Hos-paw-tality: Our Top Dog Friendly Restaurants in Cornwall

After a year of lockdowns, and life at home, its time to embrace a little foodie-freedom, here’s our pick of dog-friendly restaurants in Cornwall to have on your radar this spring/summer.

Enjoy a true taste of Cornwall, with your hound at your heels, and sample some of the most innovative and sustainably sourced local produce the county has to offer.

NORTH CORNWALL

prawn on the lawn padstow

Prawn on the Lawn - Padstow

A fully licensed fishmonger and seafood restaurant, using sustainable, seasonal seafood, made for sharing. Created by Rick Toogood and his team, with a passion for punchy flavours and an underlying respect for the ocean.

The Mariners - Rock

The Mariners at Rock ticks all the boxes when it comes to elevated dog-friendly dining. The 130-cover eatery overlooks Cornwall’s Camel Estuary, and boasts a seasonal daily-changing menu with an array of local craft ales and gins, and Sharp’s Brewery leading the beer offering. Paul and his team work closely with a range of local suppliers, to source the very best seasonal produce. Open daily, with food served across both floors – dogs are welcome to join you downstairs, as well as on the lower outside terrace. Bowls are provided, along with a treat for well-behaved pups!

The Beach Hut - Watergate Bay

A laidback beachside hangout that welcomes dogs with open arms. Tuck into simply cooked, tasty dishes, with a view of Watergate Bay’s two-mile stretch – the perfect spot for a sundowner, whilst watching the surf.

The Seafood Restaurant - Padstow

Experience a relaxed seaside dog-friendly restaurant, with an internationally renowned food offering. The harbourside eatery established a reputation for imaginative, locally caught seafood and shellfish, offering luxury dining, not only for guests, but for their dogs too – welcome to dine with their owners in the conservatory and the roof-top terrace.

St Kew Inn - Dog Friendly

St Kew Inn - St Kew

Dine with your hound at this quintessentially Cornish country pub serving modern British classics. Home to a cosy log fire and beautiful secluded gardens, dishes are made from locally sourced seasonal produce, delivered to the door on a daily basis. Enjoy quality plates of Cornish fare, washed down with local ales from St Austell Brewery, in a relaxed atmosphere, with heritage features showcasing a rich history - the original building dating back to 1460. The pub welcomes dogs with open arms in the bar area and gardens.

The Fish House Fistral Beach - Dog Friendly

The Fish House - Fistral Beach

Paul Harvood’s restaurant is located a stone’s throw from the sea, welcoming dogs during the lunch service, so you can kick back after a long beach walk and enjoy locally caught fish and shellfish, straight from the Newquay Harbour.

Scott and Babs Mawgan Porth - Dog Friendly

Scott & Babs - Mawgan Porth

Tuck into tastiest wood fired food in a barn on a farm at Retorrick Mill, deep in the valley of Laherne. Rustic food is cooked using barrel smokers, spit roasters, BBQ’s and wood fired clay ovens. Your dogs are welcome to join you in the feast!

Gurnard's Head Dog Friendly Pub

The Gurnard's Head - Zennor

A former coaching inn, The Gurnard’s Head is a striking mustard-coloured landmark, with a dramatic backdrop of countryside and coast. Sink into comfortable surrounds and enjoy a fresh seasonal menu with your mutt at your side, in the midst of the exposed Penwith Moorland. Dogs are allowed throughout the bar area where you can tuck into simple plates with the short, fresh menu changing daily, showcasing vibrant dishes using local produce.

SOUTH CORNWALL

The Cove Maenporth - Dog Friendly Dining

The Cove, Maenporth - Falmouth

Nestled on the shoreline of Maenporth Beach, the Cove, under the new ownership of Michael Caines, offers uninterrupted views across Falmouth Bay. Enjoy innovative dishes, using fresh seasonal produce, with your dog at your side in the glass terrace, or lunch alfresco on the elevated terrace.

Appleton's - Fowey

Renowned chef Andy Appleton and his partner Lyndsay, deliver gastronomic feasts with the best seasonal ingredients; think rustic Italian dishes with a contemporary twist. Andy creates unique menus, bringing the best of Italy and Cornwall together on a plate at an exciting new dog-friendly venue in the heart of Fowey.

Indidog - Falmouth

Harbourside eatery Indidog, headed up by Paul Ripley, offers a great spot for laidback dining over seasonal classics, including shell-on prawns, steamed mussels, seafood chowder, Cornish dressed crab and minute steak. The dog loving team will spoil your hound, able to dine with you up until 6pm.

Halzephron Inn - Gunwalloe

This inviting Inn received the title of ‘Most Dog Friendly Pub’, at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2019, winning gold in hound-hospitality. Dine in the bar area, with your pal at your side or during warmer months, at one of the outdoor tables, with dramatic views across miles of countryside and coast - the perfect lunch-stop off for days exploring the Coastal Path.

The Watch House - St Mawes

Harbourside dining with your four-legged friend doesn’t get much better than this; The Watch House is dedicated to local and seasonal produce and seafood, whether its lobster straight out of the St Mawes bay or purple sprouting broccoli from the farm down the road. Plates are kept simple, allowing the flavours to do the talking. Enjoy a cosy vibe, in a low-lit space downstairs in the bar area, where you can wash your supper down with a local ale or St Mawes gin.

The Hidden Hit Porthscatho

The Hidden Hut - Portscatho

Owned by Simon Stallard, The Hidden Hut is an unassuming wooden shed, perched on the edge of the Roseland Peninsula, on the South West Coast Path. Take a break from your walk and tuck into tasty fare, from homemade Cornish pasties to hot crab soup, hot beverages and sweet treats on sharing tables, just a few steps up from Porthcurnick Beach – a year-round dog friendly sandy beach backed by cliffs, close to Porthscatho. A blissfully relaxing spot, with sweeping ocean views, it makes the ideal stop-off during a long coastal walk.

*Alfresco feast nights also take place here and have fast become a sell-out-success.

*All images are copyright of the venue and either supplied to us or taken from the respective websites.

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