Dog-friendly eats within walkies distanceby Craig Burkinshaw
Cornwall is a dog-loving county, and most cafés and pubs will welcome four-legged friends inside. It’s just one reason why we encourage guests to bring their dogs – why shouldn’t they enjoy a Three Mile Beach holiday as much as their owners? Here are my favourite food places, guaranteed to give pooches VIP treatment.
A short walk for a quick snack
Sunset Surf Café & Bar, Gwithian Towans
Gwithian’s only beachside café is right on our doorstep, and it’s a hit with dog walkers, surfers, and visitors. It has a lovely outdoor decked area where you can tuck into breakfast, lunch, and early dinner with lovely sea views. Dogs must be kept on leads, though, please.
The Jampot, Gwithian Towans
This quaint-looking café – once a coastguard lookout – is only a 5-minute walk from us and does great coffee and cakes. There’s a garden at the front where you and your dogs can lap up views of St Ives Bay.
Godrevy Café, Godrevy Towans
We love to take the dogs on a morning walk along the beach* to Godrevy Café, which is a great place for breakfast or lunch. They always give our furry companions a very friendly welcome and happily allow them inside the café and on the ground floor outside. There are also dog treats for sale.
*Restrictions in place July and August.
Dog-friendly pubs within walking distance
Rockpool, Godrevy Towans
A 15-minute walk along on the beach or sand dunes from Three Mile Beach is the Rockpool café, which has plenty of space inside and out. Dogs are well and truly welcome – all they ask is that you keep them on a lead inside.
Red River Inn, Gwithian
In Gwithian village, not far from the South West Coast Path, is the recently refurbished Red River Inn. It’s another beautiful 15-minute walk through the dunes from Three Mile Beach. When you get there, you can rest legs and paws in the beer garden across the road and order from a hearty lunch and dinner menu that includes fresh seafood, steaks, and burgers. The pub is open from 10 am for breakfast, and dogs are welcome inside on a lead.
A walk along the beach towards the Hayle Estuary and Hayle
Cove Café, Riviere Towans near Hayle
If you’re walking over to Hayle, you’ll come across an area called Riviere Towans, and this is where you’ll find the sweet little Cove Café, set back from the beach and close to the South West Coast Path. This dog-friendly café is the perfect half-way snack stop, serving breakfast, burgers, coffee, and doggie ice creams.
A longer walk (or a short drive)
Hell’s Mouth Kitchen and Bar
Past Godrevy lighthouse, on the South West Coast path towards Portreath, is this welcome foodie outpost. It’s in a remote spot, so there’s plenty of outdoor space to sit with your dog and sample a locally sourced coffee, beer, and good food. Now, a word of warning: Hell’s Mouth headland across the road has a sheer drop down to the sea, so please, please keep your dogs on a lead.
Driftwood Spas, St Agnes
This one is for ambitious walkers and super-fit dogs only as it’s a 15-mile walk from Three Mile Beach over to St Agnes. The reward is the stunning scenery along the way and the famous Driftwood Spas pub and brewery when you get there. Dogs will be happy to sprawl in the outdoor area while you revive yourself with a delicious pint of fresh Cornish ale.
For more on Three Mile Beach and why it’s perfect for dogs (and humans), see our guide to the best dog-friendly beaches nearby.