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The Britannia, Rochester

376 High Street
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Steve C left this review about The Britannia Bar Cafe

I visited the Britannia one afternoon the week before Christmas and found a compact pub that was busy with small groups having their Christmas party dinners. I found the staff to be friendly and managed to source one of the stools that line the small bar. Just behind the bar is an extra small seating are and there is a patio garden up some steps at the rear.The bar is stocked with standard draught alongside Cobra and Amstel that is only available by the schooner. The three hand pumps were drawing Seafarers, Caledonian Elf Esteem and Goacher’s Light Ale.
There was no music playing and there is no television.

I quite liked it in here and would have no problem returning if passing.

On 30th January 2013 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about The Britannia Bar Cafe

Convenient for Rochester railway station, and a GBG pub to boot, The Brittania is actually a pub dating from the 18th Century despite its current, rather pretentious, name. PSM's description below tells all the salient points as regards the decor - I found it to be a bit sober and cosy, while the back bar had more of a traditional feel to it which was nicely complemented by the easy listening music from the local radio. I found the staff (not the gentleman PSM mentions, I hasten to add) a bit weird and the reception slightly hostile.Three beers on - Samphire Abigale, Goachers Fine Light and Two Hoots Golden Ale - I had the last of those and found it to be in excellent condition. A good place to wait for a train and a definite for inclusion in a City crawl.

On 4th June 2012 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Britannia Bar Cafe

This smart, compact pub is a five minute walk from Rochester train station in the opposite direction to the town centre. The interior struck me as a British take on a Dutch/Belgian bar, with smart carpets instead of bare floorboards. There are half panelled walls and two sides of the pub have large, partially obscured windows bearing the pub's name, in front of which are attractive brass rails with integral lamps. There are two rooms, with the front room housing the bar in the rear left corner and decorated with various pictures of ships and a large clock mounted on an intricately carved wooden backboard. The rear room is essentially a small, mirror-lined snug with very limited space and minimal seating. A door at the rear, beyond the toilets, gives access to a paved garden area. I was the only customer during my weekday afternoon visit and was treated to the sound of Gold Radio, which churned out all the 'classics' throughout my stay.
There were three hand pumps, each offering a Kentish brew - Gadds No 7 (£3.00) and Rye Pale and Goachers Fine Light. My pint of Gadds was okay, if not on top form, and was served to me by a friendly barman who kept himself busy the whole time I was there, despite the lack of other customers.
As I was approaching the pub, a group of, presumably local, office workers were emptying out and I figured that such young professionals would be the pub's target market, but they have struck a nice balance and it's fair to say that the traditionalist would probably feel comfortable enough here as well. A good alternative to some of Rochester's more 'spit and sawdust' ale houses.

On 14th December 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Chatham, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Rochester, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Strood, 1.4 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Britannia, Rochester
9th May 2019, 13:55
Request to mark pub as closed by hondo . approved
9th May 2019, 10:22
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by hondo ., with included notes: Other:

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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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