Top dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in Cornwall holiday cottages

Top dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in Cornwall

Ruth 22 March 2023

We can all picture the scene: the extra five 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, Cornwall is great for a dog-friendly holiday, and 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.

Here are some of Cornwall’s best dog-friendly pubs and restaurants.

The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor

The Gurnard's HeadCredit: Paul Massey

The award-winning Gurnard’s Head is a gastropub located between St Ives and St Just, that focuses on ‘the simple things in life done well’. With soul-stirring views, tongue-teasing food and a warm welcome for your dog, it’s a recipe for success and one of the best-loved dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall.

The Watering Hole, Perranporth

The Watering Hole

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 must-visit list. With empty hours there to be filled, simply play, eat and repeat. If your pup likes a party, keep an eye out for the regular live music events at the pub too.

The Ship Inn, Porthleven

The Ship Inn

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 in a spectacular harbourside location, this 17th-century pub is full of history and is beloved by visitors and locals alike. For more inspiration on eating out in Porthleven, be sure to check out our full guide on the best restaurants and pubs in Porthleven before your visit! 

The Ferry Boat Inn, Helford

The Helford River

Like something plucked from the pages of Swallows and Amazons, the Helford River is truly beautiful. Walk your dog down 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, Newquay

Rick Stein FistralCredit: Rick Stein Fistral

Rick Stein Fistral boasts pride of place overlooking the year-round dog-friendly Fistral Beach. With an emphasis on seafood, the menu is packed with crowd-pleasers; 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! For more dog-friendly beach ideas, read our guide on the top 15 dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall. 

The Shipwrights, Padstow

Padstow Harbour

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

Praa Sands

Well-known for its Sunday ‘roast on the coast’, 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 foodie favourite with stunning sea views to boot, making it one of the best dog-friendly restaurants in Cornwall. 

Michelle’s Restaurant, Polperro

Michelle's RestaurantCredit: Michelle's Restaurant

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

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 or some delicious food 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.

Map of the best dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in Cornwall

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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