Half of Merseyside's top 10 most dog-friendly places to eat and drink are in Wirral, according to Trip Advisor.

With thousands more restaurants, pubs and cafes re-opening their doors to the public this week with the return of indoor hospitality in England, diners can start to enjoy a meal or drink out whatever the weather.

For dog owners, it can be difficult to find places to eat that allow furry friends, let alone welcome them as much as their human companions!

Fortunately, dog-friendly holiday provider Canine Cottages has crunched the TripAdvisor data to find the most dog-friendly places to eat across Merseyside, now that it is safe to do so.

Based on the percentage of reviews on TripAdvisor suggesting a place was dog-friendly, they found the most dog-friendly pubs, restaurants and cafes across the country, which can also be found in this handy interactive map.

Below is Merseyside's top 10, in which Wirral features five times:

  1. The Wagging Tail Cafe, Southport
  2. Flissy's Coffee Shop, Thursaston
  3. Barking Mad Cafe, Frankby
  4. The Reader Cafe at Calderstones, Liverpool
  5. The Bow-Legged Beagle, Wirral
  6. The Victoria, Southport
  7. West Kirby Tap, West Kirby
  8. Marino Lounge, New Brighton
  9. Three Piggies, Liverpool 
  10. Milo Lounge, Liverpool

Wirral Globe: Flissy's Coffee ShopFlissy's Coffee Shop

Ranked number two in the list, Flissy's Coffee Shop is currently still serving outdoors only and is located on the Wirral Way.

They offer a variety of light bites including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

For four-legged friends they have dog treats and dog ice cream!

Wirral Globe: Staff at the Barking Mad cafe in Royden ParkStaff at the Barking Mad cafe in Royden Park

The Barking Mad Cafe in Frankby is currently undergoing repairs from the council, but will reopen once completed.

This popular café in Royden Park raises money for several local charities.

For dogs, water, treats and ‘dog toast’ are all on offer.

Selling light bites at low prices, they also has a book library, walled garden and host craft fairs.

Wirral Globe: Bow-Legged Beagle in Bromborough is dog-friendlyBow-Legged Beagle in Bromborough is dog-friendly

Liquid lunch

Although included in the list at number five, the Globe is aware that the Bow-Legged Beagle do not serve food at any of their Wirral venues in New Brighton, Upton and Bromborough, apart from nuts and crisps.

However, all three are very dog-friendly and given that the micropubs are actually named after one of the owner's dogs, why wouldn't they be?

Other options

Canine Cottages have also released the Dog-Friendly Index, a handy tool where you’ll find these and even more dog-friendly places to eat as recommended by TripAdvisor reviewers. 

Covering the entirety of the UK, and featuring helpful filters for finding your perfect kind of day out or place to eat, the Dog-Friendly Index is a must-have tool for dog owners.

Each place that has been featured has also been given a useful paw rating out of 5, with only places rated 3 paws or higher featuring in the tool.

Shannon Keary, Digital PR Manager at Canine Cottages, said: “With so many more people planning to eat out now that it is safe to do so, it’s fantastic to see the sheer number and diversity of places that welcome dogs across the country; hopefully this can only continue to grow. 

"We hope that our Dog-Friendly Index tool helps to highlight the top spots for dog owners to visit near them, as well as highlight some hidden gems they may not have been aware of.”