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Woofing good places in the New Forest!

Announcing the winners of the New Forest Dog Friendly Awards 2018.

New Forest Dog Friendly Awards logoThe New Forest and Solent shore are perfect for dog walks and it's little wonder that the area attracts many visitors and locals with four-legged friends. In fact the New Forest is doggy heaven for well behaved dogs!

This summer and autumn, dog owners have had the opportunity to nominate businesses in the New Forest that they consider to be really dog friendly. The competition ran until Wednesday 31st October and we are delighted to announce the winners!

The Turfcutters Arms New Forest Dog Friendly Pub 2018 The WINNERS of the New Forest Dog Friendly Awards 2018 are:

  • Most Dog Friendly Hotel in the New Forest - Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst
  • Most Dog Friendly Restaurant in the New Forest - The Bell Inn, Brook
  • Most Dog Friendly Pub in the New Forest - The Turfcutter’s Arms, East Boldre
  • Most Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage in the New Forest - Plover Cottage, Milford on Sea
  • Most Dog Friendly Bed & Breakfast in the New Forest - High Corner Inn, Linwood
  • Most Dog Friendly Café in the New Forest - Tip, Leaf and Bean, Lyndhurst

Many congratulations to the winners and also to all the others nominated in the awards, which will soon be showcased in a new 'Dog Friendly' section on Lymington.com who hosted the awards.

What makes a business dog friendly?

So what makes a business ‘dog friendly’? Overwhelmingly the nominations showed that owners really appreciate their dogs being welcomed inside, rather than being stuck outside.

The Bell Inn New Forest Dog Friendly Restaurant 2018“It can be hard to find an easy place to grab a bite to eat and a drink if you're passing through Lyndhurst with a four legged companion. This is why Tip, Leaf and Bean is such a welcome addition to Lyndhurst, fantastic food, drinks and service. The essential bonus for me, I can take my dog in and not only is he welcome, he's spoiled rotten,” said one voter.

At the Turfcutters Arms: “We and the dogs were made to feel so welcome inside in the warm, absolutely nothing was too much trouble.”

Clean bowls of fresh water are also incredibly important.

High Corner Inn has a doggy bar located in the garden, with clean bowls. All the rooms are dog friendly and so is breakfast,” shared another enthusiastic voter.

dog drinking water from a bowl“The Turfcutters Arms is a brilliant country pub where dogs are totally welcomed inside and out and always plenty of water bowls in the garden.”

Some businesses go one step further. The Bell Inn “even have their own dog menu!”

At the White Hart in Lymington, “dogs are always welcome and water, toys, biscuits are always available if any are required.”

Meanwhile, the Balmer Lawn “have dog towels, water bowls and even a wash facility for muddy paws after walks. We had a dog friendly room which was spacious and had treats for our 2 dogs. The staff were very welcoming and looked after all of us very well.”

Dogs sleeping on a bed in a dog friendly hotel in the New ForestThe annual Pet Population Report revealed that 45 per cent of the population have a pet, with 26 per cent of people in the UK owning a dog. More than 90 per cent of pet owners say that owning a pet makes them feel happy, while 88 per cent feel that pet ownership improves their quality of life. The research shows that an increasing number of people want to take their trusted companion with them on their holidays.

With the uncertainties of holidays post-Brexit on the horizon, it is likely that many more of us will plan a ‘staycation’ over the next year - and those of us with four-legged friends will want them to come along too.

”I often holiday with my dog and really appreciate finding places to stay, eat and drink where she is welcomed with open arms. It makes such a difference to my holiday", explains awards sponsor, Peter Lashmar of New Forest Tax Accountants.

“Our little dog made himself completely at home [at Plover Cottage], they have even thought of towels and water bowl for our lovely pet.”

At South Lawn Hotel in Milford: “You can take your dogs to the restaurant in the dedicated ‘doggy dining’ area and they were given their own sausages at breakfast time.”

Sponsorship opportunities for 2019!

In 2018 the New Forest Dog Friendly Awards were have been sponsored by New Forest Tax Accountants. Plans are already afoot to launch the 2019 New Forest Dog Friendly Awards in the spring. If your business would like to sponsor the awards next year, please contact Jane Porter of Bartley Marketing on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and look out for more information in the New Year!

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