Welcome to Wriggle’s ruff guide to local dog-friendly pubs and restaurants.

Here at Wriggle, we love dogs. Whether you're craving companionship, affection, or just an excuse for not doing your homework, a cheeky mongrel is just the thing. Some restaurants don’t always agree, which is a pity - we think a man’s best friend deserves to enjoy all the places we do. Thankfully, there are exceptions, and here’s a rundown of hound-friendly bars and restaurants we love. All of these pooch-worthy places prove how Brighton can do great food and drink, doggy style…

This lively Kemptown speakeasy has collared the market in tail-wagging fun. The staff will lay down lush doggy treats for your loyal chum while you sip cocktails or tea from a fancy art deco cup. This glamorous tea saloon also hosts monthly pooch parties, and takes the lead in canine welfare by supporting local rescue charities.

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They really make a fuss of dogs at this smart beachfront cafe. Expect a bowl of water and plenty of pats for him, while you tuck into one of the best (and most sustainably-sourced) burgers in town.

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This light-hearted cafe is staffed by a cracking team of self-styled ‘coffee ninjas’ who’ll not only tolerate your dog, but make you both totes welcome. Oodles of fun, and creative bits and bobs all over the place, means there’s plenty to keep your little hairy buddy happy while you scoff delicious cakes and sup on a pitch-perfect latte.

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Out on the border of the picturesque South Downs is a restored 1700, Grade 1 listed country house set amongst masses of beautiful parkland. Their brand new restaurant ‘Source’ is a ‘farm to fork’ concept taking advantage freshly-grown produce, within the surroundings of the house, perfect for a Sunday carvery and a long afternoon stroll with the pooch.

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This lively boozer has decent brews, mega food choices and super friendly staff, what more could you ask for in a pub? Oh right, can I bring my flea bag, you sure can old chum. And with the seafront on your doorstep you’ve got plenty of space to tire the little tyke out before settling down with a crisp cold one from the bar. Lovely jubbly.

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Laughing Dog Cafe is an art gallery, crafty gift shop, print studio and cafe/bar all in one. Stop by for an artisan coffee, lunchtime snack or bottled bitter. Don’t forget your pooch, they have recently been nominated for most dog friendly cafe in Brighton.

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The Farm Tavern is a friendly, cosy, local pub in Hove serving a top selection of browns and gins. So great is its brown selection the pub has been Cask Marque accredited, meaning you’ll get one of the tastiest and freshest brews in town. Pop down for a pint or two with the pooch and meet one of the other many regular canines in tow.

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Most Brightonians will have whiled away many a blurry night at The Joker – their stunning array of local craft beers (not to mention 2-4-1 prosecco on Monday nights) have lured Team Wriggle in like a magical siren on many an occasion. But this lively London Road hostelry is also a great wet your whistle pit stop on the way from a long doggy walk round Preston Park.

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Discreetly situated ‘twixt Church Street and the sea, in this sizeable boozer local ales jostle for position with other English faves plus they do really, really good food (especially roasts). But the garden really is something special, a recent refurbishment has left behind actual grass, chunky park benches and cosy booths. Your wee howler will be in perfect bliss.

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This bar is anything but ordinary, providing an atmospheric experience to all who visit. Even the doggos. Engage in private wine tastings, buy some slosh to take away or drink-in by the bottle with bar nibbles to match. Now this is a sophisticated evening we can get on board with.

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Your and your football mad furry rascal will feel right at home in this community sports pub. Grab a pie (and one for the pooch if you’re feeling generous) and a pint and settle down in front of one of their six screens to catch the game. There’s a beer garden incase you-know-who needs a tinkle, and plenty of board games if you’ve had enough of the green screen.

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Stocking beers from all around the globe and their own fresh brews too, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you. The premises is split over two levels with a bar housing draught beer and food offerings on the upper part, plus fridges and seating down on the lower level. There’s also the small matter of a stunning south-facing terrace at the front of the building. If you don’t know your stouts from your IPA’s then fear not, they’re a really friendly bunch and will point you in the right direction. They’re also the first shop to bring draught ‘growlers’ to Brighton (approx. 1.9 litre amber glass bottles). With a state-of-the-art counter-pressure filling system, you’re able to fill up your reusable growler with any of the drafts beers in store, staying fresh for up to six weeks without any loss of carbonation. You can even enjoy some cheese and wine whilst you're there.

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Situated in the centre of Kemp Town, The Ginger Dog is much more than the pub it appears from outside. It may offer similar British-themed dishes, real ale and wines, but dining at The Ginger Dog comes with a nouvelle cuisine twist, each ingredient being well-sourced, cooked to perfection and presented beautifully on the plate. It’s pub grub, sure, but not as we know it. Part of the famous award-winning Gingerman Group, The Ginger Dog is perhaps the cosiest and most casual of its counterparts, yet still serves up dishes as delectable as the rest (the guinea fowl being a regular favourite). The perfect option for a romantic meal, a celebration or a treat, and true to its name, it’s dog friendly.

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Published -28th May 2018