The Pilot

“Excellence award from Tripadvisor well and truly deserved!”

02920 710 615
02920 710 615

High on the hill with spectacular views overlooking Cardiff Bay, you’ll find The Pilot in Penarth. You choose…..a pint of one of our frequently changing guest ales, a glass of wine on the fireside sofas, or a delicious meal. The limited space offering outside seating at the front of the pub guarantees to be booked up quickly so if you’re wanting alfresco, don’t delay  on your reservation.

Our  blackboard menu offers the great pub classics you would expect from your local, as well as seasonal specials which change regularly as each runs out.

The Pilot closes on Sunday evenings and all day Monday & Tuesday. The kitchen closes 2.30-5pm Wednesday to Friday and last orders for food on Sunday are at 4pm.

The menus

Pilot Sunday Lunch

A sample:


Olives, crispy bread & houmous (v)

Cod goujons & tartare sauce

Black pudding soft “Scotch egg” & tomato compote

Prawn fritter & Marie Rose sauce

Crispy Brie, red onion chutney & balsamic reduction (v)

Warm cajun & sweetcorn “chowder” & crispy ciabatta (veg)

Pilot Poulet – £30 (Limited numbers)

Herbed roasted whole chicken, all trimmings & jus de cuisson


Roasted ribeye of beef, all trimmings, Yorkshire pudding & gravy (£2 supplement)

Roasted pork loin, all trimmings, Yorkshire pudding & gravy

Fillet of cod, duo of beans, tender stem broccoli & aioli

Roasted fillet of chalk stream tout, champ mash & cockle chowder

Halloumi, patatas bravas & aioli (v)

Chickpea & mixed peppers curry, fondant sweet potato, cardamon rice & popadom (veg)


Sticky ginger pudding, toffee sauce & salted caramel ice cream

Apple & cinnamon crumble, vanilla ice cream

Warm chocolate brownie, orange ice cream & crème Chantilly

Banana katsu, dandelion honey drizzle & vanilla ice cream

Continental cheese selection (£1 supplement)

2 Courses £17

3 Courses £22

Christmas Party Menu


Stout braised ox cheek terrine, confit Jerusalem artichoke, horseradish tartare sauce

Piggies in a blanket, cranberry compote

Smoked salmon & prawn mousse, mandarin & crispy fennel salad

Cauliflower & almond soup, sage oil (ve)

Deep fry brie & fig “sandwich”, winter chutney (veg)


Knife & Fork’s Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, choose turkey or vegetarian
Spiced duck breast, apricot puy lentils, braised red cabbage & blackberry jus

Braised lamb shank, slow cook celeriac, red cabbage, remoulade & rosemary jus (£2 supplement)

Baked cod loin, thyme & hazelnut crust, Jerusalem artichoke pearl barley risotto, mushroom veloute

Sea Trout, creamed potatoes & fennel, prawn fritters with orange & shallot dressing
Chestnut & sage panisse, winter fricassee & babaganoush (veg)


Christmas pudding with brandy cream

Vegan chocolate & orange fudge cake, orange ice cream

Frozen hazelnut cheesecake, chestnut puree & almond brittle

Winter spiced sticky toffee pudding, seasonal ice cream

Continental cheese board (£1 supplement)

3 courses for £30 (pre-ordered party price)

Christmas Day Menu


Amuse bouche
Wild mushroom bonbon & mulled wine chilli jam


Brandy infused French onion soup, gruyere croutons

Duck terrine confit leg & smoked breast, sour cherry glaze, pistachio crumb, crostini

Giant scallop, pancetta sand & Pernod beurre blanc

Rosemary, garlic & honey baked camembert, fig chutney, glazed figs & warm bread (v)

Cranberry, carrot and walnut tart, mixed leaf salad (vg)

Mulled wine sorbet


The Pilots traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings,
choose the turkey, or vegetarian option (v)

Tournedos Rossini Pan roast fillet steak, duck liver parfait, roasted wild mushrooms, parmesan potato cake, Madeira jus

Fillet of hake, baked potato mousseline, roasted scallop, laverbread crunch & champagne sauce

Caramelised shallot tart tatin, honey roast heritage carrots, crumbled stilton & red wine caramel (v)


Christmas pudding with brandy cream

Chocolate & orange fudge cake, vanilla ice cream (vg)

Frozen hazelnut cheesecake, chestnut puree & almond brittle

Winter spiced sticky toffee pudding, seasonal ice cream

Continental cheese board

Coffee, tea and petit fours