Devon has a wealth of fabulous pubs – most of them welcoming your furry friend to join you while you tuck into delicious Devon fare (much of it locally sourced from nearby farms) and sit besides roaring log fires after a bracing walk with your dog by your side.
The Pig on the Hill, Westward Ho.
Address: Pusehill Rd, Bideford, Devon EX39 5AH
Voted Best Newcomer at the 2014 Great British Pub Awards, The Pig on the Hill is one of the best foodie pubs in Devon. With rustic yet contemporary decor and a great outdoor it looks the part, and the food is delicious too. Plus, the kids will love the pigs and chickens roaming around, tooo.
The chef has trained under Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsey, and so produces imaginative but hearty dishes such as Heal Farm pork tenderloin wrapped in Serrano ham, served with apple marmalade, scratchings and twice-cooked chips.
The Jack in the Green, Rockbeare
Address: Rockbeare, London Rd, North Exeter, Devon EX5 2EE
If you are looking for authentic Devon food then this is the pub for you. Clever head chef Matthew Mason serves and sources local produce. Its restaurant has a totally Devon menu with dishes such as spiced Devon fish stew, roast Creedy carver duck breast and Roast leg of Whimple Lamb and a three course Totally Devon meal for only £25. No wonder it has been awarded a michelin bib gourmand from the Michelin Guide 2015.
The Five Bells, Clyst Hydon, Cullompton
Address: Clyst Hydon, Exeter, Devon EX15 2NT
Another lovely pub in the village of Clyst Hydon, just 10 miles from Exeter but arriving here feels like stepping back in time. You will be driving through winding green Devon lanes past fields and forest to reach the pub but its well worth the effort. Its a 16th century Grade ll listed thatched picture perfect building with stone floors and wooden beams yet with all modern comforts. Ex-Gidleigh Park
Head Chef Ian Webber heads up the kitchen so expect good grub. Specialities include the One-pot South Devon rib eye and the one-pot Road Devon ‘ark’ Chicken.
The Sea Trout Inn, Staverton
Address: Staverton, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6PA
Owners are actively encouraged to bring their dogs along to the Sea Trout Inn in Staverton – a relaxed 15th Century Inn. The Sea Trout serves delicious fare including seafood risotto with squid, scallops, tiger prawns and clams and pub classics like lambs liver, smoked bacon and mash. Plus, most of the ingredients sourced from South Devon farms and fisheries.
The cosy lounge bar has a wonderfully warming log fire – the perfect place for you and your dog to relax after a long walk.
The Thatched Tavern, Steep Hill, Maidencombe
Address: Steep Hill, Maidencombe, Torquay, Devon TQ1 4TS
Nestled in the heart of Maidencombe, this picture perfect pub is located in a gorgeous village in the Torbay countryside and just 300 metres from the beach. Expect a cosy bar, roaring log fires and delicious locally sourced food. The pub is famous for its pies and the steak or game pie come highly recommended. It also recently won the Hall & Woodhouse Best Beer Quality Award 2015.
The Mason’s Arms, Branscombe
Address: Branscombe Village, Branscombe EX12 3DJ
After dining on seasonal, locally sourced food in the pub’s restaurant or cosy bar, walk it off on beautiful Branscombe Beach, a 10-minute stroll away. This archetypal English Country pub is combined with stylish bedrooms that look like they’re straight out of a Boutique Hotel and where dogs are welcome to stay in the Cottage rooms. Inn Heaven!
The Three Crowns, Chagford
Address: High St, Chagford, Devon TQ13 8AJ
A picture-perfect thatched pub – dating back to the 13th century – in the centre of the stannary (tin mining) town of Chagford, the Three Crowns has an impressive reputation for food and 21 ensuite, boutique-style bedrooms.
Chagford is known as one of the prettiest small towns on Dartmoor with a vibrant Summer Arts’ Festival and some fabulous local walks.
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The Maltsters’ Arms, Tuckenhay
Address: Tuckenhay, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7EH
Once owned by flamboyant TV chef Keith Floyd, The Maltsters’ is a riverside pub tucked away on the banks of Bow Creek and featured in The TImes’ Best 50 Places to eat Al Fresco. The pub provides something for everyone; stunning off-the-beaten-track location, home cooked food (including take away fish and chips and homemade pizza) and most critical, dogs (and well behaved children) are very welcome.
The Rose and Crown, Yealmpton
Address: Market St, Yealmpton, Plymouth, Devon PL8 2EB
This dog friendly pub, just five miles from Plymouth, specialises in award-winning food at pub prices. In fact, the pub is renowned locally for the freshest and best seasonal ingredients and locally sourced produce. The walled garden is the perfect spot for summer lunch, whilst the leather sofas and open fires in the bar provide a cosy place to curl up with lunch, the Sunday papers and the dog!
The Duke of York, Iddesleigh
Address: Iddesleigh, Winkleigh, Devon EX19 8BG
Ensuring its literary (and animal loving) credentials, The Duke of York’s claim to fame is that it is where Michael Morpurgo came up with the idea for War Horse. It was also Ted Hughes’ local. Justifiably proud of its CAMRA listing, the Duke of York has a great range of real ales served direct from the barrel. No jukeboxes, fruit machines, karaoke nights or pool tables – just roaring log fires, generous portions of home cooked food in an impossibly picturesque English village.
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And with many of our pet owners travelling to the Devon coast and countryside with their pets every year already, we’ve picked out the best places to dine, do and stay at the most pet-adoring places.
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