Coopers Arms


Opening Times - Re-Opening Soon

We are planning on reopening a garden only service as from 12th April, Government guidelines permitting.

Whilst we hope that we will be able to enjoy the same weather as we had last April we have taken the precautions of putting more of our garden under cover to try to protect our customers from the rain.

It is advisable to book rather than to be disappointed and it will be dealt with on a first come first served basis of who manages to get a table under cover although we will try our best to plan tables to get the maximum coverage from the elements.

To make a reservation please call: 01634 404298.

Tables are being booked on a maximum of 6 per table and can only be reserved for a maximum of 3 hours unless your table has not been reserved after you.

We are hoping that our kitchen will be reopening shortly after opening and will only be operating a limited menu for a while. It is planned that the kitchen, once opened, will be serving Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon until 2.30pm. More details will be advertised once a final opening date has been decided upon.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

About the Coopers Arms

Be sure of a warm welcome at the Coopers Arms and enjoy a meal by the fire, or weather permitting eat alfresco in our pretty garden. Sample one of the many carefully nurtured cask ales, you may find the famous Black Sheep or London Pride alongside Kentish beers.

A Little Pub History

The Inn known as the Coopers Arms was built during the reign of Richard 1 (1189-1199). The first recorded inhabitants of the house were the monks from nearby St Andrews priory who were renowned for brewing ales and wine. After falling into disrepair during the dissolution of the monasteries.

The Coopers Arms finally opened its doors as an Inn in 1543 and has been serving fine cask beers ever since.

Over the years the inn has undergone many such changes but still retains its original charm and character.

There is also the legend of a ghost, a member of the Brethren of Coopers, who was walled up and left to die for committing some unforgivable sin against the ancient order and who appears once a year in November, in the dark of night.

But ghosts permitting the inn still gives out that same glow of warmth and hospitality that is has done for centuries, so stay a while and reflect on bygone days.

Make a Day of it

Rochester is an ancient town with many associations with Charles Dickens. Not many towns in England can boast a castle and a cathedral side by side.

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