Updated: Feb 18
On warm summer days when you are away from the house or office it’s wonderful to take the
opportunity to make a day of it and sit and relax at many of the city’s cafe’s and restaurants. But if
you have a dog, there’s always the worry of a closed door on your furry friends.
Happily many Plymouth places are pooch-permissive so here’s a list of places along Britain’s
Ocean City’s waterfront where you can paws for thought with your pup.
Dogs are certainly welcome all around Plymouth’s waterfront – in fact they are positively
encouraged as long as they look after their owners responsibly and dispose of any little packages
in the special bins provided.
The Coffee Shack
Quite possibly the best coffee stop view in the whole of Britain! Here good coffee and pastry can
be found and enjoyed above the breathtaking vista of the Sound. Almost exactly positioned in the
middle of the Hoe, you and your furry friend can start the day from 8am and finish as the sun sets.
With an unbeatable combination of great food and great coastal views, The Dock is a family run
café and restaurant that’s perfect for everyone including your dog. However, it’s best to only go
with them on a good-weather day because they are only allowed to sit out on the terrace. But as it
is situated at King Point Marina, in the heart of the Plymouth’s vibrant and ever changing Coastal
Quarter in Millbay enjoying the wonderful outlook from the two al fresco balcony dining areas is
This restaurant for seafood lovers isn’t the place for dog lovers to take their pets unless you are
sitting in their alfresco area. But from here you can overlook the ocean and enjoy food from either
the restaurant or from the takeaway. It’s the perfect spot to watch the boats come into the marina.
This spot is well known for being an afternoon and evening sun trap. It can also be accessed by
boat into the little harbour just in case you happen to take your dogs out on the water! The bar, two
dining areas and the outside area are dog friendly, and they have a stash of dog biscuits for four
The Blues Bar and Grill
This is a family run restaurant for those who love blues music and a great atmosphere. There is
seating outside and inside and with a bar, cafe, restaurant and a live music venue all in one it’s a
great place to go. Dogs are welcome until 6pm – after that it’s the humans that do the howling.
For something with a view to die for and mouthwatering tapas washed down with some wine then
this place is a good bet. During the daytime you can sit on the sun-trap terrace with your four-
footed companions and feel as if you are enjoying a day in the Med…unless its raining of course!
Boston Tea Party
Open from 7am, Boston Tea Party is a modern independent British café. It has an outdoor seating
area for 30 with stunning views over Sutton Harbour Marina towards the Barbican. BTP welcomes dogs inside and outside at any time and absolutely loves them! There is also water provided for
them in special little bowls. Stop here for breakfast on early morning walkies?
Rockets and Rascals
This stylish cycle cafe is open from 8am until 6pm. Dogs are welcome and they get some water
too. The Rockets cafe serves up delicious cakes and coffee from traditional espresso to single
origin pour-over. Of course the cakes and coffee are for you – not your little friend!
Offering of over 80 varieties of cider and sourdough base artisan pizzas, this place has some of the
best waterside views in Plymouth – overlooking Sutton Harbour Marina of course! The Stable does
take dogs – as long as they are well behaved and stay on the lead. There’s a great downstairs
area outside where slightly more energetic pets might be more comfortable!
Located on the Harbourside, The Ship offers al fresco dining under giant Jumbrellas and also has
a downstairs bar. In both of these places dogs are welcomed and often offered little treats to
accompany their water. The upstairs restaurant is for humans only.
The Boathouse Cafe
This is an award winning seafood cafe and restaurant set under the fisherman's arches by the
Mayflower Steps. Their speciality is fresh fish and shellfish, sustainably caught by their own day
boat. Perfect for a salty sea dog and companion at any time of day or night!
There are a selection of pubs in Sutton Harbour and on the Barbican that allow dogs.
The Admiral McBride offers some light refreshments for your pooch (water) whilst you enjoys
yours (probably not water) and the same goes for the Maritime Inn and Dolphin too.
The Navy also offers them a little biscuit or two and at The Crown and Anchor not only are they
welcome, but it has even been known for a couple of daft dog owners to order gammon steak off
the menu for their pet!
If you are looking for freshly baked bread or pastries with delicious coffee or hot chocolate, Jacka
Bakery offers both of these – and some water for your dog.
Monty’s also welcomes dogs but have a rule that they must stay on the floor and so does the
lovely Flower Café which offers a selection of yummy homemade cakes and freshly made
Finally, the Tourist Information Centre, situated on The Barbican also opposite the Mayflower Steps
has some dog guides that you can collect for the city, including a beach calendar that will give you seasonal information.