One of my favourite places in London - a little piece of history amongst the constantly changing Greenwich Peninsular - great for a pre show drink at the o2 - fresh fish served every Wednesday and a fantastic tranquil beer garden out back.
A decent Fullers pub, in a strange part of London..with little else in the very near proximity..but then with the overwhelming overflashy O2 not too far away either. Horrible area..where this is easily your best option for beers! Pub is 206 years old too....unlike every other building nearby!
Unfortunately the family friendly aspect of the pub was highlighted in all the wrong ways as a tiny child (under 2ft and wearing a dummy for chrissakes) went through the bins for crisps and poured water off the balcony upstairs. I blame the...you fill in the blank.
The Pilot Inn might well be in tumbleweed town but it has so much character that it hurts... I sighed in delight as I i pushed open the door to see a fireplace, wallpaper lots of paintings of ships and all sorts of English pub stuff that make it authentic..Yep there was even an old man pub punter (and lets face what good ol'english pub can say they are the real deal without one of those)..
So i my haze of delight I ordered the bangers and mash and was not disappointed. I am not a beer swill-er myself but for those of you that are I did notice a nice London Pride sign (apparently that's the stuff to drink if you are being an Englishman - or just like good beer).
For those that go in summer I spied a delightful beer garden with tables and chairs on the grass (add something i think - rather than having it all paved).. ahh and it looks like you can stay here too. So come forth, be not afraid of tumbleweed..drink your London Pride and sleep over.
Actually it is superbly located for the O2 - so if you are travelling out i reckon this could be a winner to stay, drink and dine at.
I have visited the Pilot Inn on and off for about 15 years, first visiting before the whole Greenwich Peninsula redevelopment started. It was then (mid-1990s) a somewhat isolated pub, but still full of character - it retains some of that character today, but is now much less isolated and a lot busier than it used to be.
It is the nearest pub to the Greenwich Millennium Village, about a 10-minute walk from the O2, and about two minutes from the Thames Path. This makes it a handy watering hole if you are strolling the stretch from Greenwich round to, say, the Thames Barrier.
Food is standard pub fare, freshly cooked/micro-waved to order, and my kids find the choice perfectly acceptable. Beers are pretty standard London pub selections (London Pride, etc).
There is a beer garden out the back (south-facing, so nice on a sunny afternoon - but with plenty of shade if you don't want to get burnt), and some benches and tables at the front. There is also some car-parking - handy, as most of the roads nearby are yellow-lined - and also some bike parking - indeed, the Pilot is also a handy stop/destination if you are cycling along the Thames Path.
A genuine English pub somewhat hidden away on the O2 dominated Greenwich Peninsula. Not sure what the deal with the Greenwich Peninsula was before the 02 but it seems all about a stadium, chain restaurants, and an Imax movie theater. This pub is a nice gem. According to wiki, it's the oldest surviving building on the peninsula.
We came on a Tuesday trivia night and seating was limited but found a great spot. We all tossed in a pound to play trivia. This ended up being a mistake. All the questions were like "Which English footballer who played for Bromley in 1977 married an actress from BBC4's 'Carry On Chavs'?" "Which musical act from Tottenshire won both ITV's 'Top of the Song Parade' and Sky's 'Cheeky Tunes Challenge' in 2008?" "Which Scottish mountaineer once quipped 'going up is the easy part. It's finding a nice cup of tea in Bolton that's the real challenge'?"
We came in second last.
Kitchen closes at 10 so if you're looking for some late night custard, bread pudding, or stickey toffee anything, get your order in early.
Lovely pub, good food, good space - the garden at the back is ace. Good beer on the tab.
Staff could be loopy and very confusing sometimes, wrong change/wrong order for example. The garden is always busy in summer but it also has lots of space indoors. One hassle could be accessibility because it's not near a bus stop or tube station (North Greenwich) so you'll have to walk for a while to reach it.
I live in Greenwich and this is one of my favourite pubs. It is one of the oldest in the area and has lots of character. Quite a large pub with a great beer garden for summer. I would recommend their pub nights every Tuesday and their fish of the day or extensive collection of cheeses are worth trying. They also have a good range of interesting beers and ales that includes local ones to the area. They even have a boutique hotel upstairs if you over imbibe, although I haven't stayed the night yet.
Lovely old pub great food and well kept ales,
staff as said before are a bit loopy but very efficient, and up for a laugh.
Great little pub for a summer afternoon pint, nice beer garden and they serve Stella. What more do want.
Wow I can't believe I had to add this fantastic little pub to Qype I was sure it would've been here already. OK so why does this pub deserve the four stars I've given it. Well first off this pub was one of the best kept little secrets in Greenwich and often frequented by many a local and people from all over London until it got mercilessly chopped off the map practically by the development of the O2 dome. But the little Pilot managed to fight off the big developers and still stays open to this day. The pub goes back many many years and has a seafaring theme, being that it is right on top of the river. The interior of the pub is very spacious with nicely placed tables and comfy chairs. The publicans are friendly and accomodating, offering fine beers, ales and spirits at reasonable prices, the atmosphere is very nice and there's never been any trouble in all the times I've been there. It is right off the beaten track but you can park there although the road is tiny so there's limited space. The trip is well worth it though, there's a cozy nook area to the left of the bar with tv showing music or sports, plenty of games machines and a really wonderful atmosphere amoungst the people who visit for a drink. Also the pub does a great line of food and many people chose to come here for dinner and a romantic night out. The video for Parklife by Blur was filmed in this road right next to the pub. I whole heartedly recommend a night at the Pilot
This is (I think, being a tourist rather than a native) is the first pub that hoves into view after a ride on the Emirates sky thing, and all the more welcome for that. It has clearly been left high and dry by the surrounding development, and must have been a useful drinker before the docks were flattened. It has a very cool and shady garden on a hot day (30 degrees!) does a great pint of Pride. The walk into Greenwich afterwards was a killer. Get a bus..
We like this pub. It's old fashioned traditional type watering hole well off the beaten track. The real ales are superb, worth a visit or two or three or more......
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