The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole
Recently we went on a long weekend to beautiful Mousehole in Cornwall. You may have seen my social media posts whilst we were away or you may have seen my previous blog post all about Mousehole and the excellent businesses in the village. In this post I’m going to tell you about the fantastic hotel we stayed at whilst we were there.
The Old Coastguard hotel is in the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole. The cosy 14 bedroom hotel boasts fantastic sea views of St Clement’s Isle and St Michael’s Mount and is ideally situated if you plan to visit the Minack Theatre, Lands End or even Polgoon vineyard to name a few of the many nearby attractions. It has a fantastic bar and restaurant which includes a comfy sofa seating area to relax and enjoy a drink from the very well stocked bar. There is also a garden with decked seating area which provides panoramic views of the bay.
The hotel is completely dog friendly, infact I would go as far as to say they are pro dog! Your dog is welcome in your room, the restaurant/bar area to eat with you and in the garden, all that is asked is that you keep them off the beds. There is also a dog station providing blankets, biscuits and little black bags. There is no extra charge for your dog’s stay.
As we entered the reception, we were greeted by a friendly staff member who checked us in and offered us complimentary tea or coffee. As we were early we went for a walk around the village and then came back to the hotel for a drink in the sun-soaked garden overlooking the sparkling sea. When our room was ready, we were taken up and were asked whether we would like a newspaper or fresh milk for tea or coffee in the morning and told about the dog station. I think the fresh milk left at your door is great as I hate the little UHT milk that you get in a lot of hotels. The tea in the room was a lovely Cornish tea produced by Tregothnan, the coffee was fresh and there were some little home made biscuits which was a nice touch too. Our room, which was room 7, was airy and light with an excellent modern bathroom, powerful shower and good size bath. We also had a balcony with seats and table and views of the harbour as well as the sea. The room was well presented with local art on the walls and was cleaned, towels changed and tea station restocked daily. The bed was very comfortable and we both slept well. Unusually, there are no televisions in the rooms, instead there are Roberts radios and plenty of books to read. To be honest if you need a TV when staying in what is arguably one of the most beautiful parts of the country then Cornwall is probably not the place for you.
The breakfast, which was included in the price of the room, was exceptional. There were pastries, yoghurts, fruit, cereals and preserves all laid out for you as well as fresh orange juice, local Polgoon apple juice and fresh bread for you to cut and toast yourself. The tea was loose leaf and strong, just how I like it, coffee was also offered. As well as all of the above there was a varied and well thought out cooked breakfast menu with dishes such as organic local greens, poached duck egg, streaky bacon on sourdough bread with cafe de Paris butter, smoked Newlyn kipper with grilled tomato and of course, full Cornish breakfast. The bacon used was from Primrose Herd and is worth a special mention as it is the nicest bacon I have ever tasted, smoked to perfection and just the right thickness. All in all a top breakfast!
The hotel also has a fantastic restaurant serving lunch and dinner daily. We booked in for Sunday lunch, booking is advisable as it is always busy. Before our meal we had fresh oysters with pickled vegetables and Camel Valley English sparking wine; the oysters were beautiful as was the wine which is Cornish and both made for a lovely start to lunch. To begin I had a rabbit wardarf salad which worked really well and it was nice to see rabbit on the menu. For main course we both went for roast dinners although there are plenty of other options available. I had the beef and Kate had chicken; both came with plenty of vegetables and roast potatoes, the meat portions were also generous. Everything was cooked to perfection! Roast potatoes were actually crispy which is something of a rarity when having Sunday lunch out these days and the Yorkshire pudding was beautiful, we both agree that they do the best roast dinner we have ever had at a restaurant. Delicious! Although we could barely mange it, we ordered desserts, both going for chocolate brownie with chocolate mousse, honeycomb and salted caramel sauce again it was excellent, a really rich and indulgent dessert. As I’m sure you can tell we really enjoyed our lunch and even if you are not staying at the hotel it is well worth booking in for a meal as it will not disappoint!
As I mentioned at the beginning, The Old Coastguard also has a fantastic bar serving many well kept Cornish ales, wines from far and wide, a variety of premium spirits and a long list of bottled craft beer and cider. They also do a selection of cocktails. During our stay we spent plenty of time in the bar and all the drinks were pulled, poured or mixed to perfection, the bar staff were also knowledgeable and happy to answer your questions. If you enjoy a wine and would like to buy a bottle or two to take home The Old Coastguard offers this at very little above cost price.
We had an excellent stay at The Old Coastguard, all the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and happy to help, the rooms were lovely, food and drink were exceptional and the overall atmosphere was relaxing, fitting in perfectly with Mousehole. I cannot recommend The Old Coastguard enough!
It may also interest you to know The Old Coastguard has two sister hotels, the nearby The Gurnard’s Head at Zennor and The Felin Fach Griffin in Brecon and if they are anything like The Old Coastguard I’m sure they are excellent to.