Dog friendly pubs in Cornwall: 14 places to go for a pint with your pooch

Photo by Wesley Tingey

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From sandy beaches to picturesque coastal towns and rural landscapes, Cornwall is one the most scenic counties to take your beloved pooch for a walk. What better way to end your ramble than at one of these dog friendly pubs in Cornwall; we pick 14 of the best places to go

1. The Watering Hole, Perranporth

Nestled at the foot of the sand dunes on the stunning Perranporth Beach, The Watering Hole is the only bar on a beach in the whole of the UK. With stunning coastal vistas, tempting pub grub on the menu and a relaxed ‘flip flops and shorts’ kind of atmosphere, this pub is a popular spot to unwind after an afternoon dog walk along the Cornish coast. Kick back with a bottle of Rattler cider and watch the surfers catch some waves with Fido at your feet.

2. The Sloop Inn, St Ives

The Sloop Inn can be found overlooking the scenic harbour in St Ives. The pub was originally founded in 1312 and over the centuries it has continued to be one of the town’s most popular venues to sip a pint due to its cosy interiors and stunning views. On top of this, The Sloop Inn doubles as a dog-friendly B&B; offering central and welcoming accommodation for both you and your four-legged friend.

3. The Halsetown Inn, Halsetown

With a direct focus on bringing traditional pub values into the modern day, The Halsetown Inn has gained a reputation with foodies far and wide for its broad and varied menu. The pub also prides itself on its ethos focusing on sourcing produce from local suppliers and relying on renewable and low carbon electricity. The inn is a gentle two mile walk from St Ives - the perfect pub for a spot of lunch after a country ramble with your dog.

4. The Punch Bowl & Ladle, Penelewey

There’s nothing better than retreating to a pub after a long muddy walk with your dog and The Punch Bowl & Ladle is just the place to go. This cosy and atmospheric pub with a thatched roof dates back to the 15th century and prides itself on its traditional atmosphere, historical character, carefully crafted menu and a warm and welcoming service. Best of all, dogs are invited along too.

5. The Blue Peter Inn, Polperro

Situated in the beautifully quaint coastal village of Polperro, where tightly packed fisherman houses straddle the cliffs overlooking the harbour, The Blue Peter Inn may be one of the most scenic venues on the list. A warm, intimate and cushy sort-of pub, The Blue Peter has garnered a reputation as a fantastic spot for a refresher after a day spent exploring the coastal village and its surrounding dog walks.

6. Pandora Inn, Falmouth

The Pandora Inn has its roots firmly nestled in Cornwall’s history. The inn’s origins date back to the 13th century, and with its pristine thatched roof, flagstone floors and low beamed ceilings, every measure has been taken to preserve its ancient aesthetics. Local ales and an extensive wine list can be found behind the bar so put your feet, and paws, up in front of the fire and take a little time to yourself.

7. The Turks Head, Penzance

Another venue with a long and mysterious history, The Turks Head was supposedly a favourite drinking establishment among pirates and smugglers of old. Since then, the venue has shifted its focus from serving such rascals to providing luxury to locals and travellers alike. Enjoy locally sourced seafood al fresco in the summer months and some of the best Sunday roasts to be found in the colder seasons. Don’t forget to sample some of their succulent sweet treats too!

8. The St. Kew Inn, Bodmin

An ancient stone walled pub shrouded in greenery, the St. Kew Inn is deeply nested in the rural village of St Kew; an area revered for its deep and interesting relation to freemasonry. At the heart of this historical venue lies a welcoming stone fireplace, illuminating the pub with an unrivalled amount of ambience; the perfect place for you and the pooch to plonk down after a day spent exploring one of Cornwall’s most remote locations.

9. The Tinners Arms, Zennor

The Tinners Arms has remained at the heart of the village of Zennor for the past 700 years. With its rustic wood panelling, roaring open fireplaces and intimate lighting, this pub is an ideal respite to hideaway from the rain. If you and your dog are both fans of folk music make sure to visit the Tinners Arms on a Thursday for a paw-tapping experience at the ‘Tinners Thursday Folk Night session’.

10. The Kings Arms, Marazion

Cornish ales and ciders are the name of the game at The Kings Arms in Marazion. Behind the bar you’ll find local favourites from St Austell Brewery including Tribute and Cornish Best. The pub is a popular spot for those visiting the beautiful Saint Michael’s Mount. After a long dog walk on Marazion Beach, unwind with a pint and a plate of hearty fish and chips in the bar.

11. The Crumplehorn Inn and Mill, Polperro

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As its moniker suggests, The Crumplehorn is an ancient mill with roots dating back to the Elizabethan era. Aesthetically charismatic and wholly inviting, the inn has been serving travellers for many moons, and the homely accommodation upstairs is dog friendly to boot. On the menu there are plenty of tempting homemade meals to choose from. We like the sound of the Crumplehorn Cottage Loaf Pie; steak and mushrooms cooked with Cornish ale and served with chips and peas. You can always walk it off with the pooch after!

12. The Royal Standard, Flushing

Nestled in the beautiful fishing village of Flushing, facing the harbour town of Falmouth, The Royal Standard is a contemporary venue that chooses to embrace more current styles rather than the traditional. With its muted costal colour scheme, pine and oak furniture and airy, humble atmosphere, this is a venue that perfectly resonates modern coastal living. Curl up with a glass of wine and the latest copy of Cornwall Life whilst your dog snoozes comfortably under the table.

13. The Badger Inn, Lelant

Sitting just a stone’s throw from the mouth of the river Hayle is The Badger Inn; a popular and informal pub with a bonhomie atmosphere. The main bar has a traditional décor with open fire places and plenty of nooks and crannies whilst the conservatory and dining area opts for a more open, airy and buoyant ambience. The Badger Inn does a cracking carvery on Sundays that’ll have man’s best friend giving puppy eyes at your feet.

14. The Cobweb Inn, Boscastle

Often regarded as the beating heart of the northern Cornish town of Boscastle, this homely venue prides itself on using local produce and drinks. Meat is sourced from nearby farms, whilst the seafood stems from independent local fishermen and the drinks originating from North Cornish breweries. Every element of this establishment resonates local pride and local living.

This article was updated by Martha Griffiths in July 2021.