(STILL) A TOP 100 PUB – THE PILOT IN MUMBLES NAILS IT

Well, you can’t walk six (6) miles to the Mumbles and NOT have a Bass at the Pilot, can you ?

The Pilot is closer in feel to the tightly knit streets rising to the hills than the smart new bistros lining the sea,

and looked absolutely gorgeous as the sun set over Swansea Bay.

You’ll have noticed how many pubs I visit were virtually empty. The Pilot was packed with all of humanity, the Express Tavern of the west.

And I reckon a dozen of them had glasses with this in it;

Phew” I said, for effect, “for a moment there I couldn’t see the Bass

We ALWAYS have Bass” said the charming landlady, as if quoting from Harry Potter.

Ideal temperature, perfect texture, somewhere between 3.5 and 4, I thought. In 1996 I wrote “The Pilot is a Top 100 pub if ever I saw one, but of course I’ll need a second visit to confirm”. Here’s the confirmation.

The Modern Toss (that’s a book) has left the bookshelves, replaced by a VHS cassette (HQ) containing rare footage of a Kangaroo Air Force Ventilator gig from 2017.

I really should have stayed for a second pint, but we all know how that ends, don’t we.

Instead, with an hour till the last bus to Swansea I opted to walk, armed with the best shish wrap I’ve ever had from Mumbles Kebab House. Sadly my pic overemphasises the healthy bits.

Blimey, it was a great walk back.

6 thoughts on “(STILL) A TOP 100 PUB – THE PILOT IN MUMBLES NAILS IT

  1. Fond memories of the Mumbles from childhood holidays, but this was long before I was old enough to drink.

    Good to see a pub flying the flag for Bass, though. 🙂

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  2. Yallops fish and chip shop – the next best thing about the Mumbles after the Pilot – was apparently shut down the last time that we were there, disappointingly.

    Do you recall any signs of life on this visit, Martin?

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