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The Command House, Chatham Central, 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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Map location corrected by Steve C
Chatham, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Rochester, 1.24 miles, 23 min walk (show)
Gillingham (Kent), 1.51 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Command House, Chatham
9th Apr 2016, 10:02
Review submitted by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
13th Mar 2013, 07:22
Review submitted by E TA amended by E TA

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 February 2016 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 February 2016 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 March 2013 by hondo .
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint - last updated 24 February 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 23 February 2016 by E TA
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 13 March 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 February 2016 by E TA
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 February 2016 by E TA
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 03 March 2013 by moby duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 03 March 2013 by hondo .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 23 February 2016 by E TA
Opening Hours
Sunday11:30am - 9pm
Monday11:30am - 10pm
Tuesday11:30am - 10pm
Wednesday11:30am - 10pm
Thursday11:30am - 10pm
Friday11:30am - 11pm
Saturday11:30am - 11pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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