Devon is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK for dogs, and their owners! Miles of stunning coast path to explore with a backdrop of ever-changing seascape, countless pretty footpaths snaking through picture-postcard countryside, beautiful beaches, bustling market towns, peaceful woodland trails and captivating rugged moorland – all conspire to make Devon the perfect place to enjoy a dog-friendly holiday in the great outdoors.
After your physical exertions, why not head to one of the county’s many fine traditional pubs to reward yourselves with a well-earned rest? Whether it’s to enjoy a lunch al fresco in a pretty beer garden in summer, a delicious homemade Sunday roast, or a couple of pints in front of a cosy log fire in winter, Devon is blessed with an abundance of outstanding country pubs that will happily welcome both you and your four legged friend.
Here are 20 of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Devon…
1. Millbrook Inn, South Pool
Small, welcoming creek-side pub in a beautiful setting serving excellent locally sourced classic English pub food with a hint of French thrown in. Sunday roasts accompanied by live Jazz are especially popular.
2. Victoria Inn, Salcombe
A warm and friendly pub in the centre of town with plenty of seating and a pretty rear beer garden with children’s play area. Serving quality pub classics such as fish and chips, burgers and steaks which can be washed down with a range of local beers and ciders.
3. Ferry Boat Inn, Dittisham
Affectionately known as the FBI, this lively pub on the shore of the River Dart is a fantastic setting to enjoy live bands, a locally sourced menu and wide selection of real ales complete with panoramic views.
4. The Pig’s Nose Inn, East Prawle
Quirky 16th century inn overlooking the green in the pretty, windswept village of East Prawle with regular live music nights, and serving classic pub grub and real ales straight from the barrel.
5. The Sloop Inn, Bantham
Historic pub in the pretty village of Bantham, and a great spot to enjoy well-cooked classic meals or a pint after a day spent on the beach or walking the South West Coast Path.
6. The Village Inn, Thurlestone
Popular 16th century inn complete with beams salvaged from Spanish Armada ships wrecked nearby, yet today enjoying stylish modern décor and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Plenty of comfortable seating areas inside and out, along with a menu offering freshly prepared meals and daily specials.
7. The Ship, Noss Mayo
Pretty waterside pub where children can paddle in the water and yachtsmen tie up their boats outside. Enjoy local beers and fresh homemade food, whilst soaking up the views of the Yealm estuary.
8. The Journey’s End, Ringmore
Friendly village local that’s also carved out a reputation as a destination food pub with plenty of space. The chef draws on his travels to create outstanding British and Thai cuisine along with tempting deserts and healthy kid’s options.
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9. Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe-in-the-Moor
Traditional Dartmoor inn with a homely atmosphere and pretty beer garden where farm animals roam. The bar is stocked with real ales, farm cider and a comprehensive wine list, and the home-cooked menu is made up of quality locally-sourced produce.
10. Warren House Inn, Postbridge
Warm and friendly pub in the heart of Dartmoor with a menu full of well-cooked pub favourites, daily specials and good vegetarian options. The home cooked pies, made with quality local ingredients, are particularly popular.
11. The Post Inn, Whiddon Down
Cosy traditional 16th century inn surrounded by beautiful countryside and serving high quality pub classics accompanied by an excellent range of real ales and ciders.
12. The Rock Inn, Haytor
Traditional inn with award-winning restaurant serving imaginative dishes using fresh local fish, meat and game accompanied by a selection of local ales, ciders and an extensive wine list. The perfect place for a pit stop during a long dog walk on Dartmoor.
13. The Chagford Inn, Chagford
Friendly pub serving excellent locally-sourced food in a relaxed environment. Serving delicious freshly made breads, smoked fish and meats all cured in house, as well as an entire menu dedicated to local beef.
14. The Plume of Feathers, Princetown
Traditional 18th century Dartmoor inn with friendly staff and plenty of atmosphere serving home cooked dishes using locally sourced Dartmoor produce.
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15. The Pig on the Hill, Westward Ho!
Country pub set on top of a hill serving excellent food. Sit inside on cooler days or when the sun’s out enjoy the sun terrace. Plenty to keep small people entertained too, with a games room and lots of space to explore.
16. The Beaver Inn, Appledore
Waterside pub with wonderful estuary and sea views serving local fish, along with other excellent locally sourced food and a choice of wines, beers and real ales. Dine on the terrace or in the bar or dining room and watch the fishing boats come in on the tide with their catch of the day.
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17. The Harbour Inn, Axmouth
800 year old traditional thatched public house with a great atmosphere and plenty of period features. Famed for a quality menu of fresh, local produce and popular with families, birdwatchers and dog walkers. Dog water and biscuits provided.
18. The White Hart Inn, Colyford
Warm welcoming atmosphere and delicious, home cooked food await you when you step into this traditional country pub and restaurant. Located in the heart of the village right by the Seaton Tramway.
19. The Sidmouth Arms, Upottery
Well-kept, traditional pub in a picturesque village surrounded by glorious East Devon countryside. Open all day, every day serving home cooked, sophisticated menus along with plenty of locally brewed beers to try and an array of other drinks.
20. The Puffing Billy, Exton
A popular pub in the beautiful village of Exton, offering seasonal menus of locally sourced produce in cosy, stylish surroundings.
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