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The Lifeboat

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Britannia Way | East Cowes, East Cowes PO32 6UB, England
+44 1983 292711
10:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Lifeboat gave us really good service, and great food at a reasonable price. The meals were delivered quickly and were very tasty, the beer was good, as was the wine. It's a shame it was January as the outside seating area gives great views of the river - maybe next time, as there will be a next time!

Thank Martin F
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They serve everyone. The food is good pub food, well, great pub food actually. And it arrives quickly and hot. The beer is good and after a tough day in strong wind where else would you go? West Cowes, oh no! Far too full.

Thank KGBtoo
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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565 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This is a lovely pub with great food, not necessarily the cheapest but it is certainly worth the money. Great portions, lovely views and cosy when cold outside. Would recommend if on a visit

1 Thank susan952
Porchfield, Isle of Wight, UK
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We have eaten here a few times with our family party of 16 and it's just great. Food is always served up fresh and tasty, with no delays. Staff are courteous and polite. Nothing is ever too much trouble.

2 Thank Leroy_08
Newport, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Consistently good food and service, great ambience, lovely view and they allow dogs. Very comfortable pub/restaurant.

2 Thank Westerlygirl24
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

This bar/restaurant provides a "Beefeater" style service - order at the bar and they bring it to your table. The menu is similarly uninspiring although everyone will find something they can eat. It's a large place and situated on the waterfront which I imagine is a stunning location in the summer. The food is hot fresh fast and reasonably priced.... More 

Thank Ruth L
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90 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Popped in on a visit to East Cowes Marina. Pub is right on the boardwalk and serves a good selection of food and luchtime snacks. Dog friendly no problem. Staff helpful and friendly. Would use again if in the area.

Thank CRT86T
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

The Lifeboat is situated in East Cowes in the marina complex. It is a large modern pub that has plenty of seating outside. The food and service were very good. This is one of the best pubs in East Cowes.

Thank Mark C
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We happened across this bar/restaurant by following the brown tourist signs. It's a modern building right on the edge of the river by the marina. Lovely decking area outside but it was not the right weather for sitting out! Good choice of beer and wine, good food and friendly staff. Well recommended!

Thank Nick W
Poole, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We had a lovely meal at The Lifeboat this weekend. Our meals were well cooked and the service was great. Plus, the staff were very welcoming. It was extremely busy, so I did wonder whether the quality of food would reflect this, but in fact everything was impressive. I would definitely return here.

Thank Annabel B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?