Sandy paws, local ales and doggie treats behind the bar. There’s nothing like padding into a pooch-friendly pub after a coast or countryside ramble with your four-legged friend.
A third of all UK households now own a canine companion, and Padstow is one of the UK’s most dog-friendly locations to take a holiday. What, with wild walks by the sea and inland, a huge concentration of dog-friendly beaches, and lots of attractions and accommodation that welcome Rover and his pack, we can’t think of anywhere better to go on holiday with your dog. Especially when you can paws and quench your thirst in these dog-friendly pubs in Padstow.
Bang on the quayside, The Old Custom House is the perfect pit-stop for a pint with your dog in tow. Whether you’ve been walking the Camel Trail or soaking up sea air and coastal views from Stepper Point, relax only a pebble’s throw from the fishing boats and refuel for more seaside adventures with award-winning beers, West Country ciders and classic Cornish pub grub.
Offering a warm welcome to your four-legged friends, with dog treats and great beer behind the bar, this historic inn was once the haunt of local fishermen and port tradespeople. Nestled beside the harbour and ferry point it lures you into a charming, low-beamed interior after a blustery boat ride from Rock, or on summer days you might prefer to take in the ambience of the bustling harbour from a quayside table.
Get your glad rags on and take your pooch to a classy bar to toast a day of coastal adventures over a cocktail, or two. Not only synonymous with Padstow’s foodie scene, Rick Stein is also behind this stylish drinking snug, where you can sample boutique gins, a Rick’s margarita and classics such as a South and Stormy or Ceylon Negroni.
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Tucked just behind the harbour in the heart of Padstow, The Old Ship has reinvented itself as somewhat of a foodie venue, but it’s still worth dropping in for a dog-friendly drink in the bar. Dripping in nautical paraphernalia, despite being modernised it still harks back to Padstow’s maritime history. And there’s also a huge patio made for sipping local ales in the sunshine with your hound happy at your heels.
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Hop on the Black Tor ferry from Padstow to Rock (dogs welcome, of course) to experience some of the most sublime dog-walking territory – from the white-sand beach of Daymer Bay to the peak of Brea Hill and the craggy cove of Greenaway beach. Once you and your canine companion have had your fill of scenery, retreat to The Mariners waterside inn for locally-brewed ales served alongside Michelin-starred, seasonal dishes.
Another of Stein’s staples located just a few miles outside of Padstow in the village of 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 in classic style with a family-friendly, dog-friendly vibe, it’s up to you whether you hunker beside the fire, enjoy a few rounds of pool or make the most of the huge garden area.
A few miles along the coast road from Padstow, one of our favourite dog-friendly beaches is the sandy runway of Mawgan Porth. Blessed with rock pools, a waterfall and caves, Fido has plenty of space to frolic along the shoreline or snuffle along the coastal path to Watergate Bay or Bedruthan Steps. And backing the beach you’ll find a dog-friendly welcome at The Merrymoor Inn, a classic family-owned pub serving Cornish beers and ciders, and other delicious tipples beside the waves.
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