Our canine correspondent Pickle’s choice of Suffolk’s top dog-friendly places to eat, drink, shop and walk
Life as man’s best friend can be tiresome and it’s not everyday that our loyalty is repaid with a true VIP experience. At the Westleton Crown, four-legged guests can expect guaranteed biscuits and fuss on arrival, as well as doggy breakfast served in the restaurant with delicious local sausages. I love the fabulous long walks on heaths, in forests and on the year-round dog friendly Dunwich beach - and towels at reception mean no fear of getting my paws dirty.
Those who aspire to be top pooch will feel right at home in the Crown and Castle. It is essential to notify in advance if you intend to bring any furry guests, and you may be lucky enough to bag one of the designated garden rooms. The exclusive atmosphere continues in the bar area where a few dogs are allowed access and there is one bookable doggie table in the restaurant area.
MARLESFORD FARM CAFÉ + SHOP
Dogs are allowed in this posh café with a garden at the rear, which specialises in locally sourced food from over 100 suppliers. Located just north of Woodbridge, it’s an ideal stop on the way to the coast, and their hospitality for hounds really sets tails wagging. farmcafe.co.uk
KINGS HEAD PUB IN WOODBRIDGE
worked up an appetite on a long river walk, this pub is the ultimate watering hole. Their famous Mutts Menu offers classic snacks such as cows and pigs ears for just £1, but I love getting my chops around the bestselling honey dried snout. After, you can strike a pose that will feature on their board of canine visitors.
10 CHURCH STREET WOODBRIDGE DOG ACCESSORIES
Whoever said money cannot buy you happiness, was not a dog, and clearly had not been introduced to 10 Church Street’s collection of pet accessories. I love Mungo and Maud’s rope collar which has a durable leather trim and brass detailing. It’s enough to make any walk in the park a stylish affair and comes in a variety of sizes to suit my pup.
Peak seaside season is between October and April, when there are no dog restrictions in force on Suffolk’s beaches. I love a good coastal walk as much as the next pooch, and during this period it’s fantastic to roam free on any stretch of beach you like. However be aware that some beaches are off limits from the 1st May through to 30th September.