The friendliest dog-friendly pubs in Devon holiday cottages

The friendliest dog-friendly pubs in Devon

Kate W 09 February 2023

Going on holiday with your dog is like taking a best friend along with you; they are always great company, always in a good mood and all they want to do is spend time with you.

This is made completely possible with the amazing selection of places to eat throughout Devon which welcome you all with open arms. From contemporary eateries to traditional old watering holes, there will be something below to suit you and your pup.

So, where to eat? Food is a massive part of any holiday; after all, going out to eat gives everyone a break from the cooking, offering a night off from cleaning up dishes and the aftermath of mealtimes. We have picked out some dog-friendly pubs in Devon for you here and having looked through them, we are already hungry for some delicious pub grub!

Read on to find out about some of the best places to take the pup for some quality grub (and a snooze by the fire) in a traditional English pub.

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Dog-friendly pubs in North Devon

The Thatch  

The Thatch

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Thatch is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to enjoy delicious grub in a lively and inviting environment. Many come here after days out on Croyde Beach, or to refuel after an energetic and exciting walk with the dog. You will be spoilt for choice in terms of food to pick from on the menu – we hear the nachos have to be sampled here, as well as the burgers and range of pies. Just don’t let the dog steal them!

Location: Croyde - EX33 1LZ 

Contact details: 01271 890349 | website 

The Pier Brewery Tap & Grill 

The Pier Brewery Tap & Grill

The Pier Brewery Tap & Grill is a family-friendly pub and restaurant situated right on the working harbour in Ilfracombe and is celebrated for its great food with a view taking in the Bristol Channel, the Welsh coastline and out to the Atlantic – magical! The menu is created from locally sourced produce and the staff are friendly and helpful, which is always a nice touch when you want to fully relax. The dogs will love the smell of tasty food and the jolly atmosphere.

Location: Ilfracombe – EX34 9EQ 

Contact details: 01271 865516 | website

The Hele Bay Pub 

The Hele Bay Pub

The Hele Bay Pub is an award-winning establishment set next to the sea on the North Devon coast. With a great selection of ales, beers and wines from around the world, it is a popular place for locals and visitors to get together and bond over good food and drink. The menu is varied and is created with locally sourced ingredients where possible, exhibiting the best of Devon produce. Their lunch menu is really popular which is no surprise when you see the range of sandwiches and baguettes on offer – the perfect way to refill after an excitable dog walk!

Location: Ilfracombe – EX34 9QZ

Contact details: 01271 867795 | website 

Pig on the Beach

Pig on the Beach

New to the scene is this trendy and stylish pub set on the seafront of Westward Ho! Pig on the Beach really family-friendly and that stretches to the dog as well, focusing on good food served with a smile. Their exciting menu offers home-spun pizzas, award-winning pies, roast dinners and fish and chips. There is even an ice cream parlour serving good old-fashioned desserts that will take you back in time. Pop in for a full tummy, or simply enjoy a drink at the bar offering everything from prosecco to beer.

Location: Westward Ho! – EX39 1GW

Contact details: website

Dog-friendly pubs in South Devon

The Pig and Whistle

The Pig and Whistle

The Pig and Whistle is a traditional Devon pub with log burners and a cosy atmosphere – the perfect remedy after long energetic dog walks. The bar is open daily and is stocked with a wide variety of quality lager and cider as well as local ale producers including Dartmoor Brewery, Salcombe Brewery and Otter Brewery – some of the best in Devon. There is also a great selection of wine and gin. The food served is freshly cooked and there are vegetarian and vegan options too. You don’t want to miss their Sunday lunch!

Location: Totnes – TQ9 6LT 

Contact details: 01803 863733 | website

Blue Anchor 

Blue Anchor

The Blue Anchor is a friendly harbourside pub that encompasses everything a traditional Devon pub should – classic hearty food, locally sourced ales and a great atmosphere! Popular with locals and tourists alike, the Blue Anchor is often filled with happy people enjoying great food and company, especially on the live music nights! The food ranges from steaks to seafood and you can also get light bites like soup and sandwiches too. The dogs will go mad for all the lovely smells! This is the pub to go with your dog when visiting Brixham in Devon.

Location: Brixham – TQ5 8AH  

Contact details: 01803 854575 | website

Dog & Duck 

Dog & Duck

The Dog & Duck is a Devon pub with lots of character, reflected in their pub games - two pool tables, skittles and darts! Food is served throughout the day, including light snacks and the bar is well stocked with the usual favourites and a selection of local ales too. The friendly owners love dogs themselves, so your fluffy friend will be most welcome.

Location: Babbacombe, near Torquay – TQ1 3SW

Contact details: 01803 327711 | website

Stay in a dog-friendly cottage in Devon

There you have it, some of the best dog-friendly pubs in Devon, all offering something different and all understanding that the dog is part of your family too. Some even offer up free treats for the pup and some make sure they are happy with bowls of water before the humans of your party even get a drink! Make sure you check these places out on your next trip to Devon. 

We have lots of lovely dog-friendly cottages throughout Devon which can offer a wonderful base for your daily adventures. View the full collection today. 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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