Dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall

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Posted by Hannah on 12th February 2020

Dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall

Doesn't everyone love a wonderful pub? There is something special about the well-worn slate floors, old thick walls, smell of beer and good food in the air and a roaring fire in the hearth.

A good pub can really make a holiday memorable but a good pub with great food and a welcoming atmosphere is even better.

There are hundreds of cosy country pubs all across Cornwall well worth visiting, but there are a few dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall that deserve a special mention too. You can take long walks around the countryside and coast and then pop into a pub for a long lunch and a reviving drink by the fireside or in the beer garden. 

Get away with the dog

The Mineral Tramway Trails, the China Clay Trails and the South West Coast Path are all wonderful dog walks that offer idyllic views over stunning destinations – great if you want to work up an appetite! Get more ideas and advice on our guide to discovering dog-friendly Cornwall

Read on and pick out your perfect dog-friendly pub in Cornwall to visit during your next UK holiday…

The Springer Spaniel, nr Launceston

The Spinger Spaniel

  • On their website it says clearly and proudly: ‘WE LOVE & WELCOME DOGS’.
  • Believed to be the only pub in the UK with this super dog-friendly name.
  • On the edge of the Tamar Valley, ideal for riverside and country walkies.

Perfectly named for our canine buddies, The Springer Spaniel is a dog-friendly pub which is very atmospheric with dark beams and open fires.

The ultra-cosy environment makes it an ideal place to collapse after a brisk dog walk. Why not take a wander around Launceston's town centre with its medieval castle?

Cottages in Launceston:

Dog-friendly Launceston

The Cornish Arms, St Merryn

The Cornish Arms

  • There’s a delightful beer garden where dogs can lounge (although they are very welcome inside too!)
  • The seafood menu offers some interesting possibilities for tasty scraps.
  • It’s right by the coast so you could venture down to Harlyn Bay where dogs can feel the wind in their fur and the sand beneath their paws.

This is Rick Stein’s famously dog-friendly pub in Cornwall where dogs are most welcome, but you would expect nothing less from Rick Stein who has always had a soft spot for a pet pooch.

Specialising in locally landed Atlantic fish, you are bound to find the perfect seafood dish to enjoy with some Cornish ale. A short drive from Padstow, make sure this quality boozer is on your radar.

Cottages in Padstow:

Padstow Wagon House, Padstow | sleeps 6 and 2 dogs

Gwel Vu, Padstow | sleeps 4 and 1 dog

Padstow - Treetops, Padstow | sleeps 2 and 1 dog

Dog-friendly Padstow

The Harbour Inn, Padstow

The Harbour Inn

  • There’s a wonderful wood burner for pups to sprawl in front of!
  • Watch the boats come and go in the harbour outside before you retreat into this cosy pub.
  • It’s ideally located for a hearty meal after a day exploring Padstow.

This dog-friendly pub in Cornwall serves fresh, home cooked food and welcomes dogs. It’s a very traditional pub so head here for good hearty meals, original features and an olde-worlde vibe - this is a place where you can imagine grisly old sailors getting together for a few pints after a day or two out at sea.

Padstow is a wonderful place to spend the day, it has had its fair share of the limelight on television thanks to resident celebrity chef Rick Stein yet it very much deserves its glory. 

More wonderful pet-friendly cottages in Padstow:

Dog-friendly Padstow

Cobweb Inn, Boscastle

Cobweb Inn Boscastle dog-friendly pub

  • Cobweb Inn boasts two real fires for warming those paws.
  • Dogs welcome in the bar area.
  • Water bowls provided for pups in need of a drink.

After a brisk walk for some exercise why not stop off at this historic dog-friendly inn in Cornwall which has a strong musical history and a love of dogs. It is preferred that dogs remain on a lead but they are more than welcome to come to the pub.

Boscastle is completely beautiful and has lots of walks all around the North Cornwall coast and through the countryside. 

Cottages in Boscastle:

All Boscastle cottages

The Blue Peter Inn, Polperro

The Blue Peter Inn Polperro welcomes dogs

  • Bonios behind the bar!
  • There’s no parking at the pub itself, so you and your dog can enjoy ‘walkies’ along the harbour and quayside to reach this pretty pub.
  • This pub is so popular is has merchandise including bandanas for sale for your four-legged friend.

This wonderful waterfront dog-friendly inn in Cornwall offers up fantastic views, an old-world atmosphere and they have no problem shouting about the awards they’ve won!

Check out their website where they’ve listed their certificates including being awarded gold from Taste of the South West and receiving a silver Green Tourism award. We reckon this must mean quality food in a quality location!

Cottages near Polperro:

Dog-friendly Polperro

The Punch Bowl & Ladle, nr Truro

The Punch Bowl & Ladle near Truro dog-friendly pub

  • They’re completely dog-friendly throughout the whole pub.
  • Surrounded by woodland – perfect for that pre-pub dog walk.
  • There’s a wood burner too which is great for warming up wet dogs.

A stylish dog-friendly pub in Cornwall, set in the forested hamlet of Penelewey, where you’ll find a mix of sofas and vintage wooden tables, as well as a pool table and occasional live music.

It’s less than 2 miles from the National Trust’s Trelissick Garden and the River Fal so there is plenty of opportunity for walkies beside the river or through Trelissick’s estate (dogs can’t visit the garden unfortunately but are welcome to explore the woodlands and open countryside).

Cottages nr Truro:

Dog-friendly Truro

The Watering Hole, Perranporth

The Watering Hole Perranporth dog-friendly inn by the beach

  • They claim to be the UK’s only bar on the beach – and yes, it’s a dog-friendly beach of course!
  • Water bowls out in the summer to help keep hot dogs cool.
  • Tables and benches outside where tired pups can hide under for a snooze.

This unique beachfront pub is a one-of-a-kind place to head to for a pint or a lunch with your canine friend.

There are plenty of offerings beside the seafront location, this dog-friendly pub in Cornwall offers beach huts for rent, it’s home to a surf school and they are keen on their music events there’s even a video gallery so you can check out what goes on.

If you and your canine companion love a day by the seashore, take a look at our blog revealing a whole of wonderful dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall - ideal for your next dog-friendly holiday.

Cottages in Perranporth:

Dog-friendly Perranporth

Visit these dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall

Of course, as you would expect we have some excellent dog-friendly cottages for you if you do decide to bring your pet on holiday! If we have missed any pubs you love or you want to nominate your favourite, let us know.

Dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall

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.