Dog boarding Franchisees working lunch at dog friendly pub

Dog friendly Pub and a working lunch for our franchisees

Sunny Montague & Alexis Bennett, Wagging Tails
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

One of the benefits of being a Franchisee is that we’re never on our own if we don’t want to be. One of our favourite things is to meet up in dog friendly pubs to exchange ideas and best practice.  Today we met at a fabulous pub - which we’d heard good things about - called The Mason’s Arms, in a little hamlet named Mersey Hampton in Gloucestershire.  It is easy to find and not far from Cirencester and the M4. It’s situated on the side of a village green in a “chocolate box” type village, surrounded by fields with public byways so there’s plenty of scope for a lovely long dog walk followed by an awesome pub breakfast / lunch or dinner. There are tables outside which are probably a fabulous place to sit during the summer months (sighing wistfully….).

Alexis and Sunny at the Mason's ArmsWe arrived at just after 10am and the bar was already busy with people with their dogs enjoying bacon butties, cakes and coffees. We found a big table next to a very toasty log burner and started nattering straight away. Paul, the landlord, came to us soon after and said a big hello to the spaniels and we started talking about our favourite subject (other than cake) - dogs!

Paul took our order for bacon butties and hot drinks which were served promptly by a lovely waitress. The butties were hot, fresh ciabatta-style rolls with a generous filling of bacon, with a choice of red or brown sauce.  Absolutely divine! Yum!!!!!! Well worth breaking our post-Christmas diets for.

Dog Boarding franchisee Alexis with the Spaniels

We stayed for several hours in our cosy little corner, chatting merrily and exchanging ideas and stories about our franchises. A couple came in for some lunch and were given an enthusiastic greeting by the spaniels. They (the couple) were entirely un-phased by the furry intrusion and made a big fuss of our dogs. Pickles was so impressed that she decided to go and sit at their feet whilst they dined. 

As an adjunct, we both observed that the lavatories are particularly fabulous with the type of mirrors which make you look just that little bit more gorgeous. We also noticed a beautiful dining area for more formal meals, offering an awesome menu with lots of mouth-watering dishes which won’t break the bank.

We will definitely be back and I suspect this will become a favourite place. It’s well worth a visit if you’re a local or just passing through the area.