Serves meat, vegan options available. A sea-themed restaurant, pub and accommodation venue. Has marked up vegan options in the menu such as a pizza with vegan cheese, vegan sharing board, fish-less cakes served with salad and vegan tartar sauce, mushroom maska and other sides and starters. Also has a couple of vegan desserts. Open Mon-Thu 08:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 08:00-00:00, Sun 08:00-22:30.

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19 Reviews

First Review by EmmyVD


Points +1250

04 Apr 2023

Tasty food, not many options

The menu doesn't have the vegan options marked, however they are marked on the dairy -free menu if you ask for that. There was a pizza, pasta and burger available and we had one of each. Food was tasty and restaurant has a nice atmosphere.

Cons: Vegan menu options not marked



Points +210

02 May 2022

Good range of vegan dishes

I had a delicious garlic pizza bread starter with plant based cheese and a nice tomatoey pasta dish with pine nuts.
A good variety of plant based options that were clearly marked on the menu including pizza, pasta, a burger, hot dog, salad etc. We sat outside on the upstairs decking which was lovely with good music. The inside looked nice as well.


Points +284

30 Apr 2022

Lovely 'cheesy' garlic bread and pizza!

I shared a delicious cheesy garlic bread here which was really tasty, and followed that up with a lovely pizza with vegan cheese, artichoke, onion, olives & capers. The dough was really nice and the toppings where great quality. We sat out on their roof floor and ate in the sun, was really nice!


Points +141

03 Feb 2022

Tasty food and dog friendly

Nice range of options on the menu; I opted for the baba ganoush sandwich on brown bread, which was very pleasant. If going back, wouldn't mind trying some of their vegan pizza options.

Pros: Good range of vegan options , Friendly and helpful staff, Dog friendly


Points +86

11 Dec 2021

Amazing desert's

We ordered 2x vegan burgers and they were quite big and really tasty however our desert's were the star of the show. Our waiter told us 1 of the chef's is vegan and the food definitely reflects that. The vegan winter mess desert was absolutely gorgeous. We will be back!


Points +26

21 Sep 2021

Lovely Evening

My girlfriend and I had a lovely evening, food was great and staff were really friendly. Multiple vegan options including desert. Slightly on the pricey side, but was definitely worth it.


Points +41

23 Aug 2021

Great variety and clear menu

Really appreciated the many options and labelling on the menu. Gave a choice per category. I had the seitan pizza and got the plant based cheese which I thought was really cool! Also even just labelling starters like olives as definitely vegan was great.
Only thing is I would like for them to label drinks as vegan or not especially cocktails as I had to try to look them up with no signal

Pros: Great variety , Good labelling, Really tasty


Points +41

17 Jun 2021

Room for improvement

We ordered the vegan patty and ‘chicken’ burger which were ok - had some vegan ‘cheese’ on one but had run out of vegan ‘bacon’. 2 of the 3 burgers arrived and when the 3rd came we noticed the difference in the fries. The first 2 burgers had come with what seemed to be re-fried chips which left us feeling like we were getting leftovers. I appreciate that they weren’t wasting food but perhaps there needs to be a rethink where the customers chooses how they want their fries??

Pros: Good service, Nice atmosphere, A few vegan options

Cons: Price for vegan option same as non-vegan option, No salad or vegetables to compliment burgers


Points +27

09 Oct 2020

A hidden gem

Fantastic place, went here after reading others reviews and wasn't disappointed. My partner had the moving mountains burger and fries, she said it was delicious. I had the seitan kebab with fries, the portion was big and tasted fantastic. Highly recommended!

Pros: Good variety of options, Plant based and vegan cheese pizzas

Cons: A little pricey, but worth it in my opinion


Points +53

13 Aug 2020

Good food

A lovely restaurant, with very attentive staff. They've taken Covid precautions seriously, but it doesn't impact on the experience as everyone is calm and friendly and they guide you through all processes.
The garlic bread with vegan cheese was very yummy. They did half and half with the cheese for our family to share.
I had a seitan kebab which was delicious - though I would have preferred a greater portion of the tasty salad and fewer chips.
Teenage daughter had the plant burger, which she said was nice but wasn't keen on the relish (probably personal taste).

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Expensive for a family dinner


Points +579

01 Aug 2020

Vegan food available

The seating area is much bigger than you’d expect from the outside. Amazing service and staff

Pros: Vegan options , Outdoor terrace , Selection of puddings

Cons: Might sound silly but way too much vegan cheese


Points +88

26 Jul 2020

Best breakfast ever

Had an oat milk latte with a full vegan breakfast which had scrambled tofu to die for! So nice. Great roof terrace too


Points +356

20 Feb 2020

Very nice here

Been here twice, have very good vegan options, dog friendly which is great! Very tasty food!

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Dog friendly , Good food


Points +175

06 Feb 2020

Great vegan choice

The vegan chef, John, has almost complete say over the vegan parts of the menu. He creates delicious dishes from scratch and buys in top quality products as well. They have Moving Mountain burgers which are absolutely amazing, all their pizzas can be ordered with vegan cheese and the chocolate brownies... meat eaters never ask, but they are all vegan and delicious.

Pros: Great vegan food and good portion sizes, Very well trained staff who really work hard

Cons: Very busy (like everywhere in Lyme) in the summer


Points +772

13 Nov 2019

Super soup and garlic pizza bread!

Have been here a few times now, great vegan menu. Particularly enjoyed their parsnip soup and garlic pizza bread, vegan cheese can be added, great for sharing. Staff very helpfully, friendly and professional, nice relaxed vibe in restaurant area.

Pros: Great food, Staff


Points +18

18 Aug 2019

Loads of vegan options

I had the vegan garlic bread and pasta. Very tasty!


Points +79

27 Jan 2019

Fantastic Vegan Sunday Roast

A Sunday morning stroll with the dog and then into the Pilot for lunch. This was one of the best mixed restaurants I have been in for a vegan meal. There were two options for mains on the menu but as it was Sunday I went for the Sunday roast. A mushroom and lentil roast with roast potatoes and quality veg. For desert we went for the crumble and the brownie. A very nice soya late to finish. The staff were very attentive I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you are in the area.

Pros: Great Food, More the one vegan option, The staff understand vegan requirements


Points +909

29 Oct 2018

You could feed this to your mum!

If all vegan food tasted this good, people would have no problem making the switch! I’ve been vegan for 27 years and this pub served some of the best food I’ve eaten. The food was SO tasty, not fancy, just really well done. We had the mushroom tagliatelle, the sweet potato curry and the vegan cheese toasties and all were superb. Two vegan dessert options too, even with vegan cream. The place is very nice too - a large contemporary space with modern decor.

Pros: Super tasty vegan food, Vegan desserts , Lovely atmosphere


Points +4145

07 Aug 2018

Surprisingly good vegan options

The pilot boat has a lot more seating area than what you expect from the outside. It includes a sunny roof top terrace. They have a large bar and trendy interior.

The vegan options were clearly indicated on the menu and offered some suprising meals compared to the common falafel. We had a roasted beet salad as appetizer and the no fish cakes and a mushroom stew. The dishes are nicely presented and were okay. Using some special ingredients (like fried capers?) but not bursting with flavor.
Service was fast and punctual.

Pros: Very close to Lyme Regis beach, original vegan options, trendy interior

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