The Pilot Inn is the Famous Family run Pub-Restaurant situated a stones throw (and there’s a lot of them around) from the sea, in the heart of the breathtaking Dungeness National Nature Reserve.
Steeped in the smuggling history of Romney Marsh, its inception followed the luring aground of the Spanish vessel, Alfresia, in 1633. They murdered the crew and looted the cargo of spirits. The ship was used to build the original Pilot inn and some of the original timbers remain in the bar today.
Dungeness (meaning ‘headland near Denge Marsh’) is steeped in the smuggling history of Romney Marsh. Many years before this though, Romney Marsh was largely flooded. It was the Saxons who drained the Marshes and used the land for farming and habitation. Today Dungeness is reclaiming approximately 2m of shingle every year and although it has only a few hundred residents, is visited by some 500,000 visitors each year.