Bjorn and his favourite tipple at the Gurnard’s Head, Zennor

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It’s that time of year when it is lovely to go for a bracing walk with the dog and then snuggle down in a cosy pub by the fireside. Here is a list of some of the best dog friendly pubs with roaring fires. You can find many more of our favourite dog friendly pubs, restaurants and cafes at

  1. The Watering Hole, Perranporth
    After a walk beside the surf, you can take a short stroll and enjoy this bar, which is right on the huge beach at Perranporth. Let your dog snuggle down by the woodburner while you enjoy watching crashing waves from the cosy warmth (and safe distance) of the pub. There are lots of other dog friendly venues in Perranporth too, including a dog wash by the car park.
  2. The Gurnard’s Head near Zennor
    This award-winning pub has an excellent reputation for food and is very popular with walkers due to its dog-friendly credentials. As a result, you usually need to book a table in advance and make sure you reserve one of the dog-friendly tables. It’s well worth the planning, however, as you can enjoy some spectacular views on nearby walks along the magnificent stretch of coastline from St Ives and Zennor towards Pendeen. This is also very close to the Poldark film sets near Levant mine and Botallack.
  3. The Golden Lion, Port Isaac
    A spot for Doc Martin lovers and friends of Fisherman’s Friends. This pub is very dog friendly with a lovely fire and you can also enjoy some really beautiful walks around the coast path. Take note of the tide times if you’ve decided to park on the beach though!
  4. The Halfway House, Kingsand
    This gorgeous, cosy little pub is a short stroll from the beach in the really beautiful village of Kingsand on the oft-missed Rame peninsula. The pub itself has a fireplace, candles, really fabulous food and a great atmosphere. They are very dog-friendly and this is a beautiful part of the world to explore if you’re looking for some new adventures.
  5. The Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe
    If you haven’t heard of this award-winning pub near Helston, then you should give it a go! It is extremely dog-friendly, having won awards for its consideration of canine customers, and the food is wonderful. There are lovely walks along the coast path and Dollar Cove, next to Church Cove, is dog friendly all year round. halzephron–
Halzephron Inn