Meet the Judges

Fans of pooches and pubs alike, our pack of expert judges will select the UK’s favourite dog-friendly pub from a shortlist of 12 regional winners.

Ed Bedington
Editor, Morning Advertiser
Ed Bedington is Editor of industry leading pub trade magazine the Morning Advertiser. Having worked across a range of business-to-business titles over the years, his vast experience of spending a fair proportion of his working life in pubs has now culminated in him being able to write about pubs for a living! A keen pub and dog lover, Ed is really looking forward to judging how well pubs across the country cater for our furry four-legged friends. Visit the ‘Morning Advertiser’
Lisa Hens
Senior Scientific Officer, RSPCA

Lisa Hens is a Senior Scientific Officer at the RSPCA, specialising in dog welfare.

As an animal lover she feels incredibly lucky to have been working for the charity for over 10 years. Lisa’s job is very varied, but one of her favourite parts is being able to help owners improve their dog’s welfare by providing advice and guidance on what dogs need to be happy and healthy.

Being able to find dog friendly destinations helps owners plan their activities so that they, and their dogs can have the best time possible, so Lisa is looking forward to seeing how the pubs this year think about the needs of their doggy customers.

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Paul Fleckney
Journalist and Author

A Guardian sub-editor and journalist known for his reviews of comedy shows and his blog – Londonisfunny.

He is also an avid pub-goer who loved dog-friendly pubs so much that he travelled the country to document the canine residents of pubs in pictures and released the book ‘Great British Pub Dogs’.

Simon Le Grice
Marketing Director, Rover Europe

Simon is the marketing director for Rover Europe and was the person who started the Dog-friendly Pub awards back in 2016 within DogBuddy. He wanted to create a much more dog-friendly Britain and one of the best ways to do that is to help celebrate establishments that were already doing so.

Since then DogBuddy has joined forces with in October 2018 to create the world’s largest network of 5 star dog sitters and dog walkers. This means that the awards are only going to get bigger from now onwards. 

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Sarah Wright
Editor, Your Dog Magazine

Sarah Wright was launch editor and is now editor in chief of Your Dog, Britain’s best-selling monthly dog magazine.

Your Dog is aimed at everyone who wants to get the most out of life with their pet.They have a huge range of articles from dog-friendly spots to dog care. Find out more at or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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