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£18 - £30
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Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great food at a reasonable price - the steak was best I've tasted in a pub/bistro environment. The accompanying wine, a pinot noir, was great value. We were not disappointed.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A hidden gem high above Cardiff Bay in a less well known part of Penarth. A genuine Gastro Pub. Francois and his team looked after us and served an exceptional meal. Great choice of real ale beers too!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the great feedback, so glad you enjoyed your visit to us! Our beers do change regularly so come back soon to see more!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best tarte Tatin in Wales if not the world! Serge, Francois and staff are welcoming and friendly in a warm and beautiful pub. Highly recommend for good ales, good wine, good food and check out the views of Cardiff.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Harry for your lovely words! The tarte tatin has proved so popular, a very good choice of dessert! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great date night pub. The food was delicious and staff really attentive and welcoming. We loved the new menu and will be visiting again soon.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback and lovely comments, we’re so glad you enjoyed your date night! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 7 April 2024 via mobile

Located in Penarth just off the town centre, probably a five minute walking distance. This is divided into two sections, a drinking pub section and the Dining section. The Dining section was rather busy with lots of people and nice level is rather high. Clientele...in there The menu was pretty much as expecting for a pub with the wine, spirit and beer selection as well as food. We was rather odd as one waitress at the order for the drinks, but could not take the order for the food followed by another waitressing the order for the food. Order the sirloin 8 ounce cooked rare, which was pretty much to perfection,but the sides were rather poor with the hand cut chips were under done. The onion ring was oil logged and soggy, the salad non-existent and the mushroom was underdone. The wine selection that I had was poor almost undrinkable. The total came up to almost £40, which seemed quite steep for a pub. The steak which is highly recommended, although the rest of the accompaniment to the dish is a let down!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2024

Thank you for the feedback and we’re sorry you didn’t seem to enjoy your experience. It’s a shame that you didn’t feel able to raise these issues on Friday night for us to try and rectify them immediately, but if you do decide to visit...More

Reviewed 5 April 2024

The food was excellent, burger eaters were very happy as was the vegan. Delicious! Really friendly staff, very welcoming and excellent service. Thank you.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2024

Thank you for the feedback Catrin, we’re glad that both meat eaters and vegans enjoyed their lunch. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 5 April 2024

What a warm, welcoming, vibrant place! For our regular lunchtime jaunt, this week we visited François and Serge at The Pilot, and we found all the things we’ve heard of this revamped old Brains pub were well founded. It’s come a very long way from...once being built to give the dock workers a place to unwind after a hard days graft to it’s current position of being a well organised and comfortable gourmet repose for those who want excellent quality food coupled with friendly atmosphere and a buzzing staff who are clearly enjoying their work. May I suggest the slow braised brisket with bourgignon sauce which melts in the mouth as the flavours dance around your tongue. Yes, it’s really that good!! Fantastic value , brilliant service, a happy owner and a chef who knows his onions, what more could anyone ask for…. Ah yes, dessert ! For that I can only suggest you allow yourself ‘a look’ at the menu, if you manage to resist dessert, you are a better man than I…. A stunning meal deserves the luxury of dessert, right ?More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2024

Thank you so much for this glowing review! We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit and food. We’re proud of our service, food and drink and I’m glad this comes across through our team. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Reviewed 30 March 2024

Two very happy customers last night at The New Pilot. My vegan meal was by far the best I’ve had in Penarth and the best I’ve had in any French restaurant. Chef understood the need for taste, balance and portion! It was roast carrot osso...bucco, which is a tomato based stew with roast carrots - delicious and so nutritious! My partner’s rib eye steak was the best she’s had around here with an amazing peppercorn sauce. The staff were fabulous - attentive, fun and yet not in your face. The owner came and talked to us about France and food. A lovely evening all round!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2024

We’re so glad you enjoyed your food and the service during your visit, and happy that we are getting the balance right. We hope to welcome you to The Pilot again soon.

Reviewed 30 March 2024 via mobile

This restaurant is a gem! The scotch eggs and beef brisket are absolutely delicious, and the prices are reasonable. Service is top-notch. A must-visit for foodies! Great for a large family gather or a cosy pub meal.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2024

Thank you Bethan for your feedback, we’re glad you enjoyed your food and your visit to us!

Reviewed 29 March 2024

Excellent experience in this well recommended pub in our local area. Francois the manager/owner made us feel welcome and was very attentive and gave his honest recommendations regarding menu choices. The restaurant had a good ambience and the quality of food was excellent!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2024

Thank you for the feedback and we’re so glad you enjoyed your visit. Please do come and see us again soon.

Reviewed 26 March 2024

We visited on Mother’s Day to watch the rugby and had a stunning roast dinner. Starters, main and dessert were all perfect. I often visit with friends too - one of my favourite restaurants in Penarth for food, atmosphere and a great selection of wines,...beers and cocktails 👌More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2024

Thank you for the lovely feedback Bron. Glad to have you regularly visiting us and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 15 March 2024

Excellent minute steak and ham and eggs with a twist for lunch, really enjoyed the fab service and food, thank you and see you again soon!!!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2024

Thank you for the lovely feedback, and we’re really glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Reviewed 11 March 2024 via mobile

Booked ahead for Mother’s Day during the Wales v France game and the atmosphere in the restaurant was perfect to watch the game and eat simultaneously. Considering the busy restaurant, the staff were flawless with food arriving promptly and to very high standard.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2024

Thank you for your feedback. We’re so glad you enjoyed your afternoon and managed to enjoy both the food and the rugby. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 6 March 2024

Amazing food and setting. A dinner out with friends. Such a lovely pub and restaurant quality plus food. Great wine and beer selection too. Friendly welcome and service! Recommended!!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2024

Thank you for your feedback Huw. We’re glad you’re enjoying our new beers and wines and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 3 March 2024

Arrived to be warmly welcomed by the staff. Remembered from a previous visit which immediately makes you feel special! Service was great and food delicious. I was even tempted to a dessert which never usually happens. We will definitely be back 😊

Date of visit: March 2024
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Team Pilot, Owner at The Pilot, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2024

Thank you Jane for your lovely feedback, and we’re so glad we managed to tempt you with one of our delicious desserts! We look forward to welcoming you back for a spot of Linner soon!

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Yes there is enough room.
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We called the Pilot but they were too busy to answer our question. As an example of how they manage allergies we won't be going there any time soon.
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Response from Paul e | Reviewed this property |
The pilot is open Xmas day for food , wouldn't think there was a problem going just for a drink . Ring them and find out us the best.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4