Simon and Lisa are proud to welcome you to their stylish, friendly, award-winning pub and B&B. Nestled at the foot of the beautiful South Downs National Park, The Pilot Inn with its car park provides a superb base from which to soak up some of the most stunning and iconic scenery in the county
We're now offering a digital ordering system alongside the more traditional methods. We're providing QR codes, like the one above, that customers can scan and access our menus and order!
Lisa, Simon and the staff at The Pilot Inn are looking forward to welcoming you back. We’ve truly missed you all. The countdown begins for our doors to open! Hopefully the sun will be shining when you have your first drink back with us.
Since receiving the government guidelines we’ve put some measures in place to make sure the pub is safe for our staff and customers, so things may look a little different! There will be plenty of posters and arrows to guide you through and give you any information you may need. However speak to a member of staff should you have any questions.
We are taking bookings for inside and out with a maximum cover of 6 per table. However, if you are looking for a larger party, give us a call, and we will see what we can do. Walk-ins are welcome as long as we can accommodate with a free table so our advice would be to book in advance.
Upon arrival, there may be a queueing system outside and hand sanitiser provided to use before entry. We will also take everyone’s, including staff, temperature when entering for the safety of all. There are sanitiser stations throughout the pub. The host on the door will explain further.
Inside the pub will be table bookings only. You will be allocated a table for a maximum of 1 hour and 50 minutes. Unfortunately, we can’t allow any vertical (standing up!) drinking inside. We advise your first round of drinks to be ordered through an app on your smart phone. This will then take your details in line with government guidelines on data capture. More details on this can be given by your server. Inside, there will also be table service by our floor staff.
Outside, service can be obtained either via our app or regular waiting service. Once ordered and linked to your table number, your drinks will be brought to you, payment taken straight away, then simply repeat! Unfortunately, we cannot offer any tabs on outside tables. Each table will be ‘pay as you go’. With the weather being very unpredictable, we have provided umbrellas for each table however cannot guarantee they will keep the rain away! Please bare this in mind when booking tables outside as we won’t be able to accommodate you inside unless a table is vacant.
A limited food menu is available.
Our toilets will be open with a queuing system. We have limited staffing so they won’t be regularly manned, however they will be cleaned and sanitised hourly.
When leaving the pub, please follow the one way signage towards the exit.
Pictures will be posted tomorrow so you will have a better idea on how the pub will be set out, as well as posters and taped areas.
We hope to see you all very soon!
Lisa and Simon
Meads is a pretty village on the western edge of Eastbourne, nestled at the foot of the South Downs above the beautiful Holywell beach, offering a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants in a relaxed and friendly setting. Eastbourne town centre, with its wealth of theatres, art galleries, shops, international tennis, airshow and famous pier, is a mere five-minute drive away, meaning you will never be short of things to see and do.
Here at The Pilot Inn we pride ourselves on locally sourced fresh ingredients. Our meat is supplied by J.Heath & Son family butchers and includes locally reared beef from Bullock Down Farm, Beachy Head. Our seafood is supplied fresh from Beachy Head Fishing Company; both are within a few minutes of our location.
“Reasonably priced food and drinks, very helpful and friendly staff. Nice comfortable surroundings and great atmosphere. Well worth a visit"
“Probably the best quality food I’ve had in a pub for a long time. Plus it’s not the usual pub menu either. I had beautifully grilled and presented salmon, and my wife had Dover sole. We will certainly be back when we’re in the area again.”
“Visited as a family of 3 and had fantastic dover sole, scampi and chips. Customer service was amzing as well - didn't have to wait, all was perfectly timed. Great experience. Thanks”
“Stayed for 1 night. Accommodation very comfortable. Had roast dinner in the restaurant- excellent and a great breakfast Found all the staff very friendly and helpful Will definitely stay here again”
More reviews available on TripAdvisor.
We take bookings directly and through external sites. Any dates requested have to be confirmed by us with you, this way we avoid double bookings. Equally, we will be able to confirm when rooms will be available from, time wise. We want your stay to go without a hitch and we are happy to discuss any issues you may have, just use the number below.
The bar, the garden, the restaurant areas, the menus and food, our staff and a great friendly welcome. Not to mention our rooms, and the rather good breakfast, and of course, our location.