Food @ The Coastguard

The day boats and trawlers of Newlyn tie up just two miles west of here.  So you'd rightly expect our menu to have plenty of fish and seafood.  It does.

But we don't underestimate the quality of Cornish beef and poultry, game from local estates and cheeses from some of Britain's best dairies. 

We have built the reputation of all of our kitchens on the maxim that the best things in life are kept simple.   And it's truer than anywhere here in Mousehole. 

This is a traditional Brasserie menu that takes good ingredients and gives them a very simple but classic treatment.  A menu that changes a little through the seasons.

Where to eat?  

At scrubbed pine or oak tables on the Upper Deck and in the bar, some perfect for groups of 10 or more.  Nearly all with views to St. Clement's Isle.

Or on the Sun Deck at sofas with just a pane of glass between you and the palm tree lined gardens.

Or, best of all and more frequently than you might think, eat on the terrace looking down at the sun-dappled sea.

Lunch and Supper

Head Chef, Matt Smith, runs a similar menu at both lunch and supper.  Click below for a recent example.  He also runs a Prix Fixe menu, £14 for two courses at lunch & £18.50 for two courses at supper (from Monday to Saturday).    

We are listed in The Good Food Guide, the red Michelin Guide, Hardens and were named County Dining Pub of the Year by The 2013 Good Pub Guide.

Feeding Times

We open for food every day of the week, all year except 25 December and for four days in early January.

Lunch 12:30pm — 2:30pm
(Weekends and holidays until 2:30pm)

Supper 6:30pm — 9:00pm
(During busy times 6:00pm - 9:30pm)

So that we can find you a table as soon as you arrive, we do recommend booking, even if you call a few minutes before you intend to arrive.

Large Groups

We don't mind not having a Private Room at The Coastguard.  This is a democratic place and one of its beauties is the sense of continuity throughout the downstairs rooms.

But we do have lots of larger tables for families, bigger families and groups.  Please email us if you have a large party that you'd like to bring. 


Our own experience is that The Coastguard is a place for parents to kick back while the children amuse themselves in the protected garden running down towards the sea.

We have short children's menus for both very little ones and the slightly older.  Menus that come with a free glass of apple juice.  Or they can order from our usual menu. 

Special Diets 

We are always happy to look after guests who have dietary requirements.  Just let us know in advance when you book.

We have for some time taken an open approach to those who don't eat fish or meat with plenty of alternatives throughout our menu. 

...and roast chicken, which shouldn't really tempt so close to the sea, hides irresistibly juicy meat under a thin crisp skin
Gemma Bowes, The Guardian September 2012
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Tel: 01736 731 222
The Old Coastguard, The Parade, Mousehole
Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6PR