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The Lifeboat Inn Restaurant

Ship Lane, Thornham PE36 6LT, England
+44 1485 512236
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Overview
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good27%
  • Average15%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“fish pie” (36 reviews)
“liver” (4 reviews)
“calamari” (11 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 21:00 Hours
CUISINES
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
RR - RRR
RATINGS
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LOCATION
Ship Lane, Thornham PE36 6LT, England
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1 - 10 of 405 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was a rainy Sunday and the perfect place to be greeted with a gorgeous reception area and open fire. Although we did not book staff were attentive and found us a table right away. We ordered the half chicken roast which was amazing. Apologies...More

Thank Eveningstar19
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Six of us had a lovely meal out here. Service was excellent and our meals were lovely. The restaurant had a great atmosphere with a wide choice of food options. We went for the bread and dips starter between us which was an easy choice...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ben was fabulous! The pie and burger yummy and filling and a cosy atmosphere on a rainy windy night. Our dog Ted was made very welcome too. Be back soon!

Thank emmakmoat
EwenT77, General Manager at The Lifeboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Emma Thank you for your kind review of the Lifeboat, I'm pleased to see Ben looked after you so well, I will enjoy passing your feedback onto him. Please come back and see us again very soon. Kind regards Ewen

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Lifeboat is part of the same group as The Chequers Inn, also in Thornham. We’d been to The Chequers earlier in the week and, whilst the food was great, we thought it was over-priced (£21 for Moussaka). Had a look at the menu at...More

Thank 14Paul14
EwenT77, General Manager at The Lifeboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Paul Thank you for the review of the Lifeboat, I'm very pleased to read that you found the food to be excellent, prices reasonable and service efficient. I do hope you will be back to see us again very soon Kind regards Ewen

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked from Hunstanton on coast path, about 6 miles, but timed to arrive around noon. A good thing as when we left the place was packed! Excellent lunch, with good choice from menu. Friendly good service. Well worth visiting - caught the bus back!!More

Thank JagerPlymouth
EwenT77, General Manager at The Lifeboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your review of the Lifeboat, great to see you enjoyed an excellent lunch with us, I don't blame you for getting the bus back after walking all the way to us from Hunstanton...... I hope we see you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a party of eight booked in for supper last night at the Lifeboat and our experience was pretty mixed. The Inn is situated in the most stunning setting with great views and the decor is modern and smart. It’s a great venue but...More

2  Thank 727pete1001
EwenT77, General Manager at The Lifeboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback for us, please accept my sincere apologies that the service wasn't up to our usual high standard on this occasion, please could you contact me at ewen@agellushotels.co.uk with some further details of your...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a wet Sunday lunchtime we took our chances of getting a table at The Lifeboat Inn, they managed to squeeze us in all be it begrudgingly which should have been an indicator of the service to come.... but first I have to say what...More

Thank Kismet1960
EwenT77, General Manager at The Lifeboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your feedback following your visit to the Lifeboat, I'm so pleased to see that the food and the décor of the restaurant didn't disappoint. I'm very disappointed to read that you found the service to be slow and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have just had the most gorgeous lunch fish finger sandwich and smoked salmon and crayfish as fresh as you like generous portions with a side of the crispiest skinny fries beautifully presented . Highly recommend

Thank Sarah S
EwenT77, General Manager at The Lifeboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Sarah Thank you for leaving your feedback for us, its great to read that you enjoyed the sandwiches and fries and would highly recommend us to other diners. I do hope you will be back again very soon. Kind regards Ewen

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you eat in the bar or restaurant, always a good experience. Very attentive staff, easy to get a table if you arrive early enough (by 12pm) and excellent imaginative menu. Good value too.

Thank foolishfriend
EwenT77, General Manager at The Lifeboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear guest Thank you very much for the review of the Lifeboat, its great to read you enjoyed your visit to us so much and found the menu excellent and imaginative. I look forward to welcoming you back again very soon Kind regatds Ewen

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Called in for a sandwich at lunchtime,ordered the chicken,mayo bacon and stuffing sandwich?!!! It was enough to feed the whole of Norfolk!!! It must of been 5 ft high and ten ft wide ?!! Not even cut in two?! Slimey salad and old coleslaw that...More

2  Thank Elaine S
EwenT77, General Manager at The Lifeboat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Elaine Thank you for your review, please rest assured that all of our salad is freshly delivered on a daily basis and the coleslaw is also prepared on a daily basis so hasn't "kicked around" as you put. We sell many many sandwiches every...More

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Aimee R
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Response from William B | Reviewed this property |
I dont think that would be a problem. Very helpful staff
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947karinah
22 April 2017|
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Response from JanetC2748 | Reviewed this property |
Yes dogs are made very welcome with water and biscuits on the occasions we have taken ours.
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20 September 2016|
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Response from tuscany079 | Reviewed this property |
We went to the Lifeboat last year with friends who visit regularly and it was lovely. Good atmosphere and delicious food. The staff were very friendly too. I happen to know that a relative of a friend of mine ate there... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
12:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 21:00
Thursday
12:00 - 21:00
Friday
12:00 - 21:00
Saturday
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ship Lane, Thornham PE36 6LT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Thornham
  • Phone Number: +44 1485 512236
  • E-mail
Description
The Lifeboat Inn is a coastal pub in a fabulous location, serving real ales, home-cooked food and offering a relaxing 'get away from it all'. It is situated on the North Norfolk coast in a sleepy village location, on the edge of marshes. Recently refurbished the inn has a welcoming bar with crackling fires, lounge with comfy sofas, contemporary restaurant and the popular conservatory featuring a 200 year old vine which leads to the peaceful sun-trapped courtyards. The Lifeboat Inn also has 13 extremely comfortable and inviting bedrooms to snuggle up after a day spent exploring the area.
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