Tavistock is a wonderful dog friendly town to visit, with many businesses offering excellent pooch friendly hospitality. There are plenty of places to eat, drink and visit so your four-legged friends will feel very welcome.
The historic pannier market (open Tuesday to Saturday | incl. Mondays during summer holidays) welcomes well-behaved dogs and you can mooch with your pooch as you browse to your heart's content.
For ideas on what to see and do in Tavistock, pay a visit to the Visitor Information Centre in the Guildhall where you can take your dog with you and find out more information on the town.
An historic walking tour of Tavistock serves as a perfect introduction to the town’s vast heritage and your doggo will love it too. They appreciate a walk down the river to watch the ducks float past as you take in the remains of the Abbey. Grab a fabulous coffee to go from The Stranded Sheep on Pepper St.
Many of the independent shops are also dog friendly and have dog treats on the counter and dog bowls with fresh water at the door. Keep an eye out for these as you are walking around the town.
Eating & Drinking
There are loads of independent eateries in Tavistock that welcome your beloved fur friends. Some offer treats and water bowls and you may even find a sausage for that well behaved doggy.
East Gate Café | Market Rd
The Eastgate Café and Brasserie is idyllically situated right next to the River Tavy. There is a large outdoor terrace alongside the river which is a must during the summer, allowing you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the river as you enjoy your food and drink. Gluten, Vegan and Dairy Free menus available here and dogs are welcome inside and outside in the courtyard.
Duke's Coffee House | Pannier Market
Duke's is a bustling coffee house and café slap bang in the heart of Tavistock. You can watch the world go by as you enjoy home-cooked and locally sourced produce. Once replete, you can head into the Pannier Market for a mooch with the pooch.
Lemon Grove Café | Duke St
Lemon Grove Café offers an American Diner style menu which includes top quality steaks, handmade burgers, grilled chicken, sticky BBQ ribs and chilli. In addition, they serve sweet and savoury crepes freshly made at the counter, pancake stacks, milkshakes and ice cream sundaes (choose from 16 different flavours of ice cream and sorbet). Good disabled access means everyone is welcome, including your well behaved four-legged friends.
The Original Pasty House | West St
Here you can Eat in or Takeaway. Open 7 days a week serving you a range of award-winning West Country pasties, freshly made sandwiches, baguettes, wraps, salads, toasties, paninis, oven-baked jacket potatoes, and gourmet burgers. Located within striking distance of Bedford Square, dogs are made very welcome in their eat-in area.
Taylors Bistro | Market St
Set in the old heart of Tavistock on Market Street, Taylors is a contemporary venue with a welcoming feel. A great place for morning or afternoon tea, you will also find inspired menus and wonderful classic cocktails. This is a great venue to take your four-legged friend for a cocktail or coffee and cake.
Cornish Arms | West St
The Cornish Arms is so called as it was the last Coaching Inn before Cornwall. An award-winning and UK top-50 Gastro Pub, they serve good honest food and drink in warm welcoming surroundings. Dogs are welcome in the bar area plus the lovely garden too.
Too Hoppy | Brook St
At Too Hoppy you can relax with your four-legged friend while supping on the best local and national craft beer from the best producers. Giving all visitors access to some of the best craft beer around, you can expand your beer tasting palates as Too Hoppy proves that beer comes in so many different varieties.
Tavistock Hotel & Inn | Brook St
Pop into this traditional, local pub at the end of the high street where real ales, log fire and charming patio all await. Dogs are welcome in the bar area plus the lovely garden too. Offering a traditional pub grub menu with all your family favourites from Ham, Egg & Chips to Sunday Roasts, you may even meet resident Charlie when you visit!
Staying Over in Tavistock with your pooch
Dogs also enjoy an overnight stay with their family and there are plenty of places to choose from in Tavistock!
The Bedford Hotel | Plymouth Rd
Visit The Bedford Hotel, in the heart of Tavistock, and you'll find they are very dog friendly. They can accommodate your dog in many of the guest rooms plus your pooch is also allowed in the bar or lounge area. On check in you will receive a doggy bag to help make your four-legged friend welcome. How marvellous!
Hotel Endsleigh | Milton Abbot
Hotel Endsleigh is a great choice for a stay in Tavistock. This upscale hotel features a bar/lounge, restaurant, terrace and beautiful gardens. There are 19 rooms and two homely drawing rooms with roaring fires, ottomans, botanical paintings and plump sofas. The bedrooms and lounges welcome your dog plus there are lots of great walks on the estate for all to enjoy.
Rockmount B&B | Drake Rd
Stylish accommodation just yards from the historic town centre, Rockmount offers comfortable rooms with an extensive, locally sourced breakfast menu. Very pet friendly, this b&b is well located for country walks with your four-legged friend. With a small number of pet friendly rooms, they also provide you with a water bowl, towel and bed if you've forgotten yours. A £5.00 per pet, per night charge applies and is donated to a local Dog Charity “Margaret Green Animal Rescue – Tavistock”.
Harford Bridge Holiday Park | Peter Tavy
If you are more about an escapad in the great outdoors, Harford Bridge Park is the ideal base to enjoy your perfect holiday. The five-star, award-winning family-run holiday park is situated just outside Tavistock, on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. Its tranquil and riverside setting is your gateway to the moorland and adventures beyond.
There is holiday accommodation for all preferences – from fantastic camping and touring pitches to luxury caravans and a self-catering holiday cottage. If you’re seeking something a little different, quirky Escape Pods and a quaint Shepherd’s Hut are a popular and fun alternative. Dogs are more than welcome too.
Fantastic Dog Walks nearby
You can stroll along the river or take a longer walk with your pooch in the meadows within the centre of Tavistock. While you are there, pop into The Wharf Café with outside seating by the canal where you and your pooch can take a break from all that exercise!
Looking for something more adventurous, then check out Drakes Trail – a 21 mile walk which links up Tavistock to Yelverton and Plymouth. Tavistock is also located at the foothills of Dartmoor National Park where you will have an abundance of choice with your pooch – just remember to keep them on a lead during lambing season!
For more information on Walking in and around Tavistock please visit
To plan your visit to Tavistock see www.visit-tavistock.co.uk