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, Danny Garland, runs our kitchen.  Click below for recent examples of our lunch and supper menus.    

We are listed in The Good Food Guide, the red Michelin Guide, Hardens and have a 2020 Gold Award from Taste of the West.


Feeding Times

We open for food every day of the week, all year except 25 & 26 December and for a ten day period in January 2023. 

Lunch 12:00pm — 2.30pm (3pm on Sunday) 

Supper 6:00pm — 9:00pm

So that we can find you a table as soon as you arrive, we do recommend booking, particularly as we're mostly operating on a table service basis for all visitors.

You can now book directly with us by clicking on "Book a Table" above.

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.

You might be limited when booking online to 8 persons or so.  If there are more of you than this, please do email us or drop us a call.  


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
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Tel: 01736 731 222
The Old Coastguard, The Parade, Mousehole
Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6PR