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Dog friendly pubs in Dartmouth - The Royal Castle. Springer spaniel sat in front of the fire.

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.

Whether you’re searching for some traditional pub grub for you and a big bowl of treats for your pooch, you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s never been easier to track down a place that welcomes man’s best friend with open arms and our guide features some of our favourites.

13 Dog-friendly Pubs in South Devon

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Dog-friendly pubs in Salcombe

With beautiful beaches within easy reach and many wonderful walks, Salcombe makes an ideal base for humans and their four-legged friends.

Take a look at these fantastic dog-friendly pubs in Salcombe.

The Victoria Inn

The Victoria Inn - springer spaniel outside the pub.

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 from 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 offers a fun doggie menu too, 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 can enjoy a feast too.

The Ferry Inn

The Ferry Inn with two dogs on the pub wall overlooking the estuary.

The Ferry Inn has been a family favourite in Salcombe dating right back to 1739. It’s the perfect place to meet, sit and eat with friends, family and pets. You’ll even get to meet the resident dogs; Winston and Wallace.

Enjoy watching the yachts go by on the famous waterside terrace, or watch the ferry cross to East Portlemouth from their newly refurbished top bar.

The Fortescue Inn

You and your four-legged friends will be warmly welcomed at The Fortescue Inn. With multiple seating areas, your dogs can roam free and sniff to their heart’s content. 

The only place they are not allowed is in the back restaurant. Doggy treats and water bowls are available behind the bar.

Dog-friendly pubs in Dartmouth

Dartmouth is rightly known as a haven for dog lovers. Along with countless walks, there are plenty of cafés, pubs and restaurants that are happy to accommodate your canine companion. In fact, dogs are even welcome on the Dartmouth Steam Railway.

Whether you walk the South West Coast Path, take a trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, or just have a look around the village, you’re bound to work up an appetite. So when hunger calls why not enjoy a relaxing drink in a welcoming, traditional South Devon pub.

These are some of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Dartmouth.

The Windjammer Inn

The Windjammer - jack russell on the beach.

The Start Bay coastline has numerous coves and beaches. It’s also home to some of the most coastal dog-friendly pubs in South Devon. Finish a day walking this stunning stretch of coastline with a meal at The Windjammer Inn Dartmouth. 

This welcoming pub has its own commercial fishing boat, so you’ll be sure to feast on their very own catch of the day. There’s also a range of local beers and ciders on tap to enjoy whilst warming your frozen toes and paws by the roaring open fire.

Cherub Inn

Dog friendly pubs in South Devon - the Cherub Inn.

For something a little different, you need to check out the tiny Cherub Inn. 

Housed in a gloriously crooked building it’s one of the most atmospheric dog-friendly pubs in South Devon. Dating back to 1380, this cosy, warm, and welcoming pub feels like a home away from home. 

With many of its original features and crooked outside, it will be one of the highlights of your holiday. Filled with locals and newcomers, you’ll be making friends in no time. And for those pooches that love being fussed over, this is the perfect place!

The Royal Castle Hotel

The Royal Castle Hotel with guests in bar area.

The Royal Castle Hotel features two dog-friendly bars. Each with its own character and both tend to be popular all year round. The Galleon Bar is the more traditionally styled of the two and visitors often enjoy meals and drinks by the open fireplace in the winter. 

The Harbour Bar on the other hand is much more contemporary. It’s perfect for coffees in the daytime and drinks in the evening while enjoying a live acoustic performance. If you love a Sunday Roast, book a table here and be treated to good food and live Jazz. 

Dogs aren’t the only ones welcome here though, you’ll also find a lovely children’s menu available. This gorgeous pub in the heart of Dartmouth has a great family-friendly atmosphere.


Dog-friendly pubs Brixham

The fishing town of Brixham is home to some truly sensational eateries. All boasting a mouth-watering selection of locally sourced fish and seafood dishes.

From cosy cafes to cocktail bars and tea parlours, Brixham is a hive of activity filled with a range of arts and culture, attractions, and outdoor adventures.

This is why we had to include it on our list of the best dog-friendly pubs in South Devon.

The Sprat & Mackerel

Sprat & Mackerel - dog friendly pub in Brixham. View of Brixham harbour.

With uninterrupted views of Brixham Harbour, The Sprat & Mackerel is the ideal place to sample delicious food and refreshing ales. You and your furry companion will be welcomed with open arms and a friendly smile. 

Serving a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes as well as traditional pub grub, it’s a must-visit when in Brixham. This dog-friendly pub in Brixham will soon become a firm favourite and those that visit always come back.

The Blue Anchor

The Blue Anchor is one of Brixham’s most popular traditional pubs. Famed for its ‘pub classics’ seafood menu and mouth-watering specials, you’ll be truly blown away. With views of the harbour too, you’ll be able to relax with your pooch by your feet. 

Four nights a week you’ll find this pub thriving as live music is played. Whether a local or a visitor, the warm welcome and exceptional service is the same. You’ll be hard pushed to find a better dog-friendly pub in Brixham.

Other dog-friendly pubs in South Devon

There are so many more excellent dog-friendly pubs in South Devon. Several 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.

The Ferry Boat Inn

The ferry boat inn a dog friendly pub in Dittisham. View of the pub exterior with punters outside.

Situated on the banks of the River Dart, in the village of Dittisham, is the lively Ferry Boat Inn. Affectionately known as the FBI, it’s the perfect setting to enjoy live bands, a locally sourced menu and a wide selection of real ales.

Both you and your furry companion will also love the panoramic views as you soak up the electric atmosphere.

The Royal Oak, Malborough

The Royal Oak - dogs on the pub floor.

Around two miles from the centre of Salcombe is the charming village of Malborough. It can be reached quickly by car or on foot via some popular walking routes. 

Malborough is home to the Royal Oak, a traditional dog-friendly pub with a delightful beer garden, open fires in the winter and regular live music.

The Sloop Inn, Bantham

The Sloop Inn at bantham, dogs and owner walking down the lane outside.

Being in such close proximity to the beach, The Sloop Inn is one of the more conveniently located dog-friendly pubs in South Devon. Settle down in the comfy seating area next to a roaring open fire and enjoy sharing platters for two, delicious seafood and delightful pub classics.

The Village Inn, Thurlestone

The Village Inn Thurlestone - chocolate labrador under the table whilst someone eating chips at a table.

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 as well as fish & chips, burgers, and other pub classics. With bags of character, this gastropub has everything you and your furry companion could hope for.

The Crabshell Inn, Kingsbridge

Mum, daughter and dog sat outside at the Crabshell inn in Kingsbridge.

Ideally situated on the beautiful Kingsbridge estuary The Crabshell Inn is a truly family-friendly destination. It’s the perfect spot to watch the boats bob along the waters whilst enjoying spectacular food and a superb holiday atmosphere.

For more information about dog-friendly pubs in South Devon, download our free ‘South Devon Loves Dogs’ holiday guide. This directory includes dog-friendly eateries, attractions, beaches, walks and holiday homes.

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Looking for even more inspiration? Why not take a look at our blog on the best pub food in South Devon.

Holiday Cottages in South Devon

Juniper cottage - dog friendly holiday cottage

Thinking of enjoying a break with your family and dog over the coming months? Why not book a holiday with us at Coast & Country Cottages. 

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.

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