Truro is a beautiful city in Cornwall, set on the river and a place where can you go to enjoy great food, wonderful cafes, amazing pubs, shopping, cobbled streets and Cornish heritage on nearly every corner. Here is our guide to dog friendly places to eat, things to do and great accommodation in Cornwall’s city of Truro.
Places to eat
Cornwall Food Box, Walsingham Place
If you haven’t discovered this gorgeous little coffee shop in the Cornwall Food Box shop, behind the Lemon Street arcade, do pop in. It’s a lovelyset up a rustic style cafe in the room behind Cornwall Food Box and on offer are delicious Rustic Cakes and Rustic Soups, the incredible Penny’s Pies (do try them) sandwiches and of course really good coffee. They positively welcome dogs. www.thecornishfoodboxcompany.co.uk
Brew Cornwall, The Leats, Truro
Kate Snell, who ran the lovely Caff at Cornish Food Box has a new pop up and it’s a cosy dog friendly caff just a short walk from the Cathedral in Truro. It’s tricky to find, but if you stand with your back to the front of the Cathedral, you’ll spot a narrow alley going straight ahead towards The Leats and she’s just on the right down there. Here’s her FB page for latest treats on offer and more info on where to find her: www.facebook.com/brewcornwall/ www.brewcornwall.co.uk;
Falmouth Bay Seafood Cafe, Castle Street
If you’re after a little fine dining, this lovely restaurant on the corner of Castle Street offers really wonderful food and wine — it’s a perfect place to meet friends for lunch, when dogs are welcome. On sunny days you can enjoy the pretty lawn which stretches out in front. www.falmouthbayseafoodcafe.com
Thomas Daniel pub, Infirmary Hill
It’s not listed officially as dog friendly,but our readers tell us it is wonderfully dog friendly. The food at this gastropub is award winning and it is well worth the five minute stroll up Lemon Street to seek it out. www.tdtruro.com
Places to shop & eat!
This lovely gift shop with it’s cafe upstairs on Boscawen Street is super dog friendly. They just ask that dogs don’t damage any of the gifts or take up human seats when they are full, which is fair enough. A lovely stop off for shopping and lunch in Truro www.uneeka.com
The longstanding hardware shop has been in Truro for 130 years and now has a lovely coffee shop too. You can buy everything from power tools, to pet things, gardening equipment, toys and gifts www.mallettshomehardware.co.uk/
Places to stay
Heron’s Catch, Truro
A new addition to Airbnb which allows pets, Heron’s Catch is a two bedroom property overlooking the river and a short walk into Truro. From just £77 per night, with up to four guests. Pets allowed!
The Alverton, Tregolls Road
A grade II listed building, a short walk from Truro city centre has dog friendly rooms and also private gardens, as well as an al fresco terrace. thealverton.co.uk
Things to do
The Truro Historic Trail
You can’t take your dog into the Royal Cornwall Museum, but you can learn about some of it’s artefacts as you follow this historic trail around the town. Discover the history of The Red Lion, Poldark’s regular haunt, the lost friary and a rather saucy tale about some maids and the Prince of Wales, which relates to a spot close to the wonderful Thomas Daniel pub. Visithttp://www.trurotrail.com for an online guide or pick up a print copy from the museum on River Street or the tourist information centre on Boscawen Street.
Walk from the town down Malpas Road along the river to discover Truro’s biggest park, with a dedicated dog exercise area. It’s a beautiful spot with a little coffee shop at the edge of the park as you approach, where dogs are very welcome.
Boat trips to Falmouth, Trelissick Gardens and St Mawes
Truro is a river city and from April to October Enterprise boats offer day trips down the Fal river to Trelissick Gardens (dogs not allowed in the formal gardens but the parkland is beautiful and cafe dog friendly); Falmouth, where you can visit dog friendly Pendennis Castle; and St Mawes, a pretty harbour which also has a dog friendly Tudor castle to explore. Please note, this is a seasonal service. For tickets and timetables visit www.falriver.co.uk