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The Pilot is a stylish pub found a short walk from North Greenwich tube station. Serving cask ales, premium lagers and fine wines, The Pilot also boasts a specially designed food menu ideal for those in a rush.

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By Serena A.

I liked The Pilot, we had a roast dinner there which was good plus there was parking which for me is a big bonus. Was a bit busy when we went but I would go again.


By Joe M.

We stayed in the hotel there a few months ago which was rather nice and i must say the breakfast served there was amazing however dinner left a lot to be desired as we were served what looked and tasted like microwaved stodge we complained to the manager ( a very nasty man ) who took away our food and replaced it with more stodge although he did seem to find a masterpiece . will not go back


By Patty G.

We (husband, eight year old daughter and myself) recently stayed in the O2 area and discovered The Pilot. We ended up eating there two nights and really liked it. The atmosphere was nice, drinks were good and reasonably priced and the food was really good and likewise not too spendy. I recommend the Thai Lemon Chicken. Very tasty. Since returning home, I've been looking for a recipe that comes close to The Pilot's with no luck so far. If you are in the neighborhood, it's definitely a place worth stopping by.


By George H.

You’re not spoilt for choice when it comes to pubs on the Greenwich peninsula. Luckily, The Pilot’s monopoly is welcome, dishing out well-kept beer and refined food in a neatly renovated setting.

The Venue
Much of the Greenwich peninsula sits in the shadow of the O2, while the recent building work opposite is equally striking, garish and modern. This richly historic maritime district has not, however, been entirely stripped of its antiquities. Standing like a bastion against the march of modernisation – in part thanks to the grade II listed cottages that share the street – the Pilot proudly displays a plaque bearing the date 1801.

A short stroll from Greenwich North tube station or, if you have a head for heights, the Emirates Air Line, the recently renovated Pilot presents a well-kept exterior. The inside – seemingly cavernous, with a number of levels flowing into outside spaces – is just as neat. Exposed brickwork and the occasional nautical knickknack provide historical context, while the tables, chairs and other fittings are all reproductions – comfortable, fitting and effective, if becoming a little predictable of late.

The Atmosphere
Even on a Tuesday evening, The Pilot attracts enough of a crowd in the bar and dining areas to create a buzz. Given its proximity to the O2, demand can vary a good deal with events, but expect a blend of ages and sexes whatever the day. There is plenty of seating throughout, but you’ll find a quieter, more formal setting in the rear dining area. There is also the option of hiring a function room with its own terrace.

The Food
Proud of its compact seasonal menu, you can expect The Pilot’s dishes to change frequently. For a light start, try the New Forest venison carpaccio, served with a light salad and hazelnuts (£8.50). The delicately flavoured, incredibly fine slices of meat melt in the mouth, while parsnip crisps add tasty, contrasting texture. Alternatively, the beautifully arranged Gressingham duck breast salad with clementines (£8.50) offers robust, complementary flavours.

For mains, the 12-hour-braised Romsey pork belly (£17.50) is a rich, generous serving of succulent meat adorned with a beautifully crafted swirl of crackling and, more oddly, two tiger prawns; though perfectly cooked, these latter additions don’t quite stand up to the hearty flavours of the dish. The fish crumble offers well seasoned, expertly cooked fish with a nicely contrasting crunchy topping, although the poached egg that sits on top would add more if it was soft enough to run into the dish.

The Drink
Just 13 miles from Fullers’ Chiswick Brewery, the bar is understandably well stocked with a good variety of well-kept beers, ranging from £3.75-£4.70. Keeping with the nautical theme, try a Bengal Lancer – a decent, full-flavoured interpretation of India Pale Ale. The wine list is also lengthy, with prices ranging from £4.25 a glass and £16.50 for a bottle.

The Last Word
The Pilot pleasingly contrasts with the bland, modern landscape in which it sits. Though a Fuller’s pub, it maintains an authenticity that the chain outlets of the nearby O2 sorely lack. A must if you find yourself at that venue, The Pilot is also worth going out of you way for just to enjoy its quality beer and food.

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