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Kings Head, Rochester

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58 High Street

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Graham Coombs left this review about Kings Head

Refurbished and modernised small hotel, which somehow feels smaller on the inside than it looks from outside. Presumably the former function rooms have been spun off as Ye Arrow behind. Anyway there is one bar, with a more tasteful room off the side used mainly for dining. Only Doom Bar available on draught and food is generous, if a bit lacking in finesse.

On 15th August 2018 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Kings Head

Historic corner inn, with old signage on the façades proclaiming 'Wine and Spirit Vaults' and 'Family and Commercial Hotel'. Nowadays, though, the multi-room interior has been refurbished in a faux-traditional style that has the counter-intuitive effect of belying the past. Anyway, there is a mix of furniture inside, with about half the tables laid up for dining. There are two handpumps on one arm of the 'L'-shaped counter, both with Doom Bar clips (£3.90).

On 25th June 2017 - rating: 6
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Kings Head

The Kings Head is a decent looking pub with a nice brown tiled front.
Once inside there is a seating area to the left which has normal tables and chairs,i took this as the dining area because the the tables were laid out for them,the bar is on the right side,this area is bare boarded,the seating is a mix of types including one tall tables and chairs and some normal ones,one with a table made from and an old clock face.
There were two pumps on the bar both out of use,so this left me with another drink of John Smiths smooth crap which it was.
there was some decent background music playing,i would have been quite happy having a drink here,just a shame the real ales were not on.

Pub visited 6/6/2015

On 6th June 2015 - rating: 6
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E TA left this review about The Kings Head

The core of an historic building dating back to pre-Norman times, The King's Head is essentially a medieval hotel complex now thinned down to a pub/restaurant. The business is chaotic and run in an amateur fashion – despite there being only 2 small bars, few customers and an abundance of young staff, it took 10 minutes to get served and another 20 to pay as they couldn't operate the tills. There is sober background music, modern wooden flooring and historic stained glass. Free wifi is available, and there is a small tv screen in the corner. Two ales on, GK IPA and Doombar. The IPA was well kept and tasted good, but I lost the will to try the Doombar. It's a pleasant place for a quiet pint and an apt venue to wet the future king's head.

On 23rd July 2013 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Kings Head

The A board outside the King’s Head on Rochester High Street informs readers that accommodation is available and that food is served all day. The mains are priced around the £8 mark and there is a carvery every Sunday. The interior is made up by seating to the left of the entrance and to the right is a bar with standard draught, Amstel and two hand pumps that were drawing Greene King IPA and St Austell’s Tribute. The décor is predominantly wooden and I got the feeling that the pub was extensively refurbished at some point in the recent past. I found it to be bright and reasonably inviting, but traditional it is not.
The Rat Pack was playing in the background and the three plasma screens were all showing a muted episode of the Marx Brothers. I didn’t see any advertisements for Sky Sports and I feel that the management have gone for a more upmarket clientele.

I found the service to be polite and I wouldn’t have a problem returning for another pint, but I wouldn’t make this my final destination if on a night out.

On 6th March 2013 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about The Kings Head

From the outside, the Kings Head is an inviting old building and being situated on the medieval High Street is very accessible. The interior however is rather disappointing and rather tacky with cheap England flags immediately drawing the attention. Whilst mainly geared towards a football watching customer base, there are also Folk nights, quiz nights and a Sunday carvery. Bar appears too small for the pub but there is another bar in a sort of side annex. Speckled Hen and Flowers were the Real Ale options when I was there. Nice little beamed ceiling, pool-room at the rear with a few old photos although you need to be a contortionist to play some shots. Another Rochester pub that is decent enough but best as part of a pub-crawl unless you intend to catch a match.

On 16th April 2006 - rating: 5
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