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The Two Lifeboats
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 High Street, Sheringham NR26 8JR, England   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Sheringham
Wisbech, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Excellent meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Went into this Pub to fortify ourselves with food before attending the North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival on 20 July 2013. We got there at noon and not too busy but by 1.00 pm there was not a table to be had. I had really good Battered Haddock and Chips, the chips were beautiful, crispy on the outside and soft inside. My wife choose a special of Chicken in a garlic sauce which she enjoyed immensely. I followed my main with a Lemon sponge pudding which came with lashings of custard. It was one of the best Pub meals we have tasted and we would certainly go again when next in the area.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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296 reviews 296 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 147 cities Reviews in 147 cities
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I haven't stayed in the hotel for several years, but it has recently been 'done up' & the looks have much improved. Went to eat there on a beautiful sunny day last Sunday, 6th July; it was very busy in Sheringham, due to the Potty Festival. Managed to get an outside table overlooking the beach, and ordered lobster salads. They were to die for! Succulent fresh lobster, beautifully presented, with a varied salad. Only slight complaint was that it was served with a very sweet honey dressing; but that came in a seperate jug, so didn't need to use it.
The other food that came out looked good also, Sunday lunches, burgers etc.
It is right at the bottom of the High Street, but certainly worth the trek down!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge
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16 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We were able to get a room in the last minute and I would reconsider staying again if I was in the area. The staff we met were friendly and check in was efficient. The room was comfortable although the mattresses were rather soft for my liking - still slept though! Free wifi; parking is refunded to guests staying overnight.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Duncan - very steep and narrow staircase to get to the room.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We stayed in room 2, Duncan, a twin room with a sea view. Excellent central location. Car parking is nearby, you pay £5 per 24 hours and the hotel reimburses you. Comfy, low set beds, wall mounted TV and en suite, all recently refurbed to a fair standard. Electric shower was a little quirky.

From the moment we walked through the pub door to check-in until we left, we were made really welcome. The staff are so friendly and helpful, it really was a pleasure being there.

The standard pub fare was not our kind of food although it looked well cooked and presented. Lots of families dining there. Fish & mushy peas were spot on. We cannot recommend the breakfast enough. The well coooked, full English sets you up nicely for a days coastal walking, quality local sausages and plenty of other local ingredients, all cooked to order and served by the charming Matthew.

The real ales were all on tap and Daniel the barman knew his stuff. Nectar!

Loved the place and we will return.

Room Tip: The stairs might be tricky for the less mobile as it is a lovely old building.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peterborough, England
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Located on the sea front, therefore gulls and litter collectors might wake you up earlier than you would like, but as the weather was good and it was already light this was okay for us. Room quite comfortable, we had superior king so plenty of space but shower not very effective and not easy to control the temperature. Room only serviced if you put the notice on the door when you went out. The ales in bar very good, pub kept very clean thanks to the hard work of cleaning lady and bar staff on early shift, food very much 'pub grub'. Breakfast satisfying but service was chaotic, chef never seemed to know how many guests to expect so waited sometime for breakfast both days we were there. When food did arrive it was plentiful and enjoyable.The rooms have been refurbished in the last year or so but if new windows had been put in the installer should be called back as they had a lot of condensation between the panes and one of the windows in our room didn't shut properly, not a problem for us as the weather so good but wouldn't like it if had turned cold. Staff all very friendly and helpful, especially cleaning lady regarding attention at breakfast and landlady regarding access to internet. Would stay there again as long as price is right, we paid £80 per night for king size room and two full breakfasts. Parking in public car park a short walk from the pub, car parking charges reimbursed by landlady.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reading, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

Upon arriving in the practically empty pub, we had two of the bar staff and a cook run around trying to determine if they could move a table to accommodate a disabled member of our group, as "the boss didn't want the tables moved". It wasn't therefore very welcoming.

It's a lovely, cosy building, but it fails to deliver when food was concerned. The (very typical) pub food served lacked a bit of flair and could have been so much more considering that it looks recently refurbished to a delightfully high standard and feels almost like a proper restaurant.

Maybe some home made crab cakes since we're in Crab Country?

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

On first impressions the pub looked really good. Warm, comfortable, clean.
Menu looked good.
Then the food came out. I am sure it was nearly all from the microwave. The burgers were, well I don't know what they were. We're they beef?
For a drink lovely, great views and I bet in the summer it's packed.
Food, go to the chippy.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 High Street, Sheringham NR26 8JR, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Sheringham
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Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Sheringham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Two Lifeboats 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Traditional Pub with Waves of History The Two Lifeboats was originally a coffee shop and Fisherman's Mission circa 1720. The public house is named after the Augusta & Duncan lifeboats that rescued a crew of eight from the wreck of the Norwegian brig Caroline on December 6th 1882. Steeped in history and fully refurbished to a very high standard we opened to the public in June 2012. View our food menus at the Two Lifeboats... Offering not only high standards of surroundings, we pride ourselves on providing a quality affordable family offer. Bed & Breakfast The complete refurbishment of our six boutique bedrooms mans we can now offer a wonderful overnight experience. Check out our bedrooms page for more details. ... more   less 
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2 Lifeboats Hotel
Two Lifeboats Sheringham
The Two Lifeboats Sheringham, Norfolk

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