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5 Dog Friendly Cornish Pubs


We’re a pretty dog friendly county aren’t we? With miles of coast paths and woodland, seems every man (and his dog) has a four legged friend in the Duchy. Dog crazy Muddy intern Ruth Wills has rounded up five lovely dog- friendly pubs worth the walk alone. If you have any other suggestions or faves, share the love and pop them in the comments box below for all our dog friendly readers.

We love our four-legged friends, and we adore it when places love them just as much! So we’ve complied a list of our favourite dog friendly pubs, for you and your pooches.

The Lugger Inn, Polruan



WHY? Dogs and muddy boots are more than welcome in this charming pub in Polruan.  Polruan is a lovely little village to explore but on those chillier winter days you and your four-legged friend can escape into The Lugger to warm up by the open fires and log burners. Muddy laboradoodle owner Emma takes her pooch Coco here and was delighted they served her as they would a human.

WHAT ELSE?  The Lugger Inn is full of real Cornish ale and delicious food. Fresh local fish daily from Looe and St Ives are on the menu as well as meats and veggies from local farms, they’re cooked to perfection so it’s a big hit with foodies. I’ve had the mussels there before, which are super tasty! But be warned they’re big portion sizes, I don’t think I’ve managed a dessert there yet!

WHERE TO FIND IT:  The Lugger Inn, The Quay, Polruan, Cornwall, PL23 1PA


The Pandora Inn, Falmouth


WHY? Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed in the downstairs bar. They even have a list of specially formed walking routes from 3.5 miles to 5.5 miles, which all incorporate the Pandora Inn at some point, so you can really build up an appetite! All of the walks start from the free carpark at Mylor Bridge.

WHAT ELSE? The Pandora Inn is set on the Restronguet Creek in Falmouth, meaning that you can arrive by boat should you wish to, but of course, by car, by bike or on foot too. The ground floor of the pub has lots of cosy nooks, but on warmer days you can actually dine on the water, on the pontoon! For those who haven’t quite found their sea legs, there are plenty of tables overlooking the creek. The Pandora Inn was recently featured on the BBC’s new series about the South West Coast Path as it sits right on it! And even more impressive (ehem) the winner of Best Destination Pub in the Muddy Awards!

WHERE TO FIND IT: Pandora Inn, Mylor, Falmouth TR11 5ST


Driftwood Spars, St Agnes



WHY? Plenty of dog chews available inside and doggy water for tired pups to have a drink. Driftwood is so doggy friendly they have even compiled a list of their top places to walk your dog in Cornwall, isn’t that lovely?

WHAT ELSE? Set just a stones throw away from Trevaunance Cove, Driftwood Spars has beautiful sea views, but what makes the pub really unique is that they have their own microbrewery just across the road. As you would expect they are very proud and knowledgeable about their beer, and will offer their advice on which will complement or contrast with your food. They even make their own beer ice cream which is apparently ‘to die for’, not sure I’ll be convinced to stray from my mint-choc-chip!  The Driftwood source their food locally as much as possible, they have a local butcher who makes their sausages with (you guessed it!) the pub’s own beer! The fish either comes from Newlyn or ultra-local, the cove 200 yards away! One of their beer gardens is just off a coastal path, which makes it a very convenient place to stop and re-fuel.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Driftwood Spars, Trevaunance Cove, St. Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0RT


The Old School Bar and Kitchen, Mount Hawke


WHY? Dogs are welcome in the bar and mezzanine areas and there might even be a little welcome treat for them too, so it’s a perfect pit stop for you and your pooch after a stroll around the village.

WHAT ELSE?  The Old School Bar and Kitchen is a gastro pub, in a restored school building in the village of Mount Hawke and it’s also one of the UK’s Top 50 gastropubs. Mount Hawke is near the South West Coast Path, which follows the entire coastline of Cornwall, which this makes the pub a great spot to stop for all ramblers, walkers and cyclists. Just FYI it’s worth signing up for their newsletter too, for vouchers and discounts!

WHERE TO FIND IT: Old School Bar & Kitchen, Rodda’s Rd, Mount Hawke, Truro TR4 8BA


The Gurnard’s Head, St Ives


WHY? They have specific doggy tables, so your four-legged friend can sit with you whilst you have your meal, just remember to ask for one on booking. If you feel the need to work off your lunch, simply walk out of the back door and in less than five minutes you will arrive at the cliff tops, b-e-a-u-tiful.

WHAT ELSE? The Gurnard’s Head is a lovely dog friendly pub near Zennor, but what really caught my eye was their philosophy; their food is not priced for the tourist influx, they are open all year round and they want to remain very much a locals pub. They have a list of local suppliers as long as your arm – for everything from food and drink to flowers, encouraging local suppliers to bring their produce right to the kitchen door.

WHERE TO FIND IT: The Gurnards Head, Nr Zennor, St. Ives, TR26 3DE


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4 comments on “5 Dog Friendly Cornish Pubs”

  • Harriet October 16, 2016

    Have you been to The Fox’s Revenge at Summercourt? Also dog friendly and excellent food. Highly recommended.

    • louwhelan October 17, 2016

      Thanks for the tip Harriet – I’ve not been, so that’s one for the list 🙂

  • Dozyfiend May 1, 2017

    What about the Tinners Zennor, dog friendly, good food, fabulous scenery and stunning walks

    • sophiebaker May 1, 2017

      Thanks for the suggestion – I will definitely update this feature before the summer and add some extras, so new ideas are most welcome x


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