Awarded Best Dog-friendly Hotel 2022 by the Good Hotel Guide, The Three Blackbirds makes for a pawfect spot for a break in the countryside.


Much-loved by both humans and hounds, our 17th Century village pub is located in Woodditton, at the heart of horseracing country near Newmarket.

A cosy, relaxed setting to stretch out on the rug for an afternoon doze, after enjoying a long walk through field, stud land and woodland.


There are nine bedrooms offering cosy, yet modern styling, many with views across the paddocks. All with contemporary bathrooms and touches of character. Take a look around.

The doggy menu is always available and features a pig's ear - a firm favourite. 

Pictured: Bertie, a Blackbirds regular and thinks he owns the place. His human, Jamie, works at the Tavern, our Head Office.

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The first and founding inspiration for the Chestnut collection, The Packhorse Inn remains the patriarch of the family.

Dog-friendly from the very beginning, it is unlikely that you'll pop in for a pint at The Packhorse without being greeted by a wagging tail or two.


In the winter, the open log fire is the main attraction for tired paws, and throughout the summer months, our enclosed garden with views over the village green is a top spot for sunbathing hounds. 

Moulton offers the very best walkies, from playful bounding on the green with new pals, to plunging feet first into the nearby river, to rustling and snuffling through miles of hedgerow. It is the rural idyll. 

Our team are always on hand with treats and fuss. Our overnight dog guests can expect a cosy stay with us, with a comfy bed, water, bowl and towel. For some special extras, take a look at our Muddy Paws Stay package.

Pictured: Rupert in fields around Moulton with his pack. As the original Chestmutt, Rupert takes his role very seriously and is the behind all of the welcome notes for our overnight doggy guests.



We think The Black Lion in Long Melford is as close as you can get to the pawfect country pub. You'll find a traditional bar with inviting rug by the cracking log fire in the winter, and an airy Garden Room with cooling flagstones to stretch out on in the warmer months.

The bedrooms have beautiful views over the village green and Melford Hall - a great spot for watching the world go by and daydreaming about the countryside adventures that await. 

Melford Country Park is a favourite with visiting dog guests, and for the true adventurers, there are miles and miles of routes through water meadows, fields and woodland. 

Our Doggy Menu is always available, whether you are stopping in to refuel mid-adventure, joining us for lunch or staying the night. Overnight Dog Guests can expect use of a comfy bed, bowl and towel during their stay - for a few extra treats take a look at out Muddy Paws Stay.



The Cricketers is a popular country pub made famous by its long serving previous owners, the Olivers. That's right, the pub was once the stomping ground of celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver.


The pub's long history of great food continues - but don't take our word for it... try the cooked sausage on the doggy menu and decide for yourself!


Nestled in Clavering, “a place where clover grows,” amidst beautiful North West Essex rolling countryside, close to the borders of both Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire - there are fields as far as the eye can see.

Dog guests will find a welcome spot in front of the fire, or a place to stretch out on our terrace,  a sun trap in the warmer months. When staying overnight, a comfy bed, water bowl and towel are always provided - with some pawsome extras when you book on the Muddy Paws package.


Wagging tails will always be welcomed through the door at The Crown, Stoke by Nayland.  Whether you have two legs or four, you'll feel right at home from the moment you arrive.


Smack bang in the middle of the pub sits a big open fire, a pawfect spot for an afternoon doze. But the real draw here is the garden terrace and meadow garden - bursting with flowers and smells, plenty to keep the nose twitching. 
Sitting pretty at the heart of Constable Country the walkies adventures are plentiful. Try our Riverside Ramble for a route through stunning countryside and AONB Dedham Vale.

Our overnight doggy guests can expect the usual Chestnut hospitality - a comfy bed, water bowl and towel... and of course the extra treats when staying on our Muddy Paws package.

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The Carpenters Arms has been at the heart of the community for over 350 years - the number of paws through our doors has been many and we hope to welcome plenty more!


Nestled in the Wilbrahams, we are surrounded by miles of Cambridgeshire fields, woodland and the village common providing excellent adventures for our furry guests - or a quick nip out to Cambridge for a big city adventure if that tickles your fancy. ​

Back at the pub we have a special menu that caters to our four legged guests, including home cooked sausages and bottom sniffer beer!

For those who have time to stay a while, our three Good bedrooms are all fit for paws and dog guests can expect a comfy bed, towel and water bowl - plus added treats when staying on our Muddy Paws package.