. Except maybe, eating pizza. Sodo Clapton serves sourdough pizzas and natural wine in a space that’s perfect for a catch up with friends (of all species) or a casual, candlelit date night. And no, we’re not judging you for bringing your dog on a date. It’s one of life’s great power moves.
Your pet labrador has spent the past two hours nuzzling your leg and offering you their paw, which can mean only one thing - they’ve gone all Hannibal Rising with one of your favourite pairs of shoes and you just haven’t found them yet. Head for Primrose Hill’s Greenberry Cafe, a bright and cheerful all-day cafe and restaurant where it’s basically impossible to be upset about anything. Even the fact that your Nikes probably resemble Picasso’s The Weeping Woman right now.
We know what you’re thinking. Just. Another. Pub. Suggestion. Well yeah, but so what? When a pub is as good as The Anchor and Hope, why wouldn’t we include it? This Southwark boozer is everything you and your hairy pal want from a pub. It serves seriously, seriously good Mediterranean-style food, using only seasonal produce, and is the kind of place you can stay in for anywhere between one hour to a week.
A pub and a Chinese restaurant is a hybrid that’s good for human and dogs alike. The Duck and Rice is an excellent option in Soho when you’re wandering about wondering where to go together. It’s a casual gastro-pub atmosphere downstairs, and there’s dim sum, bao, and an array of Cantonese duck options for you to choose from.
Kudu is the sort of restaurant that every neighbourhood in London needs. It’s a casual but classy South African restaurant in Peckham that’s good for dates, mates, and most importantly, dogs. Don’t miss out on their bread whatever you do, it comes with either melted bacon or seafood butter, and it is very good. Walkies in Peckham?
It’s been four days since you gave them a b-a-t-h and they’re still acting like you announced a worldwide ban on tennis balls before calling the neighbour’s pug ‘a good boy’ in front of them. You traitor. It’s time for some relaxing quality time for the both of you, and at 40 Dean Street that means a cosy sit down for them, and some pasta and negronis for you. From the homely, family restaurant feel to the all-day £16.90 two-course set menu, this place is a proper charmer.
The Drapers Arms is easily the best pub and pup location in Islington. The food is of very high quality, and it’s perfect for a snack and a drink, or a full sit down meal of simple and classic food. Think crusty pies, fish stews, and baked camembert. There’s a garden as well, so your dog can sniff around while you get on with eating.
Heading to the Camberwell Arms isn’t like heading down to your local for a packet of crisps while your dog wanders around to general adulation. No, it’s heading to the pub for one of London’s best Sunday lunches. Or maybe an excellent bowl of pasta, or salad, as well as lots of general adulation for your dog. This place is everyone’s best friend.
The Ace Hotel’s trendy restaurant may not seem like the most obvious choice to bring something that eats, sniffs, and licks at will, but if you grab or book a booth then it’s the ideal Shoreditch option. It’s a no brainer kind of place - gnocchi, fish and chips, and roast cauliflower all feature on the menu - if you’re with a group of people and/or dogs.
There’s something intrinsically perfect about seeing a dog roam alongside a wooden bar, pints being pulled, and stranger’s ankles being licked. The advantage of this happening at the Marksman is that you’ll be eating some hearty and delicious food while watching this go on. With the smells of everything from curry to fried potatoes going around here, you’ll both be salivating.
If your dog is a prince or princess who is only used to the best, then Aquavit is where you want to be taking them. This Nordic-style restaurant is a little bit swish, but a lot tasty. Plus there are very affordable set menus for lunch and dinner time. Note: you won’t want to share the meatballs, no matter how much you love your dog.