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The Old Lifeboat House, Clacton on Sea - pub details

Old Lifeboat House

Address: 39 Marine Parade East, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 6AD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 29834) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Clacton (0.4 miles), Thorpe-le-soken (4.4 miles), Kirby Cross (4.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.0/10 (rated by 14 users)
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Has more of a social club feel to it than a pub. Probably your best (if not only ) bet on finding a decent pint in Clacton.
Snarling_Mallard - 21 Jan 2018 22:01
I agree with Elijay below. I moved to the area in September 2013 and have visited this pub at least once a week since. The beers are £3.00 a pint and £2.50 on Wednesdays. There are always 4 or 5 beers on tap, with a good selection of strengths. There was a Strong Beer Festival recently with 6 barrels located in a small alcove adjacent to the bar and also 5 on tap. I have found all the staff really friendly and helpful (even offered free tasters) Havn't tried the food yet but looks really nice.
Criticisms: The TV is always on and I find it a bit loud. I would prefer no TV but well you can't cater for everyone.
I would like to see more smaller tables and less larger ones.
And I wish there was a web site.
Forgot to say, read in the local paper that it is in line for a makeover in the near future.
proost - 2 Jan 2014 18:57
So far the comments I've read below are interesting! I am a new local but ever since my first visit to The Old Lifeboat House I have felt welcome there. I love visiting this pub for the real ales, friendly banter and faces I have come to know & on Wednesday nights the pub also serves a choice of 4 home cooked meals, using all locally sourced ingredients, at £5 per meal. Some comments state that there are not many pubs in Clacton (apart from this one and the Weatherspoon pub) but truthfully there are quite a few pubs in the central Clacton area, and a total of approximately 32 pubs in the Entire Clacton area, some are real dives but much fun and others are very classy and include a restaurant. A pub crawl by bicycle is well worth thinking about if you come to visit Clacton but make sure you include The Old Lifeboat House in your pub crawl!!
Elijay - 2 Aug 2013 16:09
Agree with most of what the last poster says except the hard to find bit.
It is on the main A133 Carnarvon Rd – just turn left from the station and it’s on the left just before you get to the Marine Parade.
About half a dozen others in when I visited last Saturday. Quite plain really inside with a couple of dart boards.
They have five hand pulls of ever changing ales sandwiched by two “T” bars for the fizzy stuff.
I had a pint of Maldon’s for £3.00. A chalk board above the bar says “Wednesday £2.50 all ales”
They also have a “We are in the GBG 2013” sticker in the window.

bjbrummiejohn - 15 Jul 2013 08:15
"Built on the corner of Church Road and Caernarvon Road, by A.&E.F. Cauler at a cost of 510. Later lengthened at an extra cost of 79.10.0d" - from their website. Had an excellent pint of Thornbridge "brother rabbit". There was another national brand ale on and another guest beer (not tried). If this freehouse was in any other town ie Chelmsford, it would be quite ordinary. However this is Clacton, and you have the wetherspoons and, er, thats it for any kind of half decent pub. So for that alone it is recommended on what may be a very short pub crawl. The pub is larger outisde than in. It does seem to be a locals place but no problem on that score, I think any visitors may get no further than the wetherspoons, as this place is a little hard to find if you don't know it is there. The landlord / barman was friendly enough. I think the current rating of 4.8 is a little low, I'm giving this a solid 7. What Clacton needs is some competition on the pub front !

Number.6 - 28 Aug 2011 21:28

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