A real dog's dinner for pooches

By Nikkie Sutton

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Lead story: the bar snacks are already available in Essex pubs
Lead story: the bar snacks are already available in Essex pubs
Dog owners can now offer their pets their own pub dinner, thanks to new company Bark Snacks.

The Essex-based business was born after the owner wanted to give their dog Bella something “nutritious and balanced to eat” but found chips and crisps to be bad for canines.

Bark Snacks is served in a waterproof bowl and aims to be nutritious, healthy and great for all dogs.

The snacks, which are available at six pubs in Essex, are suitable for dogs from the age of three months and are formulated without wheat or wheat gluten.

They also contain Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, which Bark Snacks claims helps dogs to maintain a healthy immune system.

Great results

A Bark Snacks spokesperson said: “I have been trialling Bark Snacks with local pubs and cafés with great results.

“Feedback from customers and pubs has been very positive with lots of repeat custom. Customers have loved being able to give their dog healthy food while out and about, and feel welcome with their dog.

“Pubs have seen increased goodwill, repeat custom, dwell time and customer spend.”

Meanwhile, a Gloucestershire pub unveiled a Sunday lunch option for dogs​ earlier this year (March) for just £2.50.

The ‘doggie roasts’ are available at the Bowbridge Arms in Stroud every Sunday from 12noon until 4pm.

Dog's dinner

The dish includes a dog bowl of roast meat (chicken or beef), fresh vegetables with salt-free gravy and the pub will even add the animal’s name to the bowl.

Licensee Suzie Smith told The Morning Advertiser​: “We started doing ‘doggy roasts’ back in January after seeing a lot of pleading eyes watching as we passed with meals.

“They’re £2.50 each and just like a normal roast dinner they consist of meat, vegetables, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and (a no salt) gravy all in a personalised dog bowl.

“So far, they have been a big hit with our local pooches and they look forward to their Sunday treat. Perfect after a stroll along the canal. Our customers can enjoy their lunch while the doggies enjoy theirs.”

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