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“Never again ..”
Review of Pilot Boat Inn

Pilot Boat Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Nightlife in Lyme Regis
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Never again ..”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

We were down for the weekend and ate and drank here on the saturday. We must have had a one off as the venison pie was lovely, I wasn't impressed by the veg though, it was a medley of cabbage carrots peppers and green beans, obviously microwaved but edible and new potatoes. So we decided to book for Sunday lunch because English pubs always do a nice roast dinner..Or so we thought..the only good thing was the service and quickness it arrived. Aunt Bessy roast potatoes, most were hard. The beef was definitely not roasted but processed slices. One frozen yorkshire pudding and the SAME vegetable medley. tastless gravey. Quite frankly if we wanted a birdseye frozen roast dinner then we would have bought one and microwaved it ourselves at the cost of £2.00 each and not at around £9 each!! I recommend that they strongly need to review their menu and get a real chef to reflect their prices. Not impressed. It ruined our day. :-( couldn't wait to leave.

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English first
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229 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“Dog friendly pub ......”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Booked this restaurant having discovered beforehand that it was dog-friendly. On arrival in Lyme we popped in to make our reservation before a pre-lunch walk along the beach.

Our indoor table was ready when we arrived and no-one batted an eyelid when the six of us plus 3 labradors sat down to lunch. Food was good and plentiful and the atmosphere was lively.

Can recommend this pub to all dog lovers!

Visited February 2013
4 Thank fairylightqueen
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Roland, Iowa
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lassie was here ...”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

A Little-Known Story Behind Lassie

Less than ten years ago, British author Nigel Clarke was at work on a book about shipwrecks, when he came upon a story about an incident that occurred in Dorset during World War I. Clarke believes that the inspiration for Knight’s story came from the real-life collie, named Lassie, who saved the life of a British seaman in the First World War.

On New Year’s Day in 1915 the Royal Navy battleship Formidable was torpedoed by a German submarine off Start Point in South Devon, with the loss of more than 500 men. In a storm that followed the accident, a life raft containing bodies was blown along the coast to Lyme Regis. In helping to deal with the crisis, the local pub in Lyme Regis, called the Pilot Boat, offered its cellar as a mortuary.

When the bodies had been laid out on the stone floor, Lassie, a crossbred collie owned by the pub owner, found her way down amongst the bodies, and she began to lick the face of one of the victims, Able Seaman John Cowan. She stayed beside him for more than half an hour, nuzzling him and keeping him warm with her fur.

To everyone’s astonishment, Cowan eventually stirred. He was taken to hospital and went on to make a full recovery. He visited Lassie again when he returned to thank all who saved his life.

The sinking of the ship was a severe blow to Britain during these early years of the war. When the officers heard the story of Lassie and what she did to rescue Cowan, they told it again and again to any reporter who would listen as it was inspirational and heart-warming.

Because the story was widely reported, Clarke feels that the odds are that Eric Knight read the story during the war years, or came upon the story later on. While Knight had moved from Yorkshire to the United States and served in the U.S. military, Clarke’s suspicion seems well-founded. In addition to both dogs being named Lassie, the story of her rescue of the sailor also bore a resemblance to the Lassie rescue stories.

Visited January 2013
2 Thank Davilance
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nice Quiet Pub”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

We stopped in the pub for a quick bite to eat for lunch and were well pleased. This pub was child friendly and had plenty of space. We also noticed that this pub was dog friendly so we will keep that in mind for return visits. It was really clean and the staff were friendly. Add the good food and you good food and you got an equation that can't go wrong.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great service & food”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

The friendly but professional welcome was followed by good service of delicious freshly cooked meals - including the biggest & tastiest trout I've ever had on a plate!

Visited September 2012
Thank Emily M
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