The Old Coastguard

Mousehole, Cornwall

'A haven of tranquillity from the moment you arrive', this pub-with-rooms in a pretty Cornish fishing village gets full marks from readers who praise its 'amazing rooms, food and views'. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A haven of tranquillity from the moment you arrive’, this pub-with-rooms in a pretty Cornish fishing village gets full marks from readers who praise its ‘amazing rooms, food and views’. The Inkin brothers (see also The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor, and The Felin Fach Griffin, Felin Fach, Wales) have created a relaxed family- and dog-friendly vibe – ‘they even have a doggie station, with dog blankets, biscuits, poo bags’. The look is of effortless, casual chic: bare floorboards, comfy sofas, a blazing fire on cold days, lime-painted walls hung with works by local artists. ‘Spacious, boutique-style’ rooms have a Roberts radio, cafetière coffee and books, but no TV to detract from the sea view (‘try to get a balcony room’). Eat on the terrace in the ‘beautiful gardens’ or in the Upper Deck, gazing out to St Clement’s Island. Chef Jamie Porter shares the owners’ passion for local, sustainable produce, which shines in dishes such as wild sea bass with mussel velouté. ‘The food is always great,’ writes one reader. ‘Our favourite place to stay in Cornwall,’ writes another. ‘Breakfasts are to die for.’ (CM, KB, and others)

Hotel details


The Parade
TR19 6PR


01736 731222




all year except 24/25 Dec.


bar, sun lounge, restaurant, sea-facing garden with path to beach, no in-room TV, parking, restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible.

Background music

Radio 4 at breakfast, selected music at other mealtimes.


all ages welcomed, no charge for under-5s, extra bed for 5 and over £25, children's menu.


allowed in bedrooms (no charge, treats, towels, bowls), in bar and on sun deck, not in dining room.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £157.50, singles from £115. Set dinner £27, à la carte £32. 1-night bookings only rarely refused.

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Comments about The Old Coastguard

By far our favourite place to stay in Cornwall, We’ve stayed a number of times, including as a couple and for our baby moon, and then returning with our little boy. A relaxed environment with amazing service and beautiful views. The food is delicious, and the selection of drinks is vast.The bedrooms are comfortable, and we loved the fact that there was only a radio as we could truly relax and just watch the boats going across the bay. - Vicky Lloyd - December 2020
There is a lovely bar area, a dining area and an indoor and outdoor seating area which has beautiful views out to sea. The staff are brilliant - they are knowledgeable about the food and alcohol and will do whatever they can to make your stay more enjoyable. - Kate Bailey - January 2020
From the moment that you enter, time seems to slow down, and you relax. The cooking is inventive and consistently delicious. The talented local artist of the month exhibition adds real joy to the hotel’s walls, as does the pottery that you can buy along with cookbooks in the reception Our bedroom, at the backl, was warmly decorated, with a glimpse of the sea over roofs, and thoughtful touches like a carafe of water, books, and a proper tea tray with cafetiere. And no TV! So lovely to have a room without that black rectangle intruding. The staff were unfailingly helpful.Despite its deserved popularity over a bank holiday weekend, we never felt that the place and the service were overcrowded, or rushed. It is a true gem. - TS - June 2019
Style, comfort and character in spades. My room was delightful; a wonderfully comfortable bed. Fish dishes in the evening were outstanding. The staff really look after you, and are determined that will have a relaxing time. - Mike Craddock - May 2019

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide