Top Five Dog Friendly Restaurants in South Cornwall

February 21st, 2023

There is nothing like going on a walk with your dog, working up an appetite and heading down to the local restaurant for delicious food, good drinks and sensational company. If you would love a Cornish adventure and a pub lunch with your four-legged friend, this guide is for you. 

Cornwall provides endless dog friendly accommodation allowing you to spend precious time with your loved ones and furry friends. The Valley shares the top five dog-friendly places to eat in South Cornwall for you to experience.

Are Dogs allowed in Pubs in Cornwall?

Yes! You can take your dog to various dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall. We recommend checking with the pub beforehand to make sure your furry friend is welcome inside.

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Top Five Dog Friendly Restaurants in South Cornwall

We have discovered the top five dog friendly places to eat in South Cornwall for you and your four-legged friend to visit!

Pandora Inn

Situated in the village of Mylor Bridge, 15 minutes from Falmouth, lies Pandora Inn, one of the best pubs in Cornwall. Overlooking Restronguet Creek, a visit here will promise spectacular views and high-quality, locally sourced fresh seafood. 

Well-behaved dogs can relax in the bar area alongside their owners, which boasts flagstone floors and low-beamed ceilings – part of the inn dates back as far as the 13th century! There are outdoor areas perfect for you and your pup to enjoy fresh air, such as the fabulous outdoor floating pontoon. 

If you would like to explore Falmouth, take a look at our dog friendly guide below:

The Cornish Vegan

For those looking for something a little different, The Cornish Vegan is a modern popular restaurant and is perfect for those planning days out with dogs in Truro. Priding itself on being 100% vegan, this excellent restaurant delivers a fantastic menu with great dishes almost entirely produced in-house or using locally sourced ingredients.

With an outdoor garden and dogs being allowed inside the restaurant, The Cornish Vegan is a beautiful little spot to visit if you want to explore Truro with your furry friend.

The Ship Inn

Situated on the northern point of the Lizard Peninsula, just 30 minutes from Falmouth, The Ship Inn is a warm and friendly local pub that prides itself on its food. The pub is known for being extremely dog friendly, with indoor and outdoor areas perfect for dogs. 

Run by an award-winning chef and made using locally sourced ingredients, you can be sure that your family will be well-fed when visiting the Ship Inn while enjoying the warm local environment.

Once your stomach is full, there are many sensational beaches to visit on the Lizard Peninsula for an afternoon walk with your dog.

The Rising Sun

If you want to see some of Cornwall’s best views, spend a day at St Mawes. The Rising Sun is a spectacular dog-friendly pub that looks over the Roseland Peninsula, serving various modern and traditional pub-style dishes. 

The Rising Sun’s menu also boasts a host of specials, which change daily, making the most of the local fresh fish and seasonal produce. Afternoon teas, including homemade scones and teacakes, can also be enjoyed between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Hub Box 

Situated in the city, Hub Box in Truro serves late-night cocktails, award-winning burgers and food, and sensational morning coffee. Hub Box is known for being extremely dog friendly, with indoor and outdoor areas perfect for canine companions.

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Top Dog Friendly Eateries near The Valley

Here at The Valley, we pride ourselves on being one of the best areas to stay in Cornwall for dogs. We have chosen some of our favourite dog friendly restaurants and pubs for you to discover if you decide to book a dog friendly stay with us. 

  • Indidog 
  • Roseland Inn 
  • Trengilly Wartha Inn
  • The Punchbowl and Ladle
  • Dolphin Inn
  • Cafe Mylor

These sensational eateries are all situated near some of Cornwall’s amazing attractions! See below for dog friendly attractions to visit:

We hope to have made you hungry for more! Our fantastic dog friendly accommodation and cottages are available to book all year round! So pack the lead, your furry friend’s favourite toy and pop down to Cornwall for some local food!


5 Best Fish and Chip Shops in Cornwall

August 23rd, 2021

Fish and chips are a British staple, and we think that nowhere does this dish better than Cornwall!

Cornwall has a range of great places to eat some classic dishes, but you can’t go wrong with freshly-caught flaky fish, crispy batter and chunky chips.

No luxury family holiday in Cornwall would be complete without trying some local fish and chips – discover some of the best spots for your next foodie adventure.

Harbour Lights, Falmouth

Among the top 10 finalists for the 2019 National Fish & Chip Awards, this spot located on the Falmouth high street certainly has a brilliant reputation for a top-notch

Harbour Lights offers a range of fresh, locally-caught fish, with bestsellers being classic cod and haddock. The chips are also made from Cornish potatoes, so you can be sure you’re getting the full Cornish experience! You can also now enjoy a vegan version of ‘fish and chips’ with nori-wrapped, battered tofu on the menu.

You can choose to dine in and enjoy the harbourside views or takeaway and enjoy your meal by the beach.

The Fisherman’s Chippy, Mevagissey

If you’re after a truly idyllic setting to enhance your fish and chip experience even more, you won’t find much better than The Fisherman’s Chippy on Oliver’s Quay in the stunning harbourside village of Mevagissey.

The classic options of cod, haddock, plaice and scampi, along with the deliciously fluffy chips, are sure to more than satisfy you and have garnered a loyal local following. With a strong focus on sustainability and using local produce, you can also eat happily in the knowledge that you are supporting the local community.

The Fisherman’s Chippy is now also taking their menu on the road with their new Chip Van that caters to public and private events!

Mariners Fish & Chips, Penryn

Serving MSC certified fish, Mariners has a wonderful menu with a modern take on the classic fish and chip shop. All the fish is caught locally from Falmouth bay, and the shop is run by a family who have been in the chip shop business for three generations.

Along with a no-nonsense portion of fish and chips, you’ll also find fish tapas, panko-breaded Japanese-style fish, tortillas and burgers. There are plenty of veggie and gluten-free options available, ensuring everyone can enjoy a delicious bite to eat.

Harbour Fish & Chips, St Ives

After a busy day at the gorgeous St Ives beach, treat yourself to a spot of fish and chips at this perfectly situated beachside chippy. Served alongside the stunning views, you can enjoy locally caught fish and seafood, with battered and grilled options available.

Aside from a classic portion of fish and chips, there are also scallops, muscles, squid and more to choose from. All of the fish on the menu comes from a local fishmonger, and the potatoes are supplied by Cornish farms.

Lewis’s Fish and Chip Shop, Newlyn

Newlyn is famous for its harbour that has been exporting fish for over 500 years, and Lewis’s has capitalised on that accessibility to serve arguably the freshest fish around – you can even spot it being carried from the harbour to the restaurant where it is quickly prepared by the chefs!

This is the place to visit for something a bit different from cod, with the restaurant serving delicious john dory, hake and monkfish!

We hope your Cornish adventure is full of plenty of delicious food – a visit to one of these fish and chip shops is sure to hit the spot!

If you’re still looking for the perfect place to stay on your holiday in Cornwall, check out our luxury accommodation here at The Valley.

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A Dog-Friendly Guide to Falmouth

July 05th, 2021

For many of us, being able to bring our four-legged friends on holiday is a must – especially when said holiday involves a trip or two to the beach! Falmouth is a beautiful coastal town with plenty to see and do, even when accompanied by your dog.

Here at The Valley, we heartily welcome dogs to our dog-friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall, but we know that not everywhere can say the same.

Whether it’s finding a spot for lunch or organising a day full of activities, locating places that accept dogs can sometimes be tricky. Our guide covers some great sites in Falmouth, so you and the whole family, including your pup, can make the most of your Cornwall holiday.

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Dog-Friendly Beaches Near Falmouth

Falmouth is a stunning seaside town, which means there are plenty of local beaches for you to explore.

Unfortunately, all Falmouth beaches have a seasonal dog ban, meaning the main beaches of Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth are off-limits during certain months of the year. However, if you’re happy to venture a little further out of town, you’ll find some fantastic spots that’ll welcome your dog.

Most dogs love to run wild at the beach and have a splash around in the water, so be sure to visit some of these beaches that allow dogs all year round.

Carne Beach

Carne Beach is a picturesque, sandy beach – perfect for a day out with the family. The beach is south facing and sheltered by Nare Head, making it a beautifully peaceful spot to set up for the day.

At lower tides, you can find some fascinating rock pools; perusing the sea life that collects here makes a great activity for the kids. As the beach permits dogs all year round, your pooch will have endless fun on these shores too.

Carne Beach is a little off the beaten track, meaning it’s usually free of the same crowds that even more popular beaches garner.

Polgwidden Cove

Polgwidden beach is somewhat hidden and unknown as the entrance can only be found through Trebah Gardens. It is a lovely sandy beach with a shingle cove where dogs are welcome all year round!

Based on the Helford River, the beach boasts splendid views and is an excellent location for a stroll along the coast or even a bit of leisurely boating.

The cove also has a rich and interesting history as it was used by the military in WW2 to launch the attack on Omaha beach in Normandy!

Portholland Beach

Portholland is comprised of two beaches, both of which offer vast stretches of golden sand.

At low tide, the east and west beaches join and create a brilliant opportunity for a long walk by the sea. Both beaches are dog-friendly all year round, so your furry friend can explore with you to their heart’s content.

There are also plenty of opportunities to grab a bite from the local seaside cafe to recharge after your adventures on the beach!

More Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall

If you don’t mind travelling a little further from Falmouth, other lovely beaches that allow dogs all year round include:

  • Hemmick Beach
  • Porthluney Beach
  • Vault Beach
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Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Falmouth

It can certainly be challenging to find the perfect place to eat, especially with your dog in tow! Thankfully, numerous places in Falmouth welcome our four-legged friends, so you won’t be short of places to visit!

Stable Pizza

As you might have guessed from its name, this place is all about pizza!

Stable Pizza offers fresh sourdough bases with homemade tomato sauce and an array of delicious toppings; absolute heaven after a long day at the beach. The restaurant also has a variety of fifty different ciders; you’ll undoubtedly be spoilt for choice.

This location is based on two floors – dogs are welcome on the ground floor.

Harbour View

This restaurant is located on the harbour front and boasts some fantastic views. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner while you watch the scenic world go by.

There is seating both indoors and on the deck – if you’re lucky enough to have a bit of sunshine, why not enjoy some alfresco dining right by the water?

Even if the day is slightly chillier or you want to enjoy outdoor dining at night when the cooler temperatures settle in, Harbour View offers complimentary blankets to keep you warm while you enjoy the views.

The Boathouse

Situated right by the water, The Boathouse is in the prime spot to enjoy some more incredible views of Falmouth Harbour.

The pub has been around for over 300 years, and it is a local staple. The menu is chock full of delicious meals, including burgers, fresh fish dishes and their famous Sunday roasts.

You’ll find both indoor and outdoor seating areas that allow your dog to join you.

Five Degrees West

Another Falmouth favourite, this bar, grill and beer garden is the perfect place for a spot of lunch and a pint. The pub is dog-friendly with a spacious layout and both outdoor and indoor seating.

For a livelier evening, they also put on live music events to accompany the delicious food and drinks.

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Dog-Friendly Attractions Near Falmouth

Falmouth is home to a variety of places to visit. Unfortunately, not all of them allow dogs. However, don’t worry just yet – there are still plenty of great spots that will welcome your pup on a day out!

Trebah Gardens

Roughly a 15-minute drive from Falmouth, Trebah Gardens is a sub-tropical paradise and is considered one of Cornwall’s gems.

The gardens feature an array of stunning flowers, giant gunnera, numerous streams and tranquil ponds. It is a splendid location for lovers of the outdoors and those who like to embrace a walk surrounded by natural beauty. Dogs are welcome to join you so long as they are on a lead.

Once you have taken a stroll through the glorious grounds, stop off at the café and grab a bite to eat. The gift shop will also offer locally-produced food, crafts and everything garden related!

Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle is a great day out for all the family and is definitely one to visit for lovers of history and stunning views.

The castle is one of Henry VIII’s most beautiful coastal fortresses, and its picturesque location is hard not to admire! Once you have taken a stroll around the incredible castle and have learned all about its fascinating history, take a trip to the tea room to enjoy a classic Cornish cream tea.

Dogs are welcome at Pendennis Castle all year round, as long as they are kept on a lead.

If you’re interested in a dog-friendly holiday to Cornwall, check out our dog-friendly cottages in our luxury holiday park in Cornwall and start planning your perfect stay today!

If a trip to Falmouth hasn’t made your holiday itinerary, take a look at our guide below to discover other great locations that are just as welcoming of your dog.

There are many places to visit in Falmouth, but unfortunately, not all of them allow dogs. However, not to worry, because we have found some great spots that welcome the pups to join the day out!

A guide to dog-friendly Cornwall

Best Winter Lunch Spots in Cornwall

January 13th, 2020

Cornwall is home to picturesque scenery, plenty of history and many delightful eateries. It truly is one of the most beautiful spots in the UK, so it is no surprise that people often choose Cornwall as a holiday destination. Come rain or shine, winter or summer; this place is brilliant all year round! You may wonder how you can enjoy the splendid countryside while it is cold and wet, but do not fear, as Cornwall has plenty of places where you can enjoy a spot of lunch and a stunning view. In this blog, we take a look at some of the best cafes, restaurants and pubs that offer delicious food and a breath-taking view, perfect for those chilly winter days.

Pandora Inn, Falmouth

25 to 30 minutes from The Valley

We will start our list of winter lunch spots in Cornwall with the award-winning Pandora Inn. Situated in the beautiful seaside town of Falmouth, this pub is a little gem of history as parts of it date back to the 13th century! It is a cosy and rustic pub, with beams on the ceiling and a thatched roof. The pub is located in a very remote location; therefore, you can arrive at the destination via foot, car, boat or bike. As the car park is of a smaller size, the pub does promote getting the boat across or enjoying a stroll or cycle. Once you arrive at the pub, you can read the fantastic menu that includes dishes such as fish pie, pork tenderloin and homemade Cornish beef burger. All ingredients used in the meals are fresh, sourced locally and the produce used is seasonal. Along with the delicious food, there is an extensive wine list and traditional real ales that are sourced from St Austell Brewery, so why not enjoy a beverage, some glorious food and take in the beautiful scenery? There is nothing better than sitting next to a roaring log fire and looking out at the delightful flowing water outside.

Charlie’s Boathouse, Charlestown

30 to 40 minutes from The Valley

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Charlestown is a beautiful fishing village that is nestled in between Carlyon Bay and Porthpean. From coffee and a sandwich to prosecco and eggs benedict, Charlie’s Boathouse is a place suited for everyone! It is a quaint family-run restaurant that is perfect for casual dining. With comfy sofas and a cosy atmosphere, it is a brilliant spot to retreat to after some time in the cold of the winter. On the menu, you can find the Boathouse burger, the Italian job pizza and scorched mackerel, with plenty of choices, you can be sure to find the perfect dish for your lunch this winter.

Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay

25 to 30 minutes from The Valley

Lewinnick Lodge is situated in the cliffs of Newquay’s Pentire Headland and boasts some spectacular views of the sea. While it might be a little chilly in the winter, the deck is a brilliant spot to immerse yourself in the scenery, so we do recommend popping out there to have a look, even if it is for a couple of minutes. Something that is quite a selling point for Lewinnick Lodge, besides the beautiful food and scenery, is the efforts they make to be a sustainable business. They are actively trying to reduce their use of plastic and source all goods locally to shrink their carbon footprint. On the menu, you can find dishes such as Cornish shellfish linguine, Lewinnick burger and Moroccan spiced bean burger, so there is plenty of variety to choose from. The beautiful Fistral beach is only minutes away so you can enjoy a wintery stroll along the beach then get cosy in Lewinnick Lodge and enjoy a refreshment and some food.

Godolphin Arms, Marazion

45 minutes from The Valley

Located opposite the iconic St Michael’s Mount in Marazion, the Godolphin Arms is a modern beachside restaurant that boasts some fantastic views and delicious food. All food served is locally sourced, and the atmosphere is relaxing and chilled, so it is the perfect spot for unwinding and enjoying the scenic views. From the classic fish and chips to monkfish, the Godolphin Arms has a wide variety of options on their menu that should appeal to all visitors. As the restaurant is so close to St Michael’s Mount, why not get the boat out to the iconic spot and then retreat to the Godolphin Arms for a cosy sit down with delicious food and a toasty refreshment to warm you up.

We hope that no matter the weather, you can enjoy your time in the stunning countryside of Cornwall. There is nothing better than spending the morning exploring and then stopping for some lunch in a coastal spot where you can refuel and warm up. If you would like to visit Cornwall, why not consider staying at The Valley in Truro? We offer luxury Cornish cottages suitable for all, including families, couples and dogs! For more information on our retreat, visit our social media channels.


Cornwall’s Top Celebrity Chef Run Restaurants

August 12th, 2018

With its golden beaches and sweeping cliffs, Cornwall is a visual delight for those who visit. At our luxury Cornish cottages you’ll experience the magnificence that the county has to offer, and with the unspoilt landscape providing the perfect backdrop for your holiday, it’s undeniable that you’ll need the food to match.

 

Celebrity chefs have been taking over our screens for  50 years but have become considerably more popular over the last decade. With many television chefs opening restaurants across the country, and with several in Cornwall, we thought that we would compile a guide of our top three in the area for you to try!

 

Paul Ainsworth at No.6, Padstow

On the north coast of Cornwall lies the fishing port of Padstow, home to Paul Ainsworth at No. 6.

 

How Did Paul Ainsworth Become a Chef?

Growing up in the hospitality industry, Paul Ainsworth studied hospitality at Southampton City College alongside training at The Star Hotel. It was through his education that Ainsworth was offered the chance to interview for a placement with Gary Rhodes.

 

This opened many doors and the next few years saw him work alongside Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wearing, allowing him to establish himself as a talented chef.

 

Opening Restaurants in Cornwall

Over the next couple of years, Ainsworth moved down to Padstow to work at No. 6; the restaurant he then went on to buy with his wife, Emma. Since then, he has opened a series of restaurants, and most recently a guesthouse, all in the Padstow area.

 

Celebrity Status

In 2011, Ainsworth appeared on the BBC2 series, The Great British Menu. Since competing, he has appeared as a regular guest on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, as well as featuring as a regular guest on BBC’s Yes Chef. Alongside this, he has firmly established himself as a celebrity chef by appearing on both MasterChef and Royal Recipes.

 

No. 6

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 was awarded a Michelin Star in 2013. Since then, the restaurant has undergone a recent remodel but has remained a celebrated establishment. The delightful staff will make you feel right at home as you experience the epitome of fine dining.

 

Located in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse in the quaint fishing port town of Padstow, No. 6 makes use of the best locally sourced ingredients, preparing modern British food with some incredible Cornish produce!

 

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Watergate Bay

EDIT: FIFTEEN HAS PERMANENTLY CLOSED AS OF DECEMBER 2019

Watergate Bay provides the impressive backdrop for the next stop on our list. One of the biggest celebrity chefs in the world, Jamie Oliver opened his Fifteen restaurants as a way of helping unemployed young adults break into the catering industry.

 

Recruiting Apprentices

Since the conception of the first Fifteen restaurant in London in 2002, Oliver opened another branch three miles outside of Newquay. The Watergate Bay site has since recruited over 200 apprentices, with 91% of the people who have completed the course still being in employment since leaving.

 

Italian Influence, Seasonal Ingredients

Main menu evening dishes take from an Italian influence, and ingredients used are selected based on the season. Not only that, but all the profits from the restaurant go to its registered charity, Cornwall Food Foundation. Due to their support, the apprenticeship scheme is able to keep running!

 

 

The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

Rick Stein opened The Seafood Restaurant in 1974 with his wife, Jill.

 

A Change of Plans

Originally planned to be a nightclub, the Stein’s found trouble with the clientele that they were attracting, so after a rethink, they reopened as a seafood restaurant. Using the freshest and finest seafood that Cornwall has to offer, The Seafood Restaurant opened a year later.

 

Simply Classic

It’s the simple dishes and the classic flavours that make the restaurant so popular. With a bar in the centre of the room to watch chefs assemble your platter, you’ll be sure to want to return to this firm favourite amongst the visitors of Padstow.

 

The international reputation that it has gained over the last 44 years means that The Seafood Restaurant is going nowhere any time soon. Having only one meat dish on the menu, it really would be foolish to order anything other than fish at this fine eatery.

 

Which of these celebrity chef-owned restaurants would you most like to visit? Let us know via our social media channels!

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Cornish pubs among UK’s best places to eat

February 04th, 2015

Two Cornish pubs have been featured on a prestigious list named the best places to eat in Great Britain, continuing to reinforce the high quality of the South West’s local food scene.

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