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Pleasant Shepher Neame tied house. Friendly welcome - I enjoyed a pint of well-kept Master brew. Worth a visit.
wobblybob - 13 Aug 2013 19:55
Mercifully, the "nauseating smell" was not in evidence on my first visit to this pub 2 weekends back. It is hard when visiting Rochester on Sweeps' weekend to judge whether its pubs are always such repositories for live music, jolly banter and good beer during the rest of the year - I can only hope so.
The Two Brewers was visited on spec whilst making my way southwards through the hustle and bustle. A heard what sounded to be a decent enough live band and popped my head round the door - which is almost as far as you could get as the placce was heaving; perhaps the band had their supporters in. It is a small L-shaped bar and I imagine at the best of times things could be tight if too many locals decide to appear on the same evening. At any rate, it was convivial, having drawn a mixed crowd who all seemed to be having a genuinely jolly time. Actually, I suppose for a while I was one of them. I was met with a broad smile by the barmaid who served a decent pint very efficiently despite being very much at the business end of things.

On the matter of ale, a range of 4 from the Sheps' stable were on. Okay not the most unusual or intriguing array, but what I had was well-kept enough - certainly in stark contrast to the last commentators who were perhaps unlucky - or maybe I was the lucky one? In any case with only 1 visit under my belt I can't say whether my experience was representative; all I can say is that I've no primary evidence to say it wasn't.

Seemingly a down-to-earth little local gem. I wouldn't necessarily pass it by if in Rochester again.
TWG - 9 May 2011 17:10
TWOJACKRUSSELLS - 19 Nov 2010 14:18
One of my favourite pubs, great on a Sunday afternoon always a good band on. Landlady gave my son a pint on the house for his 18th so cant be that bad, worth a visit.
motorwaymick - 27 Jul 2010 19:47
Went there on a Thursday night, and ony two things stop this being a cracking little pub.

Firstly there was a very drunk woman trying to ponce cigarettes and drinks off of me and my colleagues, and the staff didn't seem that bothered about stopping her, even though she'd obviously had one too many.

Secondly...the beer. I'm not a fan of Shepherd Neame, but I think the barrels are delivered here with signs saying "Please serve me badly". Was hideous, so didn't finish it.

Pub itself is stupidly tiny inside which I really liked, and much cleaner and tidier than just about any other pub in the area.
TranmereRaver - 5 Jul 2010 02:06
Two brewers is a fantastic pub loverly period photos on the wall, great selction of shepeard neame nice place to have a drink always tempted to pop in when im on the high street. it is small though. when there is live music on dont know how they fit so many people in there. say its the best pub in the main high street.
beerrater - 8 Jun 2010 13:55
Small old fashioned Shepeherd Neame pub on the HIgh Street. Old doll behind the bar seemed like she would rather be having root canal work than serve though. The Master Brew just about reached the edible stakes. Preferable to most of the other High St drinking holes though(The Eagle excepted that is).
anonymous - 30 May 2010 20:47
This is a pretty decent high street pub bit on the small side but its bigger than it used to be!!
Beer not bad at all and standard rochester high street prices they do come worse as well.
Landlord is a bit dull and has had a charisma bypass but the landlady seems ok.
They have the main sport eents on normal tv and the clientele is pretty decent no chavs or local numptys overall so thas a godsend.
So give it a try its a pretty come and go passing trade boozer can get very quiet in day though but thats not uncommon nowadays.
mintyfc - 14 Mar 2010 12:29
Went in here on Christmas Eve as it was the only pub in the High Street without a disco or doormen. Had a lovely few pints of Spitfire and toddled off home a happy chap. Beer well kept but slightly more expensive than others.
A real traditional pub and a great place to watch the Six Nations but only has terrestrial TV.
Good for music 4pm -6pm on sunday afternoon following on from Jazz at the Eagle opposite.
an_inspector_calls.. - 26 Dec 2009 10:49
A good place to go for a more relaxed weekend night in Rochester and like a breath of fresh air after leaving The City Wall across the road! well kept ale and usual shep choice of beer not a great pub but by far not the worst ,if I was going to visit Rochester High Street again on a Friday night this would be the pub I would go to.
steve69 - 11 Dec 2009 18:41
The Landlady is fine, she holds the pub under control and keeps good beers. It's an old style proper pub that yes, doesn't have hordes of teens knecking shots before going out to get hammered, but does have good music nights and does monitor who comes in. So what do you want? a pub where the staff don't care who comes in and picks a fight or one that does? If it's the former try most of the other high street binge outlets there's enough of them
boltondriv - 3 May 2009 18:48
had a nice pint of canterbury jack here the other day, and the master brew was on cheap, landlord could have been a little more friendly, but overall a comfortable place.
Mattclary - 25 Feb 2009 16:03
A nice pub but generally caters for the more mature customer.

If you are under 35, this probably isn't the place for you. It is welcoming and quite friendly but it feels like it is very much a closed shop and there are people in there that probably have been for many years.

The beer is good, the music is of generally good quality and it feels quite cosy.

Overall, I wouldn't go there during the day or when there wasn't anything going on but well worth a visit at other times.
Dunmall - 18 Jan 2009 10:44
So... you frequently go into pubs on your own and talk randomly into the ether????
RageofKlugman - 14 Oct 2008 09:52
This pub makes me laugh. It's sociable enough, and friendly enough... But it just has this odd atmosphere, and for some reason even when the rest of the high street is busy... this pub frequently is not busy. Don't get me wrong that's not a terrible thing, it's just odd!

During the week this place is a good place to avoid, unless you want to chat about something private over a beer. Because during the week, nobody will hear you as there isn't anyone else there.
xkasabianx - 5 Oct 2008 18:41
Like the pub itself, the beers looked good yesterday, but simply weren�t. The Spitfire & other (EarlyBird?) had an unpleasant flavour. I acknowledge positive comments attached but can only report as found, & we moved on in need of something to wash away the taste.
trainman - 20 Jul 2008 07:55
lovely little pub in rochester high street, beer was well kept, friendly service and good music. Ticks all the boxes for me
steggers - 25 Mar 2008 14:40
A little gem, The Two Brewers, a Shepherd Neame pub, is probably the best pub along Rochester High Street. Small, cosy, intimate and relaxing within and the locals were friendly. It all made for an enjoyable hour or so last Friday (8th Feb). Spitfire, Master brew, Bishops Finger and the seasonal Porter were on offer to wet the whistle. Prices are not the cheapest you�ll come across, but what does that matter when in such tranquil and in this day and age, such refreshingly traditional surroundings? I recommend a stop.
HTM69 - 10 Feb 2008 18:07
was in here this afternoon, great band, brilliant atmosphere. the last reviewer must have been here during the christmas dickens festival, when all pubs in the high street have to use plastic glasses
firkinbeerdrinker - 27 Jan 2008 19:33
A group of us visited the pub last Saturday. First impression was good, traditional pub, good atmosphere, nice clientelle, 4 Shepard & Neame cask (Spitfire, Master Brew, Bishops Finger & even a Porter). We ordered a round of drinks and was god-smacked when the beers were poured into PLASTIC glasses. How can this be allowed ?
scoobysi - 3 Dec 2007 12:35
the best pub in the high street, i use it regularly when in the area. always get a warm welcome, and the beers always well kept. ok, not the cheapest pint in town but certainly competitavely priced (if you wan't cheap, go to wetherspoons) where you can get reasonably priced, badly kept beer, surrounded by kids who think they're mike tyson after 4 bottles of wkd. No, the brewers is definately aimed at those who like a decent pint in pleasant & safe surroundings with good music thrown in, they have some pretty good bands on sunday afternoons as well
firkinbeerdrinker - 8 Jun 2007 14:28
Come out of the Eagle at 4 on a Sunday and stagger over the road to the Brewers the Sheps bitters are good but a bit dear , the misic is variable but usually ok not a bad crowd ,relaxed and happy.
dogbolter - 26 Sep 2006 22:46
Really nice. Just how pubs should be. Always get a friendly response from the staff, the beer's always good, and the music's never too loud (and pretty good music at that!). Best pub in Medway, I think.
flippincrikeys - 30 May 2006 15:05
Great pub, always go there when I come home to see my mates. Very small but space always seems to open up for a seat in no time at all. Reasonable selection of beers. A nice pub overall.
the_sarah_day_fan_club - 26 Apr 2006 20:42
Small Shepherd Neame pub built in late 1600's using material from Rochester castle. The facade was updated in the 1700's. Pub has a cosy, old fashioned and cared for interior. There's nothing flashy or vulgar or unusual or tasteful or special about the place. It's tight, clean and tidy. A nice place to go for a drink. I like it.
SilkTork - 30 Dec 2005 16:31

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