Lifeboat

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The good pub guide review

Tucked away on a quiet lane behind the village church, this homely traditional inn has been providing food and shelter on the Norfolk coast for more than 500 years. The formal entrance hall has sofas and fender seats by a big open fire, there's another room with more sofas and a cylindrical woodburner and also a simply furnished dining room. There's a great deal of character in the rambling rooms here and plenty of space for eating and drinking. The main bar has beams, big lamps, brass and copper jugs and pans, cushioned window seats, chairs and settles around dark sturdy tables on quarry tiles and a woodburning stove; the antique penny-in-the-hole game is hidden under a bench cushion. A second bar, favoured by locals, is smaller, with some fine carving around the counter. Five real ales on handpump including Adnams Ghost Ship, Norfolk Brewhouse Moon Gazer Pintail and Woodfordes Mardlers Mild and Wherry, good wines by the glass and 15 gins; background music and board games. A quarry-tiled conservatory (used for eating) has fairy lights and steps that lead up to the back garden with grey-painted picnic-sets and a couple of cabanas; out in front are more picnic-sets. The 13 bedrooms, some with marshland views, are warm and comfortable and you can walk from here to the salt marshes about a mile away.

The good pub guide food review

Good quality food includes sandwiches, crispy brie with cranberry sauce, prawn cocktail, pea and feta risotto with crispy onions, home-cooked ham and eggs, roast chicken caesar salad, fresh local crab salad, burger with toppings, coleslaw and skinny fries, sea bass with dill butter and crushed new potatoes, rump steak with peppercorn sauce, and puddings such as chocolate and pecan brownie with chocolate sauce and sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce.

2021 Awards

Licensee’s introduction

The Lifeboat Inn in Thornham offers a variety of places and cosy corners with roaring fires, comfy sofas to dine or simply have a drink and unwind. Choose to dine in our history-soaked bar, spacious, bright conservatory or relaxed dining room. The Lifeboat Inn also offers 13 well-sized double bedrooms for your stay. All bedrooms have pristine en-suite bathrooms, kingsize wooden beds with crisp white bed linen, duck down duvets and pocket sprung mattresses. The bedrooms also have smart TVs, free wi-fi access and tea and coffee making facilities.


Licensee Information

Ewen Thomson

Contact Details

Lifeboat, Ship Lane, Thornham, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6LT

(01485) 512236

Pub Group: Punch

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11

Saturday: 11-11

Sunday: 11-11