The Command House, Chatham will open its doors to guests once more early in the new year, following a £512,000 investment. The new chapter in this landmark pub’s story sees 40 new jobs created in the local area.
Built in the 1800s, this grade II listed building, steeped in military history, has period features, bags of character and a splendid view over the River Medway. Keeping all of its traditional charm firmly in place, the newly refreshed Command House is making the most of its historic building and unrivalled location.
Inside, The Command House is all about marrying traditional character with modern style. The building boasts features including brick vaulted ceilings in the basement bar, recessed windows and period tile and flagstone floors. The Command House is, however, not a relic of the past. An eclectic mix of old and new come together to create a warm, welcoming environment. With seating options at every turn, from quiet, secluded nooks to family tables – there is the perfect space for every get-together.
Outside, the generous garden area has also had a facelift. The traditional picnic-style tables have been renewed and refurbished. There is even no reason to return inside with the garden bar meaning you can order a drink while enjoying the sunshine. The garden bar is served by its own dedicated beer cellar, so has The Command Houses full range of drinks available. Perfect for enjoying an afternoon tea in the sunshine. The team can’t promise the weather, but they can guarantee the proximity to the River Medway and beautiful local scenery. Come for the views and stay for the food, drink and hospitality.
After its short closure, The Command House reopens with a brand new, delicious menu. There is something to delight every day of the week with afternoon tea available daily, when pre-booked. Choose the Classic or why not indulge in the Tipsy Afternoon Tea with two glasses of prosecco or two cocktails per person, to accompany your delicious sandwiches, scones and desserts. On Sundays, The Command House is now serving Sunday roasts with all the trimmings and bottomless Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and gravy. With all your favourite cuts of meat and a hearty mushroom wellington, there is something for everybody at the table.
However, you need not wait until Sunday for some fabulous food. From the Lunch Date menu to dinner options that read like a greatest hits of favourite dishes – there is everything from crowd-pleasing sharing dishes to comforting pies and light bites. Food is served from 12pm to 10pm daily, making The Command House the perfect place to pop in any day of the week.
Of course, The Command House has an extensive drinks menu too. Classic cocktails you may know and love such as Aperol spritz and espresso martini. If you enjoy gin, The Command House is for you. They have numerous options from a quintessential London Dry to raspberry and watermelon infusions. There is also a Gin of the Month special to discover your new favourite tipple. A curated wine list means there is something to accompany every dish. Why not enjoy a prosecco or even a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for that special occasion? On tap, a selection of regional and local ales and craft ciders are available.
A new start means a new team and the brand-new Command House team are raring to go.
Alex Townsend, General Manager of The Command House, said: “I am so excited about the future of The Command House. The team love the pub’s new look and can’t wait to show people around when we open our doors again. The new menu is delicious and truly has something for everybody.
“It is a new chapter and I cannot wait to see the pub go from strength to strength. We are delighted to welcome guests, events and the local community again.”
The Command House will mark their reopening with a special VIP event. The local community, businesses and dignitaries are invited to welcome back the new look Command House. Expect an evening of live music and community. Once reopened, The Command House will be welcoming community groups through their doors, including the local mother and baby club.
If there were not already enough reasons to pay a visit to The Command House, there is an action-packed weekly calendar of events planned, from quizzes to local events and more. Keep an eye on The Command House website and social media for upcoming news or to plan your visit.
The Command House, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TX
Open daily 11am to 11pm, until Midnight Thursday to Saturday
Food served daily 12pm until 10pm