GBPA 2023

Meet the winner of the Best Pub for Dogs 2023

By The Morning Advertiser

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Pooch perfection: the Bellflower offers a plethora of facilities for four-legged customers
Pooch perfection: the Bellflower offers a plethora of facilities for four-legged customers

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The Bellflower in Garstang, Lancashire was named the Best Pub for Dogs for the second consecutive year at the 2023 Great British Pub Awards.

The pub, which also took home the title last year, is located on the busy A6, going through to Cumbria and is in a prime position for staycations.

It’s A La Barke menu features full meals for the four-legged customers with dishes priced from £3 and up while on a Sunday, dogs can also tuck into a roast alongside their humans.

However, the pub has separate areas so guests who don’t want to sit near dogs can in a designated space.

Stick library

Judges were impressed with the pub’s cone system where owners collect different coloured cones depending on the temperament and diet of their dog.

The Bellflower’s large garden features a stick library – where pooches can choose and replace their own sticks to play with.

Furthermore, humans can hire out the garden for exclusive use before the pub opens to provide an area for their dog to run around off-lead, in a secure environment.

Designated drinks

On the drinks side of things, pooches can enjoy their own dog beer while their owners sip their pints.

Future plans at the Bellflower include expanding their events side, which currently includes birthday parties for dogs. 

Full list of 2023 GBPA winners:

Great British Pub of the Year 2023 – the Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas, Cheshire

Best City/Urban Pub – the Turks Head, Twickenham, Greater London

Best Country/Rural Pub – the Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas, Cheshire

Best Pub for Food – the Loch & The Tyne, Old Windsor, Berkshire

Best Pub for Dogs – the Bellflower, Garstang, Lancashire

Best Pub for Families – the Plough, Normanton on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire

Best Pub for Entertainment – the Kings Arms, Bexleyheath, south east London

Best Pub Garden – Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton, Dorset

Best Pub to Watch Sport – the Royal Dyche, Burnley, Lancashire

Best Sustainable Pub – Stroud Brewery Taproom, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Best Pub Chef – Charlotte Vincent, Candlelight Inn, Chard, Somerset

Best Young Pub Chef – Karl Quirante, the Cricketers, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Community Hero – the Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester

Admiral Pub of the Year – Boot & Shoe, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Stonegate Pub of the Year – the Woodman, Ruislip, north west London

Greene King Pub of the Year – the Stag, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Marston’s Pub of the Year – Rose & Crown, Worcester, Worcestershire

Punch Pub of the Year – the Plough, Prestbury, Gloucestershire

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