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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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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