The Slug and Lettuce has opened a brand new branch in the heart of Newquay. On the way back into town from Towan beach, on Gover Lane, it’s the perfect pitstop for you and your pup.
With the outdoor seating area full, we were thrilled to hear that the venue also allowed dogs inside. With Newquay being such a dog-friendly town, businesses would do themselves a disservice by not allowing them inside. Phoebe and Frank were warmly welcomed by the bouncers, and we were glad to see some other big breeds inside, too.
We were shown to a table and given a choice of having high or lower seats, so we chose low for the dogs. The venue is decorated within the same theme as other Slug and Lettuce’s around the country – which, if you’ve never been, is incredibly Instagrammable. Plush seating, neon lights, stunning floor tiles and hanging plants on gold shelves. There are certainly plenty of photo opportunities.
It’s super spacious, with tables more than adequately socially distanced, which meant that Phoebe and Frank also had more distance between other dogs in the bar.
The dogs were served before we’d even had chance to look at the menu, with a server bringing them two bowls of water. Another member of staff came to bring them some treats, and they were very grateful of a fuss.
We ordered our food using the app, so if dining alone, there’s no need to take the dogs up to the bar. With two-for-one cocktails, it would have been rude not to, so I ordered two Berry Nice fizz’s, which featured blackberry gin, vanilla syrup and soda, which was super refreshing after walking through town. We decided to order a mixture of nibbles, including garlic tiger bread, southern fried chicken goujions, chicken wings and gyoza chicken dumplings between us.
The menu is limited at the moment, due to Covid-19, but still plenty of choice, such as burgers and mains, as well as veggie and vegan options. The drinks menu is very on-trend and up-to-date, with a range of popular alcoholic drinks, and non-alcoholic beers such as the Brewdog Nanny State. Their cocktail menu is 2-4-1 all day, every day when ordering two of the same drink, too.
Service was fast, even for a Saturday afternoon, and the food was lovely. The chicken goujions came with a sticky BBQ sauce, and the chicken wings smothered in peri-peri. The dogs both sat as good as gold under the table, and enjoyed the attention from passers-by. The goujions, garlic bread, two cocktails and a beer came to £30, but the bar also joined in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which meant you could bag half price food Monday to Wednesday in August.
Whilst not every Slug and Lettuce is dog-friendly, the Newquay branch certainly love their four-legged visitors and will go above and beyond to make them feel just as welcome as you. The staff were really attentive, friendly and quick, and the food was great – the chicken strips get a paws up from the Scamps.