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February 1, 2018

Millie’s Guide to Carnoustie: Dog-Friendly Places to Eat in Carnoustie

First Published:  1st February 2018
Last Updated:  22nd February 2018

We love living in Carnoustie as a dog owner.  Stunning beaches that are dog-friendly all year round and just a few minutes away from great country walks. The best of both worlds! But what about those times when you fancy grabbing a bite to eat or want to enjoy a coffee with some friends and your furiend?  Are there dog-friendly places to eat in Carnoustie?

If you are anything like me, you’ll find it difficult to work out if a business is dog-friendly. It’s not always obvious with dog bowls and treats only coming out when you are inside and well, we’ve all done that thing where we want to ask but don’t want to be embarrassed if you are told NO! So we don’t put our head around the door to ask and instead, we walk on by.  Mentally taking a note to ‘maybe’ message them on Facebook later. That’s after you are home and after you’ve had that cuppa tea and let the dog have a snooze.  Oh wait, did you forget to message them?

If only there was a list in one place!?!??!!?

*Waves magic wand*

Millie’s Guide to Carnoustie kicks off with dog-friendly places to eat.  From pubs to cafes, you might be surprised at how many options you have!

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Millie’s Guide to Carnoustie: Dog-Friendly Places to Eat


Dog-Friendly Cafe’s in Carnoustie


#1  Gather

25-27 Dundee Street, Carnoustie. DD7 7PB

Open 7 days a week, serving freshly made seasonal food & amazing coffee, the team at Gather definitely know their food. We’re firm regulars here and love the ambience and space that Bethany has created which I can only describe as rustic, minimalist, trendy but warm! Yep…. all those things.  We dare you not to buy something in their gorgeous shop featuring locally sourced fruit, vegetables, gin, craft beer and so much more.

Dog water bowls available and keep an eye out for their furiend friday feature on social media too.

Check out their social media page over on Facebook HERE to find out more.


#2  Happy Days Diner

96-98 Dundee Street, Carnoustie.  DD7 7PH

This dog-friendly 50s themed diner, serves a range of family-friendly food, along with fresh coffee, milkshakes, ice-cream and cakes!

They host regular events and you’ll find a children’s play area along to make meal times a bit more fun too.  If you do fancy having a little shop, Happy Days Diner also hosts several local crafters who display their items for sale in an adjoining room.  From local painters, to candle makers, you’ll find a wide range of gift ideas.

You can find more info over on their Facebook page HERE.


#3  Two-Sisters Cafe

28 High Street, Carnoustie. DD7 6AQ

We were thrilled to see Laura and Libby pick up the Best Angus Takeaway and a finalist in Best Angus Cafe at Scotland Business Awards back in November 2017.

Most of the work before we opened Millie’s Pet Services took place at a corner table in Two Sisters Cafe due to their fab weekly soups and amazing Sacred Ground Coffee. Oh and have you seen their cakes!!?!?

Doggy water bowls and treats will be on standby too!

Check out their Facebook page HERE for details of their weekly soup and information on opening hours etc.



Dog-Friendly Pubs in Carnoustie


#1  The Aboukir

38 Ireland Street, Carnoustie.  DD7 6AT

Serving food in both their restaurant and bar, dogs are welcome in the bar area and their fab beer garden too. Yes I know…. but for that one day that summer arrives in Carnoustie, this is the place to be!

They have a large bar menu, servicing everything from paninis and jacket potatoes to steak pie and steaks.   Do keep an eye on their facebook page HERE for info on Steak Nights, Fish Fridays’ and specials.

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#2 The Corner Hotel

103/105 Dundee Street, Carnoustie, DD7 7EW

As I started to write The Corner Hotel, I actually smiled.  As dog owners themselves, Irene and Carol go out of their way to make dog owners feel loved in the bar area of their hotel and are known for their hospitality.  Oh.. and their huge cheese boards!

I can’t guarantee that your furiend won’t be fed more sausages than you might order for yourself though!   Be warned  – they will fussed over ;0)

Pop over to their facebook page HERE to get a feel for what they get up to!

Very chuffed xx well done to all our staff xx Irene and Carol xx

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#3  The Kinloch Arms Hotel

27-29 High St, Carnoustie DD7 6AN

Popular with a number of our own customers, dogs are welcome in their cafe area.  Breakfast, coffee, cake and lunch. Take your pic!

You’ll find samples of their menu and photos of their raised decked area outside over on their Facebook page HERE.


Just back from a couple of nights here. Took our two dogs and stayed in room 1 well worth paying a little extra for bigger room. Dogs were really welcome and staff were fabulous. Will definitely recommend to all my doggy friends and stay again. Carole Duthie, March 2017


#4  The Station Hotel

23 Station Rd, Carnoustie DD7 6AR

I’m a little ashamed to say that I only recently discovered that The Station Hotel was dog-friendly (sorry!).  While dogs aren’t allowed in their extremely popular restaurant, they are allowed in the bar where you can have food served too!

Perfectly located right next to the Carnoustie train station.  More than ideal for those long walks along the beach and a bite to eat after!

You’ll find their bar opening hours and info over on their website HERE.


Dog-Friendly Restaurants in/near Carnoustie


#1 Cairn o’Mount Bar at Forbes of Kingennie

Forbes of Kingennie Dr, Dundee DD5 3RD

Yeah, I know Kingennie is NOT in Carnoustie. But as they don’t naturally fit into any of the coastal towns, I felt I couldn’t leave them out givn how many of our customers do travel to eat here.

With dog-friendly lodges, you won’t be surprised to find out that their Cairn o’Mount bar is also dog-friendly.   Perfect for a stroll around before sampling their fab menu.

You can read our full blog reviewing Forbes of Kingennie HERE and Make sure you keep an eye out for it but you can check out their menus in advance on their website HERE.


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#2 The Carnoustie Golf Hotel

7 Links Parade, Carnoustie, DD7 7JE

This is one I really struggled with deciding whether to include.  I personally love the lounge at the hotel and have spent several hours, drinking coffee, grabbing a bit to eat or quick drink too.

But while they have dog-friendly rooms, the long and short of it is, if you want to eat with your dog, then this needs to be in one particular spot opposite reception (the main hallway between the front door and lounge/bar). Or you can make use of the outside patio on a brighter day.  So yes, you can eat at the hotel and it is dog-friendly but it is very restricted particularly if it’s a day that you don’t wish to sit outside.

Good enough weather to sit outside? Get down there quick.  Nothing quite like having a drink and quite bite to eat with those views!

You can find more information about the hotel over on their website HERE.


#3  Maxibell

5 Park Ave, Carnoustie DD7 7JA

I feel like I’ve saved the best to last! If you haven’t yet visited Maxibells then you really are missing out on what I think is the best dog-friendly place to eat in Carnoustie.

I promise that Bennett, Maxibell’s resident dog, will make you feel welcome and your furiend will be more than fussed over in the bar area.

Take a pew and enjoy amazing food and service from the team.  Personally, I’d recommend lots of tapas, including chicken satay and the chocolate wine too. Honestly, don’t ask me the name of it…  I’m sure the team will know what you are asking for when you say chocolate wine!

Wondering why I rave about how dog-friendly they are? Just head over to their Instagram page HERE and you can see how much they love a dog visiting them!


#4  The WeeCOOK Kitchen

Barry Downs Holiday Park,  Carnoustie DD7 7SA

The WeeCook Kitchen is a  family restaurant, award-winning pie makers and established caterers. Having previously spent 3 years at the Broughty Golf Club in Monifieth in Angus, they recently moved to Barry Downs holiday park in January 2019.

Along with their famous pies, you’ll find a fab menu including hanger kebabs and my personal fave – chicken katsu curry! Don’t forget that they also do Sunday Lunch too ;0)

With the venue only having previously allowed dogs outside, we were thrilled to learn that doggy furiends are welcome both inside and outside.  It really is the pawfect location to stroll to and from!

You’ll find their opening hours, special offers and more over on their Facebook Page HERE.


The food was awesome, the surroundings lovely and the service super. Lovely place! Forgot to take a picture of the Vegan cauli bhuna pie which was so tasty but did get the desert! And the coffee is good too (Not biased!). Well worth a visit … did I mention its dog friendly too?!  Kathryn Baker, Sacred Grounds Coffee


Need a Map of Carnoustie’s Dog-Friendly Businesses?

You’re in luck too!  If you’ve wondered which shops, services are dog-friendly along with cafes and restaurants, you can find them all in one handy place here.

Dog Friendly Map_Carnoustie


What Do You Think of Carnoustie’s Dog-Friendly Places to Eat?

Have you visited with your own dog? Did they make you feel welcome?  Or have we missed out your favourite place to grab a bit to eat with your furiend?

I’d love to hear either way so that we make sure we keep this list up to date for all our doggy pawrents.  Just jump into the comments below or feel free to email me at vicky@milliespetservices.co.uk.


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  1. What a great list. Your bit at the top about not wanting to ask in case they say no is exactly how we feel. Have you any plans to expand into the whole of Angus please??