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The King George V, Gillingham

1 Prospect Row
Postal town: Gillingham
Phone: 01634842418

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Brian Moore left this review about The King George V

This pub is probably my favourite in Kent. The beers are varied and well kept, the food very good value and it has a great atmosphere. I'm by no means a regular but always get a warm welcome when I drop by. One of its best features is the variety of entertainment and activities which are offered. This is a real pub at the heart of its community. If I lived nearer I would spend every evening at the bar.

On 21st August 2012 - rating: 9
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E TA left this review about The King George V

Originally The Prince of Orange, the pub dates from around 1690 and was first licensed in 1740. As Alex says below, it was renamed The King of Prussia in 1758 and again to its current name when War broke out in 1914. The business itself moved between Nos 1 and 6 Prospect row, and for a number of years it was unlicensed - an illegal drinking den which later became legit. It is usually referred to locally as the KGV and is a GBG regular. The current landlord is John, an ale enthusiast who organises regular beer-based outings and regales anyone who will listen with tales from his past, which is just as colourful as the pub's. In addition to John there is a lovely barmaid who provides an aesthetic contrast. Four ales on this time - I had a pint each of Wells's, John Bull and Adnams Southwold, all in first class condition. An essential part of a Gillingham or Chatham crawl.

On 6th June 2012 - rating: 9
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Steve C left this review about The King George V

The King George V is a thin pub that is divided into three areas with seating at the front entrance and at the rear whilst the bar area is located in the centre. I counted four hand pumps and these were drawing Buzzard Dark Ale, Incubus, Hewish Mild and Adnams during my recent midweek lunchtime visit. Food is served and the £8.50 12” pizza is heavily advertised. There are some food deals as the aforementioned pizza is available for £5 between 15:00 and 17:00 Monday to Saturday and during the lunch period food and a pint is available for £5, but the food wasn’t listed. There is a plasma screen that was airing Heart FM and I didn’t spot any advertisements for Sky Sports. Live music is advertised for every month, but I didn’t take down any other details. There is a yard out the back that houses some covered seating.

I found the service in here to be very friendly and the Buzzard was a decent pint. I’d have no problem returning.

On 29th October 2011 - rating: 8
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Simon Ellwood left this review about The King George V

Great Beer and Good Food in a historic building near to Chatham Historic dockyard, in the small Medway district of Brompton. This pub has a strong military history with both the Royal Engineers and Dockyard.

On 28th February 2011 - rating: 8
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Alex Short left this review about The King George V

A village of sorts, the area of Brompton is situated within the town of Gillingham and finds itself in close proximity to both the Historic Dockyard and the nearby Royal Engineer’s Barracks. In the distant past, the area was awash with pubs, but today, it is only home to a few – and one of those is currently boarded up. The most attractive and enticing of those that remain is here, The King George V. A corner-location hostelry, it sits in fine splendour amongst the picturesque Georgian-era town houses, which would have once been home to the officers of the Engineers regiment. Originally called The Prince of Orange in the 1700’s, the establishment later change its name to The King Of Prussia, before – rather sensibly – opting to the change the name to The King George V during the outbreak of the Great War.

History lessons aside, what you have here, is a quaint, delightful, Cask Marquee accredited ale house, which specials in quality draught beer, spirits and bottled Belgian lagers. The interior is smart and with a resonating warmth throughout. Naturally, a naval theme prevails, with plenty of nautical objects and bric-a-brac adoring the walls. As you would expect with a small pub, seating is limited, but have never failed to grab a pew on my several visits of late. Towards the back of the pub, is a basic, yet accommodating beer patio, which plays host to the beer festivals that crop up from time to time. Background music is aired at a gentle, unobtrusive volume and thankfully does not detract from the relative calm of the atmosphere. The customer-base is generally made up of well-behaved groups, couples and military officer-types – the more raucous and boisterous Cannon (next door) is where you are more likely to find the squaddies. On the ale front, there are four hand-pumps, with Adnams Bitter as the regular, supplemented at all times by a mild and two further guests: they are well-kept and prices are reasonable – also, every pint sampled thus far, has been poured into a special George V etched glass: a very nice touch, indeed. Those encountered behind the bar have been polite and amiable. To conclude: The George V is a wonderful example of how one can maintain and preserve a historic old pub. I highly recommend a visit post-haste.

On 16th May 2010 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The King George V

First class, traditional corner pub in a quiet square in the urban 'village' of Brompton, located opposite Chatham's historic dockyard. Unremarkable exterior, but inside there is plenty of interest including extensive wooden panelling, glazed windows and various pieces of memorabilia. Adnams, Westerham Freedom Ale, Goachers Mild plus a tasty pint called something like 'Oxford MarshMellow' (£3.20) which was just the job after a thorough soaking in the foul April weather. Also has a Malt Whisky Society and a good selection of special events for Cask Ale Week. Recommended.

On 4th April 2010 - rating: 8
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john mcgraw left this review about The King George V

Great traditional street corner pub with seperate drinking areas.This pub is how all pubs should be and serves 4 real ales from various breweries.Long may it survive.

On 31st July 2009 - rating: 10
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Matt Watts left this review about The King George V

Lovely little pub, good beer - several guest ales. Excellent food at good prices. Highly recommended for anyone that likes a quiet pint.

On 11th November 2006 - rating: 10
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