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The Lifeboat, Thornham - pub details

Address: Ship Lane, Thornham, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6LT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4987) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 6.5/10 (rated by 21 users)
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Thanks to the pandemic and other matters I haven't been able to reach this delightful spot since at least 2019. Time marches on, but I sincerely hope I manage visit before the year's out!
Timoneer - 30 Jul 2022 12:10
Full of character and an ideal place to stop for a couple of pints on a Monday afternoon. Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale, Woodforde's Wherry and Nelson Ale, and (Wolf's?) Lifeboat Ale were the 5 handpulls - I tried the Nelson which was in good order.
paul_d102 - 14 Sep 2021 10:11
I always try to visit when in the area. A Lovely pub just off the main road in Thornham, down near the muddy creek, marshes and staithe. Very old building (which also has rooms) with lots of nooks and crannies… The beer choice alone gives this a high overall rating (although, and this is a sign of the times, most beers were light coloured IPA’s, not that I’m complaining). Moon gazer Five candles (5%), an amber ale from the Norfolk Brewhouse, Adnams Lighthouse (3.4%) golden IPA, Adnams Prop Hop (4%), a six nations IPA, Lacons encore (3.8%) amber Ale from Great Yarmouth and (very pleased to report), Woodfordes Mardlers Mild (3.5%), a dark smooth easy drinking tipple. Food served in the bar and conservatory, which also has a quirky old vine which still fruits and flowers growing around the rafters, reportedly 200 years old!. As I have mentioned on this site already, the North Norfolk coast has a few pretentious establishments, but The Lifeboat gets the balance about right; A haven for walkers, diners, locals, holiday-makers and (!) second home owning Londoners alike!
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 22 Feb 2017 15:53
I was shocked to read on this week's Lynn News Website that the Lifeboat/Chequers set-up is up for sale YET AGAIN! It would appear that the "Wheeler's" group is in receivership. How can this be? The Lifeboat is packed to the rafters whenever I visit, regardless of the time of year now, as it certainly was last (freezing!) Saturday lunchtime. Or is it because - contrary to my expectations - they did actually manage to keep their prices reasonable compared with a number of other comparable establishments hereabouts?

At least they say they'll keep on trading during the interim, which is something.

Where I live (Yorkshire) a number of "failing" but otherwise excellent pubs have been saved by local buy-outs. Any chance of that here? Sure it would be expensive, but if (as is so often asserted) the so-called "locals" are actually members of the Chealsea Tractor Brigade, they ought to be able to afford it. A second pub to go with the second home, so to speak!
Ditchcrawler - 23 Jan 2015 19:20
Now firmly in the hands of a group called "Wheeler's" seemingly under the auspices of Marco Pierre White. Despite the big name, I'm pleased to report that food prices are still quite reasonable and the menu is more interesting than last time I called in! Some refurbishmnent - but all the essentials (such as the parafin lamps!) are still there. Enjoyed a wonderful avocado stuffed with crab, and two pints of Wherry.
Firedrake - 21 Feb 2013 09:59

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