The Cornwall Tourism Awards has launched a new award category this summer, with the aim of handing out the title of Cornwall’s most dog friendly pub of the year.

The voting for the awards launches this week, June 6, with support from Devon-based natural pet food producers, Forthglade.

Robin Barker, organiser of the Tourism Awards, said: “We’re really excited to be launching this new award, recognising the region’s pubs that work so hard to make us and our four-legged friends feel so welcome.

Especially, as for so many, our dogs really are part of the family”.

The award will rely on public votes through the summer, to help unveil Cornwall’s leading pubs that go the extra mile to make our four-legged friends truly welcome.

Three finalists will be chosen in October, who will then attend an award show for a chance to win the Cornwall Tourism Award’s gold accolade.

Similar competitions will be run in Devon, Bath, Dorset, Bristol and Somerset, with the winners of each competing for the title of the south west’s most dog friendly pub of the year.

There are incentives for voters too, with each vote that is cast being entered into a draw for a dog friendly prize package worth more than £1,000 including a two-night dog friendly break and £250 worth of Forthglade natural pet food.

Gerard Lovell, joint MD of Forthglade, said: “There’s nothing better than going for a long walk with your dog and finding a cosy pub for a bite to eat.

“The South West is renowned for being a phenomenal hotspot for food and drink, not only for those of us lucky enough to live here, but for the millions of visitors to the region; a staggering proportion of whom bring their canine companions along with them.

“It’s an honour to be teaming up with such a recognised awards body to shine the spotlight on the pubs that throw their doors wide open to our four-legged friends, and this award will hopefully encourage even more pubs to embrace a first-class dog friendly policy.”

To nominate your favourite dog-friendly pub visit:

Voting closes on August 18.