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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Gardeners Arms, Higham It has been announced that the pub is under new management and will once again be open from September 24th.

Britannia Bar Café, Rochester The expected buyer for this premises has pulled out of the purchase. As a result, the pub will remain open for the foreseeable future.

Dead Pigeon, Rochester The premises formerly known as the Northern Seaman is now under new management. It is currently undergoing a refit and is due to reopen towards the end of September.

RAMS Micropub, 12 Degrees, Rochester Due to open at 12pm on Saturday September 15th

General At Sea, Chatham Has been undergoing a refurbishment since late May. The newly repainted outside was completed on 13th August.

Past & Present, Gillingham Following on from the news on June 5th that they had won the title of CAMRA West Kent Pub of the Year, it was announced on August 11th that Medway's first micropub is the runner up for CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year.

Royal Engineers, Twydall It has been reported in the press that this former pub, which closed in 2011 and has since been a chinese takeaway, is due to become part of the Costa coffee chain.

Cricketers, Rainham After what has been described in the press as the latest 'Melee' to occur at this premises, restrictions have been placed upon their license. The pub must now close at 11pm on Friday and Saturday, and serve all drinks in plastic glasses from 8pm. Following a meeting of the Medway council licensing hearing panel on August 25th, the pub has agreed to remove its makeshift dancefloor and has been allowed to serve alcohol on Friday and Saturday until 1am providing 4 members of security staff are present after 11pm.

Will Adams, Gillingham On July 31st, after 25 years of service to the drinkers of Medway, all 5 real ale hand pumps and lines were replaced with newer models. These new hand pumps incorporate a cooling system on the beer lines to ensure the real ale is kept at the optimal temperature right up until the point of dispense. This should ensure that even on the hottest summer day, your pint is always perfect.

Tiger Moth, Chatham Announced on 22nd July that they will be closing for a refurbishment sometime in September. The exact dates of the work will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Northern Seaman, Rochester Closed suddenly on 14th June. According to their Facebook page, they will re-open once the 'Below Decks' brewery has been installed, however, this seems to be in doubt. On July 9th it was confirmed that Marc the Captain would be parting ways with the business. On July 20th, a ‘notice of forfeiture’ was posted on the window, and the premises was boarded up. It is also fair to assume that this means the fledgeling 'Below Decks" brewery has also been scuttled.

The Harrow, Lidsing Re-opened under new management on June 24th after suddenly ceasing trading at the start of May.

Gardeners Arms, Higham Shut unexpectedly on 12/5/18. There is a notice on the door indicating it will remain closed until new tenants can be found.

Royal Oak, Frindsbury In November 2017 it seemed that this pub was destined to be redeveloped, however a post on the ‘Save the Royal Oak Pub Frindsbury’ Facebook page has suggested that the owner is willing to take offers from those who are interested.

Running Man Brewery, Chatham After spending some years practising their craft, the Running Man Brewery is now officially the 2nd commercial brewery in the Medway towns. Their beers have so far been stocked in the Frog and Toad, Gillingham and the Past and Present, Gillingham.

Butcher's Block, Burham After re-opening in July 2017, The pub formerly known as the Toastmasters appears to be going from strength to strength. Real ale sales are significant enough that a second handpump was installed during May.