Dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in St Ives

Dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in St Ives

Date Posted: 1 Feb 2023

Looking to find a new favourite pub in St Ives? You’re in luck, St Ives is home to some wonderful inns, many of which are dog-friendly pubs.

Dogs are generally welcome where there is outdoor seating in St Ives, but many places will also welcome you and your canine companion indoors. If you book in advance, you can often grab the most dog-friendly table, where your four-legged friend has space to stretch out while you dine.

After a refreshing walk around this charming fishing town, you will no doubt be ready for a light lunch or some refreshments. Many places will welcome your pet with a bowl of water and a doggy biscuit, or two.

Here we round up ten of the best dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in St Ives.

Sloop Inn

Location: The wharf, St Ives, TR26 1LP

Sit outside with your dog and enjoy the view, or your pet is also welcome to join you inside this dog-friendly St Ives pub. For a traditional Cornish Inn, beloved by local fishermen and artists, but also by visitors, The Sloop Inn takes pride of place on the harbour at St Ives, separated from the sea only by a cobbled walkway. With its relaxing atmosphere, it is a must for a visit after exploring St Ives with your dog.

A popular, busy but friendly and welcoming pub. If you’re after a bite to eat too, the menu is surf and turf focused, with seafood and meat high on the agenda.

Lifeboat Inn

Location: Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LP

Aptly named sitting beside the town’s lifeboat house, a St Austell Brewery pub, the Lifeboat Inn is a traditional harbourside dog-friendly pub in St Ives. In the winter punters can expect a roaring log fire and in the summer enjoy outstanding sea views. Its menu champions the very best local produce across a range of reimagined pub classics and seasonal specials, and there’s a wide range of beverages to choose from.

While dogs aren’t allowed in the main restaurant, the bar area is very dog friendly – just be sure to mention it when booking a table!

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Porthmeor Beach Cafe

Location: Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, TR26 1JZ

Thanks to its beachfront location, Porthmeor Beach Café naturally is one of the best St Ives restaurants with a sea view, and dog owners will be pleased to know that furry friends are welcome on its large terrace area too. While Porthmeor Beach has a seasonal dog ban in place, your canine companion is welcome at the beach cafe.

There’s also plenty of tipples to sip as you watch the sun go down, from local wines to beers and ciders. Cheers to that.


Pedn Olva

Location: West Porthminster Road, Warren, St Ives, TR26 2EA

The Pedn Olva is a dog-friendly pub in St Ives’ sought after Warren. Sitting pretty on granite rocks above St Ives Bay, this St Austell Brewery owned bar and restaurant serves a tasty modern menu and range of award-winning beers and wines. While dogs aren’t allowed in the main restaurant, the bar area is very dog friendly – just be sure to mention it when booking a table!

Golden Lion
The Golden Lion

Location: Market Place, St Ives, TR26 1RZ

The Golden Lion is a refurbished 19th century dog-friendly pub in St Ives. Away from the harbour, situated on Market Place, this two-room pub, is a traditional tavern with plenty of local ale on draft, live music and plenty of live sports to watch with BT Sports. Punters will also enjoy the pool table and darts board, if pub-based sports are your thing.

The Loft Restaurant & Terrace

Location: Norway Lane, St Ives, TR26 1LZ

If you’re on the hunt for well executed dishes, packed full of flavour, where your dog can come too, head to the Loft and Terrace situated in the prestigious artist’s quarter.

Boasting a fabulous undercover sun terrace – although opening is weather dependent – this part of the restaurant welcomes your four-legged friends to join. Equipped with blankets and heaters, and not forgetting stunning sea views, it’s no surprise that this venue has been a restaurant for over 50 years.

The sizeable menu takes inspiration from sea and land with a focus on local produce with a contemporary far-flung flavours.

Beer & Bird

Location: 18A Fore Street, St Ives, TR26 1AB

While it mightn’t be a traditional Cornish pub, there’s a clue with what’s in store in this aptly named eatery where dogs can dine too. With Beer in the title pint lovers can’t go wrong with this dog-friendly restaurant in St Ives, serving up one of the largest selections of craft beer in the Southwest, alongside handmade cider, and delicious cocktails.

Meanwhile the kitchen rustles up next-level fried chicken, monster burgers and indulgent ice cream shakes.

Hub St Ives

Location: Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LF

A casual affair, situated in one of the best spots along the harbour, if you’re looking for a bite to eat and a drop to drink with your dog, Hub isn’t to be missed.

While Hub isn’t a traditional pub, beer lovers will be more than satisfied with its selection of hand-crafted beer. The birthplace of the popular west country burger chain Hub Box, you’ll find award-winning burgers, unrivalled sea views of St Ives, and the best news? Dogs can join too.

Rum & Crab Shack
The Rum and Crab Shack

Location: Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LF

The relaxed atmosphere at The Rum and Crab ensures that dogs feel as comfortable as their owners. One of many St Ives restaurants with sea view, because of its elevated position, views of the harbour and St Ives Bay beyond are spectacular.

Menu highlights include crab loaded dirty fries, while dressed crab and soft shell crab bao buns. Not a fish fan? Fear not, while it’s a seafood heavy menu you’ll also find a selection of vegan and meat dishes. They also stock over 100 rums, if that tipples your fancy.

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