Tips for a Fantastic Dog Friendly Holiday in Cornwall!

We know how important it is for owners to make their holiday in Cornwall as dog friendly as possible. So if you’re looking to dine out with your best friend, we’ve got some tasty suggestions for you to try out in our great little city of Truro. If you’d like any more information about dog friendly places to eat, please feel free to ask the team who will be happy to offer you some dining advice!

Dog Friendly Restaurants & Pubs in Truro and surrounding areas

The Heron Inn – Based in Malpas, the Heron Inn is a classic Cornish pub serving beers, wines, lunches and dinners!

The Norway Inn – The Norway Inn is situated at Perranarworthal, just a short drive from Merchant House between Truro and Falmouth. They don’t allow dogs in the restaurant, but they are welcome in the bar if you would like to treat yourself to a drink!

William IV Pub – If you’re looking for a lively pub in the heart of Truro, you might want to try William IV where you’ll be able to sit next to the wood fire on sofas and enjoy a relaxed drink or grab a bite to eat.

Wig and Pen – The Wig and Pen has a couple of sun terraces as well as offering lots of beers, nibbles and three-course meals!

The Old Ale House – Enjoy locally brewed beers, lots of seasonal Cornish food and a roast on Sunday!

Truro Lounge – The Truro Lounge offers plenty of seating in a historic building with an eclectic style decor. The Lounge gives you plenty of choice when it comes to food and drinks, including gluten free and vegan meals.

Dog Friendly Cafe’s in Truro

Fodders – An independent restaurant/cafe and espresso bar which offers lunches and snacks with a wide range of hot and cold food on the menu.

Fig Café – Based in the charming Lemon Street Market, Fig Café produces homemade cakes, salads, ciabattas, sandwiches and coffee.

Coffee Traders – Coffee Traders offers hearty breakfasts, lunches, teas and coffees in Victoria Square.

Duke Street Deli – Here you can enjoy freshly made sandwiches, pastries and freshly squeezed juices.

The Old Globe – This historic café and bistro offers tasty brunch, lunch and dinner menus utilising lots of Cornish ingredients.

Grounded- Grounded gives you a selection of coffee, cakes, sandwiches and salads to both eat in and take away!

Emily’s – Emily’s Tearoom situated on River Street is a cool, relaxed café where you can enjoy hand-crafted coffee, (mostly) healthy foods and a warm welcome for your pup.

Want a Walk?

Here at Merchant House hotel, we know how to seize life and have an adventure! So we’ve listed a few of our favourite walks and places to go with our four legged friends!

Perranporth Beach

A 20-minute drive will take you to Perranporth Beach where your best friend will be able to explore the designated dog areas. Doggies are allowed on the beach on their leads and are sure to meet some other hounds on their travels across the sand!

Satnav postcode: TR6 0DN

Porthcurnick Beach

Porthcurnick Beach allows dogs all year round and is just four miles away from Truro! There’s also a bus that runs frequently so you don’t even have to drive!

Satnav postcode: TR2 5DL

Towan Beach

Towan Beach is towards St Mawes and is roughly a 30-minute drive away. Your pooch can stretch their legs all year round on this beach so take a crisp winter walk or a sunny stroll and watch them roll in the sand and play in the waves.

Satnav postcode: TR2 5EX

Pendower Beach

This is another beach just a short four-mile drive away and has a mile stretch of sandy shores for you to explore!

Satnav postcode: TR2 5PE

Pooch Friendly Parks

Victoria Gardens – Dogs are welcome to stroll around the park on a lead.

Boscawen Park – A park with a dog friendly section and dedicated dog exercise area.


Dog Friendly Cornish Adventures

There are plenty of exploration opportunities for dogs and their owners in Cornwall, and we’ve listed a few of our favourites below!

Pendennis Castle – One of Henry VIII’s finest creations, the historic Pendennis Castle is situated on Pendennis Point in Falmouth and has a great space to walk your dog. Take a stroll around the moat, or visit the inside to discover the site’s historic origins. Take in gorgeous views, exciting drawbridges and plenty of working cannons!

St Mawes Castle – This smaller castle is the sister to Pendennis and is situated in a stunning location. A ferry runs between Falmouth and St Mawes, which is also dog friendly so why not enjoy a stroll around both towns and have a boat trip too!

Eden Project – The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most famous venues and there’s plenty of outdoor pathways for you and your pooch to enjoy. There are outdoor seating areas by the cafés too so you can relax and enjoy a refreshment together.

Trebah Garden – Trebah Garden is a gorgeous garden full of plants of all shapes and sizes – a true horticulturists dream! Trebah is in the Mawnan Smith area and is one of the top 80 gardens in the world.

Caerhays Castle – This castle dates back to over 200 years ago and has a reputation for its selection of camellias and rhododendrons and is home to the National Magnolia Collection.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary – The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a great attraction for people of all ages and dogs too for that matter! You’ll be able to wander around visiting seals and penguins in a beautiful rehabilitation environment.

St Michael’s Mount – Perhaps one of Cornwall’s most iconic sights, St Michael’s Mount is a stunning place to spend the day. The nearby Godolphin offers an excellent place to stop for lunch before you walk across to the island at low tide. Dogs are allowed on the island and harbour provided they’re kept on a lead but aren’t allowed into the castle.

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm – What’s Cornwall famous for other than pasties? Cyder! Visit the home of the famous Rattler and Cornish Scrumpy Co. and take your hound on a trip around the cyder making process, the resident farm animal enclosures and even enjoy some cyder tasters!