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The Kings Head, Rochester - pub details

Address: 58 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 28764) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Strood (0.4 miles), Rochester (0.5 miles), Chatham (1.1 miles)

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Seems to have been closed for quite some time now, but that's not surprising given how bad it had become there. Ten years ago, it was one the better pubs in Rochester with a decent friendly crowd. I assume a change in management lead to the introduction of dodgy djs and the biggest of pub turnoffs - karaoke.
Slaughtered_Lamb - 27 Aug 2012 12:29
DO NOT STAY HERE.........i booked this hotel for a christening so stayed over for one night, what they dont say is they do not have a car park so you have to park in a pay and display which thankfully was only round the conor.
we had a family room and what can i say, the bathroom door didnt shut, the toilet leaked dirty water when flushed, the sink taps dribbled the water out when pushed on and the fan sounded as if it was taking off.
the bedroom was no better, the tv had 4 channels there where no spare plug sockets unless you moved the furniture and when you did it was filthy the cups where tea stained and my bath towel was a cut off from another towel.
we decided to eat in the pub but when we went down food is stopped at 5pm so we had to eat out.
breakfast was the worst, i had toast which was not toasted and what was ment to be a full english but only had 1 sausage, 1 slice of undercooked bacon, cold scrambled egg, no mushrooms and 1 hash brown but when cut in half was over cooked that there was nothing in it and that cost me �6.50 my daughter had scrambled egg on toast and after a long wait because it was being cooked fresh it arrived very cold and she couldnt eat it, because we had to be out for 9.30 we couldnt ask for it to be warmed up so nothing was eaten. i am very disappointed in this hotel, this is one place we will NOT be going back to unless a lot of money had been spent on it and a change of staff
stephshell - 18 Oct 2010 21:46
Very nice pub especaily if you like a tradional feel.... We tried the "Blackrock" experience where they bring a volcanic hot plate with your choice of meat and you can cook it yourself to your preffered tenderness. If you are ever in rochester pop in and check it out!
jcottam - 17 Apr 2010 17:07
We were looking for a place to eat and considering the menu outside we thought this would be a ideal pub.

We had 3 pints of real ale and a coke for just �4.78, now we found this very strange but as they advertise real ale from 99p we thougth it might be normal.

The pub offers a special grill, a very hot pan is given to cook your own meat of fish.
But we didn't decide to this as my mates glass was very dirty with a dead beer fly sticking on the glass.
Also the chef was playing fruitmachines and his clothes were very dirty. As if it hasn't been washed over a month...

markos - 21 Sep 2009 20:41
Has changed a great deal in style over the past 10 years.

Previously, the focus was on upmarket traditional food and had a host of regulars.

Now, it always seems to be empty - the inside is well maintained and has a lot of original features but it is always empty at all times of the day and feels quite depressing with just a handful of people who play the multitiude of gaming machines that litter the premesis.

Other pubs such as The Crown, Coopers Arms and George Vaults (all within walking distance) offer so much more when it comes to atmosphere and life, there is little or no need to visit. It seems they don't even try to offer anything other than beer and empty tables.

Overall, it is empty and has a confused identity - is it traditional? Not really. Is it a modern pub? not as such. Is it an entertainment venue? Only at certain times of the year. With some TLC and focus, it could easily compete with other pubs locally but it doesn't offer any reason to go there.

Dunmall - 18 Jan 2009 10:39

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