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The Lifeboat

Britannia Way | East Cowes, East Cowes PO32 6UB, England
+44 1983 292711
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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10:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Britannia Way | East Cowes, East Cowes PO32 6UB, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a nice meal! Last visited a few years ago with my parents, it’s even better than I remembered on this visit! Won’t leave it so long before i return again!! Staff lovely and friendly! So clean and warm.

Thank mogs2
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Arrived to find weather good enough to sit outside, with stunning views, and really enjoyed a starter if squid, and mains of whitebait ( tasted fresh, not greasy at all ), burger and chicken fajitas which my daughter said were the best she'd ever had....More

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A lovely pub overlooking the East Cowes Marina, a nice vibe and the food was fantastic with an extensive gluten free menu. Prices were slightly expensive but worth it. Would definitely visit again

Thank KT81KAH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a very enjoyable meal at The Lifeboat last night. We took the floating bridge across the Medina from Cowes which our children enjoyed. Looking forward to coming back here in summer so that we can sit on the deck and enjoy the views.

Thank James T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visit here regularly for the location especially in the summer sitting on the decking area. Good pub food! Good for midweek chill out on the sofas with a beer or wine too! Gets very busy in the summer months. Very friendly attentive staff..

Thank Janet N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We knew we were going to arrive close to last food order time (sailing in) but they were happy to take a preliminary order by phone. Our food was brought out before we’d even finished ordering drinks at the bar having arrived just a minute...More

Thank Matt B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ordered so many dishes, and left only scraps! It was so nice. Definitely will visit here again. Thank you 🌸

Thank schristaw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If we travel to the Isle of Wight we always call for a meal at The Lifeboat. If the sun is shining it's great outdoors but equally as good indoors (in winter looking out across the marina), for food or just a drink. As a...More

1  Thank sparky-ste
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended to us by our landlady. We definitely where not disappointed. Great atmosphere and lovely staff. Place was spotless. Great choice of menu, with enough variety to suit all tastes, including vegetarian. They were very accommodating when (after being ill), wanted something...More

Thank Moggie12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A good place for a meet up. Lunch time food was varied and very good. Reasonable prices. Lovely views across the Marina.

Thank Pauline W
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Rosemary B
September 12, 2016|
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Response from Twiggy247 | Property representative |
Hi there, yes it is. However, if you're eating we kindly ask that you request a table that isn't in the carpeted area
ali v
May 17, 2015|
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Response from Susan B | Reviewed this property |
Car parking nearby. Large flat wooden decking outside and wooden floors all on one level inside. No step to enter.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Britannia Way | East Cowes, East Cowes PO32 6UB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  East Cowes
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 292711
  • E-mail
The Lifeboat stands proudly over East Cowes Marina, which is a huge favourite of visiting yachtsmen in the summer, but also a family-friendly home-from-home for locals too. In the summer, our large outside decking area offers one of the best riverside dining experiences on the Island. For many visitors to the Isle of Wight, East Cowes will be their first port of call, since the Red Funnel car ferry docks here, delivering its passengers from Southampton straight into the town centre. East Cowes is the home of Osborne House and was once a maritime industrial town and former home of British Hovercraft. One of the most arresting landmarks many people will see, as they approach from the ferry, is the vast Union Jack painted onto the shore side doors of the old hovercraft factory. Now, East Cowes is a small but busy town with a cluster of popular shops and a stunning marina development.
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