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Sutton Harbour welcomes the furry members of the family too

29th July 2015

Sutton Harbour is the perfect place to come with your whole family, dogs included. From pirates to tall ships, seafood festivals to classic boats, a day out by the water can give much pleasure and the quiet spots that are found around the Harbour can also give paws for thought and relaxation.

But what about the four-legged furry friends? They deserve some fun and leaving them in a hot car certainly isn’t an option. Leaving them at home just isn’t fair either – after all, they deserve a break too.

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Dogs are certainly welcome all around Sutton Harbour – 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.

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Here is a guide to Sutton Harbour and the Barbican to help you to decide where to eat, drink and be entertained when man’s best friend is at your heels.

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It goes without saying that all of the restaurants, cafes and bars in Sutton Harbour and the Barbican accept guide dogs – this is a special listing for your home grown pet variety!

Boston Tea Party

Open from 7am – 11pm, Boston Tea Party is a modern independent British café recently opened in Sutton Harbour. The three-storey building has been restored and two floors transformed to seat 150 inside, with a flower-enclosed 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.

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!

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The Stable

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.

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.

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Once upon a Thyme

Once Upon a Thyme offer a range of hearty meals and drinks for guests with delicious breakfasts, cakes and soup. The best things is that they offer dogs water – AND leftover sausage (if the resident doggy hasn’t got there first).

The Ship

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.


This restaurant for seafood lovers isn’t the place for dog lovers to take their pets unless you are sitting in their brand new alfresco area. From here you can overlook the ocean and enjoy food from either the restaurant or from the takeaway.

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 – 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! The Queen’s Arms also accept dogs, but only until 6pm each day.

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.

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The majority of restaurants do not accept dogs due to licence restrictions – such as Quay 33, Ziz, The Pasta Bar, and 42nd Street, and The Barbican Kitchen, though Platters, the seafood restaurant that sources directly from Plymouth Fisheries in Sutton Harbour, does take them if they are well-behaved.

You might also like to know that Plymouth Boat Trips runs a ferry to Cawsand and also offers pleasure trips in Plymouth Sound and up the Tamar. Well behaved dogs (and children under 5) travel free – you can find more information besides the Mayflower Steps.

Finally, the Tourist Information Centre, situated on The Barbican also opposite the Mayflower Steps has some dog guides that you can collect, including a beach calendar that will give you seasonal information.

We hope that this guide has been helpful to you and that you and your four legged friends enjoy wandering around Sutton Harbour and the Barbican.

We also recommend Doggy Devon the county’s only dedicated resource for all dog friendly places to eat, drink, stay and play, with recommendations, ideas and inspiration all in one place!

We’d love you to share the pictures of your adventures of you and your four-legged friends at Sutton Harbour on one of our social media pages and also, if you have a great experience that you’d like to send us then share that also!

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