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The Pilot Inn

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Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
The Pilot Inn is a world famous, family run pub & restaurant, situated a stone’s throw (and there’s a lot of them around) from the sea, in the heart of the stunning Dungeness National Nature Reserve. Steeped in the smuggling history of Romney Marsh, its inception followed the luring aground of the Spanish vessel, Alfresia, in 1633. They murdered the crew and looted the cargo of spirits. The ship was used to build the original Pilot and some of the original timbers remain in the bar today.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Waterfront, Playgrounds
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Reviewed 5 November 2020 via mobile

Visited for a meal just before second lockdown and felt very safe with strict mask rules, table service only, one way system and masked servers. The cod and chips was delicious with crispy batter - yummy! Thankyou Pilot staff, stay safe and we'll see you...More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 31 October 2020

When we arrived it wasn't that busy but within 20 minutes the place was rammed. The tables were not distanced from each other and were are no screens separating them. I asked for some windows to be opened as the ventilation was extremely poor but...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 31 October 2020

When we arrived the place looked very busy but they were able to find us a table for 5. After we ordered our food I was expecting a long wait due to the amount people but it came in good time. The food was amazing,...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 31 October 2020

Went here yesterday for meal since Covid started. Can't fault attention to Covid regulations. My problem is with the food. One of my grandchildren ordered a child's meal, looked very unappetizing. The sausage as well as chips were overcooked to point of being nearly inedible....More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 30 October 2020

Visited for lunch during half term, having not been there for a while, and really impressed how they are dealing with COVID. They have switched to 100% table service and have added an extension to provide more space. Systems in place for people to wait...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 30 October 2020

The pub offers an excellent range of food but the fish of of a particularly high standard. As it was half term the restaurant was packed but full of atmosphere. The food was well cooked and delicious.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 16 October 2020 via mobile

I visited this pub with three friends and were impressed with the food and service. This pub is very quirky with interesting decor and a real homely feel. They offer a traditonal pub menu with plenty of choice, the portions are large and it is...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 16 October 2020 via mobile

The Pilot was a welcome sight after a freezing cold walk around eery and atmospheric Dungeness. Both the steak and Ale and lamb pies were heavenly! Tender meat and flavoursome gravy. Vegetarian option of Mushroom wellington was delicious. Friendly staff working hard to keep on...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 15 October 2020

First visit to this fantastic restaurant. The med cod, chips and garden peas was huge and everything was beautifully cooked. Excellent value for money. Staff very friendly and professional. Could fault nothing. Brilliant.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 15 October 2020 via mobile

Had lunch here yesterday, never eaten here before. I had cod, husband had plaice. To be honest, from the look of the place we weren't expecting much - however, the batter was light and crisp and the fish was very good. Chips were fresh and...More

Date of visit: October 2020
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30 January 2020|
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Response from Harrogate2008 | Reviewed this property |
Didn’t see Sunday roast on the menu, we favour the Tenterden Garden centre or The Warren Pub in New Romney.
29 November 2019|
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Response from johngC3782IC | Reviewed this property |
The track itself runs right next to the Pilot Inn, in fact there was a halt there many years ago. Nowadays the station is Dungeness which has quite a nice cafe and good toilets. I suppose the walk is best part of fifteen... More
2 October 2018|
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Response from tedsui | Reviewed this property |
There are facilities in the garden area where you can take dogs and enjoy a meal but inside, like most other restaurants, unless it is a service dog or a guide dog, then I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be allowed. They open... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Pilot Inn
    Does The Pilot Inn offer takeaway?
    Yes, The Pilot Inn offers takeaway services.
    Does The Pilot Inn offer delivery?
    Yes, The Pilot Inn offers delivery services.
    Is The Pilot Inn implementing safety measures as a result of COVID-19?
    Yes, The Pilot Inn is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.
    How is The Pilot Inn rated?
    The Pilot Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4