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December 18, 2023

Taking your dog on holiday? Absolutely yes.

We’re always being asked for our recommendations for dog-friendly places to go for breakfast, lunch, dinner and tasty pit stops, so here are a few of our favourites!

All pubs in Hartland are dog friendly:

The Hart Inn - A beautifully restored country pub with beer garden and play area, serving excellent locally-sourced gastro-pub grub just off the square in Hartland

The Anchor Inn - This old coaching inn comes with a cosy bar area, a spacious dining room and terrace, the Anchor has been a restorative rest for travellers to the area for centuries

The Kings Arms - The friendliest pub we know! With a second-living-room atmosphere and superb pub-grub (including life-changingly good pizza), few villages can boast a local to rival it.

Further afield:

Farmers Arms – Woolsery

This high-end gastro pub really sets the standard. The Farmer's Arms is hard to beat for quality, presentation and atmosphere, and the (farm-to-fork) food will make you think you've landed in a celebrity gourmet pop-up restaurant. Yes it's that good. Be sure to phone ahead as they do get busy all year-round!

Little Pig Farm Shop - Kilkhampton

A great pitstop in the car, if you’re heading along the coast towards Bude, The Little Pig Farm Shop, offers a good-sized cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating, a farm shop selling local produce and treats, an outdoor play area for the little ones and some farmyard animals to gaze at over your coffee.  

Their menu is chocka with local ingredients and suppliers (such as the Electric Bakery and Cornish Orchards) all within 30 miles of them to keep food miles down and quality freshness up.    

These guys quite often put on live music and summer barbeques too so keep an eye on their social media for upcoming events!

What3words: ///slanting.pancakes.footpath

The Pier House - Westward Ho!

Combining a coastal dog walk and a delicious pit stop, you’ve earned it!  

At The Pier House in Westward Ho!, dogs are allowed in the bar area and on the Sunset Terraces, which is where you’ll want to be anyway! Gorgeous views and dog bowls dotted around; the perfect coffee stop. Open from 10am, you can enjoy some freshly baked cakes and barista beverages while you take a moment to breathe in some vitamin sea.

Their delicious food menu, starting at 12pm, includes all the family favourites; sirloin steak, rack of ribs, burgers, mussels, fish & chips, loaded nachos and many more. A children’s menu and desserts that’ll blow you away, both to look at and indulge in.

On Sundays, they put on a carvery and the beautiful venue is used for weddings and special ceremonies so you can be sure in the knowledge it’s a stunning setting.

What3words: ///driver.merit.youth

Johns Deli - Instow

A fellow Muddy Stiletto Winner - and you can see why. Superb food in a cosy café just a short walk from Instow beach. Absolutely worth a visit for the cakes alone.

The Boathouse – Instow

A superb restaurant with magnificent views, if you find yourselves at the far end of Instow beach this is a superb place for you and your furry friends to refuel before continuing your adventures.

Market Street Kitchen - Appledore

A hidden local gem situated just behind the quay in Appledore, Market Street Kitchen is somewhere you’re sure to return to over and over again.  

As well as the delicious breakfast, lunch and sweet treats on offer, why not grab a homemade ready meal from their ‘Cook at Home’ range? Or one (or two!) of their scone hampers?

They are a big part of the Appledore community, having run their friendly cafe for more than 25 years. They have a gorgeous secret garden to enjoy in warmer weather and are open from 10am until 4pm every day.

What3words: ///estimate.foreheads.harmony

The Widemouth Manor - Bude

You’ll be hard-pushed to find better views than those from The Widemouth Manor. Stretching over Widemouth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from their restaurant, outside seating and upper sunset lounge, it’s a fantastic spot for whatever it is you’re after on the day.

Amanda Holden is even a fan, stating that “The Widemouth Manor has definitely got talent and it’s a yes from me! Amanda Holden x.”

What3words: ///caked.gates.technical

The Weir Bistro - Bude

Offering a full breakfast, lunch and evening menu, as well as freshly made cakes and cream teas, The Weir Bistro at Walesborough is always a good idea.

There are grazing animals right beside you as you relax and dine, such as alpacas, ducks and geese on the lake, so, as you can imagine, dogs are to be kept on leads. If you want to let them roam free, however, there’s a wonderful canal walk that ends at Bude’s breakwater; a great way to earn an appetite or burn off your cream tea!

What3words: ///mincing.until.openly

Quay 22 - Bideford

An ever-popular, but little-known spot on Bideford Quay, Quay 22 doesn’t need to do its own marketing, its customers are doing it for them! You won’t find a menu online, but you can guarantee to be greeted with extensive breakfast and brunch options, delicious sweet treats, Instagram-worthy coffees and your usual lunch range.

They’re super dog-friendly both indoors and out, with a nice outside seating area opposite the quay, a genuine love for dogs and even pup treats on offer.

What3words: ///wasps.residual.unheated

Rectory Farm Tearooms - Morwenstow

Although admittedly too small for dogs indoors, these guys love our four-legged friends, so a great option for a warm day. Serving their infamous cream teas and afternoon teas, with their secret family recipe for scones, and a unique combination of jam choices; bumbleberry, gooseberry & elderflower, rhubarb & ginger and strawberry.

With dogs in mind, there’s also a nice little loop walk that takes you to the coastal path with a local stopping place; Hawker’s Hut. It’s a great view point of the sea, but make sure to keep your pooch on the lead!

The Rectory Farm Tearooms offer a children’s menu and sweet treats too and use lots of delicious local suppliers. You can browse their full menu here and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

What3words: ///recruiter.firmer.pulps

More and more establishments are becoming not only dog-friendly but dog-encouraging! Luckily for us, Devon and Cornwall host an abundance of opportunities to spend our days walking in stunning scenery and relaxing in gorgeous eateries. There are plenty more to highlight, if you have any favourites of your own, let us know in the comments. We’d be more than happy to test them out ourselves!

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