When it comes to creating dog friendly guides, we know that nobody knows those places better than the locals themselves. That’s why, we’ve invited MeeraPuppins, to showcase all the tail-wagging places that Preston has to offer.
In the Summer of 2020, MeeraPuppins moved back to her hometown of Penwortham, with her foster rescue greyhound in tow. She was delighted to discover that lots of amazing local businesses had popped up on her doorstep while she had been working away in Madrid and London.
However, this was Meera’s first time being back in Penwortham with a gorgeous doggie who suffered from terrible separation anxiety. She had no idea which places were dog friendly… or if she’d ever manage to get a post-lockdown haircut, as she was unable to leave her gorgeous greyhound home alone for any length of time.
Meera then did something pawsome and made it her mission to help Theo (her foster greyhound) to live his best social life, by founding Penwortham Barks. According to Meera, “Penwortham Barks is a community group to share information about everything dog, on our doorstep. With over 750 members, the group is a hub of dog-friendly information, with recommendations on where to eat, drink, shop and socialise with your pup in Penwortham and Preston, with huge support for small, local, dog-friendly businesses” – and yes, Meera even managed to find a dog friendly hairdresser in Penwortham (hello Jasmin!) much to Theo’s relief!
Meera is sharing her five must-visit dog friendly places in Preston. Looking for more? You can join the group by clicking here.
1. Cats Protection Charity Shop
77 Liverpool Road, Penwortham
Cats Protection Penwortham shop manager Leslie is a major dog-lover, ensuring that every pooch that pops into the shop is warmly welcomed with a gravy bone, and a cool drink of water on hot days.
The shop is located on Penwortham’s bustling Liverpool Road, and is absolutely packed full of bargains and goodies. Hardworking volunteers always manage to fashion up window displays that make it impossible to walk past, without walking in.
Dogs are very welcome inside the shop – just don’t tell the cats!
244B Cop Lane, Penwortham
With the amount of pizza that Meera scoffs after a busy day of training and socialising Penwortham’s puppies, you’d think she was Italian! Sadly for her diet, she’s not. But that hasn’t stopped her from recommending the deliciously dog friendly Puccinis Restaurant & Bar.
The food is absolutely scrumptious, the staff are super friendly, and well-behaved four-legged friends are very welcome to dine inside. Yummy doggy treats and water are provided, so your pup doesn’t have to miss out
3. The Cow Shed
85 Liverpool Rd, Penwortham
If you need to book Meera’s help with training your puppy, and you can’t get hold of her, just head on over to The Cow Shed, where she’ll likely be sampling the delicious dishes on offer (aka stuffing her face and petting all the dogs). Dogs are very welcome inside and outside at The Cow Shed – and there’s even a dog friendly menu specifically for our four-legged friends! With a welcoming and warm atmosphere, friendly staff and doggy delights to keep even the fussiest of pooches happy, you’d be mad not to be in moo-d for a trip to the Cow Shed.
4. The Golden Ball of Longton
150 Liverpool Rd, Penwortham
Two-time award winner of Lancashire’s Most Dog Friendly establishment, The Golden Ball of Longton is fast becoming Meera’s second home. For dogs, it’s an absolute paradise. With friendly staff on hand to ply our pooches with treats, a dog-friendly menu which includes freshly prepared doggy roast dinners (yes, really!) and plenty of space for nervous or anxious dogs to curl up in a cosy corner,
The Golden Ball is one of the best dog-friendly pubs in Preston – it even has its own Dog’s Club!
It’s no wonder that Meera has partnered up with the Golden Ball to host Socialisation Sundays – a monthly socialisation walk & pub lunch for puppies aged up to 12 months old.
24 Hawksbury Dr, Penwortham
Whoever it was that said “let them eat cake” would be saying “Let them eat Cinderbake” if they lived in Penwortham…with counters stacked full of rows of squidgy, fudgy, ooey-gooey deliciousness, it’s the perfect place to pick up a sweet treat, a hot coffee, or a cooling ice cream.
Dogs are very welcome inside the shop, and the ice cream is dog-friendly too! (although always check the ingredients if your pooch has any dietary sensitivities or allergies). The only downside is that the shop isn’t quite big enough to gobble your treats inside, so if you could please ask owner Cindy to open up a Cinderbake café, that would be great, thank you!
Do You Have Any Favourite Dog Friendly Places In Preston?
Let us know in the comments below. P.S. If you worry about taking your pup out and about with you, and would like some help to teach them to settle in public places, have a look at Meera’s small group puppy training classes. She has a Pub Perfect Pup class starting in June – hurry though, there’s only 4 spaces per class.
To find out more, have a look here: meerapuppins.co.uk