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Insiders guide: Dog friendly cafe's near Porthleven

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Insiders guide: Best dog friendly cafes near Porthleven

Posted: July 4, 2021


It’s a dogs life in Porthleven. For dogs spending time on holiday with their owners there are pubs and cafes, beach walks, coast path adventures and not far away, fun attractions to visit. Being dog lovers ourselves, we’ve put together our favourite haunts for homemade cake and great coffee that welcome furry friends.

Nauti-But-Ice, Porthleven harbour

A lovely relaxed café serving up beautiful views over the harbour with Roskilly’s Ice-Cream, light lunches and Origin Coffee. Enjoy the outside terrace in warmer months and the roaring wood burner in the winter. Go-Nauti, next door, is a family friendly pizza restaurant.

Nauti but Ice - Porthleven Holiday cottages

Mussel Shoal, Porthleven Harbour Head

You can’t get closer to the water than the Mussel Shoal! Situated right on the harbour terrace, this lovely outdoor cafe serves mussels and chips in the warmer months. A wonderful relaxing place in the day and a bit more lively in the evening. (open May-October until 11pm).

Mussel Shoal Facebook page

mussel shoal

The Stables Café, Penrose Estate (nr Porthleven)

On the outskirts of Porthleven is the wonderful National Trust Penrose Estate. Park at the car park just outside Porthleven (its free!) and walk through the woods and past the fields to the Penrose Café. A great little walk for dogs and people alike. You can see Looe Bar and the old Penrose estate house, plus spend some time in the walled garden. The café serves delicious coffee, sandwiches and homemade cakes.



Origin Coffee Café, Porthleven harbour

This little coffee shop is pretty awesome! Origin Coffee originates from Helston, just a few miles away, where their ethically sourced coffee is brewed. It is now in shops all over the world! The views onto the harbour head and towards our famous clock tower make you want to linger a little longer.

Origin Coffee Cafe Porthleven

Poldhu Beach Cafe

Head down to Poldhu Cove near Mullion to start your day! The imposing cliffs on either side make a great vantage point to admire the beach from high above. The beach is popular with surfers and families enjoying beach days. The river running through the middle of the beach keeps children entertained all day long making dams and playing the water. Poldu Beach Cafe offers visitors their famous creamy hot chocolates with all the trimmings. Very inviting after a winter walk on the cliffs! Basic fare is served up in the summer months too.

Poldhu Beach Cafe

Tremenhere Kitchen, Tremenhere Sculpture Garden, nr Penzance

The Woods Café is easily missed if you are visiting the incredible sculpture garden – but is has its own grandeur! The wood and glass building, with large atrium and lovely outdoor seating is a fabulous place to spend a few hours. The food is fabulous! Plenty of vegetarian options, great coffee and specialty cakes. Be sure to visit the little shop which houses a wonderful collection of art and locally made artisan crafts and jewellery.

Tremenhere Kitchen, nr Marazion

Ferryboat Inn

Situated not far from Frenchman’s Creek, which inspired Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, this 300 year old Inn sits right on the Helford River. Enjoy a simple, gastro pub style, seasonal food and soak up the atmosphere on the terrace on a sunny day or sit by the fire in the winter.

Ferry Boat Inn - Helford, Cornwall
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