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11 dog-friendly places to eat in Devon

If you have a dog and are visiting Devon, chances are you’re going to want to dine out a few times. What nicer way to dine than with your furry friend by your side? Below is a selection of dog-friendly places to eat, ranging from cafes and tea rooms to restaurants and gastropubs.Hero copy

1. Gara Rock Restaurant

Location: Salcombe

Address and map: Gara Rock, Salcombe - East Portlemouth, Salcombe TQ8 8FA

Why dogs love it: After a day of walking the South West Coast Path, your dog can enjoy a good rest at this dog-friendly restaurant.

Gara Rock Restaurant is off the South West Coast Path and just over half an hours walk from Salcombe. With a large beer garden and restaurant area, your pup is very welcome to come and relax. By using locally sourced food, you know your meal will be as good as the stunning view. There is also a beach just a short walk away for day visits.

Place to stay:The Cabin cottage is in central Salcombe, just off Fore Street and a stone's throw from Batson Creek Harbour.

2. The Hound of the Baskervilles

Location: Ashburton

Address and map: 5 East St, Ashburton, Newton Abbot TQ13 7AD

Why dogs love it: They have their own range of dog-friendly ice cream for your little hound.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is positioned in the village of Ashburton. This dog-friendly pub is enjoyable for both Holmes and hound lovers alike. With award-winning home-cooked food ranging from curry to pub classics, your canine companion even has their own choice of ice cream.

Place to stay: Lavender Cottage is in Buckfastleigh, off the main high street but not too far away from the hustle and bustle of South Devon life.

3. The Cridford Inn

Location: Trusham

Address and map: Trusham, Newton Abbot TQ13 0NR

Why dogs love it: It’s near a selection of stunning walks on Dartmoor National Park.

The Cridford Inn in Trusham is a one thousand-year-old inn, built in 825AD it is one of Britain’s oldest country pubs. The longhouse structure encases a traditional pub, with local ales available in the bar area. The food at Cridford uses local produce and is a mix of traditional pub food and Asian cuisine. The Sunday Roast here is a favourite and should not be missed.

Place to stay: Near the village of Bridford lies the Engine House cottage, sleeping up to four people and your four-legged friend.

4. Cafe ODE

Location: Shaldon

Address and map: Ness Dr, Shaldon, Teignmouth TQ14 0HP

Why dogs love it: A dog-friendly part of the cafe called The Dog House

Cafe ODE in Shaldon serves a variety of freshly baked treats. New to the cafe is the Dog House. This thirty-two seat area is specially made for dogs and their owners coming in for a rest and something to eat. The dog-friendly Ness Cove Beach and South West Coast Path are both nearby.

Place to stay: Sandown cottage in Torquay is a short ten-minute walk to Babbacombe beach.

5. Hele Corn Mill

Location: Hele

Address and map: Corn Mill Cl, Ilfracombe EX34 9QY

Why dogs love it: A few minutes walk from the dog-friendly Hele Beach

6. The Pig on the Hill

Location: Westward Ho!

Address and map: Pusehill Rd, Westward Ho!, Bideford EX39 5AH

Why dogs love it: A very dog-friendly atmosphere, with dog treats and dog-friendly beer

The Pig on the Hill is an absolute favourite for dog owners. It’s only a mile and a half away from the beach at Westward Ho! and makes for a great walking destination. The pub has a creative chef who was trained by Gordon Ramsey and provides a range of meals. Your furry friend isn’t left out with pigs ears and dog-friendly beer to occupy them.

Place to stay: Lazy Days is just outside the hustle and bustle of Westward Ho! Tucked away, you can enjoy a slower pace of life.

7. Driftwood Coffee Shop

Location: Barnstaple

Address and map: 11 Gammon Walk, Barnstaple EX31 1DJ

Why dogs love it: A dog-friendly atmosphere both inside and out

Driftwood Coffee Shop is situated in the busy town of Barnstaple. Focusing heavily on high-quality coffee, this is a real specialist coffee shop. Driftwood also makes all their breakfasts, salad, sandwiches and scones on-site.

Place to stay: Primrose Cottage is located on the bank of the Yeo near Loxhore. With an open fire and a beautiful setting, this is a great escape.

8. The Bistro at Hawkchurch

Location: Axminster

Address and map: Wareham Road, Hawkchurch Resort & Spa, Hawkchurch, Axminster EX13 5UL

Why dogs love it: Nearby walk such as Lambert’s Castle.

The Bistro at Hawkchurch is just over a mile away from the village of Hawkchurch. With a family-friendly atmosphere, they give dogs a warm welcome and have a special dog-friendly area for you and your pup to sit. There is food to suit most tastes, and they use locally sourced products where possible.

Place to stay: Puffin Cottageis at the heart of Hawkchurch village near the church.

9. Home Farm Cafe

Location: Parke

Address and map: Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot TQ13 9JQ

Why dogs love it: Surrounded by Parke Nature Reserve.

Home Farm Cafe is nestled away in the Parke Nature Reserve, making it the perfect place to take your dog after exploring the grounds. The Home Farm Cafe is a friendly and welcoming place, with staff always happy to help. Brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are all made and served fresh in the cafe using local produce.

Place to stay: The Wool Store is in the rural settlement of Haytor, with a meadow to the front and moorland to the rear.

10. The Guardhouse Cafe

Location: Brixham

Address and map: Berry Head Nature Reserve, Brixham TQ5 9AW

Why dogs love it: Just off the South West Coast Path.

The Guardhouse at Berry Head Brixham has been a tea room for over a hundred years. This cafe is surrounded by cannon and fortifications, making it an exciting family visit. It is very dog-friendly and even has a dog menu, so they don’t get left out.

Place to stay: Rockfish Cottage is right by Brixham’s harbour, with shops and restaurants nearby.

11. TJ’s Restaurant

Location: Paignton

Address and map: 44 Cliff Rd, Paignton TQ4 6DL

Why dogs love it: A great pit stop after a run around Fairy Cove.

TJ’s Restaurant is situated on the edge of Paignton. TJ’s has a sun-soaked terrace that overlooks the harbour. This dog-friendly restaurant allows your pup to enjoy the harbourside experience with you, making it all the more accessible. Ingredients are sourced locally with fresh fish from the Brixham market.

Place to stay: Bob’s View offers a panoramic sea view over Paignton, with shops only a short walk away.