Finding a pub where you can take your dog isn't as easy as you might think. I've often had to leave my dog in the car while I meet friends for lunch, and I never really relax in those instances. The following hostelries have all been highly recommended by dog lovers, not just for their treatment towards our four legged friends, but for their easy access to good walking.
For a map giving details of dog friendly beaches year round in Cornwall, contact your local Tourist Information Centre.
Red River Inn
1 Prosper Hill,
Open 12-11pm all day
An unpretentious pub with very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent photography on the walls by local customer. The food's simple and delicious.
Dogs are allowed in all parts of the pub and are provided with a chew on arrival; water bowls are readily available.
Gwithian is just a few minutes walk from St Ives Bay's three miles of Golden Sands, and Godrevy Lighthouse - inspiration of Virginia Woolf's 'To The Lighthouse' - sits in the Atlantic Ocean a couple of miles away.
Dogs not allowed on Gwithian Beach from Easter – September 30th
The Watering Hole
Open 9am – 11pm, winter hours may be shorter.
Located on this beach, there is no road to this bar, so park up and walk along marvellous Perranporth beach and you'll discover the Watering Hole. “It's fantastic, very dog friendly, awesome hot chocolates and stunning scenery!”
Dogs are allowed everywhere as long as they're on a lead and water bowls are provided at the front of the bar. “We don't provide dog snacks because everyone seems to buy their dogs crisps!”
Perranporth beach is several miles long, and dog friendly in summer, but there are plenty of other spectacular walks around this area.
The Mill House Inn
Tel: 01840 770200
The Mill House is situated between the fishing villages of Port Isaac and Boscastle. Camelot, King Arthur's legendary castle is located in the very next valley. Set in seven acres of its own wooded valley and garden, the former 18th century corn mill now provides first-class food and board as a traditional Inn.
“Dogs are allowed anywhere in the hotel apart from the restaurant (unless they are a guide dog). We ask for a £5 per night supplement for guests staying in our rooms with pets to cover 'accidents'". There is always a water bowl in the bar.
Walking – the Camel Trail is close by as is Trevose Head Trail and Cornishway Cycle Route
Trebarwith Strand beach is dog friendly all year round.
Open from 11am till midnight.
A strong local following ensures this friendly pub's ongoing success. There is somewhere for everyone; walkers and their dogs enjoy good food and drink; cosy nooks for couples; large tables for families, and locals staying in the characterful bar.
There is a resident red setter here and dogs are welcome in all bars. “Sometimes we have more dogs than drinkers! It's very popular with walkers round here.”
Great for walking around the Helford area; Rosemullion Head, Trebah, coastal path and there are plenty of year round dog friendly beaches on the Helford.
The Fountain Inn
Opening hours – 12am – 11pm
The Fountain Inn is a 15th century pub situated at the foot of Cliff Street by Shilly Ally 'Op and is believed to stand on the site of the first recorded settlement of Mevagissey which was then known as Porthilly. Mevagissey once boasted 20 Inns, Taverns and Ale Houses, but the Fountain Inn is known as the 'Father of them all' as it is the oldest pub in the village.
There is a resident cat in this very friendly pub which offers excellent food and bed and breakfast accommodation. “If you stay here, one of the rooms has a patio adjoining it so we fed our dog and let her out onto the patio rather than having to get up and take her out at some ungodly hour!”
Dogs are allowed in either of the two bars but not in the restaurant.
Mevagissey is very close to the coastal footpath so there is a wide choice of walking from here. Most beaches are not dog friendly in summer but check with the local Tourist Information Centre for details.
“Sands Bar is a café bar that welcomes surfers, families, dog walkers, hikers and music lovers. A place where anybody can feel comfortable, relaxed and get a taste of the surfing/beach lifestyle of Praa Sands. Our patio is a favourite spot for taking in the views, soaking up the rays and watching the sunsets….. even in the winter.”
Dogs allowed on a lead – doggie nibbles and water bowls provided
There are miles of coastal footpath for walkers around here.
Dogs not allowed on the beach Easter – September 30th, but nearby Prussia Cove is dog friendly year round.
The Rock Inn
Tel: 01208 863498
Open 10-11 all day
Located on the opposite bank to Padstow right on the waterfront of the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall, this pub is a friendly place with stunning views of the estuary, and the outside patio with umbrellas is a popular place to people watch and see the activity on the water. Two self catering flats available.
Dogs are allowed anywhere in the pub provided they're on a lead and not wet.
Excellent walks on coastal footpath nearby
Daymer Bay beach is dog friendly all year round
The Edgecumbe Arms
Telephone: 01752 822294
Open 11am - 11pm
The Edgcumbe Arms, also known as "the inn in the park" and the "ancient gateway to Cornwall" sits in the estate of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, among 800 acres of coastal walks and unspoilt countryside dating back to the 15th century.
Dogs are allowed in all bars except the carvery; bed and breakfast accommodation is provided in a dog friendly cottage.
Kingsand beach is dog friendly year round.
The Logan Rock,
Winter opening hours – 11-3 and 6-11 weekdays; 7-10.30pm Sundays
The pub takes its name from the famous Logan Rock , which is perched overlooking Porthcurno bay. The beaches of Porthcurno and Pednvounder are close by as is the famous open air Minack Theatre and the coastal footpath. In the winter the main bar has a coal fire and in summer the beer gardens are open. The Logan Rock specialises in pre-Minack theatre meals.
Dogs allowed in bars and garden; must be on a lead at all times.
Easy access to the coastal footpath.
Porthcurno has a dog ban in winter but Pedn Vounder is dog friendly all year round
Winter opening hours: closed all day Monday, open 6-11pm; Tues and Wed 12-3 and 6-11pm
Fri, Sat and Sun Open 12-11 all day
Golant is a tiny village, like stepping way back in time, near Fowey and Looe. The Fisherman's Arms is Golant's only hostelry; a charming riverside pub with lots of character by the estuary of the river Fowey, with stunning views of the river and wildlife.
“We have two bars and if dogs are muddy we try and keep them off the bar with the carpet, but we've got three dogs ourselves so we know what it's like!”
For walkers, The Saints Way coastal path passes through Golant and there is easy access to the Cornish coastal footpath.
Cornwall Today, Feb 2009