The Navel dockyard in nearby Chatham is a great way to spend a few hours. The owners of this place have got the mix just right between giving you a tast. of olden Chatham and interesting boat and ship based things to look at and scramble over. THis place is particularly good for children
This delightful place is tucked away from the cares of the street and traffic, clinging like a hermit to the Cathedral walls.
Open 8.30-4 Monday- Saturday, and 10-4 Sundays, and serve a huge range of home-made cakes, Fairtrade tea, coffee, herb-tea; breakfasts and lunches. Bishops or Verger's Breakfast served til 10am (also a vegetarian option).
There are 2 dining rooms inside and an attractive garden (the old Monastic herb garden) with tables and chairs outside to enjoy the good weather where you may spot, wild foxes, squirrels and birds.
Diabetic and gluten free cakes are also available.
Favorite Dish: I love the simplicity of the menu and had a large jacket potato with home-made coleslaw and salad for 3.50 GBP. Later I returned for a cup of herb tea and a home-made peanut brownie, and sat in the old herb garden.
On the menu board that lunch time was a 'special' for around 5 GBP, it was home-made quiche, salad and jacket potatoe. Very good value, friendly staff, peaceful ambiance and all in a great cause.
Although the fort itself is a good morning or afternoon out, the ghost tours that are held on the first Friday of every month (and specials on halloween) are exceptionally well worth a visit.
You are guided through lantern lit corridors whilst being told tales of the grusome history of the fort and the surrounding area.
If you are in the area look out for the anual music events in the castle grounds. In the year that I lived there they hald a 3 day festival that included Jules Holland, a 70's & 80's night and a proms night all of which were fantastic - despite the rain..
Fondest memory: Such a quaint town with interesting and stunning views around every corner. Of every place I have lived in the UK, Rochester was by far the nicest.