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Good Intent

Address: John Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1YL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 26962) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Rochester (0.3 miles), Chatham (0.7 miles), Strood (1 mile)

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> Current user rating: 6.8/10 (rated by 29 users)
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I called in here during the week just after lunch. The pub was busy and most folk in the garden. Very freindly bar man/manager who made a good freindly effort. I liked his pub, its what a back street pub should be. Beer was wellkept.
shottendenaveling - 26 Jun 2015 22:17
A fine friendly Pub serving four plus real ales from barrels behind the bar. Well worth a visit but bearing in mind that the Man of Kent is just 100 metres down the road, it will inevitably suffer by comparison. Do visit however, as it worth doing so for the non-local, well kept ales and friendly welcome
ahscum - 9 Oct 2011 17:10
Went here a week or so ago whilst visiting Rochester. I was keen to visit this place as well as the Coopers and the Man Of Kent. I managed to make it to the Coopers however due to the fact that the MOK opens at 2pm I only made it to 2 out of 3.

On the outside and inside the Good Intent appears to be stuck in a time warp. Nestling in the middle of a little housing estate in Troy Town you feel like you could be in an episode of life on Mars. This for me adds to charm of this place being a man who very much favours a traditional boozer over a gastropub or wine bar.

We were the first customers there arriving at 12pm. At 1 minute past 12 the barman opened up the pub. The reason for this was that the previous nights pub quiz overran. I guessed that this pub quiz was a right good laugh and before I even set foot in the pub I knew that this was my sort of establishment.

The pub decor is very minimal and very 60's. It reminded me of pubs that my dad took when I was knee high to a grasshopper before everywhere became more gentrified.

There was 3 ales on which was slightly disappointing as I was expecting a few more. I put this down to the fact it was so early and there were maybe due to be a few more later.

I would recommend this pub to a whole range of people not just real ale drinkers. It's also a place to go for a game of pool, to listen to some eclectic muzik, or watch some sport. All in all, give me a place like this any day of the week over the souless drossy drinkers holes in my area of greater london.
BeerGutt - 14 Sep 2011 13:56
Popped in with some friends a few days ago and the GI was as good as ever. The landlady even provided some nibbles for us.
Huey - 19 May 2011 16:30
A quick point of order - 1960s pub this is not. It is actually a rather fine early 20th centrury (possibley late 19th?) building that now sits somewhat disjointedly amongst more modern housing development.

In any case, neither the exteior nor the location would seem to promise much for the discerning drinker, and whilst you'd hope for a solid, earthy local, there's nothing bar the Beer guide write-up that would magnetise you to this place. But thank heavens for Protz's publication, for this is an absolute must for those who enjoy unpretentious, welcoming community pubs, and above all a splendid show of ales. Nothing too inspiring on the inside when I popped in last weekend, although notably beers were available from the cask. Eventually I finally twigged that all the action was outdoors, courtesy of a 40-cask strong beer fest that was swinging away quite happily in the sunny weather!

Emerged in the garden to find a tyranny of interesting choice - the landlord apparently ensured every ale was from outside Kent, which is to me something of a crying shame - or would be were we not so sumptuously catered for just round the corner at the Man of Kent! No, here you'll find a broader geographical reach, and there was much to excite the palate - many beers not familiar to me. Alas I was time-bound and so only sampled about 3 in my short visit, but to be sure, my Intent certainly was Good.

Friendly people running a friendly and honest local pub - really, Roch residents are spoiled for fine ales and decent pubs - I do hope they continue to make the most of this as they clearly were at Sweeps' weekend.

I'll be back.
TWG - 6 May 2011 17:14

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