Top ten dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Cornwall
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As the lockdown eases and attractions begin to open – head to one of Cornwall’s top dog-friendly eateries
Prawn on the Lawn, Padstow
A fully licensed fishmonger and seafood restaurant, using sustainable, seasonal seafood, made for sharing. Created by Rick Toogood and his team, with a passion for punchy flavours and an underlying respect for the ocean.
The Beach Hut,Watergate Bay
A laidback beachside hangout that welcomes dogs with open arms. Tuck into simply cooked, tasty dishes, with a view of Watergate Bay’s two-mile stretch – the perfect spot for a sundowner, whilst watching the surf.
Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
Experience a relaxed seaside dog-friendly restaurant, with an internationally renowned food offering. The harbourside eatery established a reputation for imaginative, locally caught seafood and shellfish, offering luxury dining, not only for guests, but for their dogs too, able to dine with their owners in the conservatory area and the roof-top terrace.
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The Fish House, Fistral Beach
Paul Harvood’s restaurant is located a stone’s throw from the sea, welcoming dogs during the lunch service, so you can kick back after a long beach walk and enjoy locally caught fish and shellfish, straight from the Newquay Harbour.
Scott & Babs, Mawgan Porth
Tuck into tastiest wood fired food in a barn on a farm at Retorrick Mill, deep in the valley of Laherne. Rustic food is cooked using barrel smokers, spit roasters, BBQ’s and wood fired clay ovens. Dogs are welcome to join you in the feast!
The Cove, Falmouth
Nestled on the shoreline of Maenporth Beach, the Cove, under the new ownership of Michael Caines, offers uninterrupted views across Falmouth Bay. Enjoy innovative dishes, using fresh seasonal produce, with your dog at your side in the glass terrace, or lunch alfresco on the elevated terrace.
Renowned chef Andy Appleton and his partner Lyndsay, deliver gastronomic feasts with the best seasonal ingredients; think rustic Italian dishes with a contemporary twist. Andy creates unique menus, bringing the best of Italy and Cornwall together on a plate at an exciting new dog-friendly venue in the heart of Fowey.
Harbourside eatery INDIdog, headed up by Paul Ripley, offers a great spot for laidback dining over seasonal classics, including shell-on prawns, steamed mussels, seafood chowder, Cornish dressed crab and minute steak. The dog loving team will spoil your hound, able to dine with you up until 6pm.
Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe
This inviting Inn recently received the title of ‘Most Dog Friendly Pub’, at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2019, winning gold in hound-hospitality. Dine in the bar area, with your furry friend at your side or during warmer months, at one of the outdoor tables, with dramatic views across miles of countryside and coast – the perfect lunch-stop off for days exploring the Coastal Path.
The Gurnard’s Head, Penwith
A former coaching inn, The Gurnard’s Head is a striking landmark, set amidst a dramatic backdrop of countryside and coast. Sink into comfortable surrounds and enjoy a fresh seasonal menu with your mutt at your side, in the midst of the exposed Penwith Moorland. Dogs are allowed throughout the bar area where you can tuck into simple plates with the short, fresh menu changing daily, showcasing vibrant dishes using local produce.
Some eateries across Cornwall are expected to re-open in the summer. Remember to check opening times before turning up.
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