Five of the best dog-friendly pubs in North Devon

If you’ve brought your dog with you on holiday to North Devon, you’ll be looking forward to some gorgeous walks. Thankfully, this area is blessed with many stunning and historic country pubs where you and your trusted hound can put your feet/paws up and rest while enjoying some famous local hospitality.

We’ve selected five of the best dog-friendly pubs within striking distance of our wonderful holiday accommodation in North Devon, where your pet is welcome, so long as it’s behaved (not to mention you)! Whether you’re walking then popping in for lunch or dinner, or simply stopping off to “research” the local beer, you’ll be sure of a great atmosphere at all of these venues.

1 The Bradworthy Inn, Bradworthy

This beautiful 16th-century coaching inn offers a tempting selection of real ales, wines, spirits and delicious home-cooked food. Set right in the village square, and next to the church, there’s plenty of free parking if you wanted to set up base, go for a walk around the area, and then finish off with a meal, which will be made with local produce where possible.

The friendly staff are keen to stress that children and dogs are welcome, and there is a nice beer garden to the rear of the partly-thatched property with plenty of seating. If the weather is poor, you can take your dog in the pub, but only into the bar area and not the restaurant. There are three tables for eating in the bar area, so it might be prudent to book ahead so you can be sure of a place.

Call the pub on 01409 241222.

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2 The Kings Arms, Stratton

Our second choice is positively modern, the 17th-century Kings Arms in Stratton, near Bude! Serving award-winning real ales and tasty home cooking, it’s around 370 years young, and the bar is adorned with historical photos of the pub with an intriguing narrative. The pub is in the Good Beer Guide, so you’ll be assured of a good-quality ale while you and your dog rest up. Staff will offer well-behaved dogs on leads a treat, if they are allowed, and there’s always a fresh bowl of water, too.

There’s a good selection of traditional pub food to keep you happy, with fresh Cornish fish when available. There’s an enclosed patio area for the warmer days, and if you’re lucky you’ll get to listen to some fine local music, like the Big Dog Boogie Band (pictured). Told you they were dog friendly!

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3 The Bush Inn, Morwenstow

If you’re looking for a good long walk with the dog and then a stop at an historic dog-friendly pub, this is probably the best of both worlds wrapped up into one perfect day out. And as we’re waxing lyrical about ages of these pubs, the Bush Inn has been serving thirsty locals and through travellers since the 13th-century. Yes, the 13th century!

Situated in Morwenstow, just inland from the South West Coast Path on the Hartland Cornwall Heritage Coast, it’s ideal for a refreshment and food break while putting in some breathtakingly beautiful miles with the dog. It’s north of Bude, but easily accessible by car from Quarry Pods and our five-star dog friendly holiday accommodation near Holsworthy.

Best of all, it’s open all day, every day. Check food serving times, but by and large you’ll get fed from 12 noon until 8pm, or 9pm Thursday to Saturday!

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4 The Old Smithy Inn, Darracott

Another 13th-century inn. It seems all people did hundreds of years ago on the Devon/Cornwall border was drink ale and make merry. Still, it’s good news for those of us who like popping in to these establishments for some wholesome hospitality, all while enjoying the company of our dog!

The Old Smithy is a mile inland from the coast, which means you really should add ‘walk’ to its ‘Eat. Drink. Surf’ advertising line. The food is excellent, offering a range of homemade specials, salads, pizzas and Wessex Pantry pies. There’s delicious homemade puddings topped off with yummy Dunstaple Farm ice-cream. You might think about making a reservation to ensure you can sit with the dog (unless you’re happy to eat outside). Food is generally served from 12pm to 2.30pm, and from 6pm to 9pm and some nights there is cool live music. The perfect way to unwind.

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There is some car parking available, so this is a great place to drive to from your luxury dog-friendly accommodation in Devon. From The Old Shippon and our accommodation at Dunsdon Farm, it’s not much more than ten miles to The Old Smithy Inn.

So, there you have five of our top recommendations for dog-friendly pubs in North Devon, with a little help from one or two from just across the border in Cornwall. We’re blessed to have so many atmospheric old pubs around these parts, and you’ll find plenty more of them in this area, or just a little bit further afield, where you can go walking with your pet and then enjoy some traditional dog-friendly pub hospitality.