The traditional Penarth watering hole that was the Pilot has been stylishly reincarnated by South Wales food company Knife & Fork Food Ltd.
The Brains–owned Penarth pub, The Pilot reopened this Saturday (1st September) as The New Pilot, the latest venture from South Wales based food company Knife & Fork Food Ltd.
An extensive renovation project has seen the venue undergo a similar transformation to that of The New Conway. The Pontcanna pub, an entrant in the Michelin Good Food Guide 2013, has become a huge success story for the Knife & Fork brand, since its launch in 2008. Have previously covered the New Conway here.
"We have been very much inspired by the success of The Conway", said Sean Murphy, Managing Director of Knife & Fork Food, "The new Pilot will have the same cosy, family friendly feel as The Conway, complete with log burner, bookcases and snug sofas."
"We think Penarth will be a perfect fit for our brand – the wonderful community feel is something that is hugely attractive to us. I’m really looking forward to establishing our position as a neighbourhood hub that is very much at the heart of the community, much like The Conway has become in Pontcanna."
Martin White, previously Sous Chef at The Conway has been appointed as Head Chef and Executive Chef of the Knife & Fork group, Stefan Nilsson, will be chalking up locally grown, seasonal produce, on the continually evolving blackboard menu.
Foodies can expect an eclectic and hearty selection of dishes that will have taste buds tingling in anticipation. Starters include rabbit cromesco with pickled wild mushroom and butternut squash puree, as well as courgette and feta fritters with raisin and caper dressing.
Mains are equally enticing with Brains Dark braised ox cheeks, celeriac mash and braising liquor, not to mention The Pilot’s fish pie and Chef Martin’s haggis, neeps and tatties being particular highlights.
Desserts don’t disappoint either, with the Napolitana – a combination of chocolate ganache, vanilla parfait and strawberry espuma being a strong contender for most tantalising sweet.
Quiz fans will also be pleased to know that weekly quiz nights will be on the social menu, as well as culinary themed evenings, which have garnered quite a following since their inception at The Conway earlier this year.
The New Pilot
67 Queen's Road