We stayed at the Ship Inn over a VERY cold weekend in mid January and had the unusual experience of seeing Mousehole decked out in ice and snow! We parked our car in the harbourside car park where we were amazed to find there was an Honesty Box for users during the winter (there is an attendant in the summer). The car park is a good hundred yards from the Inn which is on a very narrow road with the harbour railings on one side and the Inn frontage on the other so no easy option to park and drop off luggage. Check-in was with the bartender who hurriedly showed us to our room in the cottage next to the pub (which had its own separate front door) and then hastened back to serve customers in the bar.
Nevertheless, our room (number 7) was centrally-heated with a comfortable double bed, good quality bedding, small but spotlessly clean shower/toilet and a lovely view of the harbour from the bay window. The well stocked beverage tray sported some of the most generous mugs we have yet encountered in a B & B. In fact, we were glad of a hot cup of tea after an eight mile roundtrip hike along the snowy road to Lamorna Cove on Sunday morning... where we found, to our dismay, that the Lamorna Wink pub was firmly shut and had to retrace our steps to Mousehole in the teeth of a blizzard.
We ate twice at the Ship Inn, once in the pub where the food was innovative and enjoyable (but could have been hotter) and once in the restaurant where we were the only customers. Don't expect fancy arrangements and garnishes but my husband's steak was very good and my beer battered haddock excellent. Breakfast was plain, simple and very hot - no fancy multiple choices - but we both felt that the fried bread was overloaded with oil (deep fried?) and best avoided.
Chatting to the Liverpudlian landlord over breakfast, he said he and his (Cornish-born) wife had only been at the pub for a month so that would have been a very busy four weeks indeed! (Having spent over twenty years in hotels and catering ourselves, we know just how busy the Christmas and New Year period can be....) So if you are looking for a traditional honest Cornish pub with comfortable rooms, serving good food and excellent beers, we can recommend the Ship Inn at Mousehole.
But somehow I suspect we would prefer not to be there at the height of the summer ...
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Ship Hotel Mousehole
- Ship Inn Mousehole
- The Ship Inn Mousehole, Cornwall