The Old Coastguard

Mousehole, Cornwall

‘My favourite hotel anywhere in the world,’ writes a reader of this welcoming pub-with-rooms in an enchanting Cornish fishing village. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘My favourite hotel anywhere in the world,’ writes a reader of this welcoming pub-with-rooms in an enchanting Cornish fishing village. 'The whole team make my stay the most wonderful experience.' The third venture for the Inkin brothers (see The Felin Fach Griffin, Wales, and The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor), it has their signature relaxed, child-friendly, dog-friendly ambience and understated chic. Some bedrooms have a balcony; all have ground coffee, books, Bramley toiletries, a Roberts radio, no TV. One reader had a top-floor double with adjoining twin room. ‘Both were spacious, as was the bathroom, which boasted a walk-in shower (very powerful) as well as a bath. Decor was very tasteful.’ Another thought the rooms 'just perfect in every way', with the 'most comfortable beds'. Eat at an oak table by the fire, on the sun deck overlooking the sub-tropical garden, or on the sea-facing terrace. Food and wine receive consistently high praise. Expect cod with Jerusalem artichoke chips; rum baba with roasted white chocolate and blood orange. At breakfast, there is muesli, soda bread, apple juice, smoked salmon, the full Cornish, and ‘the marmalade is a highlight’. (Mick Eldridge, JC, and others)

Hotel details


The Parade
TR19 6PR


01736 731222




all year except 24–26 Dec.


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

Background music

Radio 4 at breakfast, selected music at other mealtimes.


all ages welcomed, no charge for under-5s, extra bed for 5s 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 £185, singles from £160. Set-price dinner £45. 1-night bookings only rarely refused.

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Winter Escape Special Offer

Winter Escape Special Offer: The Winter Escape was, by design, aimed at those making a last-minute decision to take a break from the occasional grimness of Winter. That seems to resonate in recent times. Just one night (or more) that can feel like a real break. This package is from £225 a couple and includes up to three courses at supper from anywhere on the evening menu, your room and breakfast. Available once the clocks go back (29th October 2023 – 28th March 2024), Sunday to Thursday and only valid outside of holidays and half terms. Subject to availability. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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