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A Wetherspoon''s in all but name - very cheap with a cliental of OAP''s and piss heads. Beer choice was ok with a couple of offerings from Kent micros at a very reasonable £2.25. Food was cheap and ok for the price. Unlike the actual Wetherspoons over the road which is shit, the service here was very good.
baxterfish - 10 Sep 2017 18:14
My wife had a works party in here and reported back to me that cask ale was again being offered. So I popped in. The place was packed. Seven cask ales on offer, with a large clear list behind the bar showing beer name, abv and price. Very useful. There's the big name brands, plus offerings from small breweries, and the pub company's own beer Crawler, which is a rebadge of Tetley's Gold.

The pub is currently owned by Stonegate Pub Company - a pub company that emerged in 2010 when investment company TDR Capital bought 333 lower end pubs from M&B. In 2011 they merged with Town & City Pub Company, acquiring Yates and Slu and Lettuce.

There is an assured feel about the running of this pub. The place is in good condition, well organised, and very popular. The upatairs has been opened up, and even that was packed.

Food is typical pub chain grub at average pub chain prices - nothing special, and no great deals, and little for vegetarians, so not for me. But I do like the beer selection, and the condition was good.

Previously I had rated this place 3, but it's now worth a 6.
SilkTork - 4 Oct 2014 16:30
Visited on a quiet Tuesday night, but found it to be fairly pleasant.
The pub has one large room, it has plenty of TV screens showing Sky Sports, and the barmaid behind the bar was very friendly.
I would normally rate this pub as average, however, despite real ale being sold at an amazing price of £2.10 a pint, it must take a lower rating due to the questionable quality of its beer.
I had the Wychwood, but found it to be a little hazy and clearly not up to scratch. Whilst this could be forgiven, my mate had the Bombardier and he too reported that it was not up to the normal standard expected of this beer.
It's just another 'average' town centre pub, but one that would be okay if it were not spoilt further by its poor quality beer.
SouthYorkshireman - 28 May 2013 22:30
very much a sports bar, ideal if thats what ya like but a no no if ya have children as they will not be allowed in. there is a wide range of food available and the prices are reasonable... ideal for a meeting place before moving on. not the type of place id stay all day as there just not enough atmosphere everyone stays in there own little groups. Id say it more of a mans pub... there is security on the door in the evening, i know they there for a reason but some of the comments i heard them saying just were not appropriate especially when working... clean and tidy but not for me, ill be sticking to the other end of town from now on

discodisco - 2 Apr 2011 12:50
"Traditional by day, party by night!!!" is what is says on the sign outside, but I have only even been in fairly early when it operates as a typical town-centre pub with a Wetherspoons-type menu. Lots of screens with Sky Sports on, banks of flashing slot machines and a pool table. Four handpumps, with Bombardier, Youngs Ordinary and Courage Best (good value at 2.25, and served in the right glass) plus one disused. Fairly civilised during the day, but I find it easy to imagine that the second part of the slogan on the sign is accurate enough for me to steer well away in the evening...
rpadam - 4 Apr 2010 11:38
Pretty awful pub to be honest, is a dive at the best of times. The beer is poorly cared for, and the I've seen cleaner tables at the local dump.

Staff don't seem to care much for customer service.

Needless to say I won't be returning.
3guk - 25 Jan 2010 19:20
The bar staff here are excellent and polite, not too much trouble in there and there is a good range of beers.
phonak - 17 Jan 2010 17:11
had great service in here yesterday, its not a very nice pub, but the youngs was well kept, there was the atomosphere of a fair ground in there replete with the "punch as hard as you can machine" puntuating the silence with occasional whumps.
Mattclary - 10 Mar 2009 10:17
Awful pub. Most people I know go here because it's convenient but regret it immediately afterwards. The bar staff are rude and unfriendly, the doormen are boisterous, aggressive and verbally abusive for what appears to be no other reason apart from boredom. Terrible atmosphere, if I was in charge, the staff would all be getting their P45's. Don't go near.
carstairs_james - 10 Feb 2009 02:42
A poor pub with a reputation for the worst bar staff and doormen in the area.

The last time I visited, two companions of mine were asked for i.d. (aged 36 and 31 respectively, surprised they even got this close) by two very unfriendly and militaristic doormen with a bad attitude who were clearly very bored at having to guard a barely-full pub). I understand they have to take certain precautions but we'd just come from a wedding reception in formal attire and hardly looked like Alice Cooper.

The staff always seem to resent the fact that they have to serve you and have no real training in barwork i.e. I asked whether they had a certain type of lager, to which a barmaid in her late teens chewing bubble gum replied "Ain got naaan".

People have a look on their faces inside like they don't really want to be there and I understand that - it is local and cheap (to a certain extent) but apart from that, there is no real reason to frequent another soulless chain-pub with a mammoth amount of gaming machines which occupy every nook and cranny. I have been going there for some years because of the convienience and regretted it every time. Avoid and maybe they will take the time to train the staff properly.

Dunmall - 2 Jan 2009 04:18
This pub is so average. But it's great when the football is on. Apart from that I wouldn't really drink here, but it's probably one of the better pubs in Chatham admittedly. Then again, if you want a nice drink - don't bother drinking in Chatham. Venture to Rochester, or Maidstone. No offence, this pub is just the best Chatham has to offer in my personal opinion.
xkasabianx - 5 Oct 2008 19:00
i think this pub is ok, my mates like goin there alot an so does my boyf. i for other reasons did not wanna go there, but i find the more i go the more i like it.the staff are great-some more than others!. but its a good place and we like it! from,tash,shez,rod,aaz and amy
jara - 22 Jan 2007 20:53
Look out for the gangs of 14 year old chavs with babies in buggies outside, hassling people for money on their way in or out. Don't they have homework to do? OK for a drink.
Trabbs_Boy - 2 Aug 2006 15:41
After ignoring it for a long time, I've started to pop in this pub every now and again. The drink is reasonably priced and there always seems to be a fairly friendly atmosphere. I don't know if Id want to spend my Friday or Saturday evenings in here, but it's quite nice for an afternoon or midweek drink.
HTM69 - 26 May 2006 19:54
Don't eat here. Just... don't. Drink if you must, but that's about it.
flippincrikeys - 25 May 2006 16:42
Large, popular pub in Chatham town centre, almost opposite the Old Post Office pub. Like the Old Post Office, this place used to serve a range of cask ales, but is now a keg only sports bar. It used to have a quirky but comfortable atmosphere, but now the space seems hollow and cold. Food is good value however, and a pool table has recently appeared. Place is a bit tatty round the edges, but is reasonably well kept.
SilkTork - 3 Apr 2006 17:17

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