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The Old Coastguard Pub with rooms in Mousehole, Cornwall

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£140 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Superb seaside location
  • Generous hospitality
  • ‘Eat, Drink, Sleep’ – relax……
  • Gutsy cooking using Cornish produce
  • Rustic-chic interiors; wonderful views
  • Handy for the Scilly Isles

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The Old Coastguard Mousehole, Cornwall, TR19 6PR



Out of the same stable as The Gurnard’s Head in Zennor, the Old Coastguard also follows the mantra ‘EatDrinkSleep’. Situated right next to the sea on Mount’s Bay, with glorious views from the verdant lawned garden (complete with sub-tropical palm trees), the Hotel is a must for those who love Cornwall’s seascapes. Charles and Edmund Inkin arrived in 2011 and have certainly made their mark here. They’ve created an informal, relaxed vibe with deep sofas ideally placed for gazing out to sea, lots of local art for sale and all the necessary touches – from wooden floors and panelled walls to open log fires, shelves of books and historical photographs aplenty. Whether you’re here for a snack and a pint of cider, supper with a carafe of – wine or need a base for exploring the region, everything is in the best possible taste. As the Inkins’ say, ’The Old Coastguard is a hotel without flummery’.


Smaller portions are available, while younger children have the choice of the Tiny Tots and Bigger Bites menu (lunchtime; residents from 5.30pm; non-residents from 6pm), with the likes of fish of the day with new potatoes & spinach and pasta Bolognese, all served with a glass of Polgoon apple juice. Children are welcome overnight. Under 5’s stay for free, U12’s stay for £25 B&B.


Dogs are welcome in the bar and bedrooms; extra towels and little black bags provided.


A large decked terrace set with wooden tables and bright coloured chairs overlooks the garden, while the large manicured lawn with palm trees rustling in the wind takes the eye down to the sea.


Sea, Salts & Ale: a bi-annual music and beer festival held in early July. Sail to Mounts Bay on “Irene”, a traditional West Country trading ketch, with a seafood lunch prepared by chefs from the Old Coastguard. Local artist Gillian Cooper leads a residential drawing workshop, giving you the tools to capture the stunning landscape and wildlife.

What’s the damage?
14 doubles: Standard Double £150 B&B or £205 Dinner B&B; Double King/Twin £175 B&B or £230 Dinner B&B; Family Room £205 B&B or £260 Dinner B&B; Large King £250 B&B or £305 Dinner B&B; Single Occupancy from £110 B&B or £137.50 Dinner B&B

What else?

All credit cards taken (except Amex)
Private dining facilities
Alfresco dining
Disabled access

Car park


Good Hotel Guide; Michelin; Waitrose Good Food Guide


The Old Coastguard Mousehole, Cornwall, TR19 6PR

Do not disturb

The rooms are relaxed, informal and charming with beautiful, richly coloured antique chest of drawers and vintage furniture creating a feeling of genuine warmth. The beds are top-notch for comfort and quality (Vispring), and each room is decorated in bright, bold seaside colours (blues and yellows), with local art on the walls, Welsh blankets, scatter cushions and attractively painted lamps . All the rooms (bar one) have gorgeous sea views and eight come with balconies if some bracing fresh air is required. The bathrooms are modern with powerful ‘chrome rain’ showers, white baths, chrome fittings and earthy tiled walls.

Creature comforts

Egyptian cotton sheets; extra pillows; hairdryers; White Company bathroom products; Vispring beds; fresh flowers; Alexandra Rose – furniture.


Roberts radios; Wi-Fi throughout.


Weekend Yoga Escapes with local yoga teacher Leif Olsen.

What’s for Breakfast?

Apple juice from Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard, Penzance; poached fruit and compotes, organic plain yoghurt, homemade muesli; toast and pastries with homemade jams and marmalade; porridge; field mushrooms and Welsh rarebit; kedgeree with poached egg; kipper with grilled tomato; smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on granary toast; full Cornish breakfast; organic Fairtrade Coffee, Trumpers of Hereford Tea.

What’s the damage?
14 doubles: Standard Double £150 B&B or £205 Dinner B&B; Double King/Twin £175 B&B or £230 Dinner B&B; Family Room £205 B&B or £260 Dinner B&B; Large King £250 B&B or £305 Dinner B&B; Single Occupancy from £110 B&B or £137.50 Dinner B&B

What else?

All credit cards taken (except Amex)
Private dining facilities
Alfresco dining
Disabled access

Car park


Good Hotel Guide; Michelin; Waitrose Good Food Guide

Eat & Drink

The Old Coastguard Mousehole, Cornwall, TR19 6PR

Mastering the menu

Matt Smith returned to The Old Coastguard as Head Chef after leading the kitchen at sister Inn, The Gurnard’s Head. Newlyn is only two miles away, so it’s not a surprise that fish plays a large part on the menu – from crab with tarragon mayonnaise, fennel salad and crackers or Fowey oysters with shallot vinegar to cod with artichokes, sprouting broccoli, brown shrimp and warm tartare sauce. Otherwise, prepare for bold seasonal flavours along the lines of venison carpaccio with celeriac, capers and smoked almonds, crispy polenta with beetroot, kale, mushrooms, broccoli and truffle butter or braised lamb shoulder with crisp sweetbreads, leeks and turnip. For pudding, try lemon posset with rhubarb and shortbread or bread-and-butter pudding with clotted cream; alternatively, plump for the excellent artisan British cheeseboard and a glass of well-chosen port. Bread is baked on the premises every day, and set menus are terrific value (2-course lunch £14; £18.50 dinner).

On the menu

Grilled mackerel, chorizo and blood orange salad
Pigeon breast, beetroot and hazelnut butter
Whole megrim, sautéed potatoes, sea vegetables, pancetta and brown caper butter
Pork belly, mashed potato, crackling, kale and cider apples
Chocolate fondant with marmalade ice cream

Sunday Roasts

(1 course £14.50, 2 courses £19.75, 3 courses £24.50); Manor Farm roast rib of beef, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish, red wine gravy; roast Morvah chicken, bread sauce, thyme gravy. Both served with duck-fat roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Foodie extras

Picnics can be arranged. ‘The Coastal Walkers’ (£10.50) comprises homemade cake, Corkers crisps, a refreshing drink, an apple and a ‘huffer’ (bap). ‘The Theatregoers’ (£13.50) also includes olives, anchovies, soda bread, cheese and chutney.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Supper: 6pm (6.30pm in the winter) – 9.30pm

Local, local, local

Meat and game – Harvey Brothers, St Ives (www.stivesmeat.co.uk)
Duck – Cornish Duck Co, Terras Farm (www.cornishduck.com)
Chicken – Cornish Chicken Co, Morvah (www.cornishchicken.co.uk)
Fish – Matthew Stevens Cornish Fish, St Ives (www.matthewstevens-cornishfish.co.uk);
Newlyn Fish Co (www.newlynfish.co.uk); Wild Harbour, Hayle (www.wildharbour.co.uk), and the local day boats
Fruit, vegetables and herbs – Gilly at Keigwin, Higher Trenowin; Bodrifty Farm, Penzance; Bosavern Farm, St Just (www.bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk)
Cheese – Hanson Fine Foods, Truro (www.hansonfinefoods.co.uk)
Tea – Tregothnan Tea, Truro (www.tregothnan.co.uk)
Organic Fairtrade coffee – Origin Coffee, Helston (www.origincoffee.co.uk)
Wine – Irma Fingal-Rock (www.pinotnoir.co.uk); Real ale – St Austell Brewery (www.staustellbrewery.co.uk);
Harbour Brewing Company, Trekillick (www.harbourbrewing.com); Cider – Skreach West Country Cider, St Buryan (www.skreach.co.uk)

Behind the bar

Cornwall is synonymous with cider, and you can sample a fine range at the bar: compare the merits of locally brewed Skreach with Ty Gwyn from Monmouthshire, and also trade up to a shot of Somerset cider brandy. Ale buffs have draught brews from St Austell, Skinners Brewery and the Harbour Brewing Company in Trekillick (try the session IPA); if bottled beer is your thing, look out for Black Flag, Cornish Crown and Bal Maiden. Spirits include an excellent rum selection, plus Armagnacs, Tarquin’s gin and even Cornish pastis. The Old Coastguard also sports a serious global wine list with virtually everything available by the glass or carafe. Zingy cocktails too.

Bar snacks

Marinated olives
Freshly baked bread
Roasted spiced nuts
Pork crackling, apple and mustard sauce

Time at the bar

9am – 11pm

What’s the damage?
14 doubles: Standard Double £150 B&B or £205 Dinner B&B; Double King/Twin £175 B&B or £230 Dinner B&B; Family Room £205 B&B or £260 Dinner B&B; Large King £250 B&B or £305 Dinner B&B; Single Occupancy from £110 B&B or £137.50 Dinner B&B

What else?

All credit cards taken (except Amex)
Private dining facilities
Alfresco dining
Disabled access

Car park


Good Hotel Guide; Michelin; Waitrose Good Food Guide

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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The Star, St Just TR19 7LL

'No food, just damn fine beer' - that's the verdict of one regular at The Star Inn, a timeless pub on the town square in St Just serving cracking local ales such as Tinners and Tribute. Open fires keep the pub warm in winter, but there is a covered beer garden for those in need of some fresh Cornish coast air.


Polgoon Farm Shop and Deli, Rosehill Meadow, Penzance TR20 8TE

Set within this idyllic Cornish orchard and vineyard, the farm shop and deli stocks a full range of Polgoon's lovely wines and ciders, as well as local jams, chutneys, handmade local chocolate and eggs from the farm's own hens. Time a visit for one of the wine talks and tastings or a tour of the vineyard and orchard.


Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, GulvalTR20 8YL

Set in a stunning sheltered valley, complete with stream and dramatic vistas, people flock to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens for the large scale exotic and sub-tropical plants and contemporary art installations. An added draw is the excellent food served in the Little Wonder Cafe, with its wonderful views across to St Michael's Mount.


Fat Hen, St Buryan, Penzance TR19 6EH

If foraging for your supper is your thing, former ecological consultant Caroline Davey runs one of the best courses in the UK. As well as supplying local restaurants and pubs with seasonal wild food, she runs a number of courses, including gourmet wild food weekends, bread making and seaweed foraging and cooking.


Dog & Rabbit Cafe, St Just TR19 7HJ

This quirky new cafe with vintage furniture serves some of the best coffee in the region. The daily changing menus include baps filled with sausages from a local farm, tagines of local vegetables, excellent Welsh rarebit and a Croque Madame to die for. A genuine find - 01736 449811.


Newlyn Cheese and Charcuterie, Newlyn TR18 5PZ

Located in the heart of the busy fishing port, this exceptional deli stocks a jaw-dropping range of local Cornish cheeses including Wild Garlic Yarg, Helford Blue and St Endellion. The shop also sells biscuits, crackers, chutneys, marinated olives, charcuterie and locally-baked Vicky's bread.


The Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn TR18 5PR

Chef Ben Tunnicliffe has been cooking around West Cornwall for more than a decade, during which time he has gained Michelin stars for his food. A pebble's throw from the fish market at Newlyn, the food at this dog- and child-friendly pub is all about showcasing the freshest local seafood, from a starter of classic fish soup to roast fillet of hake, saffron, asparagus and crab risotto.


W.Harvey & Sons, Newlyn TR18 5HF

The Harvey family has been running this shellfish merchants since 1955 and it’s one of the UK’s largest providers of fresh crab meat, lobster and scallops, much of it caught by their own day boats and stored live in large water tanks.


Trelawney Fish, Newlyn TR18 5HW

Just 500 metres from the quayside in the bustling fishing port of Newlyn, Trelawney Fish supplies that day's catch to local restaurants and pubs but it also has a shop and deli selling the freshest fish and seafood. Ask them nicely and they will even pack up a 'cool box' for your onward journey.


Penlee House Gallery, Penzance TR18 4HE

This quirky new cafe with vintage furniture serves some of the best coffee in the region. The daily changing menus include baps filled with sausages from a local farm, tagines of local vegetables, excellent Welsh rarebit and a Croque Madame to die for. A genuine find - 01736 449811.

Out & About

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Dolphin and Whale Watching, Penzance TR18 2LL

If you prefer to keep out of the water then dolphin watching might be more your style. From a sailing catamaran you can look out for grey seals, minke whales, basking sharks, dolphins and porpoises, and leatherback turtles. Sailing is the quietest way to experience an encounter with these fascinating creatures - if you're lucky enough to see dolphins you'll be able to hear them whistling.


Surfing TR19 7BT

Cornwall is famous for surfing, of course, and if you're ever going to give it a go, beautiful Sennen Beach might be the ideal place. Or maybe St Ives, which offers a wide choice of surf schools and shops where you can get yourself all the right kit.


Newlyn Art School, Newlyn TR18 5RW

Based in the famous artists' colony of Newlyn School of Art provides inspiring art courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery and printmaking.


Rose Farm Studios, Newlyn TR19 6AN

Rose Farm studios near Newlyn offers intimate art class sizes of no more than six, and will discuss prior to your stay what you want to achieve.



Crowan Crafts, 11 Market Place, St Ives TR26 1RZ

Run by a group of Cornish artisans, everything sold in the shop is designed and handmade in Cornwall. From jewellery to ceramics, sculpture and woodturning to basketry, furniture, paintings, buttons, bunting and walking sticks, a really wide selection of quality crafts.


The Little Picture Gallery, Mousehole TR19 6RP

In the heart of the village and close to other galleries, this neat little white-painted gallery shows a wide selection of work covering traditional, representational, naive and idiosyncratic styles.


Poppy Treffry, 42 Fore Street, St Ives TR26 1HE

Quirky, charming handmade gifts and accessories featuring designer Poppy’s illustrative designs. Bags, hats, cushions, tea and coffee cosies and more – really lovely things made locally using good quality materials, low impact production techniques and old Singer sewing machines.


Maritime Antiques, Trenwith Lane, St Ives TR26 1DA

If you're looking for a ship's wheel or a binnacle, or you need a porthole or fancy an antique model sailing ship, you'll probably find what you're looking for here. The shop is full of unique and fascinating nautical items.


St Ives TR26 1HE

St Ives is a buzzy and thriving town, full of character and crammed with lovely shops selling gifts, jewellery, crafts and clothes, as well as plenty of galleries and restaurants. If you need surfing gear, this is the place to get it. There's a farmers' market every Thursday at the Guildhall.


The Sloop Craft Market, St Ives TR26 1LS

Behind the Sloop Inn, this market has been going for over 40 years. There are a dozen or so stalls where you can pick up stained glass, silk painting and ceramics.


Laff, 31 Fore Street, St Ives TR26 1HE

An independent, family-run shop selling high-quality designer children’s clothes and shoes (with an age range of birth to 11). Great place to find stylish designs, many made in the UK, plus a selection of soft toys.


Mousehole TR19 6RP

Mousehole is a delightful little fishing village that has retained much of its old world charm. Its narrow streets are full of small shops, galleries and restaurants, and its Christmas lights are quite something (people come in busses to check them out during December).


The Tyler Gallery, Mousehole TR19 6RD

A small gallery in the narrow streets of Mousehole showcasing contemporary artworks, Essex Tyler's venue includes works by Anthony Frost and Ken Howard.

Places to visit


Tate St Ives, St Ives TR26 1TG

Part of the national group of galleries, Tate St Ives exhibits work by modern British artists. There's no permanent collection, instead a regularly changing programme of exhibitions that changes three times a year. The Tate also manages another property in St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.


Minack Open Air Theatre, Porthcurno TR19 6JU

Cornwall's world-famous open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea, was carved from the cliffs by Rowena Cade. Work began in the 1930s and continues today. The amazing and dramatic setting makes this a fabulous place to watch drama, musicals and opera. The season runs from May to September. There are sub-tropical gardens, too, with many unusual succulent plants thriving on the open cliffs.


Prehistoric Sites TR20 8YT

West Cornwall is full of standing stones, chamber tombs, ancient settlements and stone circles. Men-an-Tol, with its mysterious 'holed stone' for example, is close to Boskednan stone circle, also known as Nine Maidens, and Lanyon Quoit, a table-like dolmen. Mulfra Quoit enjoys spectacular views from its elevated position and Chun Quoit, near Morvah, is one of the best preserved in the county.


Trengwainton Garden, Madron, Penzance TR20 8RZ

With 25 acres of exotic trees and shrubs, the garden's sheltered position means spring comes early. You'll need to be here in February if you want to see the incredible magnolias, but there's plenty to see throughout the year.


St Michael's Mount, Marazion TR17 0HS

Still home to the St Aubyn family as well as a small community, this island with its medieval church, castle and sub-tropical gardens is an iconic image of Cornwall. If the weather is favourable, you can get there via a short boat trip, or, at low tide, walk across the causeway.


Godolphin House, Godolphin Cross, Helston TR13 9RE

With its historically important 16th-century garden and the remains of the family mine, as well as beautiful scenery with views across St Ives Bay and St Michael's Mount, Godolphin has plenty to offer. The house itself is not always open, but it's well worth a look if you're there on the right day. It was one of the most fashionable houses in 17th century Cornwall and has a fantastically romantic atmosphere.


Geevor Tin Mine Museum, Pendeen TR19 7EW

Geevor Tin Mine was operational between 1911 and 1990, during which time it produced about 50,000 tons of black tin. Now a museum and heritage centre, it's a fascinating insight into the industry and an excellent example of 'living history'. You can take the underground tour, look down the Victory shaft, do a bit of panning, and learn about the history of the mine in the Hard Rock Museum.


Penlee House Gallery, Penzance TR18 4HE

The only Cornish public gallery specialising in work from the Newlyn School artists (1880-1940), the delightful Penlee House is set amongst beautiful gardens and a lovely Orangery cafe serving fish pie, Newlyn crab sandwiches and home-baked cakes for afternoon tea.


West Cornwall certainly offers some of the world’s most awe-inspiring coastline. The South West Coast Path, originally used by the coastguard to track and pursue smugglers, gives access to 630 miles of amazing scenery from Minehead to Poole. It’s the longest and most popular walk in the UK and considered among the world’s Great Hikes. A fair length of it is in Cornwall. The National Trust own some stunning coastline, too. If you want shorter walks with an edible purpose, Fat Hen run fascinating foraging courses, teaching you how to identify and then cook all kinds of wild food.


Explore Penwith on two wheels. Land’s End cycle hire can drop bikes off at the Old Coastguard if you didn’t bring your own. The First and Last Cycle Trail, National Cycle Route number 3, will take you from Long Rock to Land’s End, and near St Just, the Mining Heritage coastline is all accessible by bike. St Michael’s Way stretches from Lelant (near St Ives) to Marazion (near Penzance) opposite St Michael’s Mount.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road:
Leave the M5 and follow the A30 towards Okehampton. Continue to Penzance, then follow the signs to Marazion and Mousehole.

By Rail:
The nearest train stain is Penzance (3.5 miles) – approximately five hours from London, Paddington.


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