Falmouth is a wonderful coastal town full of history and character, and a great place to stay as a base for exploring the south and west of Cornwall. With fantastic semi tropical gardens, gorgeous coastal paths, ferries across to the Roseland Peninsula, country trails and a generous selection of beaches, it’s hugely dog friendly and has plenty of things to see and do for the whole family.
And it doesn’t stop there, eating out is just as important too, so we’ve brought together a selection of the best dog-friendly eateries in town, whether you’re after a special celebratory meal, a simple paper-wrapped package of steaming fresh fish and chips, or a hearty Sunday lunch after an appetite-building stomp over the cliffs…
Read on for a round-up of our favourite dog-friendly, lip-smacking eateries in Falmouth.
Best for: Bustling harbour views and a friendly atmosphere
Beacon Street, Trevethan Hill, Falmouth TR11 2AG
A licensed, independent pub for over 300 years, The Boathouse is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike, winning national Pub of the Year awards and being featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. With lovely views over the harbour, Penryn River and Flushing, bag yourself a window seat to make the most of them with your pooch by your side. Famed for their Sunday roasts, they also have an ever-changing menu serving tasty pub grub, such as fish stew and wild mushroom risotto, as well as a great kids menu.
Star and Garter
Best for: Harbour views and local cuisine
52 High Street, Falmouth TR11 2AF
Set right on the harbour, this beautiful Georgian townhouse looks just like a traditional inn from the outside, but step inside and you’ll discover an award-winning dog-friendly restaurant with a cosy fire for the pooch to curl up by. With comforting delights such as seafood boils and rotisserie chicken on the set menu, it’s clear the team here are passionate about their food. Their Sunday lunches - where you can enjoy the likes of all the usual favourites - are a particular favourite.
The Chain Locker
Best for: Quayside views and a great children’s menu
Quay Street, Falmouth TR11 3HH
Believed to be one of Falmouth’s oldest buildings, this 16th century pub, with incredible views over the historic harbour, has been beautifully restored and offers a great dog-friendly pit stop, whether it’s for a drink with a view or a nourishing meal after a day’s exploring. Offering a wide menu, highlights include the seafood sharer for two and their range of pub classics. Their children’s menu is surprisingly extensive, too, so it’s a great one for little adventurers.
The Seafood Bar
Best for: Seafood and locally-brewed ales
4 Quay Street, Falmouth TR11 3HH
Owned by one of the top breweries in Cornwall, the Verdent Brewing Co, this seafood specialist and taproom is an effortlessly cool hotspot in town that’s known for welcoming dogs. As the name suggests, the focus is on all things from the sea, with the likes of crab loaded fries and seafood tapas, and the menu is very much focussed on what’s caught that day, guaranteeing the freshest of dishes. Hugely popular, you can’t book a table here so expect a short wait during busier times, but it's well worth it.
Best for: Beer and books
3 Bells Court, Falmouth TR11 3AZ
One of Cornwall’s most curious hidden gems, this bar-turned-bookshop is the stuff of dreams for all those who fancy a pint alongside their next great read. Welcoming dogs, bookworms, and beer enthusiasts, it’s very easy to feel at home at this totally unique free house that boasts a well-stocked bar and an assortment of second-hand books. You might even stumble across some live performances, which can vary from comedians to scientists to both!
Best for: Fish and chips
Arwenack Street, Falmouth TR11 3LH
With their fish caught locally in Newlyn and their chips made from Cornish potatoes, this is a meal that’s at the heart of Cornwall. Whether you choose to eat in the fabulous restaurant with views over the bustling harbour, or get a takeaway to munch on nearby Custom House Quay, the fish will be crisp and golden and the chips cooked to perfection. As well as the usual suspects of cod, haddock and plaice, they make their own fishcakes and encourage customers to try the more unusual fish choices from their specials menu.
Gylly Beach Café
Best for: Beach views and a bustling atmosphere
Gyllyngvase Beach, Cliff Road, Falmouth TR11 4PA
This much-loved favourite sits perched on the edge of Gyllingvase Beach and overlooks Pendennis Castle, with views out to the Lizard Peninsula and Helford River. Dogs are allowed on the extensive, covered veranda, where you can gaze out over the sea and enjoy meals from breakfast through to dinner. It’s a perfect spot to fill hungry tummies with the likes of fish tacos, seafood ragu and hake fritters on the menu, and is particularly lovely out of season when dogs are free to run on the beach all day.
Best for: Brunch and a bustling vibe
35 – 37 Arwenack Street, Falmouth TR11 3JG
Sitting up at the top end of Arwenack Street, it’s impossible to miss this bustling, bright eatery; and opening at 8am, it’s a great stop first thing! Their breakfasts, from a full English to hefty pancake stacks, will set you up for a day out exploring the area with your dog. Their lunches are great too, with a wide variety of vegan, veggie and gluten free options. With lots of tables and a couple of sofas for laid-back eating, it’s ideal for large parties and families, and is an excellent way to start your day when exploring Falmouth.
Best for: Pizza and families
Old Custom House, Arwenack Street, Falmouth TR11 3JT
Serving scrummy sourdough pizzas, salads and mac’n’cheese, this is a laid-back spot with plenty of space for families and four-legged companions. Overlooking Custom House Quay, the sourdough is made daily and topped with homemade tomato sauce and Glastonbury-made mozzarella (the real star of the show!). Little ones have a menu of their own and food is served quickly by super-friendly staff, making it a perfect choice for families who want a relaxed space for a bite to eat.
Best for: Cocktails and a warm welcome
28 Market Street, Falmouth TR11 3AT
Named after the owners’ Hungarian Viszla Indi, dogs are extremely welcome at IDIdog, which is set on the harbour at Fish Strand Quay and overlooks the River Fal and the Roseland. A relative newbie on the block, they serve modern British cuisine and with daily specials coming straight off of the boat, there’s an emphasis on fish and seafood with the likes of Cornish mackerel, chalk stream trout and seafood cake on the menu, and there’s an excellent choice of cocktails, too. Sunday lunch is a highlight and there’s a special menu for under eights, so everyone is catered for.
Best for: Sunday lunch and a cosy atmosphere
16 Killigrew Street, The Moor, Falmouth TR11 3PN
This fab pub, situated in the centre of Falmouth on the Moor, is a fantastic spot for a bite to eat, whether you’re looking for a family Sunday lunch or a romantic dinner for two (with your doggo in tow, of course). On the drinks side, they have a wide range of ales from St Austell brewery, Cornish cask and draught beers, and small batch spirits distilled locally. Their ever-changing menu, which moves with the seasons, offers traditional fare with a modern twist, and Sunday lunches are a must here with its own special menu with beef, pork belly and a great vegetarian option available.
The Pandora Inn
Best for: Its charming setting and hearty pub grub
Restronguet Creek, Mylor Bridge, Falmouth TR11 5ST
With parts of the inn dating back to the 13th century, a visit to this creekside haunt in the neighbouring village of Mylor is like stepping back through history. Whitewashed and thatched, the historic Pandora also boasts its own pontoon, meaning you can arrive by boat should you want to! Inside, expect flagstone floors and a roaring fire with the walls decorated with maritime memorabilia. The food is wholesome and filling, with fresh seafood a speciality such as their famous fish pie and tasty catch of the day offering a seasonal treat, whilst their rib-sticking puddings are a must. Dogs (on leads) are well catered for with water bowls, treats and a private beach to explore, while a host of paths nearby are perfect for a post-feast leg stretch.
The Trengelly Wartha Inn
Best for: Great pub grub with an Indonesian twist
Nancenoy, Constantine, Falmouth TR11 5RP
This welcoming dog-friendly and traditional inn lies in a tucked-away valley close to the Helford River, just a few miles from Falmouth. With expansive gardens and a sunny garden terrace, it’s a popular spot in summer, whilst inside you’ll find a cosy roaring wood burner for colder days. Food-wise, there’s a choice of either the bar menu, which serves pub staples such as steak and ale pie, local sausages and scampi, or a specials menu with Indonesian-inspired dishes such as a king prawn laksa amongst more traditional favourites. Every Wednesday and Sunday night there’s live local music from 9pm - making for an excellent way to spend the evening!
Best for: Fresh sushi and dumplings
11B Commercial Road, Penryn TR10 8AQ
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at this Asian delight, where you’ll find fresh sushi, hearty dumplings, bao buns and steaming bowls of ramen aplenty. Situated in a laid-back eatery just up the road from Falmouth in Penryn, check out their website before planning your visit for opening times, and head there early as they operate on a first-come, first-served basis. As well as making the most of the delicious, freshest fish and seafood on offer, they also serve wholesome breakfasts to set you up for the day.
Take a look at our wagtastic collection of dog-friendly cottages in Falmouth and start planning your dream getaway with your four-legged friend.