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.
The West Coast Paintings, An exhibition by Catherine Harvey Jefferson
16 June 2018 - 9 September 2018
Our summer exhibition by Penzance-based artist Catherine Harvey Jefferson will feature 16 paintings, prints and drawings inspired by the coastlines and landscapes through which she has travelled. All works are for sale and will range in price between £250 - £1,900.
1st - 31st July 31 Days of Reisling AcrossEatDrinkSleep A whole month dedicated to one of our very favourite and most versatile grapes
21st July Drawing on the Coast. Catherine Harvey Jefferson will host an expressive drawing workshop directly from the coastline at the bottom of The Old Coastguard gardens. £25pp 10am-12pm
2nd September 'September Sleepover' AcrossEatDrinkSleep Our Autumn Sleepover returns, stay for 2 or more nights with dinner, bed and breakfast from just £329 per couple, until 4th October.
19th September, Wild Food Walk Caroline Davey of Fat Hen Cookery School leads a tutored walk followed by lunch at The Fat Hen. £45pp
Yoga Weekend 2018 .... Dates: 9th - 11th November
Duration: 2 day, 2 night residential yoga workshop
Course: Leif Olsen has designed a weekend of classes that incorporate all the benefits of yoga; stretching, strengthening and toning the entire body but also calming the nervous system, cleansing the digestive system and boosting the immune system:
Friday evening will ease you into your weekend break; a relaxed practice to help let go of the comings and goings of your day-to-day life, to relax and reconnect with your body and breath. Saturday morning will be more dynamic, a flowing practice to energise and invigorate. Saturday evening will focus on strengthening poses and deeper stretches. Finally, Sunday mornings practice will give you the chance to bring the previous days work together and complete the journey. For residents and non-residents
Friday 9th November - The Winter Fair Hugely popular on its 2017 debut, our Winter Fair showcases work by local artists and craftspeople, as well as the produce of some of our local suppliers 11am - 4pm