The Old Coast Guard Mousehole, Cornwall
For Dylan Thomas, who honeymooned with Caitlin in Mousehole, it was ‘quite the prettiest village in England’. A warren of narrow lanes overlooking the harbour, it is home to art galleries and three fantastic dining pubs owned by brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin, whose motto is, quite succinctly, ‘simple things done well’. Positioned as the hub of the community, this is a child-friendly, dog-friendly local with drinks priced for local pockets.
The style is unfussy seaside chic, with sofas, oak and scrubbed pine tables and walls hung with the works of locally based artists. Eat wherever you like in the bar-dining room or sun lounge. As you would expect, menus are strong on fish landed at Newlyn (perhaps try the hake, octopus, cannellini bean and seaweed broth), with meat from local estates – our pick is the lamb rump, olive oil potatoes, sweetbreads, mint and spinach – and a plethora of seriously imaginative vegetarian dishes. Bedrooms, resplendent in Farrow & Ball colours, all have a super-comfortable bed and panoramic sea views sweeping across the palm-filled garden towards The Lizard and St Michael’s Mount: ask for a room with a balcony when booking. Plan ahead for a foraging walk or for a painting break at Newlyn Art School.