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 28th October Across EatDrinkSleep Our Winter Escape returns - stay on a DBB basis between 28th October 2018 and 28th March 2019 (Not Fri/Sat or school holidays) for a reduced rate, starting from £160.00 per couple.
Friday 23rd November 2018 - Vegan Supper To celebrate #WorldVeganMonth ther Coastguard is hosting our first Vegan Supper. Seasonality if the forefront of the menu in a movement that has taken the world by storm. This is proving to be a very popular event but please do give us a call to check on availability. Contact our Roundhouse Team on 01736 31222 for further details. £30 per head.
Wednesday 5th December - Wreath Making Workshop with Ruby Alice. Last few spaces remaining for this Christmassy workshop ... £45 a head, which includes a glass of mulled wine and a warming, hearty dinner.
Saturday 8th December - Village Christmas Feast @ The Old Coastguard A one-off Christmas party ... don your christmas hats, bring your friends and family to celebrate this festive time of year. £24 for 3 courses ... sharing tables ... booking essential.
Saturday 15th December 2018 - Christmas Lights Switch-on ... The Mousehole Christmas Lights are switched on at 7pm followed by the voices of Mousehole Male Voice Choir singing on the quay. Come along and enjoy the spectacle and magic of a cold, crisp night with twinkling lights and wonderful songs.
Sunday 23rd December 2018 - Tom Bawcocks Eve ... the villagers of Mousehole celebrate the bravery of one Tom Bawcock, who rescued the village from starvation by bringing in a huge catch of fish. The hotel is filled with people celebrating the success of Tom Bawcock, tucking into starry gazey pie, drinking the odd tasty beverage and singing old songs of yore. An evening not to be missed.
Monday 24th December 2018 AcrossEatDrinkSleep .... we close after lunch on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and reopen for lunch on Boxing Day. Merry Christmas to you All