About The Lifeboat Inn

The Lifeboat Inn is a gastropub located in the picturesque fishing village of Courtmacsherry West Cork. It is owned by David & Martin, David takes care of the front of house and Martin is the chef, taking care of the food . They spent many years working in bars and restaurants in Cork, London and Dublin before deciding it was time to take the plunge and open their own Gastropub and where better than this lovely little village. Their aim is to serve wholesome Irish food in a casual and relaxed setting. The Lifeboat Inn serves lunch, dinner and can cater for large groups or private parties.

Come visit us in West Cork

We’re located in the picturesque fishing village of Courtmacsherry, West Cork.

Fine wines & spirits

We offer a large range of the wines and spirits. The Wine list is changed and updated regularly to complement the changing food menu. As we find something new and …


Our tasty menu is highly regarded from local customers and tourists. See our menu page for the full menu.

Local, craft & mainstream beers

We offer the finest in locally brewed, craft and mainstream beers.

From our customers

Don’t just take our word from it, here are some kind words from our customers.

  • 4 of us had Sunday lunch recently and really we were blown away with quality of the food, the nice friendly staff and the warm burning fire, I had home made soup and brown bread then the main course roast chicken with mash and fresh veg with a nice bite just perfect, and another thing is food has to be served piping hot and they really delivered perfect. I had hot lemon drizzle cake for desert again so tasty, the other people with me agreed as well superb food.

  • Possibly the best fish and chip in the country with amazing hand cut chips. Lovely atmosphere and very reasonably priced.

  • Have just eaten a beautiful meal in The Lifeboat Inn. The Restauraunt was booked out but the friendly staff facilitated us in the bar. The food was amazing , beautifully presented and served by efficient friendly staff. Definitely a place not to miss. 11 out of 10.

  • Had dinner in the bar. Food was excellent. Fresh fish and home made desserts- delicious. The Gastro Bar is under new Management and the guys have really transformed the place. Great banter with some of the locals. Service was great. Staff really friendly.

    They have a lovely beer garden across the road facing onto the seafront. Great for Summer drinks and food. Can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend.

  • The bar is under new management and I have eaten evening meals there several times since. I’ve had the steak, duck and fish of the day. All were delicious and all have been on very busy summer evenings but there was no delay and all were piping hot.

    There isn’t a massive menu here with 40 items. It means you get quality and the menu does change.

    The atmosphere is good, it is a village pub after all and there’s plenty of room in the garden across the road when the sun shines if you want to let the kids run around or you have a dog with you.

    If you have lunch, there is a place next door called Travara Lodge that does a vast variety of delicious cakes for afters!


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With Oat Crumble, Vanilla Ice Cream

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Pear Tart Tatin


With Salted Caramel Ice Cream

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With Hot Chocolate Sauce, Baileys Cream

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Seafood Plate


Crab Claws, Pate , Smoked Salmon, Oysters, Goujons

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With Tomato Fondue, Creamed Leeks, Tarragon & Mussels

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With Tartare Sauce, Peas, Hand-cut Chips

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With Summer Salad, Sautéed Potato & Butter Sauce

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With Gubbeen Cheese, Onion, Tomato

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Onion Rings, Chips, Red Wine Sauce

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Cooked In Garlic, Parsley, Lemon

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Soup Of The Day


Served With Homemade Brown Bread

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Roast Pigeon


With Butternut Squash, Sage, Balsamic

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With Apple & Walnut Salad, Crispy Hen Egg

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With Pear Chutney, Toasted Crouton

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With Red Onion Jam, Honey Dressing

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Contact Us

Have a question for us? Feel free to drop us a line by phone on +353 (0) 23 886 4656 or use the form below.