The real problem with the Lifeboat is it has no competition, so although the food was cooked to a good standard, the menu is just predictable and and easy way out. Lot's of burgers, fried food, grills etc. Even the specials on the night were sausages and fish cakes. In other words, stuff that can be easily frozen, easily prepared and requires minimal effort to cook.
Yes, the location is great for the marina, and yes the decor and ambience if very pleasant, and it is certainly all nice and clean, but you do feel they could do more. I did enjoy the local IOW ale they had on tap, but I had an issue with an offer they had on the wine.
On each table was a list of offers, including buy a bottle, but pay the price of two large glasses. This meant a £17 of very average wine would cost £11 (which is what it was worth, the wines in general are way overpriced). However, when I tried to order it, I was told the offer starts on Monday. I said the offer should be honoured as it was advertised, and the staff just shrugged their shoulders saying they couldn't. After a bit of arguing, and the threat of calling the owner there and then, the deputy manager finally relented. Not a good experience.
I hope East Cowes gets developed soon, so like the West, places like the LIfeboat will either "up its game" in the face of competition, or go under.
Mediocre is the best word....you won't go hungry, and you won't hate the place, but you will leave pretty underwhelmed.
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