I’ve never visited Mousehole during the daytime before.
The only time I’ve ever made my way down the coast to this little harbour town is for the famous Mousehole lights that draw crowds of tourists and locals alike during December as a Christmas celebration. We used to go all the time as kids (although I haven’t been in a long while!) and I fondly remember walking sitting on the promenade wall with my family in the crisp winter night time air, eating a box of fish and chips watching the lights switch on across the harbour on the wall.
Glowing shapes of Christmas trees mixed with mermaids and sea monsters came alive across the horizon, and because it was dark it looked like they were coming out of the sea. As a child I hadn’t quite understood the layout or the fact that they were in fact perched on the harbour wall…
… so seeing the town during daylight was quite a surprise!
After our trip down to Sennen beach with the dogs the other week, Liv and I decided to take a detour and stop off on our way back home at Mousehole so that we could get a bite to eat (and tick off another Cornish bucket list item I have for this year!).
As we walked around the cobbled streets, hazy memories of warm glowing shop windows and bustling night crowds came flooding back, but it honestly looks like a totally different place than it does during those Christmas evenings.
It was getting late in the afternoon, and I knew Liv was quite peckish, so we started in search of a cafe for some food and a coffee with the dogs in tow. I always see people sharing tasty lunches and sweet treats from a place called Rock Pool Café in Mousehole, so we looked it up on Google and followed the map around the edge of the harbour and along the coast path to the east of the town.
The entrance to this little cafe is rather unsuspecting! Tucked away along the coastal walk, it’s easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. We followed a sign up some steps to find the little seaside house-turned-eatery, with its outdoor bench area and cute little beach hut snug – perfect for chilly days.
We were so lucky with the weather that we sat outside with the dogs. The cafe is dog friendly and were happy to give us some water for these thirsty pups, who had been playing all afternoon at the beach in the sunshine.
It was a beautiful day indeed, and the views out across Mount’s Bay from the outdoor seating were breathtaking. We couldn’t take our eyes off it! You also look right over the natural sea pool, that was looking glassy and stunning on this particular day. Through the hazy March sunshine, we could also see past Penzance and Longrock all the way to St. Michael’s Mount too!
We ordered a couple of coffees and Liv got a cream tea, with some fresh warm scones and Cornish clotted cream. Of course I had a small bite too! My first cream tea of the season :)
Sadly we had just missed the end of their lunch serving time, but I look forward to going back and trying some more of their food as I see lots of people mentioning how tasty it is on Instagram. Maybe next time!