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Top 5 Dog Friendly Pubs in Ilfracombe

Date: 20th April 2018
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Author: Sarah Twist
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Publisher: Darwin Escapes
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Park: Beach Cove Coastal Retreat
Food & Drink


Take a romantic break away to the Devonshire Coastline and bring your puppy to explore the local area

Beach Cove Coastal Retreat is situated along the Cliffside of Hele Bay, offering stunning views from all angles, and is only a 2 minute walk to the Hele Bay Beach. The local area of Hele Bay Village and Ilfracombe town offer fabulous dog friendly pubs and restaurants to dine out at, no matter the weather! And with a number of our beautiful beach huts being dog friendly too, your furbaby doesn’t need to get left behind during your romantic getaway to the beach.

We have come up with our top 5 dog friendly pubs in Ilfracombe and we’re here to share these delightful eateries with you…

Note: all places below have the postcode and travel distance from Beach Cove


Hele Bay Pub

Where: EX34 9QZ / 4 minute walk away
Take a short walk into the village to the friendly and family run Hele Bay Pub, which serves mouth-watering pub grub in a fantastic atmosphere, there is also a fully stocked bar to enjoy, which serves locally brewed ale. Sit in the cosy pub setting for the winter months with your pooch relaxing next to you. During the sunnier months you can soak up the sun in the wonderful beer garden, where the outdoor seating area is ideal to take advantage of the views and a quick cuddle with your puppy! The Hele Bay Pub is open every day from 12noon to 11:30pm.
BONUS: All Beach Cove Coastal Retreat guests receive 5% off their bill when eating or drinking at Hele Bay Pub. Make sure to take your booking confirmation.


Hele Billy’s Bar & Restaurant

Where: EX34 9QY / 4 minute walk away
This family run restaurant by Diana and Tony, offers delicious and healthy meals, created from locally sauced and fresh ingredients. Being close to Ilfracombe Harbour means freshly caught fish features heavily on the menu, but there is also plenty of variety, including home cooked ham, egg and chips, along with an ever changing ‘specials board’. Hele Billy’s is open every day from 12noon to 9pm, and has a wonderful beer garden to soak up the sun and enjoy a lovely meal or afternoon drink. Dogs are welcome in and outside of Hele Billy’s, so pop along and enjoy an afternoon at this dog friendly pub in Ilfracombe.


The Pier Brewery Tap & Grill


This photo of The Pier Brewery Tap & Grill is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Where: EX34 9EQ / 6 minute walk away
You’ll enjoy a whole host of grilled delights at The Pier and located right on the Ilfracombe Harbour means you can enjoy the outstanding views of the Bristol Channel, Irish Sea and even the Welsh Coastline. Enjoy a mouth-watering meal or relaxing evening drink on the ‘Poop Deck’ (beer garden) and soak up the atmosphere and sunshine, but if it’s a little chilly, snuggle up with your fur-baby in the cosy seating and warm up next to the classic log burner. Serving quality food, as well as the freshest catch of the day from local fishermen, with all dishes freshly made and healthy portions to fill all rumbling tummies! The fully stocked bar is home to a wide variety of local and international lagers or ciders to test your taste buds. There is also a full programme of live music events to enjoy throughout the year.


George & Dragon

Where: EX34 9ED / 5 minutes’ drive away
If you fancy a little 25 minute walk, pop to the George & Dragon for some delicious and traditional pub grub with a friendly atmosphere from this family run pub, by landlords Linda and Jonathan. Enjoy an evening out with your puppy and relax in the beautiful setting of Ilfracombe Harbour by testing your taste buds with wonderful homemade food, which is served every day, with the George & Dragon open every day from 11:30am to midnight. The pub also has a range of fun events all year round, including live music, pub quizzes and even spontaneous jam sessions.


The Thatched Inn

Where: EX34 9PG / 16 minute walk away
Although dogs are not allowed inside, they are welcome in the beer garden of The Thatched Inn, so pop along to this 17th Century building during a sunny day for a delicious meal and refreshing beverage. The traditional pub grub offers something for everyone to eat, and all ingredients are locally produced, with the bar offering delicious real ales to wet your palate. The Thatched Inn was recently presented with the Muddy Stilettos Best Destination Pub in Devon 2017!


Pet Friendly Holidays in Devon

Beach Cove Coastal Retreat offers the ideal place to base yourself to explore the local area, located on the Cliffside of Hele Bay you can enjoy spectacular views and only a 2 minute walk to the Hele Bay Beach from your doorstep. Each of our one-of-a-kind beach huts sleeps two people, with a number of them being pet friendly and some even offering hot tubs to soak up the Devonshire Coastline views from your private decking.

Discover all that Ilfracombe has to offer, from the fascinating Ilfracombe Museum, historic Victorian Beaches Tunnels, to the fabulous Hele Corn Mill & Tea Room for a delicious afternoon tea date. Most places in and around Ilfracombe are pet friendly, and with our top 5 list above, you can enjoy a wonderful meal out in the local area at one of the dog friendly pubs in Ilfracombe.


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