Stay in a self catering cottage in Mousehole and you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding which pubs to visit. Whether you’re after a hearty meal, or a refreshing pint after a long walk, you’ll find a great selection of pubs in and around this quaint fishing village.
The Ship Inn, Mousehole
The Ship Inn could not be placed in a better location. It sits directly on the edge of the harbour wall in the centre of Mousehole, and has perfect uninterrupted views of the boats in summer and the famous Christmas lights in winter. This is the pub that the locals visit, and as such it is cosy with a great relaxed atmosphere – the heart of the community. It is a real slate and granite traditional pub with an open fire, and dogs are welcomed, making it ideal for refreshment after a winter stomp along the coast. There is a good range of real ales and simple yet good food is also available. Remember that parking in Mousehole can be tricky in high season and when the Christmas lights are in full swing – it may be easier to park at the eastern entrance to the town and walk the short distance in. Tom Bawcock’s Eve, every 23rd December, is celebrated here to commemorate a fisherman who bravely set sail in a vicious storm to feed the town. This is a tradition not to be missed – the whole town celebrates his act of selflessness with Stargazey pie, music and a lantern procession, and the centre of it all is the Ship Inn.
Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole
At first thought more of a hotel and restaurant than a pub, but a beautiful place with a real passion for the service it provides. They put just as much thought into their beers and wines as their food, so if you are delighted by trying something new or unusual, this is the place for you. There are many different places to sit and relax over a drink and perhaps something to nibble on – a welcoming bar, a sun deck with comfy sofas and a view over the grounds, and an outside terrace with parasols to truly benefit from the views out to sea. The grounds have lots of exploring potential, so if you have to visit with more restless members of the family, this is a real bonus. Dogs are welcomed too, and locals appreciate the Old Coastguard for its ethos of being an asset to the community and the people who come here – this place cares.
Lamorna Wink, Lamorna
This pub is a short drive away in nearby Lamorna – a beautiful little cove with a small harbour and a car park making it ideal as a start or end point as you are exploring the South West Coastal Path. The Lamorna Wink has recently been sympathetically refurbished by new landlords, and this has revived and invigorated this traditional pub full of marine memorabilia. The kitchen serves a selection of pub grub guaranteed to satisfy both coastal path stompers and those exploring the area by car. The Wink is comfortable and welcoming with a log fire in winter – pop in next time you are passing to soak up the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Kings Arms, Paul
A couple of miles inland from Mousehole you will find the Kings Arms in Paul, just in the shadow of the church tower. The name may be an ordinary pub name, but this place has much to set it apart. It serves real ales and Korev (delicious Cornish lager) in a traditional setting, with well-behaved dogs and children welcome. The menu is extensive, and there is a specials board with frequently changing options. The restaurant closes between 2 and 6, so choose your mealtimes carefully, and booking is advised as The Kings Arms is very popular with locals. Homemade puddings are on offer, with special desserts offered as and when they are available – they all sound delicious, particularly the fruit crumble. The Kings Arms seems to do everything very well – from the welcome and service to the quality of the food.
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