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Eight dog-friendly restaurants, pubs and cafés in Cornwall

Posted by Sophie Hesp on Feb 12, 2021

Where to go for Bonios at the bar and lunch with a view

Home to golden beaches, beautiful woodland and plenty of wild open spaces, Cornwall is one of the most dog-friendly holiday destinations in the world. But once the dogs have been walked and it’s time to eat, it can be tricky to know which restaurants will give your four-legged friends a warm welcome. To help you plan your next staycation, we’ve rounded up eight of the best dog-friendly restaurants, pubs and cafés in Cornwall.

West Cornwall

Sandbar, Praa Sands

Welcoming four-legged friends just as warmly as two, this West Cornwall spot combines ocean views with home cooked Mediterranean-style dishes. You’ll find dog-friendly touches from the moment you arrive, with complimentary dog biscuits at the bar and water bowls inside and out for salty-snouted dogs. Plus, with Praa Sands Beach welcoming dogs for most of the year, they can stretch their legs on the sand and be wrapped up warm at the bar in minutes.

Human diners can look forward to a menu of mezze platters, gourmet burgers, flame grilled ciabattas and stonebaked pizza – all made fresh to order. Surfers and seafaring dogs will love stopping by after a morning in the waves, with live music every Sunday lunchtime making it a tempting post-surf refuge.

Where to stay nearby: Bodillian

The Rockpool, Gwithian

© Adam Sargent via The Rockpool

Nestled in the dunes of Gwithian and Godrevy, The Rockpool is a laid back beach café serving top quality fusion food. Beautiful views over the beach make it a lovely spot to eat after a long walk, where dogs will feel instantly at home perched in the window seat.

One of Cornwall’s real ‘do-gooders’, the menu champions ethical, sustainable and local suppliers with every dish. Our highlights are the sticky Asian pork buns and traditional Cornish pasties – which are sure to have puppy dog eyes out in force.

While all restaurants have had to close due to the current lockdown, The Rockpool promises to be back and better than ever this year, with a sparkly new refurbishment going on behind the scenes. 

Where to stay nearby: Ednovean House

Scoff Troff Café, St Ives

They say it’s all in a name, and at Scoff Troff Café, there’s no exception. Said to be filled with dog-loving staff, this unique warehouse-style café set up shop on the cobbled streets of St Ives back in 2015 and has been welcoming furry friends ever since. 

For hungry dog walkers, their never-ending menu features everything from Cornish cream teas and hand-stretched pizzas to healthier grazing options like Newlyn crab salad and the signature ‘goodness bowl’. If you’re visiting in the colder months, the café’s decadent hot chocolates promise to soothe weary limbs and sandy paws after blustery walks on Porthminster Beach. You’ll find a tempting cocktail menu when the sun is shining, perfect for sipping with a sleepy dog at your feet.

Where to stay nearby: Shun Lee

North Cornwall

Catch, Mawgan Porth

Set just footsteps from one of Cornwall’s most dog-friendly beaches, Catch Seafood Bar and Grill is a must-visit if you’re staying in Mawgan Porth. Open every day in the summer, seafood lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike will find something enticing on the menu, from fresh Cornish lobster to green olive linguine. 

The restaurant is perched just off the South West Coast Path, so whether you’re popping by for a beachside coffee or passing through for lunch on a longer walk to Watergate Bay, dogs will be in their element. There’s even a lovely decked terrace, where summer evenings are best spent with a spiced mojito or a Catch Negroni in hand.

Where to stay nearby: The Lookout, The Hideout or Prennek House

St Petroc’s Bistro, Padstow 

One of the bigger names amid Cornwall’s foodie scene, St Petroc’s Bistro combines the best of both worlds with its dog-friendly harbourside dining. 

With signature steaks grilled to perfection and a tantalizing wine list, the bistro celebrates Rick Stein’s love of elevated French cooking. Dogs are always welcome in the snug bar and garden, and with the exciting sights, sounds and smells of Padstow Harbour a few pawprints away, you won’t run short of places to explore after lunch. Hawker’s Cove is also just around the coast for dogs who love a good run.

Where to stay nearby: Harbour Walk

The Mariners, Rock

Completing our North Cornwall round-up is Paul Ainsworth’s gastro-pub in Rock, as featured in this year's Michelin Guide. Occupying an enviable spot by the water, canine companions are warmly welcomed on the ground floor, where booking is advised to avoid missing out.

With plates like Davidstow vintage rarebit, spicy pork and nduja pasta and oysters caught across the estuary in Porthilly, you’ll be spoilt for choice with fresh, unique flavours. There’s also a great ‘Little Sailors’ menu for children or those with a smaller appetite. 

In this part of North Cornwall, there’s plenty to tire out energetic dogs before dinner. Hop across to Padstow on the water taxi, play ball in the shallows or stick to dry land with a walk through the dunes. For a slightly longer stroll from Daymer Bay, the climb up Brea Hill is well worth it for the view when the tide is right.

Where to stay nearby: Lower Cole or Trehayl

South Cornwall

Appleton’s, Fowey

After a stint at one of our favourite Cornish vineyards – Trevibban Mill – the Appleton’s team have relocated to Fowey, where charming streets and a much-loved estuary await. With resident pooch Gnocchi leading the charge at the restaurant, well-behaved dogs on leads are always welcome for brunch, lunch and dinner, with the downstairs level being dedicated to diners with dogs. 

Combining the signature flavours of Italy and Cornwall, the Appleton’s menu features salmon sourdough bagels for lunch and Cornish mushroom gnocchi come dinnertime. Or if brunch is in order, the peanut butter waffles and maple smoked duck promise to make lazy Sunday mornings extra special.

Where to stay nearby: Beachcombers

The Blue Peter Inn, Polperro

© The Blue Peter Inn and Chensiyuan via Wikimedia

Said to be the place where diners enter as strangers and leave as friends, The Blue Peter Inn occupies a frontline spot by Polperro Harbour. Praised for its locally caught fish and chips, hearty Sunday roast and great local ale, the pub is a must for dog walkers following the coast path in nearby Talland Bay, Looe or Lansallos.

Dogs can cosy up beside the fire while human companions tuck into the fish of the day, or pick up a steaming hot coffee from the takeaway hatch to enjoy out by the water.

Where to stay nearby: Sea Edge

The restaurants, pubs and cafés featured in this piece are currently closed due to lockdown, but some are offering fantastic takeaway alternatives until their doors open again. Please support our fellow local businesses on your next trip to Cornwall and book a table for you and your dog once restrictions are eased.

To view our dog-friendly holiday homes in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, click here.

Image credits

The Rockpool images: Adam Sargent | The Blue Peter Inn images: The Blue Peter Inn and Chensiyuan via Wikimedia | St Ives, Mawgan Porth, Hawker's Cove and Fowey/Polruan images: Matt Jessop via Visit Cornwall

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Posted by Sophie Hesp

When she's not out for brunch, Sophie loves exploring the coast path with her partner and Loki, her lurcher. She writes about all things Cornwall and is a strong believer that there’s no such thing as too many house plants.

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