Stopping by a traditional pub, whether that’s for a cooling summer drink or a warming winter tipple, is one of the simple pleasures of a UK holiday. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of dog-friendly pubs in South Devon, meaning those bringing their pets with them for a well-earned break don’t have to miss out.
Here are some of the best dog-friendly pubs in South Devon, put together by our locally-based team.
Dog-friendly pubs in Dartmouth
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’s little more enjoyable than a relaxing drink in a welcoming, traditional South Devon pub. Here are three of the best dog-friendly pubs in Dartmouth.
The Windjammer Inn
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 dog loves meeting new people and being fussed over, the Cherub Inn is just the place!
The Royal Castle Hotel
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. Live acoustic acts usually perform on Thursday nights.
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Dog-friendly pubs in Salcombe
With beautiful beaches in 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.
The Victoria Inn
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. 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 four-legged friend will be well catered for.
The Royal Oak, Malborough
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.
Other regional favourites
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.
The Sloop Inn, Bantham
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 dog stretches his 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 dog 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.
The Village Inn, Thurlestone
Well positioned, close to the South West Coast Path, The Village Inn in Thurlestone is a fabulous ‘pit-stop’ for those looking to warm up during their time exploring the coastline on foot. 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! With a contemporary wood-burning stove, perfect for warming up after a winter walk, the only question is, will you be able to bring yourself to leave your warm, cosy corner?
For more information about dog-friendly pubs in South Devon, call the locally based Coast & Country Cottages team, who know and love the area, and would be delighted to offer some further recommendations.
Thinking of enjoying a winter walking 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 during one of the most peaceful, picturesque seasons. 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 spend a relaxing few hours beside the warmth of a roaring open fire – bliss!