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Prince of Ales, Gillingham

Pub added by E TA
121 High Street
Rainham
Postal town: Gillingham
ME8 8AN
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Prince of Ales

Decent micro-pub in a small converted shop unit, with a couple of rustic booths and a little elevated bench seating in the same light wood. Decor is a mix of pump clips, other breweriana and some local history photographs. No counter, so all cask beers are normally dispensed by gravity from stillages in the cool room at the back, although there is also a wall-mounted handpump near the door which may be used occasionally. Four real ales available when I visited: three from Kent - Musket Brewery's Ball Puller, Hazelnut Porter from Four Candles (£3.60) and the Kent Brewery 6% Green Giant - plus Swannay Island Hopping all the way from Orkney.

On 30th November 2019 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Prince of Ales

Ticks a lot of the correct boxes this micropub. We found the locals on our Sunday lunchtime visit to be most welcoming and we stayed a lot longer than anticipated. There was no bar as such, so the table service was well received. This was a pure ale drinkers paradise with no gin or prosecco, a choice of two ciders along with a choice of three cask beers. The ale menu read Mad Cat Crispin Pale Ale, Canterbury Knights Ale and Kent Breakfast Oatmeal Stout. A cheese selection and biscuits was nicely received on this visit and we were encouraged to tuck in. A very good painting of the Mona Lisa holding a pint of beer, painted by a local artist can be spotted along the lobby near the cold room.

On 9th June 2018 - rating: 9
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E TA left this review about Prince of Ales

A former shop which until recently was used by the Post Office next door, this micro opened on 12 Mar 16. It consists of a single bar with fixed wooden tables and chairs, and there is a tiny yard at the back for smokers. The floor is also new wooden flooring. No bar counter, just a cellar room with windows so you can see the stillage. No food apart from crisps, though there is an intention to introduce sandwiches later. There are no electronic distractions, apart from WiFi, and no plans to introduce any. Dogs and children are not permitted. Five ales on gravity at any one time, I had pints of Goacher's Fine Light Ale, Best Dark Ale and House Ale, plus Nelson's IPA, Spitting Feathers's Special Ale and Whitstable Oyster Stout. Two ciders were also on, but time didn't allow. All the ales were in perfect condition, the joint-landlords were extremely hospitable and the pub's first day was a tremendous success. An important addition to Rainham's real ale scene and one to which I shall certainly return, though it currently doesn't plan to open on Mondays.

On 16th March 2016 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by E TA
Rainham (Kent), 0.6 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Newington, 2.62 miles, 50 min walk (show)
Gillingham (Kent), 3.7 miles, 1 hr 11 min walk (show)
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1st Dec 2019, 14:04
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 11 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 16 March 2016 by hondo .
  • Darts : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 16 March 2016 by hondo .
  • Function Room : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Hot Food : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Jukebox : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Live Music : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Micropub : Yes last updated 11 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 11 July 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 28 January 2017 by E TA
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 March 2016 by hondo .
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