Known for its massive sandy beach that’s popular with surfers, families, and dogs, Perranporth is a popular haunt whether you want sunny days or wintery magic - there really is buckets to do! In fact, with an unbeatable selection of dog-friendly pubs and restaurants as well as a year-round dog-friendly beach, Perranporth is definitely one of the best places in Cornwall to explore with the dog in tow – this list could easily be called dog-friendly places to eat in Perranporth!
Located just down the coast from the equally foodie-favoured Newquay (where you’ll find a slew of great cafés, restaurants, and bars), Perranporth is home to an astonishing number of popular eateries from beachside cafés to cosy pubs and modern restaurants that serve a jaw-dropping array of cuisines – not to mention some of the best ice creams in Cornwall! Fuel up for a day exploring the surrounding area or wind down with the sun and a cocktail in your hand.
Hungry? Here are our picks for the best places to eat in Perranporth…
The Watering Hole
Best for: Sand, sea, and sustenance
Beach, 19 St Pirans Road, Perranporth TR6 0BH
The UK’s only bar on the beach, everyone is welcome to kick off the flip-flops for a relaxed dining experience at The Watering Hole, which is dog-friendly inside and out! Serving a hunger-inducing selection of food from breakfast baps (just the thing after an early morning surf) to burgers, this is a great opportunity to dine out with sand between your toes! If you just fancy something refreshing to wet your whistle during your balmy day at the beach, a choice of Cornish ales will surely do the trick, alongside a variety of other thirst-quenching drinks from wine to spirits and everything in between.
It's also worth checking out their events, as The Watering Hole is known for its top-tier live music as well as one of the biggest music festivals in Cornwall, Tunes in the Dunes, which happens mere metres away – also on the beach!
Best for: Conscious cuisine with a view
The Dunes, 38 Ponsmere Road, Perranporth TR6 0FJ
Making the absolute most of the incredible beachy views and vibes, the Summer House brings its diners surf, turf, and earth with wholesome, hearty food that feeds the soul. On the menu of this uber dog-friendly restaurant in Perranporth you’ll find a mouth-watering mix of fresh seafood, slap-up Sunday roasts, tempting burgers and some utterly unmissable vegan and vegetarian options that all benefit from a real focus on quality, local ingredients. It doesn’t stop at food either, with a bar stocked with a dizzying selection of wines, spirits and craft beers – bottoms up!
Best for: Hunger-banishing plates
1 Beach Lane, Perranporth TR6 0BQ
Another dog-friendly and family-friendly hangout, The Waterfront is an easy-going pub that serves feast-worthy fare and a seriously impressive selection of gins (over 50 to be precise) for that perfect, thirst-quenching G&T after a day on the beach. In the summer months you can bask in the sunshine of the beer garden as you soak up the live music while the winter months offer guests the chance to cosy up with a pint and a burger before enjoying a spot of storm watching. From nachos to chicken wings, burgers to loaded (and we mean LOADED) fries, you won’t be leaving The Waterfront hungry.
The Tywarnhayle Inn
Best for: A cracking Sunday Carvery
Tywarnhayle Square, Perranporth TR6 0ER
The Tywarnhayle Inn brings classic pub vibes to the table with a fully loaded menu to boot! With a beer garden and an open fire inside, the Tywarnhayle is ready to ply you with local food and drink whatever the weather. The menu is full of tempting dishes from light lunches to everyone’s favourite pub classics including Tribute ale beer-battered fish and chips and a week-defining Sunday carvery. You can also catch live music here from time to time, making it great for a pint post-surf.
Del Mar Ristorante Pizzeria
Best for: A slice of Italy
St George's Hill, Perranporth TR6 0JR
Cornwall certainly has a coast that’s comparable to that of Italy and with Del Mar serving superb Italian cuisine, we have the food too! With two Italian chefs working hard in the open kitchen, you can’t help but be swept away to the Med. From fresh Cornish lobster to pasta and pizza that’s prepared in front of your very eyes, the food on offer here is next level. On the weekends you can even enjoy some live Italian music, which only adds to the holiday vibes that are sure to leave you with a relaxed smile on your face.
The Perranporth Inn
Best for: Sports by the sands
36 St Pirans Road, Perranporth TR6 0BJ
Family-run and popular with locals and visitors alike (dogs and humans), The Perranporth Inn offers you the chance to watch the game without leaving the beach too far behind. A sports bar at heart, you’ll find four great TVs ready to turn the wall into a global viewing ground, covering both Sky and BT so you don’t miss a thing. On the menu, you’ll find a selection of sandwiches and paninis served at lunchtime with all your favourite pub classics making up the rest of the tasty fare – who can say no to popping on the game with a huge bowl of nachos by your side!
Best for: Vegan street food that feeds the heart and soul
44 St Pirans Road, Perranporth TR6 0BJ
Tucked away off the highstreet, Roots is a great café that specialises in hearty vegan food that feeds the soul and the stomach. Alongside the extensive list of drinks (seriously, the boba teas are a force to be reckoned with), you’ll find some delicious sweet treats and heartier savoury options that include steamy hot pots and mouth-watering street food. Whether you’re a dog or a human, eating in or taking away, or you’re vegan, flexi or gluten free, Roots welcomes all.
The Tea Room
Best for: A classically Cornish cream tea
7-8 Lower Tywarnhayle, Perranporth TR6 0ER
When it comes to elevenses or a cheeky afternoon tea, you simply can’t beat a Cornish tea room. At The Tea Room in Perranporth, you’ll find a selection of classic offerings including tea cakes, crumpets, and homemade cakes as well as a proper Cornish cream tea, served with homemade scones, jam and clotted cream. You can also kick it up a notch with The Tea Room Special or The Tea Room Gentlemen’s Special, which offer guests with a stand and slate-full of afternoon tea delights or a proper ploughman’s respectively. You can even order a pup-friendly ice cream for your furry best friend!
No.4 Breakfast & Bistro
Best for: A day-defining breakfast
4 Beach Road, Perranporth TR6 0JL
Created by the founders of the equally visit-worthy The Shack, No.4 provides diners with a laid-back atmosphere alongside a beautiful and almost tropical view, providing the perfect place to relax with friends and family over some seriously good grub (dogs are welcome too). Start your day off right with a full English or stack of buttermilk pancakes, pop in for a fuelling lunch before heading out on the nearby coastal paths or head over in the evening for a taste of their extensive evening menu, which features fresh seafood and locally sourced produce from the catch of the day to a Cornish ribeye. Oh, and the cocktails are a must – the perfect end to a day spent by the sea. Check out their social media to see what’s on the menu at the moment.
Best for: Summer vibes and sea views
Beach Road, Perranporth TR6 0JL
Whether you’re eating in or on the balmy terrace, views over Perranporth beach are your constant companion at Seiners Arms. Fresh seafood, BBQs, and live music create an epic summer atmosphere in the warmer months while winter sees hot chocolates and Sunday roasts returning in full force. Sink your teeth into the fantastic seasonal menu that changes with the tides (daily) and features dishes such as crispy belly pork and beer battered fish and chips. Dogs are welcome here so you can round up the whole family for a feast to remember by the sea.
Best for: Cocktails on the coast
38, The Dunes, Perranporth TR6 0FJ
Fancy sipping on a fresh bevvy inside a converted WWII gun shelter overlooking one of Cornwall’s most popular beaches? Of course, you do! Utterly unique, Alcatraz sits within the dunes that back the beach and boasts an epic roof terrace, giving it uninterrupted views over the sands and sea – perfect for a sunset cocktail after a day hitting the waves. You won’t find main meals here, but you will find a superb collection of beers, wines and cocktails alongside fresh coffee, cakes, and a hearty selection of homemade soups and toasties. The décor here is that of a laid-back beach hut, perfect considering the beachside location of this easy breezy drinkery.
Best for: 17th century vibes
Penwartha Road, Bolingey, Perranporth TR6 0DH
Situated in the peaceful hamlet of Bolingey, which is just five minutes from Perranporth beach, you’ll find Bolingey Inn. This 17th century Cornish inn is full of charm from the exposed beams to the roaring fire that fills the room with toasty warmth in the colder months. Daily specials make the most of local suppliers while the menu provides a wonderfully varied choice of mains, including lots of great vegan and vegetarian options. Tuck into a traditional steak and ale pie or feast on the much-loved veggie Wellington followed by a generous helping of ‘Bolly’ sticky toffee pudding. Wash it all down with one of the ever-changing real ales or your favourite tipple from behind the bar.
Perran Dairy Ice Cream Parlour
Best for: Handmade Cornish ice cream
33 St Pirans Road, Perranporth TR6 0BJ
Handmade onsite using local Roddas cream and milk, Perran Dairy ice cream is a hop, skip and a sprinkle above the rest! With many, MANY flavours to choose from – not to mention a selection of waffles, sundaes, paninis, and pizzas – you certainly won’t be short of choice at Perran Dairy. Don’t let the name fool you either, there is a great selection of sorbets that act as the perfect antidote to a hot summer’s day. Get your cone to go and take your ice cream beachside or sit in and make the most of the classic parlour vibes… the choice is yours! Check out their social media for a sneak peek of what to expect.
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