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The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham, Norfolk
Once a smugglers' base on the edge of the marshlands, The Lifeboat Inn is now an ideal hideaway for those looking for period charm, roaring fires, timber beams, hearty food and a snug bar. Set down a quiet country lane on the outskirts of Hunstanton, it is an ideal option for walking, bird-watching or cycling breaks and dogs are very welcome. The 16 ensuite bedrooms are beautifully done with original features and most offer views over the marshes and beach beyond.
Rooms available from £175 per night
On a quiet lane overlooking marshland towards the North Sea, located in a chalk and flint-built coastal village, five miles from the busy seaside resort of Hunstanton and close to some of the UK's best bird reserves, including the dune bird reserve of RSPB Titchwell. You'll find the salt marsh and the Sandringham Estate nearby.
The Georgian shopping town of Burnham Market is a 15-minute drive.
By car: London is 3 hours 15 mins away, Birmingham is just under 3 hours and Cambridge is 1 hour 40 mins. There is free parking at the pub.
By train: The closest station to the hotel is King's Lynn. Trains run from London Kings Cross and take just under two hours. A taxi to the hotel then takes around 40 minutes. Book trains to King's Lynn.
CHARACTER & STYLE
With parts of the building dating from the 16th Century, this is one of the oldest inns along the coast, with an exceptionally cosy beamed bar, furnished with old pews and hung with vintage farming equipment. A large, open fire warms the inviting reception room and upstairs, bedrooms come in modern colours with sparkling contemporary bathrooms.
Run by a small team of predominantly local staff who are happy to inform guests about the area and are in no hurry to rush guests along at meal times. This is essentially an inn with rooms, so facilities are limited to a large carpark.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms are named after the crew of the Licensed Victuallers III, the last pulling lifeboat in Hunstanton, and categorised from 'Small Better Coast View' up to 'Best'. All are smartly furnished and bathrooms are contemporary and inviting.
Room types: Small Better Coast View, Good Room, Good Coast View, Good Twin Room, Better Room, Better Coast View, Best Room
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with shower, TV, tea and coffee facilities, radio, phone, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Breakfast is served in the conservatory, under a 200-year-old grapevine. Lunch and dinner choices include classic pub favourites such as fish and chips, pizzas, burgers, curries and steaks. Local specialities include Mrs Temple's cheeses, Norfolk brewhouse batter and JW Sargeant smoked sausages.
The Lifeboat Inn: hearty pub food, local produce, seafood, Sunday roasts, pizzas. Served daily 12-9pm. Mains from £15.50.