Ship Inn, Mousehole
The Ship Inn is on the harbour, right in the heart of this traditional Cornish fishing village. Most rooms overlook the harbour towards the sea.
Telephone: 01736 731234
The Ship Inn, Mousehole, two miles south of Penzance, is the archetypal Cornish village and boasts what is said to be one of the most beautiful harbours in Britain, once a thriving centre for pilchard fishing. Its granite cottages progress quaintly down the steep hillside to the waters edge. Pronounced 'Mauzl' the name possibly derives from the Cornish 'mouz bel' or maiden's brook.
The tranquil village has a surprisingly violent history, it was invaded by a Spanish raiding party in July 1595, during the course of which the whole village was burnt down. One house survived the holocaust, that of Squire Keigwin, who was tragically killed while defending it. The Elizabethan manor house, distinguished by a porch of granite columns, the oldest in the village, still stands to the present day.
The last recorded speaker of the ancient Cornish language, Dorothy Pentreath, was a native of Mousehole and died there in 1777 at the age of 102. Her grave can be seen in the churchyard of Paul on the hilltop above the village.
The Ship Inn, Mousehole has been awarded a FOUR STAR INN at the VisitBritain Quality in Tourism Rating.
The Ship Inn, Mousehole has been awarded a FOUR STAR grading in the Inn category by Quality in Tourism on behalf of VisitEngland.
We are pleased to announce we have successfully gained a Silver Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme. This scheme provides accreditation and encouragement for tourism businesses to help reduce the environmental impact of tourism for the enjoyment of future generations.
With good beer and great food, it's just the place to stay the night. We look forward to welcoming you, Melanie Matthews.
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Join us for a fun quiz every Thursday, from 8.30 pm (ish!)
8 double en-suite rooms (all with showers), 6 rooms over look the harbour and have sea views.
Standard Double: Compact rooms, simple décor and en-suite facilities.
Select Double: Light and airy, harbour facing rooms with en-suite facilities.
Deluxe Double: Harbour facing rooms enjoying sea views. Recently redecorated in cool, contemporary scheme with modern en-suite.
Standard Family Room: 2 bedrooms, 1 with double bed and 1 with bunk beds. Simple décor and en-suite facilities.
All rooms are non-smoking.
Well behaved pets are welcome at a charge of £10 per night.
Facilities available in each room: Television, WIFI, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer
Check-in time is 2 pm and check out is 10am.
- Boating: The Ship Inn lies over the harbour.
- Dancing: Nightclubs in Penzance only 3 miles away.
- Fishing: With the sea on our doorstep fishing is unlimited
- Music: Background music. Swimming: Only in the sea and harbour
- Walking: The Ship is right on the Great West Way - Coastal Path
- Parking - offsite: Parking is very limited
Food & Drink
★Home-made seafood chowder
finished with cream and saffron. Served with warm crusty bread £6.95
★The Ship Inn's ‘posh’ prawn cocktail
fresh Atlantic prawns in seafood sauce, with seasonal leaves, locally baked brown bread with butter and a wedge of lemon £5.50Smoked Mackerel and Cider Pâté
★Duck and orange pate
served with hot buttered wholemeal toast and salad garnish £5.75
★Baked Gevrik goat’s cheese
on a warm beetroot salad (v) £5.75
Example Main Dishes
★Catch of the day, fresh white fish in our own beer batter made with award winning ale. Served with chunky chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. £9.50
★Home-roasted ham, with two free-range fried eggs and chunky chips. £8.50
★Cornish fish pie, a medley of fish in a creamy sauce, topped with creamy mashed potato and Davidstow cheese. Served with salad and crusty bread. £10.95
★Steak and Tribute pie, made with Cornish beef and award winning Cornish ale. Served with either chunky chips or creamy mashed potato, peas and gravy. £9.95
★Home-made vegetable chilli, with rice, creme fraiche and garlic bread. (v) £9.95
★Ship Inn double cheeseburger, 2 quarter pounders topped with Davidstow Cheddar in a Cornish tiger bap. Served with chunky chips, onion rings and salad. £8.95
★Wholetail scampi, with chunky chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. £9.95
★8oz Cornish ribeye steak, with chunky chips, mushrooms, onion rings. £13.25
Ploughman’s, Your choice of ploughmans served with tribute chutney, pickled onion, salad and either white or granary locally baked bread. Plated for 1 or for 2 sharing.
★Cornish Cheddar cheese £6.75 £12.95
★Cornish Cheddar cheese and home-baked ham £6.75 £12.95
★Home-roasted ham £6.75 £12.95
★Fisherman’s, Atlantic prawns, Newlyn all white crab meat and Cornish smoked mackerel, with mayonnaise and marie rose dips. £10.50 £19.95
Children’s or ‘Young at Heart’ All dishes £4.95
★Small catch of the day, fresh white fish in our own beer batter made with award winning ale. Served with chunky chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce.
★Small home-roasted ham, with a free-range fried egg and chunky chips.
★Home-made vegetable chilli, with rice, creme fraiche and garlic bread. (v)
★Ship Inn cheeseburger, a quarter pounder topped with Davidstow Cheddar in a cornish tiger bap. Served with chunky chips, onion rings and salad.
★Wholetail scampi, with chunky chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce.
★Home-made battered chicken bites, with chunky chips or creamy mashed potato and peas or baked beans
Please click here to view our menu.
Where we are: Situated on the Harbour Edge, Mousehole, on the western tip of Cornwall
Main access routes: A30
Directions: Follow the A30 to Penzance and then the signs to Mousehole
The Ship Inn
Telephone: 01736 731234
Fax: 01736 732259
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