Dog Friendly Places To Eat In West Cornwall

Hello! Welcome back for another dog-friendly blog post. This time it’s all about cafes & restaurants.

We’re very lucky to be able to spend a lots of time in the Penwith Peninsula, Cornwall …and have had the pleasure of enjoying several eateries . It goes without saying – dog friendly ones! 🐾

I have ordered the list going from West to East as you scroll down.

COUNT HOUSE CAFE ~ Geevor Tin Mine

A fantastic eatery in old tin mine site of Geevor, a short walk from Pendeen. Food here is cooked fresh – everything from pasties, to soups, to full English breakfasts, to ice creams.

The Count House Cafe only opened their doors to dogs full time in April, so if you’re visiting… best behaviour pups! The chef explained that they have only recently started cooking vegan food – you would never know. The menu is really inclusive, and my banana/syrup pancakes were amazingly fluffy!

🐾 Dog friendly rating ★★★★★  (lots of space for dogs to sit comfortably next to your table)

🌱 Vegan rating ★★★★★ 

Top tip: Check the weather! The Pendeen area is notorious for its fog, which you want to avoid for the best sea views.


A Portuguese/Brazilian Tapas restaurant also offering coffee, cakes, and handmade chocolates.

After all those cream teas, we were very glad to find something a little different! The tapas here is sublime, with Gluten Free, Veggie, and Vegan options. The staff at Maria Chica are fantastic, and the service was really good.

🐾 Dog friendly rating ★★★★★ 

🌱 Vegan rating ★★★★★ (Lupin beans, ‘chorizo’ red pepper sausage, garlic mushrooms, beetroot ‘meat-balls’ and more)

Top tip: Open seasonally – the restaurant is open for evening reservations on Fridays/Saturdays only. Another small establishment – worth booking. Maria Chica also has a restaurant in Penzance.


This one was a pleasant surprise. The village of Zennor lies high up on the cliffs of the North coast, and has a fascinating history – including mermaid folklore!


We initially planned on eating at The Tinners Arms, but unfortunate the pub had several dogs running loose throughout the restaurant which wasn’t fair on our dog Tilly. Thankfully The Chapel Cafe was next door, and was a delight!

A daytime cafe in an old chapel building serving delicious homemade food including soups, sandwiches and quiches. They also do packed lunches to take away – perfect if you are walking the coastal path.

They use local produce in their kitchen wherever possible. I can vouch for the soup!

🐾 Dog friendly rating ★★★★★  (The staff love dogs!)

🌱 Vegan rating ★★★★★  (On the menu were sandwiches, curry, soup.)


Filled with quirky art and furniture, this cosy cafe has a menu with options for all.

The staff were very welcoming to the dogs, and very accommodating to plant based requests. I had an amazing “full vegan” breakfast!

🐾 Dog friendly rating ★★★★★ 

🌱 Vegan rating ★★★★  (There are lots of vegan options, I did have to remind the staff to use margarine rather than butter.)

THE HONEY POT ~ Penzance

A cosy little cafe just off the High Street of Penzance. We stopped by on a wet rainy day, so we were very glad to be tucked inside a warm coffee shop.

Fresh scones – what’s not to like! As the name suggests, The Honey Pot is popular place, I would imagine some food items may sell out before the day is done.

Top tip: It’s a small cafe, dogs may need to be tucked underneath your table – away from the flow of feet.

🐾 Dog friendly rating ★★★★

🌱 Vegan rating ★★★★★  (Local produce is used where possible, and lots of effort is made to reduce waste, and recycle.) 


This may be controversial, but after a few visits to St Ives the novelty has somewhat worn off for me. It’s a charming little town, but I find its always busy, and you have to be fairly ‘on-guard’ when walking about, with cars/dogs/children at every turn.

Not every eatery in St Ives is welcoming to dogs. So I recommend doing some research before turning up at a restaurant.

Scoff Troff Cafe is a fabulous place to eat, and always welcoming to dogs. Clean and modern, with an ever-changing menu of breakfast food, salads, sandwiches, pizza, burgers, desserts and more – to suit all diets.

🐾 Dog friendly rating ★★★★

🌱 Vegan rating ★★★★ (My toasted falafel wrap was super tasty! My only request would be a vegan salad option.)


A frequent jaunt of ours, the atmosphere here is always welcoming, it’s nice to be in a proper ‘locals’ pub. There’s a quiz night each Sunday, and the town of Angarrack is famous for it’s Christmas Light Switch on. Food at The Angarrack is very reasonably priced.

🐾 Dog friendly rating ★★★★★

🌱 Vegan rating ★★★★★ (There is a vegan menu here! My only request would be a vegan desert menu, although the staff were kind enough to put together a fruity presentation)

Top tip: Another small space – you may not always get a table immediately – staff are happy to serve you a drink at the bar as you wait.


A traditional cream tea spot in the delightful harbour town of Porthleven on the South coast (half way between Penzance and The Lizard). We visited after a long walk from Helston, and Loe Bar Beach.

The Twisted Currant offers plain scones, fruit scones, and even a vegan cream tea. Alternative milks are also available on request.

Top tip: Another teeny tiny cafe… it was initially full when we first stopped by – after a 20  minute walk round the harbour a spot opened up.

🐾 Dog friendly rating ★★★★ (Dog friendly, very small space under tables.)

🌱 Vegan rating ★★★ (Always amazing to have a cream tea option – coconut cream isn’t my personal preference.)


Perranporth on the North coast is a spectacular beach. The town itself caters to tourists with lots of food places. The Watering Hole claim’s to be the UK’s only beach bar.

Top tip: The beach and town get extremely busy during the peak (summer) season, so depending on your dog, it may be worth visiting during off-peak times.

🐾 Dog friendly rating ★★★★★

🌱 Vegan rating ★★★★ (Vegan sharing platter, loaded nachos, curry, burgers – the chef is often happy to take requests.)

HUBBOX ~ Truro

We had our first experience of Hubbox after a recommendation from my cousin. It certainly did not disappoint!

The restaurant in Truro is in an old chapel building, and the decor is really cool. Usually a fairly busy place, the ambient noise helped Tilly settle quickly.

🐾 Dog friendly rating ★★★★★ (Spacious, welcomes dogs.)

🌱 Vegan rating ★★★★ (I could see at least 2 vegan burger options – the black bean and butternut squash patty gets top marks from me!)

Top tip: Book here if you can to avoid disappointment.

Thanks so much for reading!

Click here to read about a previous trip to Cornwall; featuring a couple more dog-friendly eateries.

Amy 🖤 & Tilly 🐾

*In the interest of disclosure; none of the above mentioned content is paid or collaborative. Simply sharing our experiences.


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