Many holidaymakers visit Cornwall for its enchanting coastlines and bustling seaside towns - but let's not forget the importance of a good pub. If you’re stopping in one of our dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall, why not take a look at these excellent dog-friendly establishments? From award-winning pubs to traditional Cornish inns, there’s something for everyone!
Best for: Trying out the local real ales in the sunny beer garden
The Blisland Inn in Blisand has something for everyone; cask ales, local ciders and fruit wines, as well as an impressive choice of over 30 gin varieties. If you don’t feel like a drink, you can always pop in for their tasty homemade pies and burgers which come highly recommended by the locals.
Best for: Enjoying a classic pub lunch in a cosy atmosphere
Tucked away near the woodlands of Feock, The Punch Bowl & Ladle is a lovely pub dating all the way back to the 15th century. Working alongside the St Austell Brewery, you can expect the very best in local ales here. If you’re visiting on a Monday, be sure to check out the Quiz & Curry Night.
Best for: Trying out the Canadian-inspired dishes, including poutine!
The Cornish Arms is a very dog-friendly pub in the town of Hayle. Offering up a special doggy dinner menu, four-legged friends are made to feel just as welcome as their owners here! You may even spot the resident pub dog relaxing in the beer garden or by the bar.
Location: Saint Austell
Best for: Sampling the seasonal ales and dishes made with homegrown veggies
Polgooth Inn is a classic village pub, close to St Austell. A great location for live music in the summer months, this charming inn transforms into a cosy retreat with open fires and hearty meals once winter rolls by. You’ll have to let them know that you’ll be bringing your furry friends while booking a table - but it’s definitely worth it.
Best for: Enjoying the live performances from talented local musicians
An award-winning pub with fantastic views of the harbour, The Blue Peter Inn in Polperro is popular with both locals, visitors and four-legged friends alike. If you don’t feel like stopping, you can always pick up some tasty food to go from their ‘Takeaway Hatch’! Just a few yards from the beach, it’s the perfect spot to grab lunch before heading back to its golden sands.
Best for: Trying out the extensive wine list - carefully handpicked by the team!
Yet another award-winner on our list, The Treguth Inn in Newquay has retained much of its original character. Depending on the season, cosy up in front of the roaring fire in the bar area or head outside to the large beer garden to soak up the Cornish sunshine! There’s plenty of dog-friendly tables here, so your four-legged friend won’t have to miss out.
Best for: Tasting delicious meals made with locally-sourced fish, game, and veg
The Springer Spaniel is a dog-friendly pub in Launceston with bags of traditional character. Maintaining much of its 18th-century atmosphere, its rustic interior feels cosy and homely. This much-loved pub is best-known for serving up beautifully-presented dishes, created with local produce when available. Be sure to try the local Fowey mussels!
Location: St Ives
Best for: Dining on fresh seafood dishes while admiring the view
Planning lots of dog walking routes in St Ives? Well, you’ll definitely need somewhere to refuel! The Lifeboat Inn is a welcoming pub in the thriving town of St Ives. Set right next to the harbour, you can sit and watch the world go by from one of the many window seats inside. Well-behaved dogs are always welcome.
Best for: Soaking up the sunshine on the pretty rooftop beer garden
Fun fact - The Three Pilchards is the oldest pub in Polperro! Originally built in the early 16th century, this friendly watering hole has welcomed many thirsty visitors during its years. Nowadays, you can enjoy great food and an excellent choice of beers in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Best for: Enjoying the atmosphere of a traditional 18th-century pub
Don’t be put off by the name! The Bucket of Blood is actually a very cosy pub, offering classic pub dishes and plenty of local beers and ales. One of the theories about this pub’s unique name stems from the local tin mining which used to take place until the 20th century. This would often turn the water in the nearby well a reddish shade.
Best for: Tucking into a massive Sunday lunch, with all the added trimmings
The Halzephron Inn is just a five-minute walk from the sands of Gunwalloe Beach in Helston, making it a great option for dinner and drinks after a good walk along the shore. A winner of the Cornwall Tourism Awards in 2019/20, you’ll enjoy a warm welcome, a great selection of drinks, and excellent sea views.