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Physically described well by JohnBonser 5 years ago, I enjoyed a good pint of St Austell Cornish Best yesterday in this characterful pub. However, I guess this place could be a nightmare experience when the crowds are here.
paul_d102 - 26 Sep 2015 21:27
If you want a drink, this is a good option - a nice pub in a good location with friendly staff and a decent range of (St Austell) ales.

I was disappointed with the quality of the food though, particularly for the prices. If you want a meal I'd recommend the 2 Fore Street restaurant just round the corner, which is only a little more expensive but much better.
aaroncp - 26 Apr 2015 12:28
There are two drinking spots in Mousehole.

The Ship is on the harbour and although its a nice pub, considering
the beer prices it should be.
I have never liked paying London prices in Cornwall.

For a better , cheaper , and friendlier Cornish experience
try the British Legion up the lane behind the Ship.
Just sign the book , and in you go.
7/10
Leftinthepub44 - 20 Mar 2015 16:27
St.Austell brewery pub on the quay in Mousehole (always pronounce "Mowzle" or you will upset the locals!). Excellant location, but suffers on nice hot days not having much outdoor seating (There is a small terrace at rear). We visited during the sea-salts-sail-festival‎ in July 2014, so was obviously rammed. Beer was Tribute, Trelawny and HSD. I have had the fish pie in the past, but opted for a shellfish platter to share which was very nice. Friendly staff, nice pub.
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 26 Jul 2014 15:20
Friendly welcome, beautiful pub-atmosphere, well served real ale.
ilfaccino - 22 Aug 2013 17:59
Had an enjoyable pint of Trelawny early evening on a cold May day. Not very busy but can imagine it is a bit of a tourist trap in high season.
Mothroy - 23 May 2013 19:11
Wouldn't bother with the place, or the Coastguard. Go to the Legion, decent atmosphere visitors welcome and a good snooker table
jannerfcukpig - 28 Aug 2012 01:33
Walked in early for food (kitchen starts 12o'clock, not a minute before!) so drank a pint of Trelawney. Fish pie was good although the there could have been more fish in it. Maybe fisherman had a bad catch... HSD was ok and by the time I left, the place was half full.
Hommel - 8 Jun 2012 19:59
I liked it.

Friendly, decent enough food and excellent beer from the St.Austell brewery.


EdBeery - 2 Sep 2011 10:31
Here is my pennyworth, visited this pub a few times over the years when visiting friends nearby (Devonian immigrants!). Recent visit showed that the pub isnt really worth the effort to be honest unless you are a holiday maker staying in the village. Just to fuel the 'locals' debate, as a Hampshire Hog my kids will have to leave their village too but in my experience Paris_H is correct, locals in my village sold out and incommers doubled the size and values! It isnt a 'poor old Cornwall' problem most rural/coastal villages have suffered the same fate throughout the south.
odbod - 1 Nov 2010 13:58
I have to disagrre with Cornish Blonde and mim. Locals can't complain about incomers causing high property prices, forcing locals out of the property market, when it was the LOCALS who took the money by selling houses to incomers at high prices in the first place.

I also agree with John Bonser, the lack of competition means that the Ship does'nt have to try hard, and from my experience they hardly try at all, just take the money from visitors from the more affluent parts of the counrty.

I see a patetrn emerging mim.
Paris_Hilton - 1 Nov 2010 12:35
Apart from agreeing with mim and wishing to point out to halfbee that actually, you don't know what you're talking out (like me to put it in Cornish perhaps or would that perplex you even more? Oh and by the way, tourism actually accounts for 25% of Cornwall's GDP as opposed to 99% but let's not split hairs over percentage eh), I just wanted to post an up-to-date, truthful account of The Ship Inn, from a local perspective. I come from Newlyn so I know The Ship Inn very well, but I have to say that the service and food have changed from being very good to frankly appalling.

We visited for lunch on Saturday and were served lousy food, the staff were miserable as sin and my partner found the floor of the gents' toilets to be soaked in urine from the Friday night before, which they obviously hadn't bothered to clean.

If any tourists are reading this and wondering if The Ship might be a nice place to stay whilst in Penwith, take some advice from a local, DON'T. Don't stay there and don't eat there, for your own sake.
cornishblonde84 - 1 Nov 2010 10:32
On the edge of the attractive fishing harbour of Mousehole - pronounced "muzzle" apparently - is The Ship Inn, seemingly the only pub in this small contact Cornish coastal village.

Looking at the pub across the harbour, the granite exterior reminds me very much of the type of pub you might come across in the North Yorks Moors, or, alternatively, a West Yorkshire town like Ilkley or Otley.

On the wall outside the pub, a plaque commemorates the landlord, who was part of the crew of the Solomon Browne lifeboat which perished with the loss of all lives in December 1981 - The Penlee disaster, as it's better known as.

Inside is the trademark flagstoned floor and black beams and collection of nautical memorabilia, including, most notably, various pictures of The Torrey Canyon, which ran aground in the area on Seven Stones Reef in March 1967. A cosier room on the left is carpeted, with comfortable bench seating around the walls and a copper bar top. There's a separate restaurant area on the right.

Reflecting the fact that the pub needs to get customers in after the visitors have departed for the day ( and there seems to be precious little in the way of B & B's for those wishing to stay overnight ), there's a couple of fruit machines and TV screens for Sky Sports, but, thankfully, these weren't on during my recent lunchtime visit.

Plastic glasses are available should anyone wish to drink outside at the front on the narrow road, which, perhaps surprisingly, is not closed to traffic, although the frequent reversing to allow cars coming the other way to pass, makes for slow progress. There's a small sun terrace at the back up a flight of stairs, but this has no sea view and is of limited appeal.

It's a St Austell's Brewery pub and, on my recent lunchtime visit, beers on were Tinners, Proper Job, Tribute and HSD. The Tinners - £ 2.60p - was fine.

Given its location, this pub probably doesn't have to make too much effort to get people in, but I thought this pub came up to the mark in all areas


JohnBonser - 24 Sep 2010 13:20
Mousehole and many other pretty little ancient ports in Cornwall have become mere holiday maker 'honey pots' for tourists to idly come and go, to feed their half-curiosity of a by-gone age. Sadly, the locals and the local traditions/trade have been displaced by grockles who happened to be born and bred in more affluent parts of England. Mousehole is packed for a few summer months, and vacated entirely in the darker months. Property prices are now irrevocably beyond the locals who happened to be born and bred here, hence the percieved resentment. I can understand this.
mim - 23 Aug 2010 17:32
Wonderful location but ruined by the surly welcome from the locals, who have not quite come to terms with the fact that 99% of their income comes from tourists and have perfectly balanced chips on both shoulders.
Think of the Slaughtered Lamb scene from Amercian Werewolf in London!!!

Beer 7/10, Ambience -5/10


halfbee - 2 Aug 2010 13:46
Beautiful location but such poor service they really need some competition here
shrimper145 - 31 Jul 2010 18:39
Delightful location and good beer but I agree with the previous reviewer, the staff could do with a course on how to smile - it costs nothing. Maybe the landlord saves his smiling until he's counting the takings!
JBGatelad - 31 Jul 2010 14:03
For some reason this pub didn't quite cut it for me. The LL seemed pretty miserable with his lot and ungracious when serving you, and the other staff weren't a lot better. Given the pub's surroundings and history I found it a bit charmless and, as someone else mentioned, they know that the punters are coming, it's the only pub in the village so why make the effort. Another problem lies in the fact that any time spent in Cornwall you will soon get sick to your back teeth of the same old beers in every pub. Tribute, Proper Job et al. St Austell Ales monopolise the pubs here and you never see a guest ale in any of their outlets. It's not like I don;t like their beers: I do, and have even visited the brewery, but it all gets a bit samey after a while. Average and certainly not worth 8.4 or whatever the rating here is.
Dandillus - 16 Jul 2010 15:03
Enjoyed our visit to this St Austell house in its charming location. 4 St Austell beers available, and the Proper Job and HSD were in excellent condition. Had a wander up to the rooftop beer garden, and it will be a little suntrrap on a hot day. The number 6 bus from Penzance drops off near the door.
gillhalfpint - 14 May 2010 22:04
The Ship’s position overlooking one of Cornwall’s most picturesque fishing harbours is a big enough draw to make it one of the counties must visit pubs. It has all the trimmings of a traditional old fishermans pub, the flag stoned floors, low beamed ceilings, lanterns and open fires coupled with the modern touristy trinkets of maritime memorabelia, model boats and stories of shipwrecks. The Ship itself has had its own share of maritime tragedy in that the former landlord was part of the crew of the Penlee Lifeboat disaster in 1981 and his memory is commerorated on a placque on the outside wall.

For all its apparent charm, the interior is a bit too open, expanded and impersonal for my liking and dare I say, a little bit too geared for tourists although not as “in your face” as many other similar harbour pubs I came across on my travels. There is a large dining section which thankfully does not intrude into the main body of the pub and a smaller side room at one end of the bar. The main bar area extends to a darts area at the rear with built in pew seating and a TV. Stairs lead up to a rather secretive beer garden which I did not explore. The front seats overlook the historic and extremely photogenic harbour where you can watch the boats come and go on the tide. The beers are from the St Austell range with an above average selection that consisted of Tinners, IPA, Tribute and HSD on my visit and were decent quality and not unreasonably priced. Service was fine and even though my most recent visit was an off season lunchtime, there was still a few friendly locals and the ubiquitous dog to pet.

For pub enthusiasts the Ship is a worthwhile excursion if in the area and, fine place as it is, it just lacks that little extra to make it a true classic.

RogerB - 3 Apr 2009 18:34
This was our first visit for a couple of years and the place has lost none of its charms. The newish management obviously never had any as he was unwelcoming and surly. The Sunday lunch was excellent and the HSD as ever first rate. Other than from behind the bar, the service was friendly and efficient. A very enjoyable couple of hours especially as England managed to thrash the French at rugby.
DITTER - 1 Apr 2009 14:17
Popped over to Mousehole on the request of Mrs Quinno for its silly name and easy availability from unattended front garden stall of the renowned Marrow Chutney.

The number 6 bus from Penzance is a nice trip but good grief I wouldn't want to be the driver when it gets into the village proper trying to navigate the tight corners!

So after a sun-soaked walk around the town and harbour it was time to take in the pub - it isn't listed in the GBG so it was a little bit of a gamble - but was glad I did.

There's the full St Austell range (sparklerised) and the two halves I had of the four available were in good nick, so no complaints there. The drinkers part of the pub is fairly basic, with some maritime touches and pictures of yore alongside some narrative regarding the lost lifeboat crew, so doff your cap to them while you're there.

Mousehole is a proper Cornish tick-box visit and I guess that the pub certainly knows that the trade is coming in the peak season - the slightly elevated room was all set up for diners. Didn't sample the food but it sounded good.

All-in-all, well-worth the jaunt.
Quinno - 13 Mar 2009 18:43
Visited here in January, so it was understandably quiet. St Austell Ales were good, food was hearty and appetising – good thing ‘cos there was nowhere else to eat! Locals were friendly and welcoming, which is more than can be said for the bar staff. Cheer up you lot!
Oakie - 22 Feb 2009 19:59
I can't add any more. I love this place with its real fires, friendly staff, great beer, enormous crab sandwiches, good chat, and views of that idyllic little harbour. I can never leave. Once I was in here and the washing machine upstairs leaked a little on a poor chap sitting at the bar. No one laughed at his misfortune, and everyone was unbelievably kind to him. Lunchtime is my favourite time to visit.
iandsmith - 2 Dec 2008 17:34
lovely pub this well worth visiting off the no 6 bus from penzance...with those tight corners i woulodnt take a coach round there...great pub with cracking beer too...ladies behind the bar were nice an all.
graybagsinburyonceagain - 1 Jul 2008 16:51
Have enjoyed many pints in this pub on the handful of occasions I've had the opportunity to visit. Attractive old style pub, good atmosphere, pretty village and a fairly energetic coastal footpath to Lamorna Cove to work up a thirst. And the beer is pretty good, too.
anonymous - 30 Jul 2007 16:08
Lovely little pub in a truly gorgeous old village. The seafood platter is excellent here, fresh and perfect in every way. Lots of character and all the quaint fiddly bits are genuine rather than added on plastic crap. Check out the plaque on the door as you go in about the lost lifeboat crew...and put your beer change in the RNLI tin.
Esme - 5 Jul 2007 21:29
Tribute is quite possibly the finest ale known to man and anywhere that sells it is great in my book. This pub’s lovely, was delighted to discover the tiny patio garden upstairs round the back. Shame about the noisy aircon unit that seemed to kick out a faint drain smell but still a nice space to sit in on a dry day if all seats with the splendid harbour view are taken. Great food and loads of real Cornish ales so if you’re in this gorgeous little Cornish fishing village, don’t pass by without going in!
Cleversaz - 27 Jun 2007 14:25
WE VISITED IN MID-NOVEMBER 06. GOOD ATOMOSPHERE. THEY HAD RUN OUT OF OUR CHOICE OF ROAST DINNER BEFORE 2PM, IT WAS A SUNDAY.WHAT FOOD THEY HAD WAS EXPENSIVE,BUT GOOD.HSD EXECELLENT
DITTER - 29 Jan 2007 14:37
Great location - Mousehole is such a lovely place - we always visit when we're in Cornwall.
Good atmosphere - this pub has not been runied like many. Good beer. The Crab Sandwiches are the best ever!!
publover - 9 Sep 2006 11:34
Visited Thursday 31/08/06. Good views over the harbour.

Excellent IPA at £1.85 a pint, the beer actually has a taste and mouthfeel quite similar to Harveys' Pale Ale. Tinners Ale was good, very fruity, Tribute was excellent. I have not called it that before, but had not drunk it in Cornwall for over a decade. HSD was good. Very friendly pub, hearty thanks to Pete and his lady-friend for their company.
lad_newton - 2 Sep 2006 11:40
Aaaaah - Mousehole! Probably my favourite pub in the world. Visit most weeks, and it makes the heart leap.
Kernowman - 1 Dec 2005 21:01
Lovely pub,nice staff, locals made us feel welcome. i got recked on tribute. Even the holiday makers looked after me when i was slaughtered.
knackerbag - 27 Oct 2005 23:18
great ale,especially Tinners and tribute....Meals quite expensive and the quality was'nt refelcted in the price. Nothing to do with the kids apart from the harbour...why no beer garden?Liked that we could take beer outside with plastic glasses, kinda made up for lack of garden!
nicnjeffmilli - 21 Sep 2005 21:29
Nice and quiet, good food, HSD as good as ever (I have never had a bad pint of HSD)
zagreb - 27 Jun 2005 15:41
My Daughter and I stayed two nights at the Ship Inn Mousehole, lovely room with amazing view, friendly staff and good food, would be nice if the food in the restaurant was just a touch cheaper but neither the less very good. We will be going back (but not in the summer)
Sandie Toulson - 25 Oct 2004 13:29
Lovely atmosphere and great IPA, Tinners and Tribute. (Where's HSD?) A good place to stay, offering good accomodation. Food a bit up itself, in the restaurant, and a bit basic in the bar. If you order gammon and chips, that's what you get!
Nigel - 9 Jun 2004 15:30
Good beer, good food, friendly welcome and the first pub you reach after Treen on the Coast Path so a very welcome place to rest your weary feet
Lif - 24 Mar 2004 19:55
Right by the harbour, beams and open fires. Relaxing atmosphere and good food, (the ploughmans fills you for the day)
Colin - 24 Mar 2004 11:16
The Ship is a great pub right in the centre of Mousehole overlooking the harbour. It has had a refit in the last few years which has not totally destroyed the atmosphere that it has jad for many decades. A good pint, good food in one of the most beautiful places on the face of the planet! Gets busy in the summer. When I lived in Cornwall for a short while, winter visits were just sublime!
Andrew - 29 Jan 2004 10:46

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