Mount’s Bay, at the western end of Cornwall, is dotted with villages and towns, but there is a fishing village considered one of the most beautiful.
The village of Mousehole is about four kilometers south of Penzance, a short distance from St Clements Isle and has two Michelin recommended restaurants.
This quaint fishing village may be small, but it’s home to 2 Fore Street and Old Coastguard restaurants.
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Located opposite the harbor, 2 Fore Street has been praised for its relaxed atmosphere and tasty, simple dishes.
Find dishes like ‘2 Fore Street’ bouillabaisse with saffron potatoes, garlic crostini and rouille, hand-picked Newlyn crab, chilli and samphire linguine, and a selection of burgers, all prepared. from local products.
Reviewers praised the restaurant on TripAdvisor for its tasty food and attention to detail.
One customer wrote: “Spoiled for choice on the menu, I settled on the Bouillabaisse with a garlic crust, it was wonderful, one of the best I have ever had.”
Another said: “The food is exceptional, we had the twice cooked crab souffle and the salt and pepper squid to start, followed by a seafood risotto and lamb chops with samphire. Each dish has been cooked and seasoned perfectly with top quality products.
A third commented, “We had read about this place and booked a week in a cottage in Mousehole. I booked as soon as I could and only wished I had booked more than once.
At Old coast guard you have the choice of where to sit – the upper deck, the sun deck or the terrace – each with its own unique view.
They serve European inspired dishes like Dressed Newlyn Crab with Mango Salsa, Primavera Risotto and Seafood.
The Old Coastguard also has a Sunday lunch menu, including roast prime rib, roast pork, or grilled plaice.
A precedent praised the restaurant, saying, “Following a recommendation, we chose to have our wedding meal here. The food and service are superb, and they even offered us a glass of champagne each when the waitress found out that we were getting married earlier today.
But Mousehole isn’t just about food – its harbor is the focal point of the village.
Once a bustling port, it was burnt down by the Spaniards in 1595.
Led by their commander Carlos de Amesquita, around 400 men attacked the village and eventually invaded the community during the Anglo-Spanish War (1585-1604).
Mousehole was almost abandoned, all that was left was the village pub.
The old Keigwin Arms is still standing, but is no longer a pub – all that remains of the pub’s history is a plaque that reads: “Squire Jenkyn Keigwin was killed here on July 23, 1595 defending this house against the Spaniards. “
The port is also home to one of the village’s beaches, just a small stretch of sand perfect for a day out with the family.
In front of the Old Coastguard there is a pebble beach with the Mousehole rockpool.
From Mousehole Harbor you can embark on a boat ride along the Cornish coast, where you might stumble upon dolphins, seals – and maybe even sharks.
Mousehole is also believed to be the place of origin of Stargazy pie, a Cornish dish.
It’s traditionally eaten at the feast of local man, Tom Bawcock, who braved a winter storm to bring back a haul of fish.
Each December, the harbor is lit up with Christmas lights – some locals even calling it “Mouse Vegas,” before celebrating Tom Bawcock’s New Year’s Eve on December 23.
Another historical figure, Dolly Pentreath, who was said to have been the last person to speak the Cornish language, lived in Mousehole.
She died around 200 years ago and her memorial is in Paul Cemetery, a small village just above Mousehole.
To venture outside the village, it’s easy to join the South West Coast Path to Lamorna – home to a rocky cove at the foot of a wooded valley.
And when you’re looking for a bite to eat, Mousehole also has a TripAdvisor favorite – The ship’s inn .
It serves pub classics like fish and chips, beef and gem pie, and daily market fish.
A previous customer said: “When we visited today I wondered why every person eating had fish & chips, so we decided to order the same… well this is the BEST fish & chips we have ever had. we had that I can remember.
Oh and the pub is also home to the Stargazy Pie Creation.
For a small fishing village on the Cornish coast, Mousehole has a rich local history, panoramic views – and a choice of quality restaurants.
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How to get there
You can take a train from Paddington to Penzance, before changing to a bus directly at Mousehole.
Or if you prefer a scenic drive, it will take around five and a half hours.
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