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Top ten dog friendly pubs & restaurants

The best dog friendly pubs & restaurants

When holidaying with your pooch you’re going to need a few trusted places that welcome both you and your beloved dogs.

At Pillows & Paws Cottages we’re potty about dogs so we thought we’d help out with a few of our favourites.

1.Rosie's – Crooklets beach, Bude


Our absolute favourite place in the area is Rosie’s. If you’ve never visited, you’re in for a treat!

Located right on Crooklets beach, Rosie’s is famous for their hospitality and fantastic food and drink. Super informal, Rosie’s serves stone baked pizzas, fish and chips and the best Snickers milkshake you will ever taste. Did I mention it’s our favourite?  Super dog friendly, you’ll always find other diners with their dogs in attendance. If you’re visiting the area, Rosie’s has to be on your list.    website

2. The Bickford Arms

The Bickford has to be the second on our list as it’s so local to us. With roaring fires, great beers, a stone flagged floor and a fabulous carvery on a Sunday, it’s a firm favourite. They’re dog lovers themselves at the Bickford and welcome everyone visiting with their dog. website
Bickford Arms garden - dog friendly pub
Bickford Arms - our local dog friendly pub
A roaring fire in the Bickford Arms

3. White Hart - Holsworthy

Next on the list is the White Hart. Tammy & Jon
who run the pub are a fabulous couple who go out of their way to make visitors and their dogs welcome. The White Hart is a traditional local pub with real ales, a large selection of gins and even a free pool table. The pub serves a variety of food from plated meals to a carvery on a Sunday. 

Dog Friendly White Hart Holsworthy

4. The Half Moon Inn - Sheepwash

If you want an olde worlde pub in the middle of the Devon countryside then you can’t do much better than the Half Moon. A 16th century pub, at the Half Moon dogs are very welcome along with their thirsty owners. The Half Moon has a fantastic selection of whiskeys and one of the best open fires in the area. Perfect after a day out walking.

The Half Moon in Sheepwash - A great dog friendly pub

5. The Rydon Inn

Just outside Holsworthy on the main road to Bude, the Rydon Inn is easily accessible with a large car park and even larger landscaped gardens. The pub is modern inside and serves traditional pub meals with a twist. A firm favourite with locals, you’ll need to book if you want to eat at the Rydon during the summer season.

The gardens at The Rydon Inn are perfect for those visiting with dogs

6. The Puffing Billy - Great Torrington

On the outskirts of Great Torrington you’ll find the Puffing Billy a café/ restaurant with a difference. Located right on the long distance Tarka trail, the café serves a wide range of homemade meals including vegetarian and vegan options along with real ales and a great selection of drinks. The Sargeant family who run the café pride themselves on their dog friendliness. Originally the Puffy Billy was a Victorian railway station, one of only two remaining terminal stations for the Atlantic Coast Express route. Now the railway has gone, replaced by a fantastic walking and low gradient cycling trail stretching from Braunton to Meeth.

The dog friendly Puffy Billy cafe
Station Masters is also dog friendly

7. The Falcon Hotel - Bude

If you’re looking for something a little more upmarket (and dog friendly) the Falcon Inn is a great shout. Located right next to Bude canal, a stroll from Summerleaze beach and just over the road for the Tourist Information Office. Dogs are only permitted in the bar, but the Falcon has one of the best menus in the area. Book early, the Falcon is often fully booked if you turn up on spec.

The Falcon Hotel in Bude - Dog friendly in the bar

8. The Shack - Bude

If you like great quality fast food such as burgers, nachos and chicken wings, the Shack is a brilliant stop off. Opposite the river in the centre of Bude, The Shack is a cheaper option but still dog friendly.

9. The Highwayman Inn – Sourton Down

Now for something really mad, eccentric and any other superlatives you can think of! The Highwayman Inn in Sourton has been rated as one England’s most unusual pubs. The pub boasts gothic arches, a door from a whaling ship and a dragon fashioned from bog wood from Dartmoor. The pace really is bonkers. Massively friendly to both dogs and their owners, you’ll spend an enchanting few hours in the Highwayman Inn

The Highwayman Inn- Dog friendly
About as eccentric as you can get - The Highwayman Inn

10. Fingle Bridge Inn

A little further afield is the famous Fingle Bridge Inn.  Named after the famous Fingle Bridge the pub has a fabulous setting right next to the river Teign. With lots of picnic benches outside the pub is a fabulous place to grab a pub lunch and a drink or a Devon cream tea while walking the well-trodden paths of Castle Drogo.

This is only a brief list of some of our favourites. Stay at Pillows & Paws cottages and we’ll share our secrets of the area with you.

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