The Pilot Inn
The pilot Inn is one of two exclusive Inn’s sitting in Dungeness National Nature Reserve. Both Inns offer free overnight parking for campers in return for a lovely meal and pint. We stayed at the Pilot Inn for a Saturday night and had a lovely time walking along the historic Dungeness coast line.
The Pilot Inn offers excellent real Ales and is famous for its fish and chips. This is a family run business that cares very much about the service they provide. We all had a nice piece of cod with chips and I can say that the service was excellent. The Pilot Inn is very well designed inside with a lot of history to it. Some of the original beams at the bar where taken from the Spanish ship, Alfresia which was sunk off the coast of Romney Marsh in 1633. You do need to be early to get your table as this is a very popular restaurant and when we were here it got very full. After our meal and a few pints of real ale we took a walk down to the sea with the dog. Then back to the van to watch to sun go down and the coast start to light up.
Along from the pilot Inn toward the power station you will pass a number of refurbished fishing huts that have now been made into dwellings. These are very highly sort after and are scooped up as soon as they enter the market.
At the furthest point of Dungeness sits a light house. If you have the energy you can climb the 186 steps to the top for a spectacular view of the Kent coast. At the foot of the light house sits the Britannia Inn, very good food and beer here and you are welcome to stay a night in your van. From here you can catch the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch steam train which dates back to 1927. Hythe is a small sea side town with amusements and rides for the kids. Shops and restaurant and a beautiful coast line. If you are staying at Dungeness for a few days then it’s worth getting the train and stopping at some of the stations along the route.
Also in Dungeness is a nuclear power station. If you are interested in how a nuclear power station works then you are in luck as this station does very good tours during the week days.