Our favourite dog-friendly restaurants in South Cornwall

Walks around South Cornwall’s craggy coves and on its sweeping beaches are always best paired with a hearty meal, but if you don’t fancy heading to one of the county’s wonderful country pubs, it’s worth seeking out one of its many dog-friendly restaurants instead. If you’re planning a holiday with your dog in South Cornwall, here’s where to eat.

Written by Lottie Gross

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Rebellion Roast House, Charlestown

Charlestown’s 18th-century harbour is a charming spot for a day out with the dog – come here to see tall ships docked in summer and let the dog loose on the small beach by the quay. Once you’ve explored the little shopping arcade and visited the dog-friendly Shipwreck Treasure Museum, head to the Rebellion Roast House for hearty burgers, steaks, ribs and wings (vegans and veggies are well catered for, too). Dogs will get bowls and treats on arrival, though that might not make up for the fact they won’t get to share your dinner.

Pedn Olva, St Ives

Dinner with a view is on the menu at Pedn Olva, where St Austell Brewery has created a warm, welcoming space where dogs are allowed throughout. Water will be provided for the dog, while you can order quirky dishes like duck bon bons or classics like toad in the hole. Sitting right on the edge of a small rocky headland at the northern end of Porthminster Beach, the views from its floor-to-ceiling windows are spectacular. There’s a summer ban between 10am and 6pm on the beach, but outside of that you can let the dog roam free after your meal.

Pintxo, Fowey

A little slice of Spain on the South Cornwall coast, Pintxo is a sherry bar, bodega and tapas restaurant all in one small, cosy package. Indulge in the best of Spain here: Iberico ham, sardines with aioli, chorizo picante and moreish patatas bravas are just a few of the excellent items on this exciting menu. Dogs are welcome inside and out, though it’s a tight squeeze so perhaps better to leave your Great Danes and St Bernards at home.

The Cornish Vegan, Truro

Take a gastronomic tour of the world at The Cornish Vegan, a lovely little restaurant in Truro which prides itself on being the county’s only entirely plant-based eatery. Each dish hails from a different corner of the globe, from Canadian poutine made with cashew cheese curds to a reuben sandwich with seitan or an Asian-inspired sticky mushroom rice dish. They’re open for lunch and dinner, and dogs are allowed throughout.

Pizza Jockeys, Falmouth/Newquay

If it’s Italian food you’re craving, head to Pizza Jockeys in lively Falmouth (or to their Newquay branch), where crowd-pleasing toppings abound alongside more unusual flavours. Try the Mr Potatohead if you love gouda cheese, the Princess Peach for unusual fruit on your pizza, or the Truffle Shuffle for a piquant fungi-infused slice. Dogs are embraced here, not just tolerated, and kids are welcome, too. There’s also a fun cocktail list and they’ll even serve your drink in a pitcher or fish bowl should you be really thirsty.

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Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth

Open all day but best enjoyed in front of dinner time’s colourful, dusky skies, Gylly Beach Café is a great Falmouth institution. Loved by locals and visitors alike, it’s the place to come for an evening meal, local cider and the occasional live band. The outdoor terrace is great for sunny evenings, but dogs are allowed throughout, too. The menu is pleasingly varied, with glazed pork belly, gochujang calamari and homemade fishcakes just a few of the dishes here. The beach beyond the terrace is dog friendly all day outside of summer, and within the summer period you can walk the dog here before 10am and after 6pm.

The Dwelling House, Fowey

Tucked away from the waterfront in lovely Fowey, The Dwelling House is a brilliant little restaurant that simply doesn’t get as much love as it deserves. Come here for cracking international fare, such as beef rendang or fish curries or Indonesian meatballs. Dogs are allowed inside and in the small courtyard garden, and staff are always happy to seat you considerately if your pup needs a little extra space.

Written by Lottie Gross

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