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The George Vaults

Bar, British, Pub, Wine Bar
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35 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LN, England
+44 1634 817165
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri 9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited with my boyfriend actually on a groupon, food was lovely we had a sharing platter, there was a substitute which was advised when we received our order which was very disappointing. The garden area is lovely. We would visit again.

Thank TinkerbellNic1981
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good atmosphere, food was excellent with loads to choose from. Snack lite bites to full meals. Good wine list, friendly, efficient staff( who were rushed off their feet but took time to answer all our questions). It was a lovely day & we sat in the garden. We often visit here for lunch & have sampled many of the... More 

Thank Rosemary S
Kent, England
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The venue is wonderfully historic including the vault ceiling cellar. The food and garden area are exceptionally good and good value for money, friendly staff, with plenty of public car parks in the near vicinity. We returned in the evening for drinks and went to the specialist cocktail bar, which is very reasonably priced. The barman, Liam, was very professional,... More 

1 Thank Chelle180
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in to the vaults after a meal nearby. Went to the main bar as you enter. We looked at the cocktail menu and ordered two cocktails. The barmaid looked at another barmaid and rolled her eyes. I asked if there was a problem. I was told that it's time consuming and they tell people they've sold out when... More 

3 Thank Foodmonster1979
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great night to be had at George vaults packed but buzzing atmosphere is what you'll get on a Friday night.. The music is great too..

2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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114 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had high hopes after selecting this place from internet reviews but was disappointed. It is a trendy place, the day I went the clientele being fairly young. The bar area is modern with a terrible choice of beer for the discerning drinker (no real ale..). I ordered the special (dressed crab) which was already sold out (this was only... More 

2 Thank mrbasstrombone
Woodford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

lovely day, nice garden, table in the sun, good beer, other drinks fine, and pretty good food but then... service? hmmmm. there wasn't very much service at all, and what there was seemed distinctly unhappy. miserable even. Staff morale seems pretty low. Perhaps because there just aren't enough of them?!

3 Thank Paul0000001
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Clearly customer service skills don't come naturally to all managers. I recently had a really bad visit here. Half the staff are helpful and polite (Shanna, Zak, Liam, Summer) it's a shame the same can't be said for the management team. The food is usually always delicious, especially the roast potatoes and the venue is lovely. However I won't be... More 

2 Thank Ryan C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is really lovely, we thoroughly enjoyed our meals! However, the atmosphere was not relaxed at all. The staff could be heard discussing other customers and being quite rude. It wasn't very busy inside and we could hear what they were saying, we felt quite uncomfortable. They gathered in small groups to chat and I felt that it... More 

4 Thank Bonnie T
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had travelled from Oxford for a family christening and a room was booked upstairs which was lovely. Once the party had finished and people started to leave the rest of the party decided to move out into the garden as it was a lovely day and continue the celebrations however the manageress then advised us that we were not... More 

8 Thank Sarah C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Bar, British, Pub, Wine Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +44 1634 817165
ONCE A CHURCH, PREVIOUSLY AN INN, NOW A CONTEMPORARY BRASSERIE WINE BAR For generations residents and visitors have delighted in the rich history and architecture that combine to make Rochester, Kent's shining light in the Garden of England. At the George Vaults we have continued in this rich history and added a modern twist with a touch of class. Based in the centre of Rochester with three floors and five distinctive areas, there are few venues that offer such choice and high stantards. MAIN BAR Main dinning area where by day you may endulge in lunch, dinner or just enjoy a refreshing drink and by night, subtle lighting and candle lit tables create a relaxed and chilled ambience Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday a more upbeat and vibrant atmosphere with great music for all to enjoy. LOUNGE BAR Beautifully contemporary bar consisting of large sofas and comfy chairs, perfect for a good catch up with friends. AFFINITY BAR A fun and relaxed cocktail bar split on two levels. High level for lounging, with areas that can be sectioned off for small groups, great for hen parties! The lower level has a dance floor/standing area and a small cocktail bar. Don't miss out on some great cocktail offers VAULT BAR A grade 2 listed 14th Century crypt is truly outstanding, commonly used for private functions and weddings, but also for private dining. THE COURTYARD Perfect for relaxing days and nights. Also a popular meeting area for lunch in the sun! Most our bars are available for private hire, so we can suit all your needs.Why not ask a member of the George Vaults team about the hire of a bar for your special event? ​A relaxed brasserie available 7 days a weeks, a place where you can dine for lunch or dinner in our main bar, courtyard or Vault, with a variety of al a carte dishes to suit your taste buds Brasserie a la carte available Monday to Thursday 12-9pm Friday & Saturday 12-4.30Pm A light bite alternative is also available Tapas Monday to Thursday 5-9 pm Traditional Sunday Roast Sunday 12-4.30 Pm

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