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The Jolly Knight, Rochester - pub details

Address: 56 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 28763) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Strood (0.4 miles), Rochester (0.5 miles), Chatham (1.1 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.4/10 (rated by 8 users)
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user reviews of the Jolly Knight, Rochester

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This is a nice enough traditional pub, which has decided to cash in on it's good fortune in being located next to Rochester Castle. Whilst it does feel a bit touristy, it was full of friendly locals on my visit, which generated a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
There were at least five different ales on (although three of them were Greene King - groan!) and they seemed well kept. In fact, I was rather loathe to leave after just one pint, but sadly my train home awaited me.
I'd definitely pop in again next time I'm in town.
Pubsignman - 9 May 2009 00:41
Nice old-style pub; lots of brass buckles and other quaint pub fittings. Fantastic Sunday Lunch with all the trimmings. Acceptable easy-listening Sunday music at good volume. About five ales available as well. Great way to spent an awful, rainy afternoon in Rochester, as yesterday was.

So...why the low score? Because they served my Shepherd Neame's Master Brew with a sparkler. Why on earth would you use a sparkler on a Kent beer!?!? In Kent too! They should know better.
topdog_andy - 23 Oct 2006 12:36
Traditional single room pub with a downstairs nightclub at the weekend. Can be quite empty most nights, but gets full and noisy on a Friday. Music is played very loud all the time, but the barmaid manages to make her voice heard no matter how loud it is. Large range of standard cask ales kept in reasonable to dodgy condition. Perhaps too many casks kept on at the same time, especially during mid week when business is slow. The outside appearance, and the great pub sign make this appear a more attractive pub than it really is. However, the unusual situation of three pubs together on one corner, with this one and Ye Arrow linked by the beer garden and the shared cellar, makes it a curiosity too tempting to miss.
SilkTork - 25 May 2006 23:40
If there is an air of familiarity between this and Ye Arrow round the corner, do not be surprised. This is the only example I know of 2 different pubs in 2 different streets sharing the same beer cellar (I am sure someone will come up with another example). The Jolly Knight is however little more than a refurbished medieval theme pub and very plastic at that. Very little of the interior or décor is convincing: Coats of Arms, suits of armour and a stags head over the fireplace may satisfy the tourists but personally I would prefer to see a bit more originality. The fireplace contains modern brickwork, the walls are mock Tudor and the furniture far to comfortable to believe that Ye Jolly Knights Of Olde would come here for a few flagons. On the plus side, there is an good range of decent beers – Masterbrew, Bombardier, Directors, Courage Best, and Ruddles County and very friendly staff (even the Arsenal fan). 2 plasma screens on the wall for the archery, I mean football. Good for part of a pub-crawl but on its own, only worth a quick pint or two.
RogerB - 16 Apr 2006 19:10

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