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The Ship Inn
Ranked #2 of 7 Mousehole B&B and Inns
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We were visiting The Ship Inn tonight Dec 28th 2012, one of their busiest evenings of the winter season, to see Mousehole lights, on a coach trip. Having booked our table for 6, in advance, was greeted by an exceedingly busy pub. Was shown immediately to our tables, drinks arrived swiftly, food order taken quickly. The food was quickly served and was delicious, with us all ordering differently, I was impressed that with the fish and chips, I could have mine grilled rather than in batter. The lady that owns it, even found time to check if all was ok. Fortunately I live in Cornwall and am only an hour away, but will be quickly returning. The staff were efficient and friendly. I would highly recommend The Ship, but in peak season do book, so as not to be disappointed. Well done to the staff for making our evening so pleasurable .

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

We visited the Ship Inn at Mousehole on 23 December to join in with the annual Tom Bawcock's Eve celebrations. We booked 12 months in advance as it is a popular event and the Ship Inn hosts a crucial part of the evening, the Stargazy pie.
Our family room, Wolf Rock, was nicely decorated with a seaside theme. Sleeping 4 the room had a large double bedroom, a smaller room with bunk-beds for the children and an en-suite bathroom. The rooms were clean although one duvet cover was stained. To be fair, staff dealt with this very quickly despite being extremely busy dealing with the crowd of people attending the event. The breakfast was served in the pub restaurant and was very good, we opted for the full Cornish, which was huge. Far too much for the kids we could have split one between both children and still had food to spare.
Overall the Ship Inn was an excellent place to stay.
There is no parking at the Ship Inn and parking in Mousehole is very limited. There are 3 carparks, one by the Old Coastguard pub as you come in to the village( where we parked) one at the left of the harbour which is smaller and a few spaces on the harbour wall which we were told is known as the Mousehole car wash as waves can break over the wall onto the cars. Streets are very narrow so be prepared to do some reversing as there are not many passing places. All the carparks are within a couple of minutes walk of the seafront.
The Tom Bawcock's Eve celebration is a brilliant family event and has three main elements, the lights, the parade and the pie.
Throughout December Mousehole is festooned with lights which are themed for both Christmas and the famous Mousehole cat story. The lights come on at five and light up the whole seafront. Around 7pm there is a lantern parade through the town and down onto the beach with music and singing.
Twice during the day Stargazy pie is served at the Ship Inn once in the afternoon and once in the evening ( it was at 7.30pm this year) ask in the pub when it's likely to be brought out as the time varies. The pie is the highlight of the evening. It's served on a first come first served basis and to get some you need to go into the pub and join the queue which goes through into the restaurant where the pie is served. Everyone is free to join in and you make a donation (no amount suggested but £3-5 seems reasonable) for your pie which is served in plastic takeaway trays. As the event is so popular all the local eateries are jam packed, book ahead if you want to sit down as there are not too many restaurants in the village. Alternatively the local chip which was excellent is just off the seafront and another local cafe was holding a BBQ. Lots of places were selling hot drinks including some lovely mulled cider and mulled wine down on the beach.
A nice thing to do with kids is to bring a jam jar lantern if you want to join in with the theme or you can buy them at local shops.
We really enjoyed our visit to Mousehole and the Ship Inn. It added a bit of magic to our Christmas holiday.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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1  Thank JoGuy1750
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Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

We love Mousehole so revisited Ship Inn after 3 years. It was a lovely stay, very peaceful! We stayed in the room facing the sea view. It was great to be able to see the sea from our bed!
The room was comfortable and clean. It was winter and heating was working nicely but We found it a bit cold as the windows were very old and they lacked insulation. Apart from that everything was well though. They had this fabulous local soap in the bathroom :)
Breakfast was fine. Food was good if you like pub grub. We dined here only one evening.
Service was very friendly. Nice and energetic stuff who is eager to please.
Overall it is a gorgeous little place with a lot of history and soul, run by lovely people and located in a dreamy location.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

It was our first visit to The Ship since last April and wow, what a change ! The new Landlady - Melanie Matthews has really turned things around. My party of 3 had lunch in restaurant area, we were very well served by Yvonne, I had a portion of Muscles as a starter- they were large and juicy and were simply delicious, their creamy liqour was a treat in itself ! For mains I had roast Hake, served on a leafy fresh bed of salad and topped with a Tomato based hot salsa, the hake was fresh and perfectly cooked, a lovely dish. Both the other members of my group had the ship Burgers, again well cooked and presented with very nice chips. All these dishes were served on new crockery, during the meal I enjoyed a very good pint of Trelawny, which I think is the entry level bitter, very good with. Subtle fruity note. All this with other drinks and one other starter cost £58.00 - very good value. This was by far the best meal of our week, we had used 2 other St Austell pubs but neither touch the ship. The ship will certainly have our business when we are next down -full marks, outstanding ! Lots of evidence of attention to detail around the pub, very impressive.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Whilst staying In Mousehole last week we ate at The Ship 3 times, each time the service and friendliness of the staff was great. The food was excellent, spolit for choice, but the chips were!!!! Good value for money but not enough room for a pudding as the portions are so filling! Loved the jelly beans with the bill!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank rodgerandkate
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Spent one night there. The rooms are small but clean and comfy. The view on the harbor is delightfull. People are nice. Be there at christmas if you want to enjoy the christmas lights. It's magical. The ambiance in the street is great. It was windy like on the legend of the Mousehole cat. This place is from another time and the Ship Inn can't be better situated. Go for it.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
2  Thank SandrineRamdane
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We booked in to The Ship for a short stay but found the room we had was extremely small with hardly enough room to walk past the end of the bed and with barely enough room in the "bathroom" to get into the shower. The room itself was reasonably decorated and the bedclothes & towels immaculately clean but the whole feel of the place (we were in the annexe) was tired & shabby. The pub was O.K and served excellent beer but the tables were sticky and, again, the place felt unloved. Breakfast was reasonable, though the cooking left a little to be desired.
We wouldn't recommend this place to stay, especially at the price, but if you want a traditional pub with really good beer go for it.

Room Tip: Don't know about the other rooms but apparently some re-furbishment is ongoing
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Ship Inn

Address: South Cliff, Mousehole TR19 6QX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Mousehole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Mousehole
Price Range: $104 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Ship Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ship inn is a welcoming Cornish pub situated in the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole. With stunning views of the sandy beaches or stormy waves The Ship inn is the perfect place to refresh & chat to locals, or snuggle up in front of the open fire and read a good book. We also have eight beautiful bedrooms (located within the pub and the cottage next door) for that perfect weekend getaway, family holiday or overnight stay before travelling to the Scilly isles. 'There are few things more pleasant than a Cornish harbour graced with a good pub and great ale' ... more   less 
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