The beautiful countryside and coast of Cornwall is the perfect place to explore with the dog by your side, and what better way to end your walk than with a visit to the pub? We pick 13 of our favourite dog friendly places to visit in the county…
Situated in the picturesque hamlet of southern Cornwall is The Punch Bowl and Ladle, a traditional 15th century thatched inn. Enjoy a romantic evening with a loved one in the cosy corners of the pub or catch up with a friend over a pint at the bar. If you start to feel peckish, there’s plenty to choose from, with an extensive menu using the best of local and seasonal produce. Sweet tooths will also be satisfied – the dessert menu is highly reputed!
Over in West Cornwall is the fishing village of Mousehole with its cobbled streets and great pubs including The Ship Inn with stunning views over Mousehole Harbour. Enjoy a lively night of music here with live performances throughout the year. We recommend that you share the ‘summer picnic board for two’ with ham, cheese, scones and more for you and your friends to enjoy at this pretty location.
Situated in countryside of North Cornwall is this 16th century thatched inn, Smugglers Den Inn with a bistro-style menu and local real ales. Bring your four-legged friend and you can both enjoy the log fire in the winter or soak up the sunshine in the beer garden during the summer months. A great meal is guaranteed as their food is provided by some of Cornwall’s best suppliers such as Primrose Herd and Baker Tom. After a hearty meal and a delicious pudding, venture across the countryside for an evening stroll. Perhaps join them for pie and a pint night every Wednesday with friends?
Dine with mesmerising harbour views from the pub or sit in the beer garden and enjoy the warmer weather with an award-winning beer at Shipwrights Inn, Padstow. For those eating, we recommend you start off with the dusted calamari and tuck into the succulent grilled chicken breast for mains.
The Borough Arms was built in the 1850s and originally helped the trains that transported China clay from the moor to Padstow. After a long walk along The Camel Trail, surrounded by scenic Cornish countryside, cosy up to the fireplace with your pet pooch by your side.
This village pub is bursting with character, from Toby Jugs hang from the ceiling to local photography on the walls. The Blisland Inn is the place to go for honest pub food; we recommend that you try the tasty chicken and ham pie alongside a pint of real ale. After a hearty meal take the opportunity to explore the beautiful moorland with friends and your dog in tow. The breathtaking views are worth the journey!
Hayle is home to The Cornish Arms, a 19th century inn with plenty of beers to choose from, Tribute, HS and Cornish Best to name just a few. Visit with the family on a Sunday for a tasty roast dinner or in the warmer months, tuck into a delicious plate of fish and chips al fresco in the sun-trap garden. Every third Sunday of the month the pub is filled with traditional Cornish folk music for visitors to sing, dance and generally let their hair down to!
Situated in the picture-perfect town of Stratton is the historic King Arms. In the colder weather, drop by with your four-legged friend and pull up a seat by the roaring log fire and savour one of their award-winning ales and delicious home cooked meals. The pub has a pool table and dart board, perfect for those relaxed evenings with friends catching up over a pint. There’s also a friendly quiz with on a Tuesday night from 8:30pm.
The Top House Inn, Helston
The Top House Inn, run by James and Donna Golsby welcomes you to the warm and friendly village of The Lizard. This very accommodating St Austell Brewery pub is great all year round with plenty to do rain or shine- including al fresco dining in the warm summer months or a roaring log fire on a winter evening. A must during your stay in the Lizard is a visit to the beautiful Kynance Cove Beach, located 2 miles away from the Top House. Supporting the seasonal dog ban, this destination is a great location for an autumn get away with the dogs. Also perfect for keen walkers as there are fantastic scenic coastal walks where you can make your way to mainland UK’s most southerly point- make sure to bring the camera!
The Heron Inn, Malpas
If you’re looking for a getaway that gives you a calm countryside feel and escape, but not too far away from plenty to do in a busy city centre, then The Heron Inn is the place to be. The dog friendly pub situated in the small village of Malpas is a mere two miles from the city centre of Truro on the stunning River Fal. If you fancy a scenic walk, try the 3 mile distance from Malpas to Tresillian, passing beautiful wildlife on your way. The Heron prides itself on a relaxed atmosphere and comfortable surroundings with real ales and fine wines- the reviews just speak for themselves.
The Old Success Inn, Sennen Cove
Dog friendly all year round, Sennen Cove is undoubtedly one of Cornwall’s most beautiful locations and if you’re staying in The Old Success, then views is what you can expect. Beach visits and coastal walks will fill your days perfectly. The location really is one of the biggest draws to this Inn, however, it stands on its own when it comes to being accommodating and popular by many. The Old Success offers you a self-catering flat during your stay with the dog, and if you don’t feel like cooking, head on down to the bar where you can enjoy freshly prepared food, accompanied by a large selection of Cornish drinks, all topped off in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
The Port William Inn, Trebarwith
Nestled into the cliffs along the North Cornwall coast line near Tintagel lies The Port William Inn. The Port William has a very modern feel with its recently renovated rooms that have been completed to a high standard, happily welcoming the dog to join you on your stay. The area has been known to be referred to as ‘a walker’s paradise’ which isn’t surprising with the scenery and Port William beach that surrounds the inn so closely. Situated very near the Port William is the King Arthur and slate coast line walk that’s been voted one of five most popular dog walks in Cornwall. So if you are a keen walker, this one is certainly for you.
The Fountain Inn, Mevagissey
Steeped in history and situated in the quaint fishing village of Mevagissey is The Fountain Inn- the oldest public house in the village. Albeit being a small traditional Cornish village, there is still plenty to do to keep you and the dog busy. The small sandy Portmellion beach welcomes dogs all year round and captures the essence of the Cornish seaside. If you want to be on your feet and explore the scenic coastline, there are plenty of accessible routes around, where you can soak in the beautiful surroundings. After a day of soaking up the Cornish air, you can indulge yourself with the traditional pub food on offer, showcasing Cornwall’s fresh seafood and locally sourced produce-what better way to end the day.
Written by Georgia Atkins