Waddington Arms, Lancashire

Waddington Arms

Set in the heart of the village of Waddington you will find the Waddington Arms. A charming pub with rooms which boasts it’s love for all things dog friendly. Thanks to Alfie and I were invited up to see just what makes the Waddington Arms so special.

This month the Waddington Arms has been awarded the title of Best Pet Friendly Hotel in the Laterooms.comSimply The Guest Awards“. These awards are a little bit different to your usual. The “Simply The Guest” awards are chosen based on your experiences, all the winners are all highly recommend by you.

After a long drive up the M6 in torrential rain [I swear it could well be the most boring motorway in history!] I was so please to pull up and see the gorgeous Waddington Arms. Waddington itself was just beautiful, set in the Forest of Bowland – an area of natural beauty! I just knew the Waddington Arms would be the perfect place to get out and explore.

Alfie and I received a wonderful warm welcome by the team. Alfie was made a fuss of, and of course he had to test a biscuit or two before we were shown to our room for the night.

The Rooms

The room itself was gorgeous, warm and cosy with a large wooden bed as the key focus. Decorated in cool tones of blues and greys it gave a wonderful calm, country feel to the place – It was simple but worked so well!

Alfie soon found his side of the bed, making himself cosy in the scatter cushions and fluffy throw [yes, he does sleep on the bed.. I’m that kind of dog mother!]. I think I could have left him there all evening!

The room had everything I could possibly need for a cosy night in. This was my first trip alone with just Alfie for company… I had fully intended on making the most of it! There was tea-tray with a great selection of teas and coffee. You also have a TV in the room. So after a cup of tea and a snuggle with Alf we headed off to explore.

Dining at The Waddington Arms

Dinner time soon came around, Alfie and I headed down to the bar to find a cosy table had been reserved for us by the fire. There was such a wonderful atmosphere to the place, with candles lit at each table, gorgeous country decor and the fire roaring away in the background. I could have spent hours just sat there enjoying a spot of people watching.

I have never been one for dining alone, which is silly really as I had Alfie by my side. Surprisingly I almost forgot it was just me, I just settled down by the fire with a glass of prosecco whilst I made the tough decision of deciding what I was going to have off the menu.

The menu itself was divine, there was such a wonderful variety to choose from. I want to keep my dinner very northern, when I think of the north I just imagine warm hearty family classics. I went for the Pork and Leek sausage with mash – a favourite of mine! Although it was a tough choice between that the Lancashire Hotpot… I think I made the right choice though! The sausage and mash was delicious!

Surprisingly, Alfie soon emerged with the dinner! He had been tucked away under the table trying to recover from his rather manic loon through the countryside. He gave me his very best puppy dog eyes then disappeared back to continue his nap.

I just couldn’t resist desert, there was a good selection of puddings to choose from. In the end I just had to go with the lemon tart which did it disappoint! I am just obsessed with anything lemon flavoured.

With a fully tummy and fresh glass off prosseco I headed back up to the room to relax, after a nice soak in the tub [with all the bubbles and a very unhelpful spaniel] I made the most of it and had an early night.

I awoke early to the sound of the church chiming, quite possibly the best alarm clock! Took Alfie for a quick morning leg stretch before a cup of tea and cuddles… Alfie is the best early in the mornings, he never wants to get up so he will cuddle you to death in hope that he can get that extra hour of snoozes!

Once Alfie was suitably snuggled we headed down for the best breakfast. Receiving the warmest welcome and a nice hot cup of tea we made the tough decision of breakfast – one full English for me and a sausage for Alf coming right up!

Breakfast time

Breakfast was delicious! If you didn’t fancy the cooked breakfast there was a whole selection of goodies laid out for you on the breakfast table…

It was the small things that really made the difference. Alfie’s sausage came out ready cooled and cut up for him in a dog bowl!  I would have had a photo for you but a certain someone just couldn’t contain himself!

Dog friendly wise, I can honestly say that the Waddington Arms was a worthy winner. Alfie was welcomed with open arms, one member of staff even commenting that the dogs are more important than the humans… Which is always something I love to hear!

A huge thank you to for sponsoring this post, it was a wonderful mid-week break… I loved having some quality Alf time in such a beautiful a relaxing place!

Want to know all about walking in the local area? Stay tuned for Tuesdays blog post!
Emma & Alfie xox
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  • Reply Chloe Murray

    Aww it’s lovely to discover new places that truly welcome dogs. Lovely photos as always xx

    April 1, 2017 at 11:31 am
    • Reply Emma Bearman

      Oh it was fabulous! It’s very rare to be able to completely relax with an Alf… I wasn’t worried at all, even when he wandered to the table behind to say hello!
      Thank you for the kind words, it means so much!
      Emma & Alfie xox

      April 19, 2017 at 10:02 am
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  • Reply Sunshinedogmadness

    Love your’ve a great eye on photography..So vibrant.

    April 6, 2017 at 8:48 am
    • Reply Emma Bearman

      Thank you so much! It is actually my job – I just adore it!
      Emma & Alfie xox

      April 19, 2017 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Stephanie Walton

    Looks like you had such a lovely time, the hotel looks wonderful and what a great way to spend some wonderful time with the pooch xx

    Love From, Steph & The Spaniels

    April 7, 2017 at 6:14 pm
    • Reply Emma Bearman

      Oh Steph it was wonderful, So good to travel just Alfie and I!
      Emma & Alfie xox

      April 19, 2017 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Eva & Amelia

    What a perfect way to have a get away for two – two being you and your best furry friend! So wonderful! xxx

    April 15, 2017 at 12:10 am
    • Reply Emma Bearman

      Oh yes! A first for me as i’m such a wimp but I loved spending that extra bit of quality time with Alfie.
      Emma & Alfie xox

      April 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm

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