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A good looking pub that overlooks the River Medway from its seating at the front, however it could be so much better.
The barman was friendly enough, but the inside was drab, whilst the choice of drinks on the bar was poor, with just keg John Smiths, Guinness and lager available.
Other than the location, there is little to excite the passing customer which seems a shame for such a good potential location.
SouthYorkshireman - 28 May 2013 22:21
Have to say that I don't know the area very well and have heard some bad things about Medway in general but I was very, very surprised when some friends and I went to the Command House on a Monday night.

The people were really surprisingly friendly, inoffensive and welcoming - there was a Karaoke on (as there is most Mondays apparently) and it was really great fun - no snobbiness or backbiting, everyone got applauded - what a fantastic night for a Monday; I don't think i've had such a good weeknight out in ages; most pubs seem to be dead on "school nights" but we really couldn't have asked for more.

Bar prices were on the expensive side but I don't really see how anyone could complain if there is entertainment provided with no entrance fee, especially on a Monday.

I would recommend this pub to anyone - I can't speak for the rest of the week but this must be one of the best and friendliest weekday nights out in the county. Top marks - well done, wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

mike_reid2000 - 22 Feb 2010 12:00
A great outdoor venue and excellent beer. Highly recommended
phonak - 17 Jan 2010 17:05
This has to be one of the best pubs in the area, definately the friendliest. The bouncers, owners, bar staff and clientele are very welcoming and you feel very much at home when you step in the door.

I first went when they had the live music outside and it was amazing right down by the river on a summers day with a cold one. Sid (the landlord) is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and was constantly walking around, talking and joking with the punters.

It is a little on the pricey side but it seems to deter the scumbags from venturing in so it's well worth paying a bit extra.

Best pub in Medway, bar none.
carstairs_james - 10 Feb 2009 02:23
If you are looking for a lively (especially Karaoke on a Monday night with Marky Mark & Big Sid, can there be a livelier Monday night out in the whole of Kent? I very much doubt it!) and very friendly, welcoming pub, The Command House is the only place to go in Chatham.

A little pricey drinks-wise but i've been to a staggering amount of pubs in the area and haven't been as welcomed, appreciated and enjoyed myself as much at any other.

In the summer, the music festivals outside are of exceptional quality, good-natured, pleasant and friendly without any trouble.

If you're looking for a quiet drink and real ale, this pub probably isn't for you but if you enjoy entertainment with a trouble-free atmosphere, I couldn't recommend anywhere better in Kent or East Sussex, especially on a Monday night.

Dunmall - 2 Jan 2009 03:46
This used to be one of the best pubs in Medway, and was certainly the best pub in Chatham. It has a commanding view of the Medway, and is a fine old building. At one time it was well run, served cask ales, had a great atmosphere, good food, was well decorated, bare wooden floors, great juke box, great assortment of games machines, always buzzing with a mixed, relaxed clientele at all hours of the day. We spent more time in the Command House than any other pub, and had some great times here. But then there was a change of owner, and it became a keg bar for young men.

I popped in today and it seems to be struggling. It is very messy outside, and looks a bit tatty inside. The trendy conversion fights with the character of the building, and was cheaply done. There's a crude, cheap, chav feel to the place. Black leather sofas and red and black painted walls. Cheap nylon carpet on the floor. It was echoingly empty - just a handful of youngsters at one corner of the bar. I should imagine, however, that it gets busy on Friday and Saturday nights.

It serves food during the day from 12 to 4, and is currently promoting that with chalk boards outside - perhaps trying to pull in the council staff from the newly opened council HQ nearby. But they'd need to clean the place up a bit to compete with the already established Ship and Trades.

It was sad to be back. I truly loved the old Command House.
SilkTork - 7 Oct 2008 22:36
Agreed with Matt Clary, there is a lot that could be done with this pub. This pub is also at it's best during the summer when you can sit outside, and they have bands on the stage. In the winter however, it turns into a horrid little drinking hole.
xkasabianx - 5 Oct 2008 19:01
this pub is missing a trick, although it seems busy enough so they may not see the point in setting things right.
there are no real ales, and the pumps they have are not in use, this is weird, when there is such a great local brewing tradition.
the bar is decorated in hideous style.
the stage is excelelnt and there is good local music going on, why not make the most of it?
Mattclary - 27 May 2008 15:15
I was unfortunate enough to have a drink here; The Command House last Friday afternoon (4th April) and cannot envisage a return visit soon. Situated alongside the River Medway, the pub (well, bar. It was a pub once though) looks enticing enough on the outside and the stage for (presumably) live music is an encouraging sign, but that�s pretty much where the good points end. Upon entering, expect to have your ears insulted by the overly loud music, expect your eyes to flicker in horror at the bodged refurbishment and be prepared to faint at the prices. I kid you not, �3.18 for San Miguel. There were no ales, though two hand pumps were redundant. Decoration, perhaps? Looking around, everything is black. Black plasma screens, leather sofas and tables. The clientele were male dominated and Id expect you�d meet a few from the nearby barracks here. They do serve up the usual pub grub, though like the beer, its not cheap. I wouldn�t bother.

HTM69 - 6 Apr 2008 13:38
Went here the other day and was very dissapointed, lovely buolsding all chavved up in terms of decoration, and serving no ales at all that were not bottled.
stage outside though, guess this means they have gigs at least.
felts like a yates!
Mattclary - 18 Dec 2007 15:10
I like this pub, full of the squaddies at time but hey thats all good. Fairly quiet during the day, but then they keep the riff raff out so no complaints there. Fairly nice pub overall!And drinks not badly priced
Mazzieboozer - 6 Apr 2007 01:17

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