RAMS Micropub, 12 Degrees, Rochester Good progress has been made despite unexpected difficulties. Whilst an opening date has still yet to be set, it is currently on target for an August opening.
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. On July 9th it was confirmed that Marc the Captain would be parting ways with the business.
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.
Command House, Chatham An outside bar is in the process of being installed. It is currently unknown if this bar will be serving real ale.
The Frog and Toad, Gillingham Have announced that they will not be holding a full-scale beer festival as usual over the May bank holidays as they feel there are too many competing events over this period. They will however still be offering 5 beers on hand pump. They hope to re-arrange their beer festival for later in July
Running Man Brewery, Chatham After spending some years practising their craft, the Running Man Brewery is now officially the 3rd 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.
King George V, Brompton Following a successful tap takeover by the Kent Brewery over The St. George’s Day weekend, it has been announced that the pub will be running a similar micro beer festival on the weekend of 27-29 July and will feature a tap takeover by Canterbury Ales. Owner, Martin Guy will be there from 6pm on the Saturday 28th for a 'Meet The Brewer' session.
The Medway Hopper Festival Advertising seen at the Who'd Ha Though It, Rochester (and subsequently confirmed on FaceBook by event organiser John Brice) indicates that this popular festival will take place between Friday the 21st and Sunday the 23rd of September
Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham Gillingham Football Club are advertising a 'Kentish Beer Festival' on Sunday 6th May. Some flyers have been seen that using a CAMRA logo for this non-CAMRA sponsored event, which is more than a little naughty.
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 is being installed during May.