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The friendliest dog-friendly pubs in Devon holiday cottages

The friendliest dog-friendly pubs in Devon

Jemima 04 December 2020

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. At Stay in Devon, we know how important it is to be able to take the fluffy friend on holiday with you, and not leave them behind. This is made completely possible with our amazing collection of dog-friendly cottages in Devon which welcome you all with open arms. From family-sized houses to small modern apartments, there will be something within our range to suit you. 

Devon has so many places to visit and things to do which are dog-friendly too. Many of the beaches allow dogs, and of course Dartmoor National Park is like one big adventure playground. Walking is one of the main reasons owners visit here with their dogs and the South West Coast Path is a particular favourite among them. Historic attractions like Okehampton Castle and the South Devon Railway also welcome the pooch, but there are so many more attractions to be discovered. For more inspiration, check out our dog-friendly guide to Devon which has a whole bundle of ideas to browse through. 

But 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 a mealtime. 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  

Great food and nice atmosphere - We regularly eat here on family trips to Croyde. The staff are always efficient and friendly, and the food is excellent. A bonus that our dog is welcome too!”

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 

The Pier Brewery Tap & Grill 

Good food and dog friendly - Lovely friendly place, good atmosphere, friendly professional staff, good fresh food and very good value for money. Our dog was chilled too.”

This 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 

The Hele Bay Pub 

Excellent - Very friendly helpful staff who really work hard at making your visit an enjoyable one. Very dog friendly. My little pooch was able to go anywhere with us including while we ate our food. The food was outstanding.”

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

Pig on the Beach

Fabulous pub with excellent sea views - Me, my husband & our dog visited here recently whilst on holiday. We popped in for a drink and the ambience was second to none. We were greeted by friendly staff and got a table with fabulous views.” 


New to the scene is this trendy and stylish pub set on the seafront of Westward Ho! It is 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

Dog-friendly pubs in South Devon 

The Pig and Whistle

Great food and even better staff - Popped into the Pig & Whistle with the family and three dogs. What a great evening we had. Food was some of the best we have tasted for a long while.”

This 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 

Blue Anchor 

Fantastic food and dog friendly - Generous portions of fantastic food in a very friendly pub which also welcomes dogs. Would certainly return to eat again.”

This 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  

Dog & Duck 

Very friendly and dogs welcome - The owners are dog lovers themselves and welcome anyone with a dog and go out of their way to make sure everyone is fine.”

This 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

Stay in a self-catering dog-friendly cottage in Devon and eat out in these welcoming dog-friendly pubs

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 pooch and some make sure they are happy with bowls of water before you even get a drink! Make sure you check these places out on your next trip to Devon. All the reviews we have featured are from TripAdvisor.

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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