The Lifeboat Inn – hotel, restaurant and bar on the North Norfolk Coast

For over 500 years, The Lifeboat Inn, a traditional hotel, restaurant and bar, has been providing shelter and welcoming visitors to the stunning North Norfolk coast.

It is only when you step inside through the doors of this historic inn that you begin to imagine its heritage and importance to those looking for a shelter from a rough, stormy sea. Today The Lifeboat Inn provides a sanctuary from our increasingly nomadic modern day living and is the perfect harbour from which to explore North Norfolk’s unspoilt seaside and charming market towns and villages.

This coastal hideaway is a homely haven for every guest, two-or four legged. It's a place where wellies, walking-boots and the well-heeled sit comfortably side by side.

In summer, enjoy alfresco dining in our outside terrace or sample our extensive collection of ales, lagers, wines and spirits in our sheltered, courtyard beer garden. In winter, choose between our oak-beamed bar, comfortable lounge with a vast open fire, relaxed dining room or a glass roofed conservatory where a 200 year old vine still fruits and flowers. Look carefully and you'll find a perfectly preserved pitch-penny slot in one of the bar benches, a fun game to play with friends and family at any time of year.

The Lifeboat Inn has 13 extremely comfortable and inviting bedrooms to snuggle up after a day spent exploring the area.

Whether you're popping in for a swift pint of local ale, stopping by for a family meal or wanting to stay with us for a night or more, The Lifeboat Inn guarantees a very warm welcome.


What our guests say

We loved what they had done with the restaurant and the service and quality of food was superb. The pub is lovely and cosy with big roaring fires, wonderful to chill and have a few drinks in.

A really enjoyable Sunday lunch with friends. We had great food and quick service. A lovely setting in Thornham. Highly recommend a visit here. A varied menu with lots of options from light bites to mains - there should be something for everyone.

Spent the last week working our way round the local restaurant and this is one of the best. Great food and service. They welcome dogs with open arms and we received a warm welcome.

Latest news


Agellus Hotels announced £1.5m investment programme

19th February 2016

Agellus Hotels, a privately owned hotel and restaurant group, has started a £1.5m investment programme across the recently acquired The Lifeboat Inn and The Chequers Inn, both on the North Norfolk coast.

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Agellus Hotels acquires The Lifeboat Inn and The Chequers Inn

7th October 2015

Agellus Hotels is delighted to add both The Lifeboat Inn and The Chequers Inn to their growing portfolio of individual hotels. Both properties are traditional coaching inns situated in Thornham village on the very popular North Norfolk coast.

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