In a bid to acknowledge the South Wests's most dog friendly pubs, and to encourage pubs to offer the very best in canine hospitality, in association with the prestigious South West Tourism Awards we're launching a brand new award category this summer, that's bound to set tails wagging 'The South West's Most Dog Friendly Pub Of The Year'.
The awards will rely on public votes throughout the summer, to help unveil the South West's leading pubs that go the extra mile to make our four-legged friends truly welcome. In October, three finalists will be chosen across the four South West counties; Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Bristol, Bath & Somerset, with a pub in each county receiving the Gold Accolade, and then being in with a chance of taking home the overall award for the South West.
Whilst dog-friendly pubs are being encouraged to seek votes from their dog-owning customers, every individual who casts a vote will be in with a chance of winning a dog-friendly prize package worth over £1000, including a 3-night eco-lodge stay at Una St Ives courtesy of our friends at Pets Pyjamas (dog-friendly of course), £250 worth of Forthglade natural pet food alongside a range of prizes from Weaver Green, Cornishware, Pit Pat, Ruff & Tumble and Ruffwear.
Robin Barker, organiser of the Tourism Awards and owner of Sprollies Jessie and Millie, said: “We’re really excited to be launching this new award, alongside Forthglade – recognising the region’s pubs that work so hard to make us and our four-legged friends feel so welcome, especially as for so many, our dogs really are part of the family”.
Gerard Lovell, Joint MD of Forthglade and owner of Labrador Bo, agreed: “There’s nothing better than going for a long walk with your dog and finding a cosy pub for a bite to eat. The South West is renowned for being a phenomenal hotspot for food and drink, not only for those of us lucky enough to live here, but for the millions of visitors to the region - a staggering proportion of whom bring their canine companions along with them.
“It’s an honour to be teaming up with such a recognised awards body to shine the spotlight on the pubs that throw their doors wide open to our four-legged friends, and this award will hopefully encourage even more pubs to embrace a first-class dog friendly policy.”
Little things - like providing fresh drinking water and obvious signage are great ways to let customers with dogs know they’re welcome, whilst going the extra mile might include healthy dog treats, dedicated dog-friendly areas, or even providing a wholesome meal for the family dog.