November 25 2019

The Wheatsheaf in Combe Hay named as the region’s best dog-friendly pub

The Wheatsheaf in Combe Hay has won the award for being Bristol, Bath and Somerset’s Most Dog Friendly Pub at the recent prestigious Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards. Recognised for offering an outstanding dog-friendly welcome to four-legged customers, The Wheatsheaf beat off stiff competition from a total of 2500 pubs, all of whom were nominated by members of the public throughout the summer before being judged by some of the county’s most discerning four-legged friends and their owners from the Tourism Awards.

Margaux, Gloria, Lyla, Lucky and Poppy would like to say what an honour and a privilege it is to receive this esteemed award on behalf of all our humans at The Wheatsheaf Combe Hay, the most doggy-friendly pub in the world!” said the pub’s owner Adele Barton, on receiving the award. We’ d like to thank all our doggy friends, our human family (especially the chefs!) and our human visitors – we love you all!”

This was the first year that the category – sponsored by Devon-based natural pet food makers Forthglade – was featured at the awards, representing an initiative created to encourage local pubs to offer the very best in hound hospitality and help celebrate the pup-friendly pubs that go the extra mile to make dogs truly welcome.

The Wheatsheaf will now be put forward as a finalist for the South West Tourism Awards whose panel selects winners for the regional finals taking place at Exeter Cathedral on Thursday 6 February, where the pub will go (wet?) nose-to-nose with the very best in canine hospitality across Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.

It’s been wonderful teaming up with the South West Tourism Awards to recognise pubs that go the extra mile in really making dogs feel welcome, as it can make a visit for a family so special and memorable,” says Gerard Lovell, Joint MD of Forthglade (and owner of Labrador Bo!) “By going above and beyond to provide clear dog friendly signage, fresh water, dog snacks at the bar and inclusive dog friendly space indoors and outside, it enables residents and visitors alike to spend more time with our beloved pets.”

And we say woof to that!

* to find out more about the Dog Friendly Pub Awards, click on this link.

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