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“Consistently good standard of service & food”
Review of The Lifeboat

The Lifeboat
Ranked #1 of 13 Restaurants in East Cowes
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: 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.
Southampton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Consistently good standard of service & food”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

Eaten here a few times over the last year - most recently two weeks ago.
The standard overall is good, mainstream food, served promptly. The service is consistently good and the location - close to the Medina and with a view across the pontoons of East Cowes Marina - is excellent.
The menu has changed little, but they carry a range of specials on a chalk board and the food is excellent value for money.
For some reason, some time towards the end of last year, they chose to put a pool table in, which is the first thing you see when you walk through the door.
I've not seen anyone play on it and, had I not been there before, I probably wouldn't have got through the door as the pool table has the effect of giving the pleasant bar a 'student uni club' atmosphere... a minor complaint though.

  • Visited March 2014
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Burnham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good food and nice atmosphere”
Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Visited the lifeboat twice on our holiday once on our own and also with friends the second time ,found the food ,drink and atmosphere very good .We were made very welcome and the service was excellent ,also good value on the-bottles of wine.the menu is varied and pleasing and good value also bueatiful views over the Marina.

Visited March 2014
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Thank JanR145
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good steak!”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

Quite expensive, but huge portions and a nice view. Very busy. Staff are friendly and it has a good atmosphere. The food is delicious and worth the money if it is a special occasion, but couldn't eat here regularly.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Lucy H
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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291 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Good food, beer and view”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

Good lunchtime selections of food and real ales. Large pub with plenty of seating, inside and out. The outside seating is by the marina.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank cockney007
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“good food on the riverside”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Helpful staff fed party of 17 (most of whom didn't speak english) in double quick time - food was excellent too

Visited October 2013
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