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Very popular local''s pub with a decent range of local ales at reasonable prices. Recommended.
baxterfish - 10 Sep 2017 18:08
Still a pleasant enough pub with hanging baskets (as per the picture). There wasn't a very adventurous ale selection on this visit though.
anonymous - 19 Aug 2015 19:33
Lovely looking old pub from the outside, and very much the same on the inside. No carpets, old wood and cosy. The only thing wrong was the excess amount of new brass hanging down from the beams. Tall people beware. Three real ales on and very tasty too, as well as being better and cheaper by 10p than the average beers in the High Street. Food for me was just a stuffed jacket spud, but it arrived quickly and tasted good. Busy while I was there with the lunch time local crowd but I got a seat OK. A must visit for beer lovers and the tourist.

WeazelTimes - 22 Jul 2014 12:26
Nice pub, although the staff weren't THAT talkative. Very good pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord's Bitter. Cosy bar, with a somewhat disconcerting mannequin of a mok in a glass case in the wall...something to do with a monk was was supposedly walled-up many years ago. Recommended.
OldGreeny - 26 Apr 2014 14:20
Friendly welcome in this attractive pub with a great beer garden. Enjoyed an excellent pint of McMullen AK - one of about six or seven ales on offer. Well worth a visit. 10/10.
wobblybob - 13 Aug 2013 19:57
As said, charming pub just off the main street, good selection of beers, only slight let down were the staff, who didn't seem to be very happy to be there.
DudleyC - 8 May 2013 14:13
Nice little back street pub away from the castle and touristy area, but close enough to find from here. Nice range of ales on tap and friendly welcoming staff.
meland - 23 Apr 2013 07:46
Visited during the Dickens weekend. Lovely pub only spoilt by the hopeless and rude barwoman. If you're going to attract tourists, at least try to pretend they are welcome.
skippybn21 - 3 Dec 2012 10:16
Lovely pub 2 bars ,good choice of ales on includind Alton Pride well worth the walk from town past the castle
lowerbourneshot - 15 Oct 2012 21:20
Lovely pub with about six ales on worth a visit.
Miles007 - 3 Sep 2012 11:37
A nice weatherboarded Pub, not far from the Cathedral, serving six beers, amongst which offerings from Sharps and the more local Nelson Brewery were evident. food is plentiful and good value for money.
ahscum - 9 Oct 2011 17:03
popped into the pub after passing a few times, found it a lovely little pub.. Great selection of drinks and a lovely presented beer garden to enjoy the a drink in the sun. Staff very friendly. I will be returning to this pub in the future
blondie28 - 25 May 2010 11:53
Quite a frequent visitor to the coopers arms. Lovely pub and the landlady definitely knows what she's doing when it comes to keeping real ale! Never had a bad pint and will continue to visit the pub at every opportunity. The staff are cheerful and happy and it is clear that they very much enjoy there job. Recommend to anyone!
beerbellymaximus - 25 May 2010 11:25
Quite busy on this visit - front and back area along with a garden where the 'garage' bar was serving 12 different ales (along with five others in the main Pub). The Goachers Ale (quite a dark but stl more bitter than mild) was a nice pint. The castle is within a stone's throw. A bit away from the centre and High Street but worth the trek out to.
anonymous - 3 May 2010 22:39
Had a very nice winter warmer in here the other night, which made a nice change, it was reasonably busy, yet not too crammed. bit pricey but good beers.
Mattclary - 11 Jan 2010 15:15
Called in the other day after discovering that the Man of Kent didn't open until 2pm. Excellent pint of Adnams Broadside and the food others were eating looked superb. Friendly people. Must return.
Paul_Rochdale - 2 Dec 2009 22:58
Very good , visited this as part of a Saturday crawl through Rochester . Good well kept beers , friendly atmosphere , a bit out of the town centre , so doesn't attract the local pond life of Wetherspoons - well worth a visit
gphillman - 12 Nov 2009 12:25
just an update from my previous post

now with a new menu, food is amazing and the menu is so inviting with this cold weather starting to set in.

previous staff comments need to be changed to as it appears the "stroppy" guy i spoke of last review, has left, havent seen him the last couple of times and the bubbly and friendly girl now appears to be doing nights no longer days, which is a shame cause i enjoyed seeing her

hari - 23 Oct 2009 14:37
visited on various occassions recently for celebrations and have mixed opinions.

by day: helpful, friendly and bubbly staff, great food and lovely beer garden, nice atmosphere.
by night: stroppy member of staff with a bad attitude, blatantly doesnt want to be there, really let the pub down, maybe i am being harsh, might of been having a bad day? feels a bit clicky round the back bar

my minus are far out done by the plus though, in a nut shell, would recommend it to anyone after something other than the riff raff of the usual rochester bars and it really is a lovely pub
hari - 18 Jul 2009 00:45
One of the best looking pubs I've been in for AGES...genuinely lovely both inside and out, with a lovely little beer garden.

Had a bit of a feel of a working mens club about it, with lots of in jokes being thrown around, but the staff were friendly enough to make up for it.

Not a great selection of beers but the Guiness was fine, and is well worth going back to.
TranmereRaver - 6 Jul 2009 11:31
This is a lovely pub with a gorgeous garden. Definitely one of the best pubs in the area and beers are well kept according to my beer guzzling husband! Good food too!

Negatives? Well it is a bit clicky and you don't exactly get a warm welcome from the staff who are rather on the brusque side. Definitely worth a visit
cindydee25 - 18 Jun 2009 20:19
still one of the best pubs in this part of kent. garden has been extensively replanted and looks lovely. great selection of guest ales and ever present superbly kept courage best & directors. only place i know where the chips are still hand cut and peeled and better for it. if you have never been put it on your list
dockyarddave - 5 Jun 2009 08:41
Well worth the few minutes wander from the High Street to visit this lovely pub and beer garden. A real traditional pub of the type that have too often disappeared. Beers always in good condition.

Not exactly the friendliest of bars, but have never seen any trouble here. The relatively new owners don't quite have the style and friendly welcome of their predecessors, but that is being a bit picky!

Highly recommended
beerquaffer40 - 9 May 2009 21:51
A very good, traditional pub.

It feels homely and welcoming with it's olde worlde appearance and decor. The clientele always seem to be good-natured and friendly with not a hint of trouble in sight.

It captures the feel of Rochester perfectly which so many others in the area fail to do - it looks and feels like part of history. The staff always seem cheerful and clearly enjoy working there which is a refreshing change.

In the summer, the excellent and thoughtfully maintained beer garden is well worth a visit.

Overall, it is well worth venturing out of the high street to find this little gem.

Dunmall - 18 Jan 2009 10:31
An excellent pub with good beers, an ample pleasant garden and good staff.
A great Sunday afternoon pub before nipping home for your dinner.
Also fine of an evening.
No frills, just a decent pub.
phoneking1 - 15 Dec 2008 10:15
apparently kents oldest pub.
Mattclary - 23 Oct 2008 12:11
This pub is superb. Super beer, superb atmosphere, superb beer garden, superb food. Purely class. It's probably one of the best pubs in Rochester for a mixed crowd, and mixed atmosphere. No loutish behaviour here when I've been either, it seems to attract a really good crowd. Love this pub!
xkasabianx - 5 Oct 2008 18:43
Just along from the castle & to the rear of the cathedral, you can take some visual culture on board on the way. Central servery open to front and rear bars, two pumps at each side so don�t despair at the sight of Courage & Directors on entry, the rear bar offered Pride & local Nelson Spanker yesterday � I think they would benefit from double-clipping so as not to lose courage detractors, like me, at the doorway. Rear bar had 3 long narrow wooden tables, seating 6 a-piece, & a plasma was quietly showing the golf. The front bar had a bare-brick rustic style &, although I made a note that it felt slightly manufactured, I bow to RogerB�s observations re the age of the place. Patio to the rear sported white-painted cast iron tables & was busy in the sunshine.
trainman - 20 Jul 2008 08:34
This is a great summer pub. The beer garden is superb and well gardened. Ale is very good. An educated pub I would say.
manofkent_11 - 7 Jun 2008 21:16
What a gem! Having decided that Rochester was a convenient halfway point for my friend (Chestfield) and myself (Beckenham), this pub looked appealing on the website and was not too far from the station. And what a good choice it was! A lovely pint of Trafalgar Ale was matched by the superb Christmas lunch that was both plentiful and excellent value for money. A lovely warm, friendly pub with nice staff and locals, in the words of Arnie "I'll be back!"
roobs52 - 22 Dec 2006 14:46
After ignoring it for such a long time, I paid a couple of visits to this pub last year. You could hardly describe it as lively, but I remember it having a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. It�s one to visit on a weeknight or a Sunday afternoon.
HTM69 - 29 May 2006 22:42
Very picturesque weatherboarded Ye Olde Worlde pub just a few minute stroll from the main tourist area of Rochester. I�m not sure exactly how old this pub is but there is a list on the wall of all the innkeepers since 1549. The interior retains many of the characteristics for a pub of its age: low beamed ceilings, bare brickwork, timbered supports, old fireplaces, stoves etc. Well kept beers Courage Best & Directors - there may have been more the other side of the bar. Excellent food. It can be very popular so get in early for a seat. Good beer garden for summer months. Highly recommended.
RogerB - 10 Apr 2006 18:44
I have used this pub on and off for nearly 40 years. With Mike as the landlord for the last 15+ years you will find that the beer is always in good condition. I specifically moved to within walking distance of this pub because of: 1. The good quality beer. 2. The wonderful garden where I can take my kids on balmy summer evenings 3. Because of the barbecues on Friday evenings during fine weather in the summer months and 4. The quality of the lunch-time food which is excellent.
willylang - 25 Dec 2005 20:40
A tidy and well run pub with a popular and attractive beer garden. Beer is always in good condition. Director's was delightful - good soft toffee followed by a late but lasting dusty hop bite.
SilkTork - 20 Aug 2005 18:22
Mike the landlord is a real gentleman. There is a regular turnover of ales and a cosy back bar. The food is consistently good.
Regis - 9 Aug 2005 12:15
Visited early afternoon. Good value 'breakfast', well kept GK IPA, civilized patrons, pleasant garden. Well worth finding.
canastajim - 7 Sep 2004 12:07
cracking pub - particularly in the summer, when the finest beer garden in existence can be enjoyed for hours on end with a good pint and a newspaper.
Scotty - 25 Nov 2003 13:40
very small, very cosy, very good
Kate - 30 Oct 2003 05:12

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