We are ever so slightly dog mad here at The Carpenters Arms. Our own resident pooches, two Shiatzus called Adam and Theo, are becoming almost as popular with the locals as our award-winning ales.
So, we understand that there is nothing nicer than being able to have your dog by your side while you enjoy a refreshment stop after a relaxed walk across the beautiful Limpsfield Chart.
As you tuck into one of our home-cooked dishes, or sip a pint of Westerham Brewery’s British Bulldog, your furry best friend is welcome inside the pub and will be rewarded with a bowl of water and a doggie treat.
Our historic pub is at the heart of the stunning National Trust-managed Limpsfield Common, a wonderful ancient landscape, perfect for exploring with your dog. But if you are unsure where to walk, or just want to meet like-minded dog lovers, then join us at our monthly community walk.
We held our first one in February and more than 30 dogs with their owners took part. Now this event is a regular fixture in our diary. On the last Friday of every month, a gathering of waggy tails and walking boots takes place at 10am at our pub, ready for the hour long circular.
Once on the footpaths, dogs can be let off their leads and it is amazing to see how well-behaved they are with each other.
After about an hour, trees and bushes marked with ribbons guide walkers back to our pub for hot drinks and warm muffins. And, of course, plenty of doggie treats for your four-legged friends.
The walks are free, but every month we raise money through voluntary donations for a local charity. So far, we have raised funds for the Dogs Trust and for Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre in Biggin Hill. If you would like to nominate your favourite local charity for the next community dog walk, then please let pub managers, Vicky and Joal know.
“We love dogs and enjoy making a fuss of them when people bring their four-legged friends into the pub,” said Vicky. “The community dog walk is a fantastic opportunity to get to know other dog-minded people and raise money for a good cause at the same time.”
And we are not just fair-weather dog lovers here at The Carpenters Arms…. we will be holding the community dog walk come rain or shine. Just turn up.