Good Hotel Guide Review
‘They really want to give you a treat and spoil you.’ ‘A lovely, relaxing couple of days.’ Much praise this year for Charles and Edmund Inkin’s ‘buzzy’ dining pub, sister to The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor, and The Felin Fach Griffin, Felin Fach, Wales (see entries). ‘Classy’ bedrooms overlook the pretty village and harbour, towards St Clement’s Island. ‘Mine had a lounge and delightful balcony.’ ‘No. 8 was a tight fit; no wardrobe, but a good-sized bed, bathroom, two comfy chairs. All rooms have a Roberts radio, woollen blankets, Bramley toiletries. The trademark Inkin style embraces a blazing fire, bare floorboards, unmatched furniture. ‘The lovely restaurant looks out to sea. Service was friendly and attentive’, if ‘a little chaotic’ at busy times. Matthew Smith uses locally sourced ingredients in such dishes as fish stew, mussels, new potatoes, fennel, sea vegetables, aïoli. ‘Breakfast could hardly be bettered, from slices of melon to delicious vine tomatoes with the bacon and sausage.’ A fire in June forced the closure of the hotel, but it is due to reopen in autumn 2019. (Mike Craddock, Sue and John Jenkinson, and others)
Following a fire, The Old Coastguard is being renovated and is currently closed. It is due to re-open in January 2020. In the meantime, visit their pop-up restaurant, The Vault Kitchen, in Penzance.
all year except 24/25 Dec.
bar, sun lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, sea-facing garden with path to beach, restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible.
Radio 4 at breakfast, selected music at other mealtimes.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms (treats, towels, dog bowls), not in dining room.
per room B&B single from £110, double £150–£250. Set dinner £19.50–£27, à la carte £29. 1-night bookings only rarely refused.
Good Hotel Guide articles about
The Old Coastguard
- The Lady: Award winning hotels to visit in 2020
- Cosmopolitan: The 10 best hotels in the UK have been named, perfect for your next staycation
- express.co.uk: UK’s 10 best hotels revealed
- Daily Mail: The very best of British
- The Lady: 10 of the best beach hotels on the South Coast
- Food and Travel: 10 of the best pubs with rooms
- USA Today: 20 scenic seaside hotels in Great Britain
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide