Spring’s on the way and there’s no better way to enjoy it than a walk with man’s best friend at your side – or, even better, curled up at your feet as you deservedly sup on a swift half after the walk.

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But not all pubs and inns are so welcoming to our four-legged friends - luckily, Inn Places, an online collection of the best boutique inns in the country, has compiled a list of the best dog-friendly inns, so your canine companion can stay right beside you.

Here are eight to choose from…

Inn at Cranborne, Dorset

Their resident dog loves to meet visiting canines and there are no access restrictions as long as they are ‘well spoken’. With dog treats on the bar and miles of beautiful walks nearby, this is the perfect weekend walking spot.

The Cholmondeley Arms, Cholmondeley, Cheshire

Treat your canine friend to a dog ‘beer’ (a meaty stock-based drink) as well doggy treats which are available in a jar on the bar.

Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk, Co. Durham

Non-muddy dogs on leads are welcome inside the inn, and there are facilities for washing down and drying resident canines (at no charge). Even the doggy treats are made locally so your best friend can eat like a king!

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The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote, Warwickshire

All-area access is bestowed upon your canine friends at this Cotswold retreat, with dog biscuits behind the bar, and even a doggy welcome pack when you arrive.

Ship Hotel, Brancaster, Norfolk

Dogs can happily roam around in the main bar and garden at this Norfolk inn.

The Chequers Inn, Grantham, Lincolnshire

With a dedicated doggie page on their website and long communal tables specially designated for dog owners in their restaurant, this is a great inn to take your canine friend to.

Kingham Plough, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

All dogs get their own canine bar snacks in the form of pigs’ ears and are welcomed in the bar.

Lord Crewe Arms, Consett, Co. Durham

Dogs are loved at the Lord Crew Arms and visitor’s dogs are often featured on their Twitter page. They are welcome in the bar where they have dog biscuits on the bar and a dog bed by the fire.