Food Safety regulations mean that pests and domestic pets must be excluded from food storage and preparation areas, but not necessarily from dining areas.
I was chatting to licensed trade journalist Phil Mellows about this the other day, and he sent me a copy of his excellent article on dogs in pubs. There are some great examples here of licensees who have developed sensible policies to keep their dog owning customers happy, as well as those who prefer to be in a dog-free environment.
There's a long tradition of taking dogs to the pub, but it's less common to find a dog-friendly restaurant, cafe or guesthouse. There's an understandable reluctance to allow dogs into rooms where people are eating, but you might be able to set aside an alternative area where food can be served to people who have a dog with them.
And it's worth remembering that the Disability Discrimination Act means that you can't deny entry to someone with a guide dog or other assistance dog, as this is directly related to their disability. Guide Dogs UK have some brilliant advice on their website about how you can create a dog-friendly environment for assistance dogs and their owners.
I'd love to hear what you think about this - and whether any of you welcome pets OTHER than dogs!