Cornwall hosts miles of dog friendly coastal path, vast moorland and nearly a hundred beaches welcoming dogs all year round.

It is a wonderful place to take a holiday with man’s best friend. Even better, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes that throw their doors open to sandy paws too. These are some of our favourite dog friendly eateries in St Ives including pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Dog Friendly Cafes in St Ives

St Ives loves dogs and there are plenty of dog friendly cafes to enjoy breakfast, lunch, a Cornish cream tea, or even a refreshing pint after you’ve exercised your four-legged friend along the beaches and south west coastal path.

Stroff Troff Cafe, St Ives

The Stroff Troff Cafe opens bright and early for dog walkers. They claim to serve St Ives’ best ‘Full English Breakfast’ from 9am every day. This dog friendly cafe also hosts lunchtime dishes inspired by Vietnam, markets in Thailand, and trendy cafes in Melbourne, Australia. The staff are known to shower dogs with love whenever they set foot in the cafe and have a resident pooch called Kodie, on duty to welcome fellow dogs and humans alike.
scofftroff.co.uk, 01736 797341

Dog Friendly Cafes and Restaurants

Surf Shack Cafe, St Ives

As well as brilliant hot dogs, the Surf Shack cafe is a cosy dog friendly cafe in St Ives that boasts stunning harbour views you and your dog can enjoy. Sit back and watch the boats with a hot chocolate in hand. Along with glowing reviews for their cake selection and cream teas, the attentive staff are as friendly and welcoming to dogs as they are to their owners.
Visit Surf Shack Cafe on Facebook, 07905 998808

Porthmeor Beach Cafe, St Ives

Take advantage of the lifted beach dog-ban and pop up to Porthmeor Cafe for a warming pot of tea in their dog friendly outside seating area. Dig into a seafood lunch and revel in first-class beach views with your happy and worn out dog resting at your feet. In the winter months, you and your dog are free to explore all of the St Ives beaches.
porthmeor-beach.co.uk, 01736 793366

Girl with black dog on Cornish beach

Lakeside Cabin Cafe, St Ives

This family run, cosy cabin, pride themselves in being a dog friendly cafe near St Ives, where you can enjoy a delicious homemade cake after walking with your pooch around the three scenic fishing lakes at which it is situated. Along with a quality lunch, your four-legged-friend may even get treated to a few tasty snacks, as dog biscuits are on hand to spoil any dog that visits.
lakesidecabincafe.co.uk, 07745876687

Dog Friendly Restaurants in St Ives

Dining out in a dog friendly restaurant in St Ives means the whole family can spend the evening together. If you are on holiday with your dog and/or a local visitor, there are a range of restaurants that will get tails wagging from tucked away eateries in town to dining with harbour views.

See our Complete Guide on 40 Restaurants in St Ives

Dog Friendly Cafes and Restaurants

The Loft Restaurant & Terrace

Amongst the quaint narrow streets behind the harbour, this St Ives restaurant allows dogs in their covered upstairs terrace where you can enjoy shelter during your evening meal. Overlooking the rooftops with the harbour in the distance, dine with locally sourced ingredients and enjoy the sunset experience with some sparkling wine and your pooch at your feet.
theloftrestaurantandterrace.co.uk, 01736 794204

Hub, St Ives

When the Hub says it does ‘burgers, dogs and BBQ’ it means more than just its signature New York-style hot dogs made with 100% free-range pork. Watch the boats go by in Hub’s dog friendly restaurant and tuck into homemade burgers whilst enjoying the company of your own (not so hot) dog.
hub-stives.co.uk, 01736 799099

Halsetown Inn, St Ives

Just when you think you are leaving St Ives behind and heading into the wilds of West Penwith to Zennor and beyond, you stumble across the very dog friendly Halsetown Inn. Of an evening, dog walkers and foodies fill the atmosphere, enjoying ethically sourced, freshly cooked and immaculately presented meals alongside a decent selection of ales.
halsetowninn.co.uk, 01736 795583

Scarlet Wines, Lelant

As well as being one of Cornwall’s leading independent wine merchants, Scarlet Wines has also accrued quite a reputation for its food and is a dog friendly restaurant. Previously a tapas and coffee shop, Scarlet Wines now serves seasonal, local food whilst welcoming evening diners and their dogs.
scarlet-wines.co.uk, 01736 753696

Dog on lead in rich green forest

Dog Friendly Pubs in St Ives

Who doesn’t love some pub grub in St Ives, especially a dog-friendly pub? There are so many, we decided to dedicate an entire blog post to Dog Friendly Pubs in St Ives and the surrounding area. Go check it out and explore some of the finest pubs in St Ives and find some treasures with your dog.

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a huge selection of pet-friendly accommodation, so there’s no need to leave your dog at home when you take a holiday in Cornwall. Why not also check out our guide to dog friendly days out for some more great ideas for a fun-packed holiday.

By: Tony Townsend On:6th November 2018
Categories:Blog

With a wealth of world-class coastline, there’s plenty of fun to be had for all the family, including the dog! And, with our guide to the best dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall, there’s no need to leave your furry pals behind on your next trip to the county.

There are some seasonal bans imposed on many of the larger beaches, but with hidden coves, quiet stretches of sand and secret shorelines, there’s still an array of dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall that permit dogs all year round. 

Cornwall’s seasonal bans are usually enforced between 10am and 6pm from the 1st of July to the 31st of August on selected beaches, however, some beaches have longer bans which are enforced between 10am and 6pm from 15th of May to the 30th of September. To find a full list of where bans apply, check the Cornwall Council website.

But, whether you’re looking for windy wintry walks or sun-baked summer strolls, despite the seasonal bans, there’s still plenty of places for you to take your dog for a fantastic day out at the beach. 

Top dog friendly beaches

Dog-friendly beaches in St Ives

Around St Ives Bay there are plenty of beaches perfect for a day out with your four-legged friend. The stretch of stunning sands south of Gwithian Towans out to the Black Cliffs along the Hayle Riviera welcomes dogs across three miles of open golden sands.

Or for unspoilt beaches try a day out with your pup at Peter’s Point, Upton Towans and Mexico Towans. Linked by a coastal path that winds across windswept sand dunes, expect oodles of space and beautifully sublime surroundings as you look out over the renowned Godrevy Lighthouse.

Head across the river, and you’ll find Porthkidney Beach nestled between the Hayle Estuary and Hawke’s Point, just a brief coastal walk or drive from Carbis Bay. Offering a wide expanse of north-facing sands, it’s easy to see how artist John Miller found his muse amongst such soul-stirring seascapes.

family with dog on beach in cornwall

Dog-friendly beaches in West Cornwall 

Beyond the ‘secret’ Bamaluz Beach (that only reveals itself at low tide) between St Ives Harbour and Porthgwidden Beach, holidayers can head further west for more dog-friendly beaches.

Past wild moorlands and craggy cliff lines, Portheras Cove provides a wonderfully secluded spot between Morvah and Pendeen, while Priest’s Cove at Cape Cornwall presents a picturesque, end-of-the-world locale, perfect for a picnic or barbecue flanked by spellbinding sunsets.

Similarly striking, Gwenver Beach near Land’s End offers not just a surfer’s paradise, but dog owner’s dream. While it’s not the most accessible beach, Sennen Cove’s concealed neighbour is well worth the cliff-hugging walk down, providing the type of tranquil, rugged charm usually reserved for exclusive island escapes.

Along the western Atlantic edge at Lands End, you’ll discover a captivating collection of exotic-looking coves, including the crystalline waters of Nanjizel and the wildly romantic Pedn Vounder at Porthcurno just past the legendary Minack Theatre. Though it’s best to seek the advice of locals and Lifeguards on the best access routes for this tidal beach.

Venture further westward toward Penzance and you’ll find Roskilly Beach, comprised of a scenic rocky outcrop under the cliff road between Mousehole and Newlyn. Newlyn itself is home to the pebbly and dog-friendly shores of Wherrytown Beach by Newlyn Art Gallery.

The softly curving Mounts Bay sweeps from Newlyn past Marazion, home to the iconic St Michael’s Mount along with the dog welcoming Penzance Promenade beaches (tide dependent) and the sandy shallows of Long Rock Beach.

dog on sandy beach in Cornwall

Dog-friendly beaches on Cornwall’s South coast

Travel further eastward to the south coast of Cornwall and you’ll uncover a world of wave-lashed coves, exposed headlands and meandering pathways. Head just beyond Marazion and you’ll uncover the delights of Prussia Cove, where the gorgeously jagged landscape offers everything from sheltered shores to fields of wildflowers.

The West Cornwall coastline continues east toward Porthleven, where Loe Bar Beach – complete with Cornwall’s largest natural freshwater lake – permits dogs to freely roam, steer clear of the water here though as it’s unsafe for swimming.

The county’s most southerly and uber pretty point is The Lizard peninsula, which provides a selection of dog-friendly locations including the magnificent Mullion Cove, Polpoer Cove and Pentreath.

couple on beach at sunset walking dogs

If beaches aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of other wonderful activities and dog-friendly days out in Cornwall from historic houses to gorgeous gardens and wonderful walks. 

Dog-friendly gardens in Cornwall

Even the Eden Project has recently opened its doors to dogs, proving that Cornwall’s gardens aren’t just for green-fingered visitors and families. Home to extensive woodland and park trails nudging the River Fal, Trelissick Garden, near Truro, tops our list of garden dog-friendly days out. However, closer to home we like to visit Trengwainton, near Penzance, a National Trust property replete with picnic meadows, a stream garden and paths wending through exotic plants.

Also close to Penzance is Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, with its wonderful mix of wide-open spaces, woodland, sub-tropical plants and art installations inspired by nature. Explore beneath towering canopies, climb grassy knolls to witness stunning views over Mounts Bay, and tuck into homemade cakes and Cornish produce at the Lime Tree Café.

Walks with dog-friendly pit stops

Nothing beats an invigorating stroll in the woods or on the coast, stopping to refuel during a dog-friendly day out in a pub or café. Our favourite coast path walk, if you’re up for a serious workout, is the six-mile stretch from St Ives to Zennor. Once you reach the 13th-century Tinner’s Arms, tucked behind the wild, azure seascape that inspired the legend of the mermaid of Zennor, you’ll have earned a rest by the fire or outside overlooking the wild, shaggy moors.

For a more sheltered, shorter walk, we love Tehidy Country Park, the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall. Its 9 miles of well-marked trails are the perfect place to walk energetic dogs in every season, and there’s a lakeside café serving cakes and snacks. Note that dogs are not permitted in the designated wildlife area. 

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a fantastic collection of luxury dog-friendly properties within the St Ives area of West Cornwall. Many of our dog-friendly properties feature enclosed gardens and nearby beaches and dogs stay for free throughout the year. View our dog-friendly home from homes to find the perfect coastal retreat.

By: Tony Townsend On:27th January 2017
Categories:Blog,Dog Friendly,Holiday Ideas

When it’s cold outside, where better to hunker down than by the roaring fire in a traditional inn? These are some of our favourite cosy pubs in Cornwall with a log fire, where you can enjoy a glass of champers or pint of real ale together with fine Cornish cuisine:

The Queen’s Hotel, St Ives

Warm your cockles in a bar decked out in Cornish art, vintage furniture and comfy sofas. At The Queen’s Hotel you can sink cask ales or fine wines, and order dishes from a blackboard chalked daily with flavours sourced from Cornwall’s farms and fishermen. Kids and dogs are welcome too.

The Queens Hotel, is a one of the best cosy pubs in Cornwall with a log fire. It boasts a lovely restaurant and is in central St Ives. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Queen’s Hotel, St Ives.

The Halsetown Inn, St Ives

On the western flanks of town, The Halsetown Inn is helmed by the crew behind St Ives’ award-winning Blas Burgerworks. In a relaxed and sophisticated setting – with squeaky-green eco-credentials, no less – enjoy a good selection of ales and wines served alongside an original, ethically sourced menu (seafood curry to pulled pork). It’s little wonder that this gem has already swept up Gold in the Taste of the West Awards.

The Watermill, Lelant Downs, nr St Ives

Once a corn mill – and still with a working waterwheel – The Watermill boasts sprawling gardens outside while log fires warm its traditional interior. Dogs and children are welcome in the bar, where you can slouch into a sofa with the newspaper or sit up and dine on decent pub grub. Upstairs, under the beams of the old mill loft, you can dine in the ambience of a more formal restaurant.

Cosy Fire at The Watermill. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Roaring fire at The Windmill.

Gurnard’s Head, Treen

Stomp straight off the coast path, bring the family and the dog, or dress-up for an occasion dinner at this friendly inn on the cliffs of West Cornwall. Whether you pull up a pew by the fire or take a seat in the eccentric dining room of the Gurnard’s Head, expect Cornish ales, unusual wines and an upmarket menu packed with Cornish fish, game and produce plucked from the surrounding coast and countryside.

The Old Success Inn, Sennen

Nudging the pearly sands of Sennen Cove, with its roaring log fire and low rafters The Old Success exudes all the charm you’d expect of a traditional inn. Sepia prints and nautical memorabilia adorn the walls, harking back to the 17th century when the pub was a thatched cottage where fishermen shared their profits. These days it’s coast path hikers, beach goers, dog walkers and surfers that huddle around the bar, fuelling up on hearty pub food and St Austell Brewery beers.

Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn

With Cornish foodie superstar Ben Tunnicliffe now running the Tolcarne Inn, the quality of the seafood (landed footsteps away by Newlyn’s fisherman) needs no introduction. But as well as serving a concise menu of delectable fish, Tunnicliffe has managed to retain the ambience of a traditional village boozer, with live jazz on Sundays, real ales and Cornish ciders on tap, and a log fire.

The Tolcarne Inn in Cornwall is one of the best restaurants in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Tolcarne Inn run by chef Ben Tunnicliffe.

Come home to your own cosy lodgings with a log fire when you stay in one of our luxury holiday cottages in St Ives or Carbis Bay. Checkout our range of self-catering properties where you can snuggle up by the log-burner, minutes from the coast and award-winning beaches.

By: Tony Townsend On:29th October 2015
Categories:Food and Drink

Discover Hawke’s Point

11th March 2015

Just half a mile to the east of Carbis Bay, tucked away from the arty hub of St Ives, awaits the quiet, rugged beauty of Hawkes Point. Here you can pad barefoot along Porthkidney Sands, catch perfect little waves and climb the miners’ steps etched into the cliffs.

When you’re staying in and around Carbis Bay, it’s only natural to be lured towards the tourist hotspot of St Ives. However, head in the opposite direction – towards the headland at the eastern end of Carbis Bay – and within 10 minutes you’ll be greeted by the wilder, more tranquil beauty of Hawke’s Point and Porthkidney Sands.

From the South West Coast Path the view over Porthkidney Sands and a necklace of beaches stretching towards Godrevy Lighthouse, is one that many artists have captured on canvas. One of the most popular artists of the area is John Miller, whose paintings of this scenery have become famous worldwide.

Porthkidney Sands taken from Hawke's Point, Carbis Bay. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Porthkidney Sands from Hawke’s Point

It’s thought that Hawke’s Point may have got its name from a Mr Hawke, a smallholder who lived here and used to collect flotsam and jetsam from the beach. You can still climb down the old miners’ steps he used at the southern end of the beach, that were carved in the 19th century when a small copper and tin mine was in operation here.

The steep cliff stairway isn’t the only way to access the mile-long beach: slide down marram-topped dunes from the coast path, follow a short track from St Uny Church in Lelant, or – on very low tides – simply pad around the foot of the cliffs from Carbis Bay. Dubbed ‘Happy Dog Beach’ by the locals, the crowd-free Porthkidney Sands is indeed where hounds can frolic year-round – unlike on many of St Ives’ busier beaches where dogs are banned during peak season.

Happy retriever on the beach in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Happy retriever on Porthkidney Sands

It’s not just walkers and their four-legged friends that enjoy the lack of crowds; surfers come here as well, to catch perfect little peelers that form in the shelter of the cliffs. If you don’t fancy hitting the waves, you’ll no doubt be tempted to dip your toes in the emerald sea, look for unusual for shells or even collect driftwood after a winter storm. Originally called ‘Porth Kinnis’, meaning ‘firewood beach’, its name suggests that Porthkidney was historically a haunt of wreckers long before Mr Hawke’s days, and it’s still a good spot for combing the shoreline to this day.

Checking out the surf on one of Cornwall's beautiful beaches. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Checking out the surf at Porthkidney Sands

Once you reach the banks of Hayle estuary the beach peters out and the calmer waters attract an abundance of birdlife. Follow the footpath up to St Uny Church (past the oldest links course in the UK), and you can carry on along the coast path that skirts the estuary, or pick up the St Michael’s Way – an ancient Pilgrimage route to Mount’s Bay. However, if you’d prefer to get back to the art, food and culture of St Ives, it’s only a 3.5-mile walk back along the South West Coast Path. Or you can take the easy route on the coastal railway from Lelant Saltings, soaking up the views that inspired John Miller’s artwork from your window seat.

Carbis Bay Holidays’ Sea Urchin Apartments boast immense views of Porthkidney Sands and are footsteps from the South West Coast Path at Hawkes Point.  There are also wide selection of beautiful dog friendly holiday cottages in St Ives.     

By: Tony Townsend On:11th March 2015
Categories:Local Area

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