West Cornwall inn reopens only seven months after fire


West Cornwall’s The Old Coastguard restaurant and hotel will reopen late in March after a fire that caused significant damage to the building in June 2019.

The fire damaged the kitchen, as well as the utility and plant rooms, but smoke found its way through much of the restaurant and hotel too, necessitating refurbishment.

Thanks to the support of insurers, the Mousehole hotel is happy to say that it has kept on much of its staff, including general manager Louis Vanhinsbergh and head chef Jamie Porter.

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The bar and restaurant will open on March 20, while the hotel rooms are available to book from March 24.

The property has 14 bedrooms and is part of the small collection of inns EATDRINKSLEEP.

In order to maintain profits during the closure, the hotel opened a temporary restaurant, The Vault Kitchen in Penzance, which closed March 6.

Owner Edmund Inkin commented: “We thank our guests for being unstintingly supportive throughout this process even when our plans have been uncertain.  And I do want to acknowledge our suppliers, who are impacted by their own loss of business when we close.  We hope to make up for it with a busy summer.”

His brother and co-owner added: “This project has been a huge one and we must particularly thank NFU Mutual.  You’re never prepared for the aftermath of a fire, so their calmness has been critical in allowing us to bring the building back to life with the help of our main contractors, Symons Construction.” 

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