Dog-Friendly Pub Awards – The Winners!

We love our dogs almost as much as we love pubs, and in many senses they are natural bedfellows. Not that we need an excuse to take our tail-wagging mutts for a walk, but the idea of a tasty libation on the way round perks us up almost as much as a treat does our four-legged companions.

So which are the best dog-friendly pubs out there? Fortunately the nice people at have put in the hard yards for us, and shortlisted the 12 best hostelries from the more than 2,500 pubs that entered the awards. You’ll find all the finalists detailed below.

Congratulations to them all, and especially to The Fox & Hounds in Theale, which was named top dog. Take your lead from us, get your (shiny) coat on and pay them a visit – you’d be barking mad not to!

Strongbow Carnevil

Ladies and gents, step right up and don your top hats. The Strongbow Carnevil is in town. Whether Halloween fanatic or first time fancy dresser, all are welcome to have the night of their afterlife at the Strongbow Carnevil.

Choose from one of these fantastic Trust Inns pubs, buy a pint of Strongbow Original or Strongbow Dark Fruit, and you could win yourself a spooky Strongbow mask.

We’re Hiring

Located in our lovely new office in Newcastle city centre, is the UK’s leading pub and bar website.

With over 50,000 pubs listed on the site and some half a million visitors every month, we provide a digital platform that connects brands, pubs and consumers through the notification of news, offers and events. We also provide and manage high-quality website templates for pubs, helping them to maximise their digital marketing activities and ultimately getting more people to go to the pub more often.

We are growing fast and have big ambitions: we want to become the ‘Rightmove’ of the pub & bar industry, a digital platform that is also a recognised consumer brand.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a Call Advisor who will support our growth by providing customer care and digital marketing support to publicans and bar staff, assisting in web page set up, population of websites, regular updating and refreshing of their news, events and offers, and resolution of their general queries.

You will need to be a confident, outgoing personality with an excellent telephone manner and communication skills; somebody who can provide assistance to clients, but who can also identify opportunities for them to expand their business through our digital platform and the use of social media.

You should be somebody who enjoys working in teams, likes solving problems and taking the initiative, and can work well with minimal supervision (we don’t do micro-management). You need to be IT and social media literate, a good administrator, and have a strong commitment to customer service.

That said, we’re not necessarily looking for somebody with lots of formal qualifications, although some experience of customer service roles would be an advantage.

What it’s like to work at useyourlocal HQ

We’re a small but perfectly-formed team and we all share, and live by, the same values: we’re driven to succeed, incredibly tenacious, pragmatic by choice, creative by nature and highly convivial.

What’s more we all love pubs – so if the thought of working on, talking about and visiting the nation’s hostelries leaves you cold, or you prefer a quiet, library-style atmosphere, this probably isn’t the job for you.

Place of work: Newcastle city centre

Hours of work: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, and occasionally as required outside these hours (we can be flexible on hours for the right person)

Holiday allowance: 25 days pa (plus statutory Bank Holidays)

Pay & rations: competitive, with bonus and profit-share schemes


Then drop us a line, telling us why you think you’re the perfect fit for the role and attaching your CV. Send it to [email protected] and we’ll take it from there.


Long Live the Local

We’re delighted to be supporting the Long Live the Local campaign again.

Our mission at useyourlocal has always been to get pubs & bars more customers, more often. Long Live the Local want to make sure that they keep more of that hard earned cash in their tills to help sustain and grow their businesses for the long term benefit of all.

So, please do lend your support by signing their petition to cut beer tax here 👉👉👉 and by following your own favourite pubs & bars at so you’ll be the first to know about everything they’ve got going on.

We’re Hiring

Know of anybody that loves pubs and has some experience of the hospitality sector? We’re looking to recruit an Account Manager to help drive sales of our templated websites and associated services. Pay and rations are competitive and they get to base themselves in our small but perfectly formed Newcastle office, where the drinks and chat flow freely. Just like down the pub.

For more details contact [email protected], or reply to this message.