Praise for pubs that welcome man's best friend

By Matt Eley Matt

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Dog-friendly pubs have been given a pat on the back in the Kennel Club's Open for Dog Awards. The Horse and Jockey in Chorlton, South Manchester,...

Dog-friendly pubs have been given a pat on the back in the Kennel Club's Open for Dog Awards.

The Horse and Jockey in Chorlton, South Manchester, won the 'Somewhere to Drink' category for welcoming canine customers with dog beer and by running an annual dog show.

Meanwhile the Guff Cap pub in Great Alne, Warwickshire, was given a special recognition award for its dog friendly credentials. The pub has special rooms for dogs and even has wallpaper with prints of man's best friend.

Huff Cap manager Ron Rigby said: "I think businesses that aren't catering for dog owners in this day and age are missing a trick. These aren't the kindest of times for the 'Great British Pub', but by reaching out to dog owners we are expanding our customer base.

"The other customers also love having the dogs around - after all pubs are social places and dogs are great conversation starters - so it's a win-win situation."

The Kennel Club website www.openfordogs.org.uk ​ features 10,000 public places, including pubs, that are open for dogs.

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