11 great dog friendly pubs on the Cornish coast

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Sandy paws, local ales and doggie treats behind the bar. Here are some great dog-friendly pubs to to enjoy after a beach walk in Cornwall with your four-legged friend.

 

The Driftwood Spars pub at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes in Cornwall. Photo courtesy of the Driftwood Spars
The Driftwood Spars pub at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes in Cornwall. Photo courtesy of the Driftwood Spars

 

The Driftwood Spars, St Agnes

Boasting its own microbrewery and a warm doggie welcome just footsteps from Trevaunance Cove, this is one of our number one hangouts for hounds and their thirsty owners. A traditional local boozer with a lick of contemporary style, it not only serves quenching ales and gourmet food, but you can even treat your four-legged friend to doggy ice cream. 

www.driftwoodspars.com

 

The Bush Inn, Morwenstow

This dog-friendly 13th-century pub serves CAMRA ales and hearty, homemade food in a stunning location on the border of North Cornwall. Close to some of the most dramatic sections of the South West Coast Path, it’s up to you whether you soak up the scenery from the garden and bar, or strike out to find waterfalls, the Hawker’s Hut and shipwrecks with your hound in tow. 

www.thebushinnmorwenstow.com

 

The Queens, St Ives

In the heart of trendy St Ives, sink into the laid-back ambience of this traditional pub that welcomes your furry friends. Sip cask ales by the fire, dine on produce from the local fishermen and farmers, and you can even paw a pint of Proper Dog for your thirsty hound. 

www.queenshotelstives.com

 

The Old Success Inn, Sennen

Where once it was fishermen who warmed their cockles beside the fire in this 17th-century inn beside the pearly sands of Sennen Cove, these days it is coast path walkers, beach lovers, surfers and their four-legged friends who huddle around the bar to fuel up on hearty pub food and St Austell Brewery beers. 

www.oldsuccess.co.uk

 

A dog with a pint of Proper Job beer at the Port William Inn, Trebarwith Strand near Tintagel. Photo courtesy of the Port William Inn
A dog with a pint of Proper Job beer at the Port William Inn, Trebarwith Strand near Tintagel. Photo courtesy of the Port William Inn

Port William, Tintagel

With its caves, cliffs and sugary sands at low tide, Trebarwith Strand beach is a gem for dogs and kids alike. Stretch your legs on the walk to Tintagel for a gull’s eye view of the staggering scenery, historic quarries and castle ruins, then loop back for real ales and classic pub food in this traditional, dog-friendly inn beside the craggy, wave-lashed shoreline. 

theportwilliam.co.uk

 

Red River Inn, Gwithian

Dogs are given a hearty welcome and treats at this traditional village pub hunkered behind the dunes of St Ives Bay – making it the perfect pitstop after waggy-tailed walkies along the three miles of golden sands. 

red-river-inn.co.uk

 

The Gurnards Head near Zennor in Cornwall
The Gurnards Head near Zennor in Cornwall

Gurnard’s Head, Zennor

Minutes’ walk inland from one of the wildest stretches of Cornwall’s coastline, this is the sort of place where you can kick off your walking boots and chill out with the dog at your feet. Enjoy Cornish ales, unusual wines and a menu packed with produce plucked from the surrounding coast and countryside. 

www.gurnardshead.co.uk

 

The Travellers Rest, Trevarrian

Nestled in a traditional Cornish village between the dog-friendly beaches of Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay, this 18th-century pub is a cosy spot to paws for local ales, delicious Cornish pub grub and doggie treats. 

www.travellers-rest.pub

 

A dog at a bar in a pub. Photo by James Lacy on Unsplash
A dog at a bar in a pub. Photo by James Lacy on Unsplash

The Mariners, Rock

Once you and your canine companion have had your fill of sublime scenery along the edge of the Camel Estuary and the golden sands of Daymer Bay, retreat to The Mariners waterside inn for locally-brewed ales served alongside Michelin-starred, seasonal dishes. 

www.paul-ainsworth.co.uk/the-mariners/about/

 

Blue, Porthtowan
Seek out the sea pool, frolic in the waves and scamper along the shoreline of Porthtowan Beach, before hunkering down in Blue beach bar to soak up the eye-popping sea views from a window booth or surfside terrace, where your worn-out pup can flop at your feet. 

www.blue-bar.co.uk

 

The Watermill, Lelant Downs, nr St Ives

Once a corn mill – and still with a working waterwheel – The Watermill boasts sprawling gardens outside while log fires warm its traditional interior. Dogs and children are welcome in the bar, where you can slouch into a sofa with the newspaper or sit up and dine on decent pub grub.

www.facebook.com/thewatermillincornwall/info

Why not book a dog-friendly sea view holiday cottage in Cornwall from where you can enjoy wild coastal walks and pitstops in the county’s paw-fect pubs?