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O'Connells Bar, Chatham

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"Lots of potential for the future?" The Railway Tavern is boarded up!
Paul_Rochdale - 10 Jul 2013 10:32
O'Connell is again called The Railway Tavern. New licencees from December2011. Visit on New Years Day -beer very good- warm - welcoming - lots of potenetial for the future.
Kae - 1 Jan 2012 14:48
Yet another change in management! Ian and Suzanne are the new tenants and want to reverse some of the recent changes implemented at O'Connells

So give them a chance - by the way they are starting poker every Thursday night!
malkythealky - 14 Apr 2011 12:39
I am some what shocked at the latest below messages. I've regularly used O'Connells for the last 5 years at least 3 or 4 nights a week when i get off the train on my way home. Since the new mangement have taken over the pub has gone down hill.
Before the pub was welcoming, always busy in there, warm, clean great beer, friendly staff and great customers. NOW the pub is
empty never seen more than 3 people in there including bar staff
cold front door always open
Messy - Bare walls and super heros pictures on walls ?!?!
More interested in selling cakes and tea then pulling a decent pint
I've also been advised that they letting people in that were barred before (trouble makers)

So overall im very unhappy with the new management and how they are changing it (y fix something that is not broken?!?!)

I would reccomend this pub now to someone who is looking for a quick pint and enjoy tumbleweed as company!

P.S wouldnt advise to use the toilets unless you like standing next to thugs snorting drugs.......
HonestMan1965 - 16 Mar 2011 19:55
i am a friend of the new manager and really look forward to visiting him this weekend. He's a good guy and has lots of amazing ideas, he's also approachable and wont tolerate troublemakers. I cant wait to see all his ideas unfold!. real ale is something he wants to do!!!.
I am glad he's barred trouble makers, hopefully in time the pub will attract a wide selection of decent law abiding people,who want to enjoy a drink without hoodlums spoiling it for everyone. Watch this space!!!
He also has had encouragement and support from several locals which he really appreciates, he speaks of them very highly.

janinemariap - 23 Feb 2011 12:19
The last review on this pub was over 1 year ago, and yes it WAS a dingy place to avoid, but 3 weeks ago a new manager took over the bar. So what does this mean?

Well it means the trouble makers have been barred, the pub is currently going through re-decoration inside & outside and oh yes, the name of the pub is changing, as there is such a negative vibe attached to the old name, its time for a turn.

How do i know its making any form of difference, I've been in twice and spoken to people who have avoided the place like the plague in the last few years, but now find the people/staff very welcoming, and are looking forward to the new look this pub is going to have. They will be back

Other reviews have asked/said this pub needs an overall, and if this pub can show to turn a profit very quickly, then it will get its overall and has the potential to be an amazing pub for all. Mother & children afternoons are being set up so local mums can get to know each other with tea & cake and the children can be entertained. Quiz and karaoke nights won't be far behind. The pub currently has some really great drinks offers as well.

One for you artists - if you have an artistic side, part of the bar walls are going to be turned for the general public to decorate, so if your an artists or someone who just has something to say (as long as it is not swearing or rude drawings for the sake of rudness) then please come and have a go - as long as you sign it, it will stay.

If you are looking for a pub that is very welcoming, or one that you want to be inspired by, or one you can have a few drinks and have a laugh with friends, then this is the place. Get in on the ground floor of this amazing opportunity and watch as this pub rise from the ashes into a place you want to come for a night out.
davebcw - 21 Feb 2011 19:41
A real one to avoid this, known for trouble locally
phonak - 17 Jan 2010 17:07
A dark and unwelcoming pub with a long-standing poor repuation for trouble and troublemakers.

A lot of pubs near Railway Stations seem to do well out of people waiting for trains etc but people never venture over and it's easy to feel why when you step inside. Very tatty with unusual smells hanging in the air and a few heavily boozed and unfriendly locals propping up the bar.

It isn't the worst pub in the world but there are much better pubs in the immediate area (The Alexandra for one and it needs a thorough overhaul. Avoid.
Dunmall - 13 Jan 2009 11:30
This pub scares me to be honest, I've been here a couple of times and I felt intimidated. The beer is okay, and the place is clean enough... It's just the clientelle seems rather scary to me, and I've seen a few fights outside of this pub at around knocking out time whilst waiting for a taxi next to Chatham Station.
xkasabianx - 5 Oct 2008 18:52
As my reviews keep getting removed, I'll just say DO NOT DRINK IN THIS PUB. Feel free to find out why for yourself.
Trabbs_Boy - 16 Dec 2007 21:18
The back area has been tidied up and the benches have been reupholstered.
SilkTork - 27 Dec 2006 23:13
An Irish pub in a decent corner location near Chatham railway station, and usefully near the Catholic church. A friendly and relaxed atmosphere inside with darts, pool, games machine and a juke box. The darts team appear to be quite successful - the front window is packed with trophies. The space has been knocked through to create one large room, though there is a separate raised section at the back with cushioned benches. This section, though, is in a bad state of repair and the benches need upholstering.
The music is played just a bit too loud, but will be turned down on request, and becomes less noticable when the place starts to fill up.
No cask ales - the kegs are Strongbow, Fosters, John Smiths, Courage Best and Guinness.
There's an unpleasant musty smell, combined with antiseptic, and not much natural light penetrates to the central area.
However, it's an OK local.
SilkTork - 14 May 2006 14:02

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