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The Lifeboat Inn-North Norfolk and Brancaster Staithe

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by Bryony Smithers (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer currently reading Classical Literature and English at Leeds University. I hope you enjoy!
Published February 22nd 2015
Balance a trip to the pub with a long walk
The north Norfolk coast is renowned for its beautiful coast line, but just inland, in the picturesque village of Thornham is a hidden gem; The Lifeboat Inn. Open since the 16th Century, The Lifeboat Inn has recently been revamped by Marco Pierre-White who has ensured that the food matches the beautiful surroundings.

The Lifeboat Inn
The Lifeboat Inn

Influenced by coastal produce and the seasons, the menu constantly changes. From gallons of succulent mussels cooked to perfection served with freshly made warm rolls and butter.

Locally Caught Mussels

Fresh Bread
Freshly Baked Bread

Or go for traditional, beer battered fish with chunky chips. A classic that is brought to life by the huge, locally caught fish.

Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips

While Mussels and Fish and Chips remain on their menu year round, go regularly to see how the menu changes with the season. With a main course from £12, it isn't the cheapest but The Lifeboat Inn, with its hand carved pillars, a modern conservatory, and a roaring fire is equally matched by its stunning surrounding.

A five mile drive and you reach Brancaster Staithe.

Brancaster Staithe
Brancaster Staithe

Walk the few miles along the winding raised footpath through the salt marshes to the sand dunes.

Brancaster Staithe
Brancaster Staithe

People flock here for the stunning bird-watching; throughout the year birds migrate to the salt marshes, the stark marshes providing the perfect vista for incredible photos.

Salt Marshes
Salt Marshes

However, at Brancaster Staithe there is something for everyone. Upon reaching the end of the board-walk are the dunes that mark the edge of Brancaster beach. Brancaster beach is a stunning beach with miles of golden sand; perfect for a brisk winter walk or a summer sunbathe.

Brancaster Beach
Brancaster Beach

As you leave the calm and tranquillity that is Thornham and Brancaster Staithe, greet the notoriously beautiful sunsets.

Norfolk Sunset
Norfolk Sunset

For a pub steeped in tradition, and a stunning to walk to match, combine a trip to The Lifeboat Inn with a walk along Brancaster Staithe.
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Why? For delicious food, and stunning walk afterwards
When: Whenever you head to North Norfolk
Phone: 01485 512 236
Where: The Lifeboat Inn, Ship Lane, Thornham, Norfolk, PE36 6LT
Cost: £20
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The salt marshes look beautiful.
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