Paws down, one of the best parts of a holiday in beautiful Devon is that you are never more...
Stopping by a traditional pub with your furry companion, whether that’s for a cooling summer drink or a warming winter tipple, is one of the simple pleasures of a British holiday. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of dog-friendly pubs in South Devon, which means it’s easy to track down a place that welcomes man’s best friend with open arms and a bowl full of treats.
With beautiful beaches within easy reach and many wonderful walks you can enjoy straight out of your front door, Salcombe makes an ideal base for humans and their four-legged friends alike. Here are a few fantastic dog-friendly pubs in and around Salcombe:
Situated in the heart of the popular sailing town of Salcombe, The Victoria Inn is a traditional award-winning pub with a beautiful open fire and gorgeous outdoor terraced garden. Offering an excellent menu, filled with dishes made using only the finest local produce, this eatery is certainly not to be missed for foodies. Whether you are looking to enjoy Salcombe-caught crab, or meat reared in the green fields just a few miles away, the menu has something for everyone.
The pub also offers a fun doggie menu, making it one of the more popular dog-friendly pubs in South Devon. Featuring delights such as pigs’ ears and dog beer, your canine companion will be well catered for.
The Victoria Inn is one of our favourite pubs in the region. Take a look at our blog on the best pub food in South Devon where we look at the ‘Vic’ and the other pubs which have the best food in South Devon.
The Ferry inn has been a family favourite in Salcombe dating right back from 1739 when it was first built. It’s the perfect place to meet, sit and eat with friends, family and pets. Enjoy watching the yachts go by on the famous waterside terrace, or watch the ferry cross to East Portlmouth from their newly refurbished top bar.
Dartmouth is rightly known as a haven for dog lovers, with plenty of cafés, pubs and restaurants happy to accommodate your canine companion, not to mention some wonderful local walks to enjoy. Even the Dartmouth Steam Railway welcomes dogs and you can take them on many boat trips departing from the Quay. If you’d like to get onto the South West Coast Path with your four-legged friend, why not take the Dartmouth Castle Ferry, which will take you to the perfect spot to begin your walk?
After you return, there is little more enjoyable than a relaxing drink in a welcoming, traditional South Devon pub. Here are a few of the best dog-friendly pubs in Dartmouth:
The Start Bay coastline has numerous coves and beaches, home to some of the most coastal dog-friendly pubs in South Devon. Why not finish a day walking this stunning stretch of coastline with a meal at The Windjammer Inn in Dartmouth. A welcoming pub, this traditional establishment has a wood burner, ideal for warming those cold toes and paws.
Housed in a gloriously crooked building that dates back to 1380, the tiny Cherub Inn on Higher Street in Dartmouth is one of the most atmospheric dog-friendly pubs in South Devon. Being such a cosy establishment means it feels like a home from home, and a place where strangers often find themselves sparking up conversations, particularly whenever dogs are involved as ice breakers. If your pooch loves meeting new people and being fussed over, the Cherub Inn is just the place!
Both of the bars on the ground floor of the Royal Castle Hotel are dog-friendly. Each has its own character, yet both tend to be popular all year round with residents and visitors alike.
The Galleon Bar, on your right as you enter the hotel through the main entrance, is the more traditionally styled of the two. Visitors often order meals in this bar and enjoy the open fireplace in the winter. There’s a children’s menu and a general family-friendly feel. On Sundays, there are usually live jazz performances.
The Harbour Bar is more contemporary, great for coffees in the daytime and a drink in the evening while enjoying a live acoustic performance.
Situated on the banks of the River Dart is the lively Ferry Boat Inn, just a short drive of ferry ride away in the village of Dittisham. Affectionately known as the FBI, it’s the perfect setting to enjoy live bands, a locally sourced menu and wide selection of real ales while enjoying the panoramic views with your furry companion.
There are many more excellent dog-friendly pubs in South Devon than we can list here, as well as several which have designated indoor or outdoor areas where dogs are permitted. However, we couldn’t resist mentioning a couple more of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in South Devon.
Around two miles from the centre of Salcombe, the charming village of Malborough can be reached quickly by car, or alternatively on foot via some popular walking routes. Malborough is home to the Royal Oak, a dog-friendly traditional pub with a nice beer garden, open fires in the winter and regular live music.
During the winter months, Bantham becomes a dog-friendly beach, meaning you can walk along the sand enjoying the unsurpassed views toward iconic Burgh Island whilst your fido stretches their legs, before returning to the popular pub, The Sloop Inn. Being in such close proximity to the beach, this is one of the more conveniently located dog-friendly pubs in South Devon. You and your pooch can settle down in the comfy seating area, with the fire roaring in the background, before enjoying a delicious meal – with sharing platters for two, as well as fabulous seafood options, this is a great haunt for either lunch or dinner.
Well positioned, close to the South West Coast Path, The Village Inn in Thurlestone is a fabulous ‘pit-stop’ for those out enjoying the sun, sea and coastline. One of the many dog-friendly pubs in South Devon that offer a wonderful choice of specials on selected days, those heading to The Village Inn can expect traditional Sunday Roasts served every Sunday lunchtime, as well as popular ‘fish and chip’ Fridays!
Looking out over the beautiful Kingsbridge estuary is a truly family friendly destination (including the four-legged kind!) and the perfect spot to watch all the bustle of the boats on the water.
With loads of outdoor seating and a cosy interior, it’s the ideal spot to spend time enjoying the spectacular food, wonderful views and superb holiday atmosphere.
For more information about dog-friendly pubs in South Devon, download our free ‘South Devon Loves Dogs’ holiday guide, for a directory of dog-friendly eateries, attractions, beaches, walks and holiday homes. Click here to download.
Thinking of enjoying a break with your family and dog over the coming months? Book a holiday with Coast & Country Cottages and you can enjoy exploring the stunning South West Coast Path. Spend action-packed days walking the network of footpaths or clifftops, before retiring to one of the many dog-friendly pubs in South Devon, where you can rest your weary paws.