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The Ship Aground Inn

Beautifully positioned next to the village church in the lovely clifftop hamlet of Mortehoe, the Ship Aground is a fantastically friendly vessel for salty old sea dogs and land-lubbing mutts alike. The first thing you see on entering the bar is a notice welcoming customers accompanied by dogs (with the entirely reasonable caveat that they must be well-behaved – both customers and canines – and should be on a lead).

There's terrace-style beer garden at the front for sunny Devon days and the comfortable and traditional main bar is warmed by a roaring open fire, which typically features a hound of some sort stretched out in front of it. There's a selection of real ales at the bar and the pub kitchen serves a range of hearty dishes but is renowned for its Sunday roast.

From Mortehoe there are a number of great walks down into nearby Woolacombe, and the closest beach, Rockham Beach, is dog-friendly all year round. The pub takes its interesting name from the nearby peninsular, Morte Point, where many a ship has run aground over the years (five went down here in the winter of 1852 alone).

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