It’s a lovely time of year to head out for a Sunday walk and settle down to enjoy a long, lazy Sunday lunch afterwards. Cornwall has some amazing eateries offering laid back but really delicious Sunday lunches, and many are dog friendly. Here is our pick of 10 of the best. With thanks to all the readers who have contributed.
The Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe
You’ll find The Halzephron Inn about 10 minutes outside of Helston, if you follow signs towards The Lizard and then to Gunwalloe village. It is worth discovering, we cannot recommend the food highly enough here and the pub regularly features in best pub guides. Take a look at their trip advisor reviews for Sunday lunch too. It’s traditional, but delicious, service is great and you can tell by the number of dogs lying quietly under tables, that this is a place which welcomes dogs accompanied by well behaved owners.
Walkies? You can walk up here if you’re doing the Penrose Estate walk from Helston around Loe bar and Gunwalloe beach is nearby. Be warned the stretch of sand along Loe Bar is dangerous if dogs go in swimming, and Loe Pool is polluted. Dollar cove, dog friendly all year round is nearby and a safer walk.
The Star Inn, Porkellis
Recommended to us by many readers is The Star Inn, the food by all accounts is wonderful and new owners Andrew Denton and Anthony Richards have refurbished the pub beautifully. The Star In are very dog friendly and the pub is at the heart of the village community, offering Cornish lessons and even housing a library. Sunday lunch we have it on good authority is wonderful.
Walkies? You can explore National Trust owned Porkellis Moor nearby, deemed dog friendly by the Rambler’s Association and an area rich in mining history. Click here for a page with a map and photo of the start of the circular path. be warned, it’s a bit boggy and you might want to keep your dog on the lead
The Sandbar, Praa Sands
There is no doubt The Sandbar offers what is one of the best Sunday lunches in all of Cornwall. “Roast on the Coast” is served as a lunchtime carvery with a choice of at least 3 roasts plus a vegetarian option and a good selection of delicious vegetables. The Sandbar itself is set on Praa Sands with beautiful views over the beach just below it. There’s a dog ban in the summer, but lovely coastal walks nearby.
Walkies? Praa sands has a seasonal dog ban, but it’s a lovely walk east along the coast path to Rinsey Cove, which it dog friendly all year round.
The Gurnard’s Head, near Zennor
Renowned as a dog friendly pub with award winning food and service, this is a top notch pub — but be warned, you need to book your dog friendly table in advance nowadays due to it’s popularity. If you miss out, you can try The Tinner’s Arms in nearby Zennor.
Walkies? The coast path here is breathtaking, do make sure you read our post on walking safely with your dog on the coast path though, as there are steep cliffs. You can find a lovely four mile circular walk which passes The Gurnard’s Head: Click here It is also worth noting that if you take the road towards Penzance at nearby Treen, you soon come to a parking spot where you can walk up over the heath to the famed Bronze age site of Men an Tol, another lovely walk. Click here for a lovely three mile walk around Men an Tol and Ding Dong mine.
The Merrymoor Inn at Mawgan Porth (with thanks to Denise Morton for her recommendation)
Beautifully cooked pub food at reasonable prices, in a wonderful location. The Merrymoor offers a Sunday carvery with a choice of 3 freshly roasted meats, 5 vegetables, roast potatoes and their very own homemade Yorkshire puddings
Walkies? The wonderful wide, soft sands of Mawgan Porth beach are dog friendly all year.
The Bridge On The Wool, Wadebridge (with thanks to Bethany Towers)
So dog friendly, their staff follow this very blog and wanted to invite you all along. Their trip advisor reviews are wonderful with visitors praising their excellent, wholesome pub food, all locally sourced and home-cooked.
Walkies? You can take a stroll, or indeed a hike along the Camel Trail, either up the estuary towards Padstow, or back towards Bodmin and Wenfordbridge
The Cornish Arms, St Merryn
Rick Stein’s mission in opening this lovely pub was to offer traditional pub food, cooked to his own particular and delicious standards. The popularity of the pub reveals what a huge success it was, and it does indeed offer a very popular Sunday lunch, in a truly beautiful part of Cornwall. “Our roasts are served with golden roast potatoes, crackling and apple sauce to go with your pork and traditional Yorkshire puddings to go with your beef. Every roast is complemented with a selection of fresh, seasonal vegetables delivered to us daily by Trerethern Farm, just up the road from us.” Watch out for local celebrities… Dogs are welcome but need to be kept on leads.
Walkies? The beautiful seven bays beaches are nearby, with wonderful coastal paths. A lovely walk is from Treyarnon Bay, dog friendly all year with a beautiful sea pool, to Harlyn Bay, also dog friendly. Or, there is a circular walk near to the pub: Click here.
The Driftwood Spars, St Agnes
Amazing food, amazing views, and dog friendly to boot. The popular Roast on the Coast Sunday lunches are now back, and delicious as ever and available from 12pm to 2.30pm. Drinks are pretty special too, as the pub runs its own award winning brewery.
Walkies? Dogs are allowed on Trevaunance Cove just below the beach all year on leads. But you can also take the coastal path along to the beautiful and secluded Trevellas Porth where dogs can be freed from their lead for a dip in the ocean.
The Stag Hunt Inn, Ponsanooth
Tucked away in the little village of Ponsanooth near to Truro and Perranuthoe is the wonderful, dog friendly Stag Hunt Inn. They claim on their website that they are a little biased and think their Sunday lunch is the best for miles around, and we have to say that we and our readers agree, with this pub being specially recommended by DogFriendlyCornwall followers.
Walkies? Kennal Vale nature reserve is a hidden gem, and Cornwall Wildlife Trust nature reserve nearby. You can find a guide to a walk through this area, rich with history. Click here.
The Old Inn, St Breward
Last but not least, perched high on the edge of St Breward, a village right on the edge of the wilds of Bodmin Moor is The Old Inn. We can vouch for the fact that Sunday lunch here is really wonderful, and best enjoyed in one of the dog friendly bars by a roaring fire after adventures on the moor.
Walkies? It’s best to follow guided walks over the moor as the ground can be boggy and there are also restricted military zones. There is a good guided five mile circular walk, click here, to the monument of King Arthur’s Hall. You’ll also pass some of the filming spots for Poldark on this walk.