The Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Cornwall

Dog on a seat in a restaurant in Cornwall

One of the joys of holidaying with your dog in Cornwall, is being able to dine out in some of the UK’s finest gastronomic hotspots with your furry friend. From Michelin-starred restaurants and sea-view eateries, to cosy pubs that welcome your canine companions, there are just so many options for dog-loving foodies. So, once you’ve worked up an appetite on waggy-tailed walks, fuel up on lip-smacking local produce in some of the best dog-friendly restaurants in Cornwall

Appleton’s, Fowey

Appleton's - dog friendly restaurant in Fowey
Fine dining with your dog at Appleton’s, Fowey. Image courtesy of Appleton’s

If you’re wondering where you can enjoy fine dining with Fido at your side, look no further than Appleton’s in Fowey. Here, former head chef at Fifteen Cornwall, Andy Appleton, and his partner Lyndsey, have opened an Italian waterside bistro. Fusing the best of Cornwall and Italy in both the cuisine and setting, the finest Cornish ingredients feature in Italian classics with a contemporary twist, and the venue rings true to the Italian proverb, a tavola non si invecchia (at the table one does not become old). Dogs on leads are welcome for lunch and dinner, as long as they remain off the furniture.

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Harbour House, Flushing

Harbour House - dog friendly restaurant in Flushing
Harbour House, Flushing. Image courtesy of Harbour House.

A recent addition to the best dog-friendly restaurants in Cornwall, Harbour House is a sustainably-driven Cornish pub with foodie star Andrew Tuck at the helm. Set on the waterfront at Flushing, you can arrive by ferry from Falmouth, or enjoy an hour’s walk from Mylor – both of which your adventurous pup will no doubt love. Despite only re-opening its doors under new ownership and a new name in 2023, Harbour House is already featured in the Michelin Guide, for its all-day menu showcasing the freshest produce from the surrounding sea, rivers, fields and gardens.

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The Old Coastguard, Mousehole

Dining at The Old Coastguard in Mousehole
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On the edge of the dinky fishing village of Mousehole, The Old Coastguard is perfectly located for paw-some walks in every direction: west through the magical Kemyel Crease woodland to Lamorna, east to Newlyn and Penzance, or north to the wild moors of West Penwith. So, where better to pause than this swanky, dog-friendly hotel and restaurant, where you can tuck into seasonal, sophisticated cuisine with panoramic views of Mount’s Bay? The brasserie-style menu changes according to the season and catch of the day, and in the garden, The Crab Shack serves an all-day menu, from breakfast to oysters and chips. 

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The Fish House, Newquay 

The Fish House - dog friendly restaurant in Newquay
Dine on Cornwall’s finest seafood with a view of the waves at The Fish House, Fistral Beach, Newquay

Our favourite restaurant in Newquay, The Fish House is the sort of place that put this north Cornish surf town on the foodie map. Already a firm favourite for wave riders and dog lovers, its rising culinary reputation has now put Newquay on the radar of epicureans, too. Overlooking the waves of the UK’s unofficial surfing capital, and the sweeping dog-friendly sands of Fistral Beach, there really is no better dining venue for dog lovers in town. Lucky then, that your four-legged friends are welcome here at lunchtimes, so you can experience the Michelin-starred fish and seafood dishes conjured up by surfing chef Paul Harwood, who cut his teeth under the tutelage of Rick Stein and sources many of his ingredients from Newquay’s very own harbour. 

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The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

View from the The Beach Hut - dog friendly restaurant in Watergate Bay
Watching the surf from the dog-friendly Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

Sandy toes, sandy paws and salty locks are all part of the scene at this swanky beachfront café and restaurant overlooking the waves at Watergate Bay. Blessed with two miles of golden sands, emerald rock pools and towering cliffs, Watergate Bay is one of our favourite dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall. And there’s simply nowhere better to tuck into bistro classics – such as steak frites or moules marinière – and watch the waves while your pooch gets pampered with a dog bed, treats and water bowl. You can stay close by in dog-friendly cottages in Watergate and Tregurrian.

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The Mariners, Rock

While Padstow surely boasts more dog-friendly restaurants than anywhere else in Cornwall, one of our favourite places to dine with your hound is a hop across the estuary in neighbouring Rock. A quick jaunt on the Black Tor ferry lands you on the doorstep of this Michelin-starred, dog-friendly dining spot, with celeb-chef Paul Ainsworth at its helm. Whether you opt for a classic cottage pie or Cornish seafood with a twist, top it off with a locally-brewed ale and a dog walk to Daymer Bay. Two dogs are welcome per table, in the downstairs dining area. 

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The Gurnard’s Head

Dining table and log fire in the dog-friendly Gurnard's Head restaurant in Cornwall
Wine and dine beside the fire at the dog-friendly Gurnard’s Head, nr St Ives.

It’s worth going out of your way to explore the wilds of West Penwith with your dog; its rugged coast and ancient moors boasting some of the most dramatic walking terrain in Cornwall. Not only that, but in a middle-of-nowhere location between St Ives and Land’s End, you’ll find this bright yellow beacon of a pub, where muddy boots and four-legged friends are welcome. You might be surprised at the level of luxury that awaits behind the heavy wooden door, where your boots can dry and your dog can flop beside the crackling log fire, while you experience an intricate menu of mouth-watering meals that link the surrounding landscape to your tastebuds, with local, seasonal, sometimes foraged ingredients. 

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The Harbour Inn, Porthleven

Nestled in the fishing village of Porthleven – Britain’s most southerly port and home to one of Cornwall’s most famous surf breaks – The Harbour Inn is a fine foodie spot for seafood and sea views. Ramble along the South West Coast Path to this Proper Dog gastropub, where dogs are welcomed with their own doggie beer (non-carbonated and non-alcoholic, of course), while humans can sip a range of St Austell beers, and tuck into seasonally-inspired pub classics with a modern twist, while soaking up the bustling harbour views. 

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The Cornish Arms, St Merryn

Slap up meal at the dog-friendly Cornish Arms in St Merryn
The Cornish Arms in St Merryn extends a warm doggie welcome. Image courtesy of The Cornish Arms.

One of Rick Stein’s stable of restaurants, located just few miles outside of Padstow, The Cornish Arms is a great place to visit after a day on the beach or gallivanting over the moors with the dog. An old Cornish pub revamped with a family-friendly, dog-friendly dining area and a huge garden to play in while dinner’s cooking, here you can tuck into everything from traditional British pub grub and Sunday roasts, to local seafood dishes. 

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The Blue Peter Inn, Polperro

Tucked away in one of the most idyllic villages in all of Cornwall, The Blue Peter Inn greets dogs into its traditional pub ambience with treats, cuddles and water bowls. Meanwhile, humans can enjoy a pint of local ale and hearty pub fare on the edge of the harbour. Whether you’ve been splashing in the tide pool, snooping around the galleries, or climbing the coast path either side of the steep coombe, it’s a sublime spot to bask in the beauty of this fishing village turned artists’ paradise. Just a stone’s throw from Polperro’s superb dog-friendly cottages, this pub is a winner for canines and their owners.

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The Angry Anchovy, Port Isaac

The dog gallery at the Angry Anchovy in Port Isaac
Dogs are part of the family at The Angry Anchovy, Port Isaac.

While many foodies that make the pilgrimage to Port Isaac do so to visit Nathan Outlaw’s duo of restaurants, dog lovers might prefer this bohemian pizzeria where your four-legged friend is very much considered part of the family. In fact, The Angry Anchovy even has a wall of doggie photos dedicated to its canine customers. So, not only can you guarantee that your four-legged friends will be made a fuss of, dogs also receive a complimentary pizza made to order, and you can even pay a small fee for a framed photo of you and your pooch, and 100% of the money raised goes to a dog charity in Greece. 

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Catch, Mawgan Porth

Sandy paws and waggy tails are welcome at this seafood bar and grill just yards from Mawgan Porth’s golden beach. Bask on the sunny decking for coffee and brunch after walk on the beach and cliffs, or take a seat in the contemporary interior for a selection of small plates and feasts made with ingredients from Cornish waters and farms. 

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Pedn Olva, St Ives

Dog bowl and beer at Pedn Olva in St Ives
A Proper Dog welcome at Pedn Olva, St Ives. Image courtesy of Pedn Olva.

Another of Cornwall’s top destinations, dog-friendly St Ives is one of our favourite places for a day out with the pooch. And there’s nowhere better we’ve found to top and tail the day than the Pedn Olva, perched on granite boulders between Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Eye-popping views of the bay aside, here your four-legged friend is welcomed with doggie beer, water bowls, treats and blankets, so they can really relax, while you set about choosing from local beers on tap and a menu showcasing an array of seasonal Cornish produce. 

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The Atlantic, New Polzeath

Amazing sea view a The Atlantic dog-friendly restaurant in Cornwall
Relax with your hound at your heels at The Atlantic, New Polzeath.

Explore the rugged promontory of The Rumps headland, that juts out in the ocean from New Polzeath, then bound along the beach to the contemporary setting of The Atlantic bar and kitchen. A dog-friendly welcome awaits in this laidback wave-side venue, where you can fill up on pizza and pasta dishes bursting with fresh Cornish ingredients. Owned and run by Harbour Brewing Co, you can guarantee crisp local beers to quench your thirst, in a stunning spot to relax with Rover and watch the waves.   

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