5 Reasons To Visit The Gurnard’s Head

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The Gurnard’s Head is a traditional dining pub on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast nestled between St. Ives and St. Just, and just a 20 minute drive from Penzance. Everything from the delicious food, to the stunning location makes this pub a unique Cornish gem that attracts visitors and locals from miles around. As one of our favourite dog friendly places to eat we thought we’d share five reasons to visit The Gurnard’s Head…

Food at The Gurnard’s Head

The seasonal menus at the Gurnard’s Head are succinct but well-thought out with around half a dozen starters and main courses featuring fresh locally-caught fish, locally-sourced vegetables and locally-reared meats. They are also excellent at catering for different dietary requirements with a vegan menu (mention when booking) and some great vegetarian and gluten free options. Their dog friendly seating area is a cosy space to have a family meal with your four-legged friend, but don’t forget to mention your pooch when you book as it’s a very popular dog friendly spot.

Drink at The Gurnard’s Head

The Gurnard’s Head takes great care to provide a wonderful selection of reasonably priced beers, wines and spirits. They have a selection of around 20 European wines available by the carafe, including a classic French Reisling and a German Lemberger. There’s an excellent range of bottles beers alongside three hand pulled Cornish ales, varying between any of Skinners, St. Austell and our new favourites, Harbour Brewing, Rebel Brewing and Cornish Crown.

Rooms at The Gurnard’s Head

A stay at The Gurnard’s Head transports you to a simpler time with an emphasis on classic comforts with the very best Vi-Spring beds, fresh flowers, Bramley toiletries and warm Welsh blankets. The rooms have recently been refurbished and all of which offer views across the moors, or the Atlantic Ocean. All of the rooms are dog friendly and there’s no extra charge to bring your dog along.

The Garden at The Gurnard’s Head

The beer garden, just to the back of this iconic yellow building is a very popular destination during the milder months. With sunny spots and plenty of tables it’s easy to pass hours on end eating and drinking in the Cornish sun. This well-groomed lawned garden is surrounded by palm trees, bushes and flower beds and overlooks the ocean, creating a beautiful space in which to relax and unwind.

Dog Friendly Walks around The Gurnard’s Head

Some of the most awe-inspiring walks can be found on this stretch of the Cornish coast. What better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than a brisk long dog walk following the coastal path, followed by a well deserved pint and deliciously filling lunch at the Gurnard’s Head? We’d really recommend trying the St Ives to Zennor walk if you get the chance, starting from Porthmeor Beach and finishing up in the pub. Be warned, it’s not easy and the path is a little rugged so we’d recommend dogs are kept on leads and walking boots are a must!

A day out without the dog…

If you’d like to enjoy a meal at the Gurnard’s head without your pup, why not enrol your dog at Doggy Day Care Cornwall? That way you can drop them off at dog day care on your way, knowing that they will have just as much fun as you will. All of our dog day care and home dog boarding guests are under constant supervision by our highly trained members of staff and the facilities are secured by 2 metre high fencing and double gated entrances. The enclosed dog day care facility provides plenty of enrichment with games, toys and cosy corners.

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