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 you’re on holiday in St Ives, eating out with kids doesn’t mean you’re limited to takeaway pasties or fish and chips on the beach. Thanks to the town’s burgeoning foodie scene beckoning even the youngest diners to tuck into fresh, local ingredients, there are plenty of restaurants where you can mix Sauvignon and seafood with family fun and fish fingers. Here are some of our favourites:

The Rum & Crab Shack

A meal at this nautical-themed eatery peering out to sea feels much like dining aboard a boat. And it’s not just a quirky joint to test your sea legs after a few rums, while pint-sized pirates raid treasure chests of toys. An extensive menu (with an emphasis on crab, of course) shows off sumptuous seafood landed by local fisherman, and includes ready-cracked crab claws and fish finger sarnies to entice kids to try fishy delights too.

The Rum & Crab Shack is one of St Ives best family friendly restaurants. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Rum & Crab Shack

Seafood Cafe

Although it’s not one of St Ives’ eateries that spills out onto the beach, time and time again the Seafood Café has proved to be one of the best family friendly restaurants in town. Here young diners can scoff lashings of Fisherman’s Pie and local Moomaid ice cream, while grown ups sip Prosecco and select locally-caught fish from the line-up on ice at the seafood counter.
www.seafoodcafe.co.uk

The Seafood Cafe is a seafood lovers dream! Select your fish and your sauce and off you go! www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Seafood Cafe

Porthgwidden Cafe

Hidden in a white-sand cove at the foot of St Ives’ Island, this is the lesser-known little sister of the eminent Porthminster Café. A smaller, more relaxed version of its famous relative, here the best local ingredients are wrapped into dishes such as paella and moules marinière. As well as a kids’ menu and delicious cakes, its family-friendly credentials are boosted by nearby parking and outdoor seating overlooking the beautiful Blue Flag beach.
www.porthgwiddencafe.co.uk

Porthgwidden Beach Cafe is a superb spot to dine out with the children. Enjoy the freshest of ingredients and then blast away the energy on the beach. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Porthgwidden Beach Cafe

Blas Burgerworks

Passionate about good food and the environment, Blas serves mouth-watering burgers made from fresh Cornish ingredients. As well as the classic beef in a bun, there are innovative veggie options from blackbean burgers to halloumi stacks. Eat inside at reclaimed timber benches, or take your feast to the nearby beaches.
www.blasburgerworks.co.uk

Blas Burgerworks offers a wide selection of burgers, all sustainably sourced. A favourite with children and adults alike. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Blas Burgerworks

The Queens Hotel

If you’re looking for a cosy pub where dogs and kids are welcome, head to the Queens Hotel, where the blackboard is chalked daily with the best of what comes in from local fishermen and farmers. Good value, locally sourced pub grub is served up in a rustic, relaxed environment, where there’s room for dogs to flop by the fire and a simple menu served for those fussy little eaters too.
www.queenshotelstives.com

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

The Queens Hotel

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a superb range of family friendly cottages in St Ives and Carbis Bay – so you can choose the perfect holiday pad close to St Ives’ family friendly restaurants.  Consider also taking a look at our inspiration for a great Family Day Out in St Ives.

By: Tony Townsend On:25th May 2015
Categories:Family Friendly,Food and Drink,Local Area

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