It’s no secret that Padstow flies the flag as one of the UK’s top foodie destinations. This iconic harbour town that’s home to Harbour Holidays flaunts a plethora of award-winning restaurants serving up delectable ingredients plucked from the ocean and countryside on our doorstep. And what’s more, it’s also one of the most dog-friendly destinations we know of, with plenty of places to tuck into finger-licking dishes with your four-legged friend at your feet. So, once you’ve worked up an appetite on a waggy-tailed walk along the beaches and coast path, head to one of our favourite dog-friendly restaurants in Padstow.
Prawn-on-the-Lawn has become somewhat of an institution on the Padstow foodie scene, and its sister restaurant, Barnaby’s, is popping up in a new location at Trevibban Mill, on the outskirts of Padstow, this spring. Serving up it’s signature sharing plates, sublime seafood and local wines, in a paw-friendly, family-friendly venue surrounded by vines, apple trees and sheep, it’s set to be one of the most sophisticated doggie dining spots in the line-up this summer.
How about a casual, alfresco dining experience, tucking into delicious street food with your dog in tow? Tucked away in a private garden in Padstow Holiday Village, Craftworks serves simple street food from converted shipping containers. Take shelter in a tipi or sit under the pine trees and devour burgers, burritos, tacos and salads in a unique and wild location.
Hop on the Black Tor ferry from Padstow to Rock (dogs welcome, of course), for the paw-fect fusion of Michelin-star dining and a dog-friendly restaurant. Now in the hands of celeb-chef Paul Ainsworth, the seasonal menus at this waterside gem come with a side order of sublime estuary views. Whether you opt for a classic cottage pie or Cornish seafood with a twist, top it off with a locally-brewed ale and a divine dog walk to Daymer Bay. Two dogs are welcome per table, in the downstairs dining area.
Offering a warm welcome to your four-legged friends, with treats and doggy beer behind the bar, this historic inn was once the haunt of local fishermen and port tradespeople. Nestled beside the harbour and ferry point its location still harks back to days gone by, yet its modern-day reputation hangs on its award-winning beers, delectable local food and charming ambience.
Whether you’ve been trotting along the Camel Trail or frolicking on the nearby beaches, the Mussel Box makes a sublime place to paws and sample the taste of Cornwall beside the harbour. As long as they’re on a lead and off the furniture, dogs are welcome inside the bright and airy ‘pod’, where you can fill yourselves to the gills with family favourites from fish-finger sandwiches to freshly-farmed mussels. Or, if you prefer, you can take away your fave dishes – from Cornish seafood to Sunday Roasts – in eco-friendly packaging to enjoy with your legs dangling over the harbour wall.
Very much of the opinion that dogs are part of the family, Port Isaac’s Angry Anchovy even has a wall of doggie photos dedicated to its canine customers. And not only can you guarantee that your four-legged friends will be made a fuss of at this bohemian pizzeria in pretty Port Isaac, dogs also receive a complimentary pizza made to order. And if you pay a small fee for a framed photo of you and your pooch, 100% of the money raised goes to a dog charity in Greece.
A pebble’s throw from the harbour, another of Ainsworth’s eateries serves up the finest ingredients from land and sea, in a devilish combo of Italian and Cornish cuisine. Kick back in the sunny conservatory with your dog at your heels, for traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas, fresh pasta and seasonal small plates.
If you’re looking for an alfresco meal and the best views in town, take a seat on the sea-view terrace at Greens of Padstow. With wholesome menus served all day long, eye-popping views and a mini-golf course too, it’s a family and dog-friendly haven in the best spot in town.
Bang on the quayside, The Old Custom House is the perfect pit-stop for a pint and pub grub with a dog in tow. Watch the comings and goings of the fishing boats while sampling the seafood they bring to shore, and refuel for your seaside adventures with West Country ciders and classic Cornish dishes.
Sandy paws and waggy tails are welcome at this seafood bar and grill just yards from Mawgan Porth’s fabulous golden beach, just nine miles from Padstow. Bask on the sunny decking for coffee and brunch after a walk on the beach and cliffs, or take a seat in the contemporary interior for a selection of small plates and feasts made with ingredients from Cornish waters and farms.
One of Stein’s staples located just a few miles outside of Padstow in St Merryn. The Cornish Arms is a great place to visit after a day on the beach or gallivanting over the moors with the dog. An old Cornish pub revamped with a family-friendly, dog-friendly dining area and a huge garden to play in while dinner’s cooking, you can tuck into everything from traditional British pub grub and Sunday roasts, to local seafood dishes.
If you want to escape the crowds in the heart of town, head to this garden centre turned dining hotspot on the outskirts of town. Conjuring up everything from breakfast and lunch to takeaway dinners, chef Henk showcases the abundance of local produce from seafood and Cornish meats, to eggs and veg sourced from farms in view. And your dog’s welcome too, whether you fancy piles of warm pancakes served with fresh Cornish coffee, or an afternoon roast with live music in the garden.
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