If you are on holiday or just on a day trip, don’t stop at Newquay, a bit further down Cornwall is the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole, situated a couple of miles the other side of Penzance and Newlyn. Old fishermen’s cottages line narrow lanes forming an amphitheatre around the small harbour.
Above: Mousehole from the harbour walls
Most of the village of was destroyed during an attack from sea by the Spanish Armada in 1595, the only building left standing was the Keigwin Arms pub, now a private house.
Below: How the Keigwin Arms looked in the early 20th century.
Below: how the building looks today
Mousehole is famous for its Christmas lights and Tom Bawcock’s Eve, a celebration held on 23rd December to mark the ending of a famine in the 16th century and is the origin of Star Gazey Pie – a fish, egg and potato pie with fish heads protruding through the pastry. The festival inspired the children’s book ‘The Mousehole Cat’ by Antonia Barber.
Below: Views of Mounts Bay and harbour from the village
Below: Every spare inch is useful as a garden – including doorsteps!
Below: Cottages around the village
There are several lovely cafes to choose from offering morning coffee, lunches, snacks and afternoon tea and cake plus ice-creams of course! Our favourite is Jessie’s Dairy in Fore Street, most of the produce and ingredients are locally sourced and we thoroughly recommend the Homity Pie (below).
There are three car parks in the village but they can get very busy at peak times. Driving around the narrow lanes can be tricky, so if you don’t mind a walk, the best place to park is along the road between Newlyn and Mousehole and it’s free! You’ll enjoy the views over Mounts Bay towards St. Michael’s Mount and Penzance too.
Enjoy your trip!