Five best dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall


Cornwall is the ultimate doggy heaven; miles of open gold sands, rugged coastal walks and lots of opportunities for a good swim. After a busy day, there’s nothing better than retreating to a dog-friendly pub. Below, we reveal five of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall; expect award-winning ales, delicious food and treat jars on the bar. 

1. The Old Coastguard, Mousehole 

Whilst there are ample dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall, nothing beats The Old Coastguard’s stunning views of St Michael’s Mount and the Lizard peninsula. Views flood into the bar and restaurant via floor to ceiling glass windows and there’s an effortless informality to the colourful interiors.

On a typical Sunday, you can expect to find walkers, families and couples all tucking into lunch with their pooches under the table. It’s comfortable and cosy, serving food of the highest calibre: utterly delicious and fresh, with produce sourced as locally as possible. 

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2. The Cornish Arms, Padstow 

If you’re looking for one of the most authentic dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall then this is it. Inside, locals rub shoulders with walkers and holiday makers creating a lively yet welcoming vibe for all to enjoy. The food, as expected when Rick Stein is involved, doesn’t miss a beat. Expect good honest dishes cooked well, and there’s Sunday roast too with all the trimmings.

In winter, pooches will be happy snoozing in front of the wood-burner and in summer, there’s a huge garden to bask in the sun.  

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3. The Plume of Feathers, Newquay

This tastefully transformed 16th-century coaching inn sits just off the A30 in Mitchell, a stone’s throw from bustling Newquay. Inside, step into a cosy space with half-panelled walls hung with modern art, fresh flowers, candle-studded pine tables and low stripped beams. Take a pew by the dog-friendly bar, or sip local ales in palm-fringed gardens. 

Tasty food is effortlessly matched with a wide selection of local and international drinks– from Cornish ales to fine world wines. 

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4. The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor

This is a fabulous base for exploring the very best of the north Cornish coastline. Just a field or two back from the coastal path, you’ll find this colourful old dog-friendly pub with rooms standing in blissful peace offering delicious food and a rustic style. Inside, it’s earthy, warm and friendly, with soulful interiors and fires at both ends of the bar. Logs are piled high in an alcove, maps and art hang on the walls, books fill every shelf.

Nothing beats heading out for a long coastal walk from St Ives to Zennor, stopping off at the pub halfway to refresh and refuel. 

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5. The Mill House, Tintagel 

Coast down the steep winding lane to this 1760s mill house in an idyllic woodland setting. Trebarwith’s spectacular sandy beach is a ten-minute walk away, whilst coastal trails lead to Tintagel. Back at the inn, there’s ample space for you and the pooch to relax in squishy sofas by a wood-burning stove, or to fill up on some good pub grub.

Four-legged friends are effusively welcomed and can join walkers on recommended stomps straight from the doorstep.  

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Written by
Ella Perryman

Ella is the engine of our Marketing team, with an eye for telling a story in a full article or a single picture. Marshall only has eyes for anyone who’ll give him a scratch or a biscuit. When he isn’t doing rounds of the office for food, he’s partial to a wander in the woods and days spent digging in the sand. Together, they’re a coastal adventure dream team who love heading back to Ella’s Devon roots or exploring the rugged fringes of Wales.


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