The Pilot Boat Inn’s location is perhaps the establishment’s best selling point. The establishment enjoys proximity to the harbor, upmarket boutiques, and traditional shops. The coastal walk is nearby, and you can access a harbor taxi in the summer when going to St. Helens. Of the Pilot Boat Inn’s 2 separate lodges, the Lodge on the Marsh (ideal for bird watchers) is in Brading, whereas Zephyr Cottage enjoys a spectacular sea view.
Character and Style
The Pilot Boat Inn’s parlor features a large room with local paintings for sale displayed on the walls and a log-burning stove for use during cold days. The establishment features large chairs and wooden tables to accommodate the ever-changing group of cyclists, walkers, sailing enthusiasts, and friends that meet throughout the day. The Lodge on the Marsh and Zephyr cottage are the epitome of character. The first is an enticing wooden chalet with a garden and veranda overlooking the Brading Marshes while the other is a spectacular stone-built establishment.
Facilities and Service
The Pilot Boat Inn has some of the most welcoming and friendly staff around. As for facilities, there is occasional live music in the pub and a bike lockup. The Lodge on the Marsh and Zephyr cottage offers you privacy, alongside the conveniences of a bed and Breakfast — daily housekeeping and breakfast hamper.
The rooms are bright and clean with good linen and high ceilings. Model boats and shells at the Zephyr cottage remind you of the sea nearby, while Lodge of the Marsh’s log-cabin appeal is reminiscent of the rural location. Whether you prefer a rural or seaside appeal, the bathrooms will be immaculate. Other resources provided include toiletries, and coffee and tea resources.
Meals & Drinks
The restaurant’s menu predominantly features burgers with a variety of filling options including mustard and apple pork burger, spicy bean burger, garlic, and rosemary lamb burger. Fish is also a common selection, which makes sense given the establishment’s location. Some of the seafood options include Bembridge crab ramekin, homemade scampi, and traditional battered cod and chips. The dessert menu features a delicious brownie made with love by the establishment’s owner. During winter sip on one of Bembridge’s locally brewed ales; during summer take a prosecco or pims onto the terrace. Breakfast is a hamper of fruits, yogurt, cereals, pastries, or a fry up at the pub. Regardless of what time it is, the dining experience at The Pilot Boat Inn is always something to look forward to.