The Pilot

Restaurants, British Gunnersbury
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Located at the Gunnersbury end of Chiswick on Wellesley Road, The Pilot is a Fuller's gastropub with a warm, rustic interior and a modern British menu. There are a number of vibrant chairs and tables that stretch from inside, out to the beer garden, meaning there's plenty of space to enjoy a Sunday roast, a few pints or the Sunday evening quiz.

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The Pilot says
On the first Sunday of every month we host the best acoustic night in W4. With great acts from around London you’ll come down and have a listen.

At the Pilot we take our gin seriously with a range of over 20 plus there is a gin for everyone. When you order a gin here it comes served in a Copa glass designed to capture the aroma of all the botanicals in your gin. Also, we only use hand chipped ice for our gin this will keep your drink fresher and colder for longer and each gin has its own selected garnish to enhance its unique flavours.

The Pilot presents – Jazz on Sundays.
On the last Sunday of every month double bassist Ed Babar along with some of London’s best Jazz instrumentalists will be laying down their mix of smooth, jazzy beats.
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Venue name: The Pilot
Address: 56 Wellesley Rd
W4 4BZ
Transport: Tube: Gunnersbury
Price: £25 and under
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This pub is a hidden gem behind Gunnersbury station. The servers were friendly, smiley and the atmosphere of this place on a winter evening was wonderful. It was a cozy place to have after work drinks and dinner with colleagues. The place was busy on a Friday night but the noise level was moderate; Around 10 of us could still hear each other well whilst enjoying our dinner and drinks. 5 of us opted for fish and chips - WOW - our waitress was right to highly recommend it. The fish was fresh, the batter was crispy and the whole dish felt light and not greasy. Price wise - it was average for the area but the quality of food did stand out.

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I've hosted two private events at The Pilot and would definitely book them for private hire again in the future!

The pub itself is lovely - great selection of beers on tap and in the fridge and a nice spacious interior, with tables spread out throughout the room so you never feel as though you're on top of the table next to you.

But the private hire room in particular is difficult to beat. It's a self contained room outside the pub, accessible through a large beer garden (there's a little private terrace area adjoining the room, which is lovely to sit in during Summer). You can bring your own decorations and music and I found the staff to be extremely accommodating on both occasions. The food is great too - the first time, we opted for a buffet, which was really freshly prepared and VERY generous The second, we had a barbeque and again the food was excellent!

The location is a little way from central London, which may be a hassle if you hail from East London - but trains are frequent and there are always taxis about if you can't be bothered staggering to the station.

Highly recommended!

We had heard many great things about this restaurant. I booked a large table for myself and my family on a lovely Sunday afternoon. We had booked the table for 2pm. On arrival, the restaurant was small and very loud and crowded, (what looked like) Manager told us our table wasn't ready and that there were many people still there with their prams and children. We had a drink at the bar which was no problem at all and at 14:25, we were still not seated. I asked if we could be seated and she pointed in the direction of our table. We sat and no one came to our table, so we ordered more drinks from the bar. The rest of our party arrived and still no one came to our table. Again we all ordered our drinks from the bar. After being seated for over 30 minutes, we had to ask for menus. After 10 minutes the waitress asked for our order and then proceeded to tell us they had sold out of the Roast belly of pork and only had 3 Roast beef left. Much to our disappointment, we ordered other meals from the menu. When receiving our meals, we had to send back two of these as they were almost cold. These came back with no apology, no one then came back to ask if we were happy, on top of this we had to ask for condiments. We ran out of drinks and not once were we offered anymore drinks. We, for the third time had to leave our meals and order drinks at the bar. After finally finishing our meals, we waited and waited and our table was still not cleared after over 45 minutes of finishing. We finally asked for the bill and left. Overall we were very, very disappointed after hearing such great things about this pub. We will not be going back and will not be recommending this to anyone we know.

great selection of beer, favourite pub this side of the river in chiswick, gunnersbury area - beats the ones on the river hands down for beer and food