Updated: Aug 19, 2020
If sitting by a duck pond and watching a cricket match on the green sounds idyllic to you, then there aren't many places that can beat a village in Surrey.
I explored 3 quintessentially English villages which are not just great for making your Instagram feed look pretty but are also very dog friendly.
The beautiful village of Shere attracts visitors from all over the world thanks to the movies The Holiday and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, both of which were partly filmed here. The current absence of visiting tourists mean it's a bit quieter and easier to get a table at the cafes and pubs.
The road running through the village can be very busy with cars and bikes and the pavements are narrow or non-existent so we pooches need to take extra care.
Be sure to visit the beautiful church but don't waste any time trying to find the cottage from The Holiday because it was a fake one built just for the film!
A must for all pooches is a visit to The Dabbling Duck. This village cafe, right next to the duck pond, serves breakfast and lunch every day. We sat in their spacious courtyard and the humans tucked into a full English - of course I tested the sausages and give them the paws up!
They also have a sister restaurant, The Plucky Pheasant, on the outskirts of the village.
Our next stop was the village of Cranleigh, larger than Shere and with more shops but still very pretty and dog friendly. The department store Mann's welcomes us pooches and the concept store One Forty is well worth browsing.
The road adjacent to the High Street is currently closed to traffic so the cafes have extra outside tables.
When it comes to feeding the humans, Cranleigh has a plethora of cafes, many of which are dog friendly, including the Cromwell Coffee House.
If you prefer a pub then The Richard Onslow is very spacious with a lovely rear garden and we dogs can even stay the night in one of their rooms if you want to stay a little longer (or the humans have too much wine to drive home).
A definite must for the humans is Moooh! Ice Cream which is just off the High Street.
The tiny village of Chiddingfold has only 2 pubs and a handful of shops but it's the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle.
Take a picnic and sit on the green, relax by the lily pond (blog main image) or watch a match on the nearby cricket pitch.
If picnics aren't really your thing then head to one of the villages pubs, both of which are dog friendly. The Crown on the green is very popular.
We had lunch at The Swan Inn which is quite large and has a rear garden with plenty of shade/cover. The humans described the food as decent pub grub and I made friends with the little girl on the next table who kept dropping bits of chicken for me! Those small humans have their uses sometimes!
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