August 26th is National Dog Day. They say dogs are a man’s best friend, and what’s the point in having a best friend if you can’t enjoy their company whilst having a bite to eat!
Restaurant owners in London are welcoming well behaved dogs, some even offering canine menus and others offering treats for hungry hounds.
From steak houses in Hampstead to swanky brunches on the kings Road, The Source shares our top picks for the best dog friendly eateries.
Doggie Sunday at Gaucho, Hampstead. With close proximity to Hampstead Heath it is no surprise that Gaucho hosts a doggie lunch. On the first Sunday of every month, it really is the perfect dog event. Table bookings are taken in your dogs name and a red carpet is laid out to welcome all the pooches.Once inside a personalised dog bowl with homemade treats awaits your dogs approval. Every month is a different theme, Easter and Xmas are especially popular. Being an Argentinian restaurant, beef and chicken empanadas will of course be on offer for your pooch to sample. As for humans, don’t worry there is plenty for you too, the set menu is ¬£35 and your dog eats free. A lovely touch includes ¬£5 donation by Goucho for every dog attending is donated to Battersea Dogs Home. Sounds like doggy heaven!
Andrew Edmunds is considered one of the last bastions of old Soho, this 18th century townhouse has 4 legged and 2 legged regulars! After a cultural walk around South Bank and then through Soho, water bowls are provided and lucky pooches can order meaty dishes off the regular menu.
After a stroll around Blackheath, South london head to the Hare and ¬†Billet, one of the most idyllic and dog friendly settings in london. the pub prides itself on tasty food with water bowls provided on request.
E5 Bakehouse is one of London’s best loved artisan bakeries. stop by for fresh bread, cakes and coffee. Dogs get water and even baskets on the terrace for basking in the sun on the terrace.
In West London, after a few laps of the Kings Road catwalk, take a break at The Builders Arms. The glossy gesture pub is always lines with labradors and their equally glossy owners. Dog bowls and biscuits and happily provided.
If you and your pooch fancy more than just lunch together, take a short break at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London where Barking box gift sets and treats are given on arrival and the hotel butlers will provide doggie walks round the neighbourhood. Otherwise go all out with the Paw Seasons package (veryfirstto.com) complete with chef, chauffeur, surf coach, Louis Vuitton collar and Mulberry rain mac – yours for a cool ¬£47.000.
What price can you put on splashing around with your most faithful friend at your side!
Happy National Dog Day to you all, from The Source x