Dog Friendly Eateries

1st November 2015

With miles of dog-friendly coast path, vast moorland and nearly a hundred beaches that welcome dogs year round, Cornwall is a wonderful place to take a holiday with your hound. And plenty of restaurants and attractions are throwing their doors open to sandy paws, too. These are some of our favourite dog-friendly eateries in St Ives including pubs, cafés and restaurants.

The Queens Hotel, St Ives

A down-to-earth pub serving restaurant quality food, The Queens Hotel welcomes families and dogs. Sip cask ales by the fire, or pick something from a daily-changing menu tailored to what comes in from local fishermen and farmers.
www.queenshotelstives.com, 01736 796468

The Queens Hotel, a lovely restaurant in central St Ives. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Queens Hotel, St Ives

The Sloop, St Ives

Nudging St Ives harbour, The Sloop is the perfect place to pause for a pint after a walk along the South West Coast Path, a day on the beach or a mooch around town. One of Cornwall’s oldest inns, inside it boasts the atmosphere of a traditional old boozer, while outside benches spill towards the water’s edge.
www.sloop-inn.co.uk, 01736 796584

The Sloop Inn in an enviable position on the Harbour Front, St Ives. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Sloop Inn, St Ives

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. Here, while sipping craft beers, watching the boats go by and tucking into hot dogs and homemade burgers in artisan ‘Baker Tom’ buns, you can also enjoy the company of your own (not so hot) dog.
www.hub-stives.co.uk, 01736 799099

Halsetown Inn, St Ives

Just when you think you’re leaving St Ives behind and heading into wilds of West Penwith to Zennor and beyond, you stumble across the Halsetown Inn. Here dog walkers and foodies mingle a traditional pub atmosphere, enjoying ethically sourced, freshly cooked and immaculately presented meals alongside a decent selection of ales.
www.halsetowninn.co.uk, 01736 795583

Scarlet Wines, Lelant

Not only one of Cornwall’s leading independent wine merchants, Scarlet Wines has also accrued quite a reputation for its food. What was once a pit-stop for tapas or coffee before hitting the South West Coast Path or hopping on the train to St Ives (it’s conveniently situated a couple of minutes’ walk from Lelant Saltings station), has turned into a successful little restaurant serving seasonal, local food from breakfast through to dinner.
www.scarlet-wines.co.uk, 01736 753696

Scarlet Wines boasts a superb restaurant and deli as well as selling specialised local wines and spirits. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Scarlet Wines, Lelant

Red River Inn, Gwithian

Dogs are given a hearty welcome and treats from behind the bar at this traditional village pub hunkered behind the sand dunes. After a walk along St Ives Bay’s three miles of golden sand, there’s plenty of space for your four-legged friend to curl up by the fire while you sip a few Cornish ales.
www.red-river-inn.com, 01736 753223

The Watermill, Lelant

Once a corn mill dating back to the 18th Century, The Watermill is still home to a working waterwheel fed by the garden stream. As well as sprawling gardens beckoning dogs and families, a log fire warms the traditional interior and excellent, affordable pub grub is served too.
www.facebook.com/thewatermillincornwall, 01736 757912

Salt Bar, Hayle

Salt Bar is a cracking little café-cum-bar, just under Hayle viaduct and within easy reach of the train station. Modern but laid back, it’s the sort of place you can enjoy coffee with the hound in tow, or stop for cocktails, steaks and evening entertainment.
www.salt-hayle.co.uk, 01736 755862

Tinners Arms, Zennor

Famed for its connections to DH Lawrence, this is a cosy country pub nestled amongst the granite cottages of Zennor, near St Ives. A great base for some stunning coastal walks, it serves real Cornish ales and fresh local fare by the log fire.
www.tinnersarms.com, 01736 796927

Gurnard’s Head

Minutes’ walk inland from one of the wildest stretches of Cornwall’s coastline, this is the sort of place where you can kick off your walking boots and chill out with the dog at your feet. Enjoy Cornish ales, unusual wines and a menu packed with produce plucked from the surrounding coast and countryside.
www.gurnardshead.co.uk, 01736 796928

 

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.

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By: Jessica Colliver On:1st November 2015
Categories:Dog Friendly,Food and Drink,Local Area

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: Jessica Colliver On:29th October 2015
Categories:Food and Drink

Dog Friendly Days Out

1st October 2015

There’s no need to leave your dog at home when you visit Cornwall – almost a third of visitors to the county are dog owners, and many of them bring their hounds on holiday. Not only are there bountiful beaches, coastal trails and moorland to explore, but many pubs, cafés and attractions also welcome four-legged friends. Ziggy, our faithful kelpie, comes on all sorts of outings with us, so here are some of his favourite dog-friendly days out around West Cornwall:

Beaches

From May to September most of the central St Ives beaches enforce dog bans, Bamaluz and Lambeth Walk are two low-tide town beaches that welcome dogs year-round. On the outskirts of town there are some stunning, wide-mouthed bays were dogs frolic year-round. The best of these is Porthkidney Sands, dubbed ‘Happy Dog Beach’ by locals for good reason. While bucket-and-spade brigades descend upon neighbouring Carbis Bay and Hayle Towans, Porthkidney remains untouched by the masses, reserving its dune-backed beauty for a handful of dog walkers and their energetic companions.

Our other favourite is Mexico Towans, a mile or so of wave-lashed sands with plenty of space to chase Frisbees and do some doggy-paddle in the shore-break. Part of the three-mile St Ives bay, this stretch lies between Black Cliff (by Hayle Estuary) and Peter’s Point (where the sand dunes turn into cliffs as you reach Gwithian).

A dog enjoying the view at Mexicos beach, Cornwall. Book your dog friendly holiday with www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Ziggy enjoying the view at Mexico Towans

For a map of dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall see www.visitcornwall.com

Gardens

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 Ziggy’s list of garden dog friendly days out. However, closer to home we like to visit Trengwainton, near Penzance – another National Trust property 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 cake and Cornish produce at the Lime Tree Café.

Dog friendly days out at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. A great place to visit when staying with carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Dog friendly days out at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

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 miles 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 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 waggy-tailed 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. (Tehidy is well signposted from the A30 at Tolvaddon.)

Dog walking in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

A dog friendly walk in Cornwall

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a wide-range of dog-friendly accommodation in St Ives and Carbis Bay. Check out our luxury, pet-friendly cottages and find the perfect holiday home for you and your pet.  See also our post about dog friendly eateries for more inspiration for dog friendly days out.

By: Jessica Colliver On:1st October 2015
Categories:Dog Friendly,Things to Do
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