During a year filled with uncertainty and change, nearly six in 10 British dog owners (57 per cent) said that the one constant that has helped them through the tough times has been their furry friends.
That’s according to research by Hilton. And in response, the hotel chain has unveiled Bone Appétit, ‘a mouth-watering new dog menu to provide the nation with an easy way to show their canine pals they care’.
The bespoke menu will be available to guests and their beloved pets across 32 of Hilton’s pet-friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland from May 17.
Hilton has unveiled Bone Appétit, ‘a mouth-watering new dog menu to provide the nation with an easy way to show their canine pals they care’
Hilton explained that the menus have been developed with the help of veterinary nutrition experts and approved by DogFriendly, which provides dog lovers with information on exploring dog-friendly hotels and restaurants throughout the UK.
The canine-coveted menu consists of four ‘pup-tastic’ meal options: Beef Doguignon – slow-cooked beef brisket served with mashed potato, carrots, green beans, sweetcorn, broad beans and gluten-free gravy; Mutt Roast – gluten-free tomato pasta, topped with mature cheddar cheese and roasted in the oven; Earl Greyhound – ‘a calming blend of lavender, rose petals, lime flower and orange flowers – perfect for anxious pooches recovering from long car journeys or staying away from home’, and Tailwagger Creek – a non-alcoholic wine infused with elderflower, nettle, ginseng, lime flower and black carrot.
Research conducted by Hilton reveals that the vast majority of British pet owners feel the pandemic would have been much harder for them without their canine companions, who boosted moods (86 per cent) and provided companionship during tough times (86 per cent).
Hilton said that the dog-friendly menus have been developed with veterinary nutrition experts
Eight in 10 (80 per cent) stated the pandemic would have been a lot harder for them without their canine and 82 per cent even claimed their dog has been as valuable and supportive as family and close friends over the past 12 months.
It’s no surprise, said Hilton, that as restrictions ease, a quarter of dog owners are looking to prioritise their pet’s happiness more than before, with 60 per cent looking to repay their pooches for their valiant lockdown efforts by showering them with treats and some much-deserved TLC.
The bond between pet and owner has become so strong over lockdown that almost a fifth (17 per cent) would prioritise their dog over their friends, while one in five would go as far as only seeing friends and family who are fond of their dog (22 per cent).
Hilton’s canine-coveted menu consists of four ‘pup-tastic’ meal options, including Beef Doguignon and Mutt Roast
When it comes to holiday planning, a third (27 per cent) claimed they would specifically look for dog-friendly hotels to ensure their dog could join them. In fact, a quarter (26 per cent) claimed they won’t travel without their pups at all.
Julie Baker, UK&I vice president, Hilton, owner of a border terrier called Muttley, aged seven, said: ‘We are thrilled to launch our bespoke dog menu, Bone Appétit, across over 30 properties as a way to help pet owners give their furry family members a special reward post-pandemic. I cannot wait to treat Muttley to a hard earned Mutt Roast and a little weekend away at our local Hilton!’
While the Bone Appétit room service menu will be available at 32 hotels, that’s not the extent of the group’s canine service. It offers beds and water bowls across 74 of its dog-friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton.
For more information on Hilton’s dog-friendly hotels and to see what other amenities are offered at participating hotels, visit Explore.Hilton.com.