The White Bull, Gisburn: We stayed at this dog-friendly hotel and it was everything we’d hoped for and more

Anyone who owns a dog will know of the agonising conflict in wondering whether or not they should put their four-legged friend in a kennels to allow them to have a night away.

Even the most comfortable of kennels may be a traumatic environment for an anxious dog who is used to curling up on the couch next to their families.

We recently stopped at a hotel in Burnley and, having spent hours researching the best kennels around, went for one near Lancaster. Although each ‘room’ was carpeted with soft bedding as well as a radio playing relaxing music to the dogs, along with the option of paying for extra walks, it was clear when we picked up six-year-old Dobermann Midnight the following day that she had found it upsetting.

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With that in mind we decided that our next night away would have to include Midnight and so we chose the White Bull at Gisburn near Clitheroe which sells itself as being dog-friendly – and let’s face it, if anywhere is going to be dog-friendly, it’s the Ribble Valley. The White Bull is also one of local MP Nigel Evans’ favourite pubs.

Our dog-centred approach also led to us recently visiting the nearby Aspinall Arms where Midnight was treated to sausages and a fancy plate of dog treats.

When we arrived at the White Bull we decided to spend some time in the bar and we spent a long time chatting to a very friendly couple at the next table who had brought their two dogs inside with them.

Cosy: The bar at the White Bull
Cosy: The bar at the White Bull
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.After very kindly donating us one of their spare leads, as we had somehow managed to forget Midnight’s, they told us about their first time in the White Bull.

“We came through the door and went to the bar to ask if it was dog-friendly,” the couple recalled.

“But then we took a look around and the place was just full of dogs so it was clear that it was VERY dog-friendly!”

Anyone who doesn’t go in the White Bull with a dog might feel left out. There are dog bowls scattered throughout and a cacophony of barks, whines and wagging tails hitting table legs fills the quaint bar.

Midnight soon settled in after we placed her bed next to the open fire and she received no end of attention from fellow pub-goers.

The food menu is typically-Ribble Valley with Pendle lamb, venison pie and garlic wild mushrooms listed, and situated amongst the frosty foothills of Pendle Hill it’s hard not to be tempted by the warming pub grub.

Our fellow guests did voice their displeasure at the fridge dry-ageing steak in full view of customers but there were no complaints about the food.

Our room, which cost £125 for a Saturday night, was perfect for (large) dogs like Midnight with plenty of room for her to choose where to place her bed and a huge sash window overlooking the A59 for her to do her usual guard dog duties.

Large: Our bedroom
Large: Our bedroom
(Image: Amy Fenton)

For anyone else looking to take their dog in tow on a night away it’s handy to note that TripAdvisor and booking.com, along with others no doubt, offer the ability to search for dog-friendly venues and this was really helpful in our search.

And with the rolling hills and endless acres of areas to walk your dog the Ribble Valley is indeed perfect for a dog-friendly stay.

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