Seven of the Best Dog-Friendly Country Pubs Near Birmingham

Isn't there something truly special about a day out in the country with your four-legged friend in the West Midlands? The rustle of leaves underfoot, the joyful bounding of your pooch exploring new scents, and the promise of a cosy pub at the end of your journey. A perfect day, wouldn't you say?

Well, we’ve got some fantastic news for you – we've sniffed out seven of the best dog-friendly country pubs near Birmingham, where both you and your furry friend will be welcomed with open arms, so there's no need to leave your canine companion at home when you fancy a pint or a hearty meal.


The Cock Inn, Sutton Coldfield

First up is The Cock Inn in Sutton Coldfield. Within an enthusiastic golf club swing of the Belfry Golf Course, as well as Wishaw Golf Club and Wishaw Cricket Club, this rustic pub offers a warm welcome to all its guests, including dogs!

With its spacious garden and delicious menu and gorgeous views of the surrounding forests and countryside, it's the perfect spot to relax after a long walk. Visit in the colder months and you’ll even be greeted by that signature crackle from a real fire. How’s that for cosy?

The Green House, Sutton Coldfield

Just down the road but still less than 8 miles from Birmingham, you'll find The Green House. This stylish pub boasts a beautiful outdoor area that's perfect for your pooch to curl up under the table while you enjoy a refreshing drink. Like the Cock Inn, the Green House is also a popular choice amongst golfers – but this time from the nearby Moor Hall Golf Club. You’re also very close to the gorgeous Sutton Park (have you explored all 2,000 acres of it yet?), and the truly historic Iron Age Hunting Camp Site. Thankfully, you won’t have to go to same lengths to sort out a good meal!


The White Horse, Sutton Coldfield

Also in Sutton Coldfield is The White Horse, a traditional pub with a contemporary twist and part of the Vintage Inns family of pubs. It’s been a bit of a gathering place for guests since way back in 1845, so you’ll definitely be able to feel the history as you settle down.

Dogs are welcome in the bar area, making it another great place to unwind with your pet by your side. Like many of our other choices in this list, “cosy” is a word that springs to mind – and it’s also another pub where you’ll find a roaring real fire during the colder months. Have a well deserved drink, briefly close your eyes and you could easily imagine yourself transported back to the late 19th century.

The Swallow’s Nest, Halesowen

If you’re on your way to or from the Clent Hills Camping and Caravanning Club Site, then a great stopping off point is The Swallow's Nest. This charming pub offers a wide range of ales and an extensive menu, ensuring there's something for everyone – including treats for your dog!

Don’t be surprised if you find your furry friend stops and stares at seemingly nothing, however – there’s plenty of tall tales that suggest that this historic collection of several buildings has more than its fair share of ghosts… personally, we’re more interested in the spirits kept in bottles behind the bar, but each to their own.


The Little Owl, Solihull

While our previous pub is a handy pit-stop for campers and caravaners, Solihull’s Little Owl is much more likely to welcome travellers who have recently flown back in to the nearby Birmingham International Airport.

Thanks to having the NEC nearby, you won’t be surprised to see guests of a whole range of conventions and conferences popping up at the pub. With a friendly atmosphere, excellent food and dog-friendly status, it's a hit with both two-legged and four-legged guests – so you can imagine how popular it is when Crufts or another dog show is hosted at the NEC!  


The Red Lion, Earlswood

Not far from the relaxing Earlswood Lakes and Clowes Wood Nature Reserve, you’ll find the Red Lion, Earlswood. Another historical pub, this 18th century spot – and another member of the Vintage Inns family of pubs - offers stunning views and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, for both you and your four legged-friends.

In fact, back in the 18th century, the pub offered pony and traps, as well as “good stabling” so having four legged companions is nothing new at the Red Lion (although admittedly, you’re much more likely to see dogs than horses in the bar these days). Popular with locals from Bentley Heath, Dorridge, Wythall and Hollywood, you’ll sure to feel right at home.


The Barnt Green Inn, Rednal

Last but not least, we have The Barnt Green Inn in Birmingham. This beautiful pub offers a cosy retreat for you and your pet, with a welcoming atmosphere and a menu full of tasty dishes.

Conveniently located a short walk from Barnt Green Station and the nearby Barnt Green Sports Club, this historic pub is a frequent stopping-off point for walkers exploring the expansive Lickey Hills to the north. If you’ve not experienced the Lickey Hills before, you really should – there’s stunning views across the Midlands.

Want more choices?

If you’ve worked your way through our list and want some more must-visit pubs to try, why not treat yourself and your furry friend to a day out at one of other shortlisted fantastic dog-friendly pubs? After all, good times are always better when shared with a friend - especially when that friend has four legs and a wagging tail!

You can check out our selection of dog-friendly country pubs near Birmingham here.