Good news - long gone are the days of having to eat at home every night of your holiday because you have Fido with you. These days plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants have opened their doors to our four-legged friends! So with that in mind here are five of our favourite eateries for a dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall.
At the edge of the Jubilee Wharf in Penryn you’ll find this relatively new addition to the Cornish restaurant scene. With its airy, scandi-inspired interior and beautiful riverside views, this is a fantastic spot for a hearty meal or warming drink. Dogs are welcome in the green sofa area and you’ll find water and dog treats available at the bar. Humans would do well to order themselves a beach board – the veggie one looks particularly tasty with baked Cornish camembert, wild mushroom arancini and roasted root veg.
If you and Rover are after a view, Lewinnick Lodge, perched on the edge of the Atlantic in Newquay, is the one for you. You and your furry friend will be taken great care of in the bar area where you’ll enjoy fantastic views out to sea. Here you’ll find seafood a-plenty thanks to its location, as well delights like a slow-cooked pork belly burger, sweet chilli beef and polenta crusted goat’s cheese. The drinks menu is particularly good too, so be sure to order yourself a cocktail. The Dark and Stormy – with rum, ginger beer and lime – is perfect for this time of year.
Bring your dog along for lunchtime at the Falmouth Bay Seafood Cafe in the heart of Truro city. Past pooches have reported being made very welcome with biscuits and their own water bowls. Humans are well catered for here too, particularly those with a penchant for seafood. Share a plate of local Rock oysters or split a sharing seafood platter if you can’t make up your mind. Warm up with a bowl of smoked haddock chowder or pretend you’re in warmer climes with chilli and ginger pan-fried prawns. Whatever you do - wash it all down with a glass of champagne!
Situated in the artists’ quarter of St Ives you’ll find The Loft. The menu is designed to please with everything from a vegan chickpea tagine to Cornish hake with buttered samphire, the Sunday roasts also look very tempting indeed. Dogs are allowed in the terrace area, which is pretty cosy thanks to being covered and heated. You’ll also enjoy the best views here – across the rooftops over St Ives and out to the bay. Previous pups have been supplied with fresh water and even the odd treat!
For a proper pub by the sea, look no further than The Driftwood Spars in St Agnes. Dating back to the 1600s, it’s one of the oldest buildings in the village; the name comes from the huge beams (spars) which have been salvaged from shipwrecks along the coast. But enough about the design – what about the food? Here you’ll find marmalade roasted Cornish ham, beer falafel burgers and proper fish and chips. Dogs are allowed in the bar area, which happens to be the most cosy, historic part of the building and has a lovely stove to boot. Whatever you do, order yourself a pint from the microbrewery across the road, which earned The Driftwood Spars the title CAMRA Kernow pub of the year in 2009 and 2010.