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Golden Lion, Rochester - pub details

Golden Lion

Address: 147/149 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1EL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 10495) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Rochester (0.2 miles), Strood (0.7 miles), Chatham (0.8 miles)

Chain: Wetherspoons

Pub facilities/features:
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> Current user rating: 3.4/10 (rated by 27 users)
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user reviews of Golden Lion, Rochester

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Obviously recently renovated. Clean bright interior. Didn't have any food but the beers were in perfect condition. The one thing that really sets this place apart is the beer fridge. La Chouffe, Kwak, Chimay?? Belgians in a Whetherspoons? As well as those, they had a very broad selection of craft and international beers. Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, Einstock, Little Creatures. The list goes on. After the other comments here, this place was a pleasant surprise.
Zaphod - 21 Feb 2016 12:31
Credit where it's due, Wetherspoons pubs can and do stock a good range of locally brewed ale beside the usual corporate drop, and their venues can be an attractive addition to the business and legacy of an area (the Peter Cushing in Whitstable is a choice example).
The Golden Lion is not one of those pubs. It's a long, narrow dark place with an atmosphere of total intertia clinging to the walls. Staff are sullen and not capable of pouring a proper pint (have had constant duff finishes on ale served here; bottom-of-the-barrel perhaps?), food is gradually and indifferently served (a vegetarian breakfast was served as a full English replete with sausage and bacon by clueless staff), the punters are to a man decrepit soaks. This is at the lowest end of Wetherspoons pubs. Higher standards can be maintained by chain pubs, and this place needs a bloody good bucking-up; having said that, its puttered along in desultory fashion for years now, so the locals must be happy with it, and the management can't be persuaded to make things any better.
MutoBoxes - 1 Apr 2015 18:12
Not a bad place to go, drink is obviously relatively cheap and they have a better selection of beers than most places near by. They have a fairly large beer garden with outdoor heaters although this is always packed when the weather's nice.

Yes, you'll see a few morons when you're there and the staff aren't always what you would call 'on the ball' but there are some interesting characters around and due to the lack of music being pumped out, you'll be able to have a conversation!
Slaughtered_Lamb - 27 Aug 2012 12:03
Not a great pub.

tanky - 16 Nov 2011 19:18
full of Rochester low life,beer and cider were running out as we asked for them, left the pub and went to the Eagle instead
CaptainDave - 3 May 2011 16:21

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