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The Dead Pigeon, Chatham Central, Rochester

Pub added by E TA
378 High Street

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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Northern Seaman

This former fish and chip shop now micropub is as Just a Quick Pint describes more of a compact alehouse. I would add that this was more leaning to being a music venue bar, which hosts live music at weekends. Five ales on our visit, Liberty Ale Blonde, Boston Bitter, Saison, Black Ops Black IPA and West Coast IPA. I went for the Saison, which was an unfined pale ale, and was very moreish. This was a good double header along with the Flippin Frog, a short distance along the road towards Rochester.

On 9th June 2018 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Northern Seaman

Perhaps more of a compact alehouse than a micro-pub because there is plenty of space in the slightly split-level interior suited to the regular live music. However, the decor and eclectic mix of furniture is just what you would expect. Seven real ales on a range of styles on gravity when I visited, including the tasty Dark Matter blackcurrant porter from Vale of Glamorgan (£3.20). Various draught ciders also offered. It bit of a walk along the lengthy High Street linking Rochester and Chatham, but well worth the effort.

On 21st April 2018 - rating: 8
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E TA left this review about The Northern Seaman

A new business in a building that was actually once a Georgian era pub called The Albion, then used as a shop. The current business only occupies the ground floor, but the team wants to expand into the cellar with their own micro brewery. At present the front bar is the only bar, half available for drinking, while the rear half is set up as a small stage for live music acts, including one of the owners who is still a practising professional musician. The conversion is all a bit haphazard, but it seems to work and it's early days. the furniture is what is becoming the micro de facto standard in plain wood, built for drinking not for comfort, plus one or to recycled cable drums being used as tables. The 'cellar', around which I was lucky enough to be shown, is house in a room at the back which, conveniently, stays at a constant temperature due to the building's construction. There are 8 cask ales on gravity in here alongside 4 boxed ciders and a selection of Kentish wines. I has pints each of caveman Paleolithic and Neanderthal, both in perfect condition and very enjoyable, as was the conversation. A brilliant new business, lots of entrepreneurial flair, and a valuable asset in the regeneration of this otherwise moribund area of Rochester.

On 17th September 2016 - rating: 8
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