The Old Coastguard

Mousehole, Cornwall

‘My favourite hotel anywhere in the world,’ writes a reader, of this welcoming pub-with-rooms in an enchanting 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 fishing village. The third venture for the Inkin brothers (see The Felin Fach Griffin, Felin Fach, Wales, and The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor), it has their signature relaxed, child-friendly, dog-friendly ambience and understated chic. ‘The rooms are perfect (and the views).’ Some bedrooms have a balcony; all have ground coffee, books, Bramley toiletries, a Roberts radio, no TV. Other readers 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, the bed very comfortable.’ Eat at an oak table by the fire, on the sun deck overlooking the sub-tropical garden, or on the sea-facing terrace. There was praise this year for ‘chicken liver parfait with just the right amount of toast and onion marmalade, perfectly cooked pork loin with rösti, hispi cabbage, toffee-apple purée and cider sauce’. At breakfast, there is muesli, soda bread, apple juice, smoked salmon, the full Cornish, and ‘the marmalade is a highlight’. (Mick Eldridge, John Charnley, 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 £172.50, singles from £135. Set-price dinner £42. 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 2022 – 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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