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The Command House, Chatham

Dock Road

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Command House

Very attractive Georgian building located between the town centre and the historic dockyard and overlooking the Medway. Not as interesting inside as out, however, once you have mounted the fine flight of front steps, with a thoroughly-refurbished bar having additional seating / dining areas at one end and a pool room at the other. Also benefits from a large front patio beer garden which must be a popular spot in the summer. Gales Seafarers and two beers from Nelson - Friggin on the Riggin and Buccaneer Bunny (£3.30) - from three of four handpumps. Definitely improved from the previous (2013) review.

On 9th April 2016 - rating: 6
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E TA left this review about The Command House

Originally the house of the Royal Marines Commandant, this impressive Georgian building lay derelict from 1958 until it was converted into a pub in 1978. It soon became one of Chatham's top watering holes, gained many community awards and was used as a set in various TV programmes including most recently Time Team who did a dig next to the river. But now it's owned by Enterprise. It consists of two floors, both comprising a single large bar. The basement is currently a nightclub called Mojo's. The upstairs bar on this visit was uninhabitable by sentient life due to the excessive noise from the world's worst karaoke. There is no longer any real ale. The decor, both inside and out, has been allowed to deteriorate. With such a wonderful location it takes real skill and dedication to turn what was a fantastic pub into the hole it is today. I don't envisage coming back until it sorts its life out.

On 13th March 2013 - rating: 3
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Steve C left this review about The Command House

The Command House is a riverside pub with outside seating and views over the Medway River. People walking along the river bank cannot fail to miss this pub, but it is hidden away from the busy A231 that is adjacent and I didn’t know of its existence even though I had driven by countless times.
The interior consists of a bar which faces the entrance, a seating area to the left and an area with a pool table and some fruit machines to the right. The décor suggests upmarket, but the club flyers on the posts of the bar suggest not.
During my visit on Monday afternoon some background music was playing off the plasma screen which was also advertising the weekly Saturday night karaoke which kicks off at 20:00.
The service was friendly enough, but the lager was flat which I put down to being the first pulled of the day. The bar supports two hand pumps but one of these was unused and the other badged with London Pride was off.

Maybe the seating out the front is a nice spot for a beer in the summer, but I didn’t see anything here that will have me rushing back.

On 3rd March 2013 - rating: 4
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Simon Ellwood left this review about The Command House

Great building with a great location and views over the Medway. This is a youngsters pub however with no atmosphere and no ale. A good outdoor music venue in the summer.

On 28th February 2011 - rating: 4
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