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Fuller's pub off the beaten track in Fulham, close to the A4 which passes through the area on flyovers. Pride is the regular ale. Bengal Lancer was the seasonal beer. I felt the pub was a little chintzy. But there are plenty of tables. Food is served. I didn't dislike the pub. But I wouldn't rush back.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Nov 2018 20:13
Very smart, very modern, very souless. Clearly a pub with history, it’s obviously had an extensive refurb and the clientele seemed to comprise of wealthy looking Americans. Tables all ‘reserved’. Maybe this is what pubs need to do to survive these days.
strangetorpor - 27 Feb 2018 23:55
Every time I go to the Pilot, I'm always made to feel welcome. The bar team are professional and attentive. The refurbishment last year has transformed this pub into a comfortable and friendly place to meet friends for a drink and something to eat.
Highly recommend this pub!
chrisriv77 - 10 Apr 2012 12:32
Attractive and welcoming pub. Obviously recently has had a makeover. But as a Fullers pub, it seemed rather expensive at 3.71 for a half of Pride and a half of Honeydew. It's only made down the road, after all.
Roodeye - 22 Aug 2011 16:16
Currently visiting a pub at every station on the London Overground. Did this one for Gunnersbury. Nice, small backstreet Fullers pub. Had a nice garden, nicely done out but still feels like a proper pub. Recommend!

hillzy - 13 Jul 2011 20:04
A family day out to the river led us to this lovely pub after my husband decided to take a shortcut!
With 2 hungry kids in tow, we saw the sign for the beer garden and thought it would be good to get the kids a lemonade and maybe a bar snack.

I was a bit concerned that it wasnt a child freindly place as it looked quite upmarket from the outside, and inside, very well furnished, but we received a warm welcome and were taken to a table straight away with menus on our request.

The garden is really beautiful, a hidden gem.
We ordered a platter to share, very reasonably priced and more than enough for 4 of us, including the husband!

We will definitely visit again, great food, warm welcome, and staff were very attentive. Well done to the pilot and its team!
helen1981 - 1 Jun 2011 22:56
I found The Pilot after I took the wrong exit from Gunnersbury tube but am so glad I did. I recieved a warm welcome and was made to feel instantly comfortable, the food was lovely and what a gem of a garden with the added bonus of a beautiful garden room. I need to find a reason to have a party in there! My friends who have worked locally for a while can't believe that they didn't find it sooner. I will be back again and again
LBAB - 27 May 2011 00:26
Went here on Sunday for lunch. Much better than the reviews below lead me to expect. Had 3 beers on pump (Pride, Seafarers and a seasonal) which were all well kept (about 3.50 each). Sat down and had our first drinks order taken at our table before we could even get to the bar, which seems to indicate a better level of service than other reviewers had received. Food was really good (better than normal pub standard burger and chips etc.). Don't know if there has been a change of management or what but was very impressed with the food and beer at The Pilot. Will visit again.
BMK - 17 May 2011 11:18

" Some friends had asked me to go and meet them here, and I must admit reading below I was very dubious about trekking out to this pub, if I was going to be treated like this.
I can say though that we had a great time and although it was very busy, the service was tops. Because it was busy they did miss out on some more drinks from us, but that is their loss.
Would go back. "
Norton.77 - 20 Dec 2010 13:13
Visited here the other day for the first time in a while to try and give the place another go. I live down the road but drink elsewhere after bad experiences here in the past (rude service generally which we'd got fed up of putting up with even though the food has always been generally good).

As myself and my girlfriend entered and approached the bar the 3 staff behind it (the pub was nearly empty) either turned theirs backs to us or wandered off leaving us standing there until we gave up and left. Upon looking back through the front window from the outside we could then see the 3 members of staff laughing about what they had just done. Even ruder than usual ! Where do they find these people !

I can't believe Fullers let this pub continually be a badly run and staffed as this for literally YEARS.

We won't be going back as luckily there's plenty of better pubs nearby, the only people who drink there are the suits from the nearby Foxton's estate agents head office (Nice !). Hope they don't start drinking in my local though when this place inevitably closes down and blamed the "recession"...
42yearsyoung - 16 Dec 2010 22:36
disappointing for a Fullers pub so close to their brewery to only offer London Pride on handpump (and Honeydew from keg). bar was dominated by very large silver fonts offering standard mass-market lagers (Peroni etc).

(homemade?) burger was pretty good though
lord_emsworth - 16 Aug 2010 09:36
still live next door rarely visit as never impressed in the past, wish i hadnt bothered - over 10 squid for 2 G&T's..............dearest i have ever encountered in my 10 yrs in London ( outside of clubs) are they kidding???and no they were definately not doubles..........maybe the after work office workers dont notice the prices or dont care..........shame id always dreamed of living 20 paces from my local, what a shame its this rip off place !!!
millym - 14 Dec 2009 13:50
The Pilot 'Pub and Dining' branding probably tells you all you need to know about this place - it's a bit like Marmite; either you like that sort of thing or loathe it. It is a Fullers pub, but you would never guess it with just a single handpump for London Pride beside two large banks of lager dispensers. Not really my sort of place, but I have to say that the young staff were very friendly.
rpadam - 2 Apr 2009 21:26
It seemed a lot smaller in here than what I remember from my last visit a couple of years ago, but maybe I just got bigger!

Honeydew and Pride were available alongside 5 premium lagers, Carling and Guinness. There is a pleasant looking patio garden at the rear off the pub, but with walls on all 4 sides I dont think that it is very scenic. I have to agree with other comments about it seeming more like a restaurant, but unlike other pubs of this ilk I wasnt made to feel uncomfortable just ordering a pint.

Although the barmaid was very busy with a delivery she came over and served me straight away with a smile and a thank you. In this day and age with the competition in the pub/restaurant trade as it is you would think that this would be the norm, but unfortunately it is not.

Id go back in here again if I was near, but Ill never pay 2.00 for a packet of crisps, be them homemade or not!
Strongers - 1 May 2008 16:13
More of an eating than a drinking pub. The food was good (and at those prices, it should be), but the drinks are really mind-bogglingly expensive. GBP5 for a pint of Weissbier!
aarvark99 - 30 Mar 2008 22:41
Lovely terrace in the summer (though evening sun is blocked by large houses directly to the west!), food a bit hit and miss, can be awful or OK basically. Not much to be said for it outside of the summer months.

As another reviewer has said, avoid Friday evenings.
Pedro01 - 26 Apr 2007 10:19
Had luch here yesterday and was very impressed with the food, sat outside which was really nice, not sure what its like in the evenings but will be back to try it out.
helenof - 17 Apr 2007 12:25
Pretty good food and pleasant staff - often pop in on a Saturday lunchtime for a spot of grub, a pint and the papers. But this place must absolutely be avoided on a Friday evening when the horrors of Foxton's estate agents invade the place. I pity the poor staff.
conorh - 27 Mar 2007 19:21
I think the previous reviews are a little unjust. Perhaps it's not the best place for real ale, although the London Pride was good yesterday and there were some interesting lagers. The food, however, is very good indeed with steaks done just how you want them instead of regulation leather. Staff seemed friendly and efficient. Perhaps it is more of a restaurant than a pub, but I don't have any complaints. Don't most London pubs have stripped wooden floors these days?
Florrie - 30 Oct 2006 10:50
still live round the corner (100m away) & sadly this place has not improved we still pop in every now and again hoping that it has transformed into a nice comfy local boozer!!!!!!!!alas not to be.
quite happy in the courtyard on a warm evening but inside with those wood echoey floors cant hear my damned self THINK never mind talk to anyone even if they are sitting 1 ft away from me!!!
also sadly those nasty creatures from foxtons still infest this place on a regular basis............& thats enough to make anyone atay well clear.
millym - 8 Sep 2006 12:42
I have read all the other comments, and I would agree the beer is over priced and I don't like the fact they don't sell peanuts. But you must remember this is not really a traditional pub but a gastro bar.
beerconnoisseur - 5 Jun 2006 20:03
Also has the scariest descent to the lavs i have ever experienced. Bit of a dissappointment this place, pistachio nuts and expensive lager. Agreed -if you're after a pub carry on to the river.
Pooch - 28 Nov 2005 11:24
As the previous contributor correctly states, this is now more a restaurant than a pub. I was the only pub type customer in on early Saturday afternoon ( 2.30 ish )

Fullers have now bought this establishment - and on my visit, there was a solitary handpump serving moderate London Pride.

Try somewhere else if it's a pub you're after
JohnBonser - 28 Nov 2005 09:43
This place was once good - I said was... Last time I went, it had forgotten it was a pub - now mostly a restaurant it seems. Not one single Real Ale was available - maybe they'd run out or couldn't be bothered. I won't be going back in a hurry.
LovePubs - 18 Nov 2005 17:14
Nicely hidden away it can great when the garden is open. However, horrendously overpriced beers, and staff with any drive make it a forgetable experience. The food is pretty good, though pricey. It also seems to attract more and more Estate agents for some reason. Worth a visit, but only to move on to somewhere afters.
Flawed - 20 Sep 2005 15:01
Horrendously expensive and full of besuited reptiles.
realalesnob - 10 Jun 2005 14:52
very good food and nice place for a drink / meal. Service a bit dogdy at times but well recommended
tfinerty - 2 Jan 2005 12:08
Excellent beer garden. Unfortunate proximity to Foxtons Head Office ruins Friday evenings. Suggest the nearby Juxta Base is more ambient as a result.
Peter - 15 Nov 2004 14:24
Interesting pub round the back from Strand-on-the-Green. St Peter's Ales which makes a change, and a pleasant beer garden.
beeronaut - 6 Sep 2004 23:17
yummy food and drinks :) though rather expensive, took a while to get served on a busy night but usually very good service, often lots of divers go here.
anonymous - 2 Sep 2004 16:27
Good food, good beer, shame about the convoy of Foxton's Estate Agents Minis outside - even bigger shame their drivers are inside the pub every Friday!
Don - 24 Aug 2004 18:14
This used to be a pub, but is now a restaurant- not a bad one, but still not a pub.
Dave - 16 Jul 2004 17:12
A bit ostentatious, but given the menu, the beer, and the proper beer garden, it probably deserves it. Too good for drinks alone - try to factor in food and friends!
ben - 16 Jun 2004 14:03
In an out of the way area this gastro-pub really lives up to the name. Constantly changing menu but the standard always very high.Tasteful setting with nouveau modern artists complementing refreshingly modest decor.
ajs - 1 Mar 2004 09:52
Food fantastic, service very good, Evening Standard pub of the Year nomination, but is it really a pub? I'm not sure.
BigSlim - 29 Jan 2004 13:07
This place is up it's own arse. Poncey art on the walls selling for highly inflated prices. The wooden floors means you can barely hear yourself speak. Good beer garden though.
Good for: Summer drinking
thenationofjames - 2 Dec 2003 13:55
Quality nosh and wide selection of beverages. Bit pricey, but you do get your moneys worth.
dangerousclive - 13 Oct 2003 16:10
I have been living in the area for a year or so now and found the Pilot about 6 months ago - what a stroke of luck! I have never had a bad meal in this pub and the range of beers and wines are extensive. From Stella Artois through to Hoegarden and everything in between... Food changes often and is always of modern european cuisine with fair prices. There has been a lack of clean, well lit british pubs that appeal to the 30 somethings moving into the area of late, the Pilot well and truly fills that gap, and fills it well. Long may they continue.
Robert - 6 Oct 2003 09:58
live round corner went when it 1st opened & got served by lord snooty who looked down his nose at me & exclaimed loudly we dont serve alcopops here!!!!(id only asked for a breezer) put us off completely. anyway been back recently & staff have changed - much better & do now serve alcopops if only smirnoffs.bit echoey & loud inside, courtyard better outside
millym - 25 Jul 2003 20:45
This place used to be a bit scarey but it's now much, much better.
anonymous - 9 Jul 2003 17:34
For anyone who used to know this pub, and is struggling to work out if it's the same plave from the reviews here, it's undergone a major refurbishment and is no longer a backstreet boozer whose culinary staple is cheesy chips or a tuna melt bap. An improvement from my point of view; but I am getting worried about the old clientele of Chiswick pubs. Where are they all? (OK, I know, the John Bull. Or Brentford)
Miranda - 4 Jun 2003 16:12
Good atmosphere, great staff and the daily changing menu offers some of the best pub food I've had. Moved away from Chiswick now and wish they'd open one closer to me!
Vic - 1 May 2003 13:07
Sit down at a kitchen table / school desk and drink your beer or eat modern british served up from the open plan kitchens.
Alex - 1 May 2003 09:37

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