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The Lifeboat Inn

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Wharf Road, St Ives TR26 1LF, England
+44 1736 794123
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Newquay
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A visit to St Ives on a Sunday means you have to have a roast at the Lifeboat. Used this every time we come down west and have to say never been disappointed.

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We will always be fans of The Lifeboat when visiting St Ives, however this time it felt as though it had lost the Cornish charm a little. Sport seems to be shown on screens all the time now. We still love it though; great views, good service and a comfortable pub.

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Thank Wes05
devon uk
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255 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location. Friendly staff. Tasty food. Slightly better than average pub food. Easy going atmosphere. There are however several large screens showing sport. - you may or may not like that

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Thank pilgrim51
StAustellManagement, Manager at The Lifeboat Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for this lovely review. We are glad that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to welcome you back again very soon. More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a bright but bitterly cold day, dropping into The Lifeboat Inn was indeed shelter from a storm. Mena Dhu Stout & HSD were accompanied by the most delicious Haddock Chowder & Scampi & Chips, all served cheerfully. by Samantha. We sat in front of the blazing fire watching passers -by being blown past the window, feeling very content!

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Thank Mary-Clare S
StAustellManagement, Manager at The Lifeboat Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for this brilliant 5* review. We are glad the you found our food delicious and that you felt very content. We hope to welcome you back again very soon. More 

Runcorn, United Kingdom
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449 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A real lovely homely feel. Good beers, roaring fire and a nice selection of food to choose from. Well worth just popping in and sampling

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Thank MarcandLauraB
StAustellManagement, Reservations at The Lifeboat Inn, responded to this review

Thank you MarcandLauraB for your review, we are pleased to hear that the roaring fire and selection of locally sourced food & beers keep people coming back for more, you included! We look forward to your next visit in the near future. More 

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72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We asked for sandwiches but they were so large we didn't know where to start. I had half a breast of chicken in my BLT. It puts you off.

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Thank 50crocks
Leicester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great service whenever you visut, nothing is too much trouble despite how busy this pub gets. Sunday Carvery is a must when in St Ives, nothing beats what they serve here...

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Thank Martbon
StAustellManagement, Manager at The Lifeboat Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for this 5* review. We are delighted that you enjoy our service and our Sunday carvery. We hope to see you again in the near future. More 

Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited this pub for food on many occasions. During our last visit we were shown to a table that was directly under speakers, unfortunately it was very noisy with live football on multi screens all around the pub. The food was expensive for the size of some of the meals. Disappointing visit

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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with some friends one cold and wet windy day in February. The pub was welcoming and warm and the staff were friendly. We all ordered different meals and everyone said how tasty their meals were. The food was cooked fresh to order so there was a small wait, but nothing we didn't expect as they were pretty busy. There... More 

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Thank Trudy P
StAustellManagement, Manager at The Lifeboat Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for this lovely 5* review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your meals and that they were all delivered to you in good time and were hot and tasty. We hope to welcome you back again very soon More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here after a long drive from the Midlands for a late lunch. The waiter that greeted us was very friendly and his service was impeccable throughout. I had the chicken club and was very pleased considering it wasn't expensive but very tasty. Drinks were good value too, great for a quick lunchtime bite.

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Thank Victoria S
StAustellManagement, Manager at The Lifeboat Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your lunch with us and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Wharf Road, St Ives TR26 1LF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  St Ives
  • Phone Number: +44 1736 794123

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?