The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester - pub details
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Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 20662) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras
- Real ale
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|Only narcissistic, cliquey masochists need apply...|
One of Rochester's saddest losses. What used to be a friendly, welcoming and excellent pub has now become a clinical pit of desperately disparate hipsterism and pretence which leaves a sour taste. This will only worsen in time with the rise in soulless accommodation springing up all around it.
Despite the variety of beverages and live music, the atmosphere can only be paralleled with that of the Third Reich. Embodied by the landlady, a sour air of vindictive pomposity now seeps into every facet of what used to be a fine establishment. I know of nowhere else which will serve you a stupidly potent array of drinks and then proceed to squish any of the potential sociability or joviality out of its patrons with its condescendingly hard-line attitude. It's a paradoxical, self defeating farce.
If you really enjoy paying to be frowned upon by a contemptibly elitist matriarch, whilst cramped in a confused coop of a bar, by all means take your chance. I for one shall be taking my custom elsewhere, like the humble yet excellent Good Intent just around the corner or indeed any of the numerous and fantastic establishments we are lucky to have on our doorsteps in Rochester.
Fulcrum87 - 13 Jun 2014 14:07
|Short visit - but impressed by the beer, general ambiance, and overall authenticity of the place. |
Run by a group of keen and hardworking staff who are enthusiastic about the beer, and a groovy choice of music plays in the background (can anyone say groovy anymore?).
Next time I'll stay much longer.
Jezlowprice - 23 Feb 2014 20:10
|Excellent local 'Pawley Farm' cider (although a bit pricy, probably as it is served from bottles). I've never noticed the alleged ill-tempered management despite coming here several times a year for at least six years. I always get a welcome from Dude, the chunky canine meeter-&-greeter. There is a well-stocked bookcase and usually a good range of newspapers.|
jgurney1 - 19 Jan 2014 23:16
|I have been using the pub a fair bit recently, and have grown to like it a little more. It has been cleaned up a bit (at least in the back room - I haven't looked carefully at the seating in the main bar), and the outside is acceptable (if full of smokers - but that tends to be the case with most pubs that only have a small beer garden). There is still an edge about the owners, though, so it's not the place to raise issues about quality of beer or seating. You take what you get, and you keep quiet. |
Beer quality, however, seemed to have improved - though that may have been due to my policy of sticking to one beer if it was OK, rather than playing the lottery of the pumps, and also mainly going in on busy nights, when the beer was flowing, and so hadn't sat around in the cellar for days.
I was about to write another review and be fairly positive. But went in recently on a quiet night, and sadly encountered an undrinkable beer. I didn't take it back, and that's the issue here. Even the best run place has an occasional bad beer - but in the best run places they encourage you to return beers, and will then apologise and give you a fresh one. Here, I don't feel comfortable doing that because of what I have been told happens to those who complain.
SilkTork - 8 Jun 2013 16:13
|I have only used this as a stopover for an interesting beer on my way to East Kent. Beer quality has always been exemplary as has the range, and I've had a good welcome as a occasional stranger - despite some of the recent negative comments. The style of the pub is to be applauded,|
Arctium_lappa - 18 Feb 2013 00:22
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