Top 5 Dog-Friendly Restaurants with a Log Fire
late winter and early spring is a wonderful time to visit cornwall.
Warmed by the Gulf Stream, our climate is the mildest in the UK meaning spring flowers appear along the hedgerows and clifftops much earlier than elsewhere. At this time of year there’s nothing like wrapping up warm for a bracing walk and then entering the warm fug of a pub or café for a delicious lunch so here are our top 5 dog-friendly restaurants with a log fire:
no. 1 - woods cafe, cardinham woods, bodmin
This is a family run café in a stone cottage in the middle of the woods where you will find a delicious selection of home-made and locally-sourced light meals and snacks. Warm up in front of the fire with a mug of soup and a sandwich or a hot sausage roll. Or enjoy a traditional cream tea with a cup of Cornish grown tea or locally roasted coffee.
Cardinham Woods is a beautiful mixed woodland with plenty of waymarked trails and some magnificent viewpoints. Walks are graded from easy to difficult, with one accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
no. 2. - the port william inn, trebarwith strand
The Port William is perched above the sandy beach at Trebarwith Strand, popular with dog-walkers and surfers. Parking is free out of season so leave your car and enjoy a long walk with breathtaking views from the South West Coast Path to Tintagel. Explore the castle and Merlin’s Cave before returning to Trebarwith for a delicious meal.
Enter the Port William Inn, where you can warm up in front of the roaring log fire or relax in the conservatory with its expansive coastal views. There are pub classics such as pies and burgers as well as a range of fresh seafood to be enjoyed – all locally sourced where possible. Enjoy with a pint of local ale from St. Austell or some traditional Cornish cider from Healey’s Cider Farm.
no. 3 - the golden lion inn, port isaac
Perhaps better known now as ‘Port Wenn’ from ITV’s Doc Martin, the picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac is well worth a visit. The pretty main street winds down towards the harbour, with some lovely small gift shops to explore, plus there’s an ice-cream shop selling some gorgeous flavours of ice-cream – gooseberry being a personal favourite. A small amount of free parking is available at Port Gaverne or carry on up the hill to the car park overlooking the sea as you enter Port Isaac. There are walks to be had in either direction along the South West Coast Path, with a rather steep section heading west towards Polzeath, with views past Tintagel towards North Devon in one direction and to Stepper Point in the other.
When your legs are tired return to The Golden Lion Inn on the harbour, complete with smuggling tunnel leading to the causeway from the Bloody Bones Bar, and enjoy a delicious locally sourced meal and cask ale in front of the roaring log fire.
no. 4 - the cobweb inn, boscastle
Boscastle is managed by the National Trust and features an incredibly pretty harbour. Enjoy a walk along the harbour wall then continue along the coast path to Willapark Lookout, an old folly and now a coastguards station, before returning via the medieval Forrabury Stitches to Boscastle for a well-earned lunch.
Boasting two real fires, the Cobweb Inn is a characterful and cosy place to stop for lunch. Serving local ales and ciders and home-cooked food this does get quite busy and is best booked in advance. Enjoy a delicious meal in the bar whilst your dog stretches out by the fire.
no. 5 - the old inn and restaurant, st. breward
Away from the coast, the village of St. Breward on the edge of Bodmin Moor has some lovely circular countryside walks with views across the moor and you may well encounter wild ponies and cattle grazing on your walk. The Camel Trail also runs near the village and makes for a lovely walk towards Bodmin.
The Old Inn is a traditional, welcoming village pub with a dog-friendly bar and roaring log fires. Local ales and ciders are available and they are particularly famous locally for their Sunday carveries. These come in varying sizes, from small to absolutely enormous, and include a selection of local meats from Button's the farm butcher just down the road from us at Tredarrup Holiday Cottages. You may even spot the occasional celebrity at The Old Inn!