The awards, dubbed the ‘Pub Oscars’, also include best pub to watch sport, best sustainable pub, and best pub for families.
Leicester Arms proprietor Laurence Bowes said the pub’s approach to dogs as ‘part of the family’ was probably responsible for them getting ahead of the pack.
“Our team are all massive dog-lovers, in fact, we sometimes have to remind them to pay attention to the humans as well as the pets,” he said.
“We do everything we can to make sure both dogs and their owners are well looked after, which is why we have dog bowls dotted around the pub, dry, wet, and raw dog food available, and ‘pawsecco’ – dog friendly sparkling wine, so your pooch doesn’t feel left out while you enjoy a pint.”
Fittingly, the Leicester Arms’ own mascot, white German Shepherd Artemus, plays a quite literal role in team building.
“He’s even become part of the recruitment process,” said Laurence. “If Artemus likes you, you get the job!”
Dogs and people are equally welcome to stay over in the Leicester Arms’ accommodation.
The care package for dogs includes a carry bag, cool mat, blanket, bowls, treats, and a pet first aid kit.
The pub’s location is also perfect for dog walkers and nature lovers, added Laurence.
“We love welcoming visitors to the area, and we believe reaching the final of the Great British Pub Awards is a testament to the effort we’ve made to include man’s best friend in that welcome.”
The Great British Pub Awards are organised by the Morning Advertiser. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester on October 4.