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.
Thursday 28th March Across EatDrinkSleep Our Winter Escape comes to an end - until then, stay on a DBB basis (Not Fri/Sat or school holidays) for a reduced rate, starting from £160.00 per couple.
Sunday 31st March - Mothering Sunday Treat your Mum to a yummy Sunday Roast with us ... 3 courses £27 - perhaps a starter of Wild garlic soup, creme fraiche and salted almonds, followed by Guinea fowl breast & leg, truffled bread sauce, duck fat potatoes, seasonal vegetables and thyme gravy ... and to finish, chocolate terrine, clementine, caramel popcorn and popcorn icecream. 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.
Thursday 4th April - Spring Exhibition preview ... Anita Reynolds Our Spring Exhibition opens. Painter and printmaker Anita Reynolds documents a visual diary of her time in West Penwith and on Scilly. Preview from 4pm - 6pm. Exhibition runs until 30th June.
Friday 19th April - Good Friday - Walk from Moushole to Lamorna Get outdoors and revel in a the Cornish springtime ... join hundreds of likeminded folk on the traditional Good Friday walk to Lamorna. Come rain or shine, the views will be breathaking and the exercise allows more room for Easter eggs that will be consumed.
Monday 22nd April 2019 - Start of the Spring Sleepover ... Across EATDRINKSLEEP 2+ nights with dinner and breakfast. From just £339 per couple. Call 01736 731222 for further information. Runs until 23rd May
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April - Porthleven Food & Music Festival ... a three day festival around the picturesque village of Porthleven, celebrating Cornish food & drink plus live music, children's entertainment and arts & crafts.