The Lifeboat Inn Shortlist*

Overlooking salt marsh and sea, this atmospheric 16th-century inn has sheltered travellers from storms and hunger for over 500 years. More

Contact details

Ship Lane
PE36 6LT
01485 512236

Hotel information


13, 1 on ground floor, in cottage.


all year.


bar, 2 lounge areas, conservatory, restaurant, meeting room, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room smart TV (Freeview), terrace, garden, parking.

Background music

all day in public areas.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in bedrooms, public rooms (£10 per stay).

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £130–£225. À la carte £28. 2-night min. stay preferred.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Overlooking salt marsh and sea, this atmospheric 16th-century inn has rescued travellers from storms and hunger for over 500 years. These days, its stunning coastal location also draws twitchers and ramblers. Its oak-beamed bar has warming fires, settles and exposed stone walls hung with vintage agricultural equipment. Fresh seasonal dishes, daily specials and a good selection of vegetarian/vegan options are served in the restaurant and under the conservatory’s 200-year-old vine. Good weather draws diners on to the terrace. Most of the cosy bedrooms, each named after a crew member of a famous Hunstanton lifeboat, look out to the North Sea. At breakfast, even Fido gets a sausage. An Agellus Hotel (see also The Ship at Dunwich, Shortlist).

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Special offers

Dinner Bed & Breakfast Special Offer

Treat yourself to a two-night break on the North Norfolk coast. Stay in one of the recently refurbished bedrooms at The Lifeboat Inn for two nights and enjoy the mouth-watering food in the evenings. Two-night stays from £350 per couple including dinner and breakfast. Prices are per room per couple, including two-night accommodation, £30 dinner allocation per person on both evenings, breakfast and VAT. Available for stays Sunday to Thursday until 23rd July 2018 and from 24th September 2018 – 23rd July 2019, excluding school holidays, bank holidays, Christmas and New Year period and Easter. To benefit from this offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

Good Hotel Guide 2019Guide Book Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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The Lifeboat Inn
Ship Lane
PE36 6LT

Guest comments

'An interesting inn in an outstanding and spectacular location, which manages to separate its pub and restaurant businesses discreetly. Good but not outstanding food; the menu rises above traditional pub food; the restaurant is pleasant. A slightly soulless feel; needs a bit more warmth from staff and evidence of someone in charge. ' - David Birnie - December, 2018
'It combined well the feel of a local hostelry with a very warm welcome to those coming from afar. The food was excellent. The bedside lights were good to read by . ' - Jock and Jane Macdonald - December, 2018

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide