Situated on the waterfront of the Medina River in East Cowes, The Lifeboat is already one of the area’s most popular bars and restaurant. We offer a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike – from land or water! Sally’s Water Taxis will transport you across the river if you’re coming from West Cowes, whilst you can also walk or drive to us via East Cowes.
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.
RestaurantFood at The Lifeboat is our speciality! We believe we have created the perfect balance of modern contemporary cuisine from around the world. Our extensive menu, alongside daily Specials, offer diners a wealth of options to suit all tastes – and our ‘Under 12s’ menu makes dining with the family a pleasure for everyone. Wherever possible, we try to source our ingredients from local suppliers. Our indoor restaurant buzzes throughout the winter and wetter days. In summer, our decking area is the perfect hangout for small groups or large parties – whether you come by sea or land, a hearty welcome awaits. Food is served throughout the day. Read more…
Wines & BeersWhilst The Lifeboat is known for its fantastic food and stunning waterfront location, it also features a well-stocked bar that’s hugely popular with residents and visitors alike. Just around the corner from East Cowes town centre and the Isle of Wight’s first Waitrose supermarket. We will welcome you for a pre-or post-shopping drink. Alternatively, if you have just moored up and fancy whiling away the hours sharing tales of epic exploits afloat, then this is the place. Leather sofas and comfortable armchairs in the bar area provide a home-from-home atmosphere; while our extensive decking, overlooking the marina and Medina River, make The Lifeboat a truly unbeatable destination. Weekly quiz nights and varied Special Events frequented by locals are also welcome to new friends. Real Ales and Enotria wines are served at the perfect temperature. Read more…
MarinaThe Lifeboat stands proudly over East Cowes Marina and is not only a huge favourite of visiting yachtsmen in the summer, but 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. In winter months, our invitingly warm decor, together with seasonal special offers, ensure we remain busy all year round. Read more…
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