The Old Coastguard
Run by Charles & Edmund Inkin and owned with the Tresco Estate, it sits immediately above the sea, with a palm lined garden running down towards the rocks. It has 14 bedrooms, nearly all looking out over glistening inland waters, with views to St. Michael's Mount and the Lizard.
They work hard with their teams to help guests to relax and unwind, sleeping in comfortable beds and eating simple, well executed food that runs with the rhythms of the season and the coastal landscape.
Informality is immediately apparent: deep sofas surround coffee tables, oak and distressed pine tables for drinkers and eaters alike and an open fire lit during the autumn and winter. Guests are welcome to eat in the dining room, bar or on the sofas overlooking the terrace and the sea. The walls are hung with the work of the community of artists inspired by this part of West Cornwall with regular temporary exhibitions.
They've built the reputation of their kitchen on the maxim that the best things in life are kept simple and it's truer than anywhere here in Mousehole. This is a traditional menu that takes good ingredients and gives them a very simple but classic treatment.
Matt Smith became Head Chef in February 2015. He is passionate about sustainability and locality in his kitchen and follows the company's ethos on food sourcing and on the development of talent in his kitchen. Well executed classic food, driven, understandably with the proximity of Newlyn just two miles to the west, by seafood and shellfish.
Wine is as important as the food at The Old Coastguard and its list was recently named the overall UK Wine List of the Year in the Imbibe 2016 Wine List of the Year awards, a real feather in the cap for Cornwall.
About The Old Coastguard Hotel
- Spectacular seaviews
- Award winning restaurant - Dining Pub of the Year 2013
- Winners of the annual 2015 Imbibe Wine list of the year
- 14 rooms
- Dog friendly
- Baby friendly
- One night stops available
- Outside Terrace
Some of the world’s most awe-inspiring coastline is right on the hotel's doorstep. Wander out of the back of Mousehole and be on top of the cliffs in little more than ten minutes. If you want to explore a litte further then there are many beautiful towns and villages nearby including St Ives, Penzance, Marazion, Sennen and Land's End.
The day boats and trawlers of Newlyn tie up just two miles west of Mousehole where you would rightly expect their menu to have plenty of fresh fish and seafood. Eat at pine or oak tables on the upper deck, groups of 10 or more can dine in the bar, sit at the sofas in the sun deck or best of all and more frequently than you might think, eat on the terrace looking down at the sun-dappled sea.
What can you do at The Old Coastguard Hotel?
Explore the stunningly beautiful coastline of West Cornwall, discover Mousehole's charm and beauty or spend the day sunbathing or surfing at the local beaches. Browse the many art galleries in West Cornwall or visit the ancient sites. A comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, well-stocked bar and excellent restaurant.
- The West Penwith AONB section
- St Michael's Mount
- Mousehole Harbour
- Tate St Ives
- Barbara Hepworth Museum
- Minack Theatre
- Land's End
- Mousehole beach
- Newlyn Tolcarne beach
- Lamorna Cove
- Longrock beach
- Marazion beach
- Porthcurno beach
In summary, The Old Coastguard Hotel is perfect for those bringing their four legged friends or families. It is the ideal location for exploring West Cornwall, with 14 high quality bedrooms and an award winning restaurant.
Sunday 16th June - Fathers Day Treat your Dad to a yummy Sunday Roast with us ... 3 courses £27 - perhaps a starter of Smoked haddock fishcake, Cornish asparagus, tartare sauce, followed by Lamb shoulder, roast duck fat potatoes, mint sauce, seasonal vegetables and thyme gravy ... and to finish, Prune cake, salted caramel, pecans, malted milk ice cream. These dishes are on our current Sunday menu but chef is always full of surprises as he prepares his menu on the day sourcing fresh local ingredients, all fish and shellfish landed in Newlyn and our meat comes from farms across Cornwall. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available.
Friday 21st to Sunday 30th Junr - Golowan Festival - Including Mazey Day on Saturday 29 June, this midsummer festival has grown to become one of the major arts festivals of the South West
All Month in July - 31 Days of German Reisling - Across EATDRINKSLEEP - A whole month dedicated to one of our very favourite and most versatile grapes.
Thursday 11th July - Reisling Wine Supper - A traditional wine supper to celebrate this glorious grape. £60 per head. Please call us on 01736 73122 for further details and to book a table.
Our Ale & Anchor weekend at The Old Coastguard will be taking a fallow year for 2019, in view of the ongoing work on the sea wall at the bottom of the garden. We hope it’ll be back with a bang for 2020.
Saturday 20th July 2019 - Lafrowda Day ... St Just’s Lafrowda Festival is a traditional community event held during July, with workshops, parades, stalls and performances
Monday 26th August - Newlyn Fish Festival ... This Cornish celebration of the sea is back to show off Newlyn’s refurbished markets at the heart of this fishing community. The festival is run in aid of one of our favourite charities, The Fishermen’s Mission.
Sunday 1st September 2019 - September Sleepover - Across EatDrinkSleep ... Our Autumn Sleepover returns. 2+ nights with dinner, bed & breakfast from just £339 per couple. Until 3 October.