THREE Tynedale pubs have been recognised for the service they provide to canine customers.

The Wheatsheaf in Corbridge, Twice Brewed Inn at Bardon Mill and the Golden Lion in Corbridge have all been named in the top 10 list of dog-friendly pubs in the North-East.

The list was compiled by online dog sitting company Rover, with the final standings decided by a public vote.

A total of 12 regional finalists will now be chosen by the public, with one overall winning pub picked by a panel of judges.

Speaking about the awards, Simon Le Grice from Rover said: “This is a critical point in the competition for the nominated pubs. These leaderboards could still dramatically change in the last few weeks of the competition.

“If you can’t see your local on there, or you think it should be at the top of the leaderboard, get voting to help it climb up the table! Every vote counts as right now, it’s anyone’s game.”

The Wheatsheaf, in Corbridge, was the best performing Tynedale pub, coming in at number five.

Gary Wharff, who took over the Wheatsheaf with his partner Lauren McKirdy last year, said: “When we first opened up we knew that lots of people come to the pub with their dogs,” he said.

The pub also operates a ‘Dog of the Day’ hashtag on its Instagram account, which encourages visitors to send in photos of their dogs inside the pub.

Gary added: “We’re going to start running a monthly dog walk, which will invite people to walk with other pub regulars in the Tynedale countryside.”

Peter Inness, who manages the Golden Lion with Amy Fox, was equally delighted to make the top ten list.

“It’s fantastic, we’re always encouraging people to bring their dogs in to the pub. We aim to create a nice environment for all dogs and and guests.”

One of the judges Lisa Hens said: “The key things that stand out for me are pubs with chill-out areas for dogs, providing separate water bowls for dogs, as well as making it clear on their website that dogs are welcome so owners can plan their visit.”

Also on the list was the Twice Brewed Inn at Bardon Mill. The public can vote for their favourite dog-friendly pub by visiting pubs.rover.com and voting closes on Wednesday, November 6.