Local restaurants and places to visit

Dockside shopping outlet has a variety of outlet shops for Marks and Spencer , Clarkes shoes , Cadbury shop , Next etc . There is also a variety of restaurants , Chimichanga, Pizza Hut, Nando , Zippers Italian and burgers , Burgers priest and many more . It’s literally walking distance from the historic dockyard.

The Ship And Trades Pub near the dockside shopping outlet does a varied british style menu , I recommend it and you can book a table online. Again its walking distance from the docks and the Travelodge.

A new American bar and restaurant is opening in May near Burgers priest and Zippers called Hancocks , their website is HERE

Just down the road towards Chatham is the Command House GastroPub , it serves food all day

If you are driving then I recommend a village Gastro Pub called The Three Tuns where you can get a good meal made with locally sourced ingredients in a village setting . They also do a nice variety of local beers and wines.

There’s the Royal Engineers Museum just down the road past the Gillingham Barracks , it’s currently partially closed for renovations but there’s  still a large collection of old military vehicles and some temporary exhibitions in the meantime.

Historic Rochester is not far away , there are Dickens themed events during the year and the cathedral just off the high street . It’s also home to Rochester castle which has existed at the site in one form or another since 1127

Just the other side of the river is Upnor Castle , a rare example of an Elizabethan artillery Fort , which was built to protect warships moored at Chatham Dock but failed at this completely in 1667 when the Dutch fleet sailed past it and burnt or captured the fleet at anchor. Upnor has a quaint narrow high street with a selection of pubs for a spot of lunch , dinner or just a pint

In Gillingham there is Rowlands Bistro who do good value classic food and also The Hollywood Bowl who do a nice choice of burgers and grills.