Cornwall’s Best Dog Friendly Pubs and Restaurants

Published: Wednesday 3rd Apr 2019

We can all picture the scene: the extra 5 minutes on the beach turned into an extra hour, and then you forgot how far the walk back to the car was. By the time you’ve thrown your towels and bags in the boot, your stomachs are emitting harmonised growls and you are trying your best not to get hangry, but really you just need something to eat and fast. But wait. What about the dog?

No holiday would be complete without all the gang, and that includes your tufty-pawed pal. Fortunately, there are a multitude of excellent dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in Cornwall, meaning that you don’t have to worry about missing out. Serving mouth-watering food in jaw-dropping locations (a dangerously good combination), you can look forward to fantastic foodie experiences shared with all of the family.

So, panic over, here are some of Cornwall’s best dog-friendly pubs and restaurants:

The Gurnard’s Head (Zennor)

The award-winning Gurnard’s Head is a gastropub located between St. Ives and St. Just. With soul-stirring views, tongue-teasing food and a warm welcome for your dog, it’s a recipe for success.

The Watering Hole (Perranporth)

Not near to, not next to, but actually ON a year-round dog-friendly beach, the Watering Hole in Perranporth should be on every dog owner’s list. With empty hours there to be filled, simply play, eat and repeat.

The Ship Inn (Porthleven)

If you’re looking for somewhere to savour cold drinks, warm atmosphere and hot food, the Ship Inn is the place to go. Exuding charm and character, this popular pub is full of history and is popular with visitors and locals alike.

The Ferry Boat Inn (Helford)

Like something plucked from the pages of Swallows and Amazons, the Helford River is truly beautiful. Relax by the water and then reward yourselves with a hot meal in the Ferry Boat Inn, watching boats come and go along the river.

Rick Stein Fistral (Fistral)

Rick Stein Fistral boasts pride of place overlooking the year-round dog-friendly Fistral beach. With an emphasis on seafood, the classic beer-battered fish is definitely recommended. And, if you are struggling, we’re sure a certain four-legged friend will help you out with a chip or two!

The Shipwrights (Padstow)

A traditional pub serving up excellent food and award-winning beers right on Padstow’s harbour, the Shipwrights is a great choice for both two and four-legged visitors. When you’re finished, stretch your legs with a walk around the harbour and drink in the atmosphere.

The Sandbar (Praa Sands)

Well-known for its Sunday roasts, the Sandbar in Praa Sands is especially inviting in winter. With the seasonal dog ban temporarily lifted on the beach and the promise of plates of piping hot food, it’s a firm favourite.

Michelle’s Restaurant (Polperro)

Family-run Michelle’s Restaurant in Polperro specialises in seafood dishes and welcomes diners and their lucky pups to enjoy lovingly and skilfully crafted meals. Pop in for a light lunch or indulge in a hearty dinner with your loved ones by your side.

The Sloop (St Ives)

A trip to St Ives wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Sloop, and that includes your dog too. One of the oldest inns in Cornwall, the Sloop is but a stone’s throw from the sea and provides a great spot to enjoy a cool drink as the world goes by.

The Rockpool (Gwithian)

Nestled in the dunes of Gwithian and Godrevy, the popular Rockpool café offers a unique setting for a refreshing pick-me-up. And, less than 2 miles along the road, you can reach Mexico Towans – a year-round dog-friendly beach, perfect for letting your pooch let off some steam.


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