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The Good Intent (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Sunny Republic - St Wite's AleExceptional1
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterExceptional2
Goddards - Winter WarmerExceptional1
Broughton - Old JockExceptional1
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Reindeer's DelightExcellent1
Burton Bridge - Stairway To HeavenExcellent1
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Excellent1
Downton - Winter SolsticeExcellent1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie DumplingExcellent1
Skinner's - PorthlevenExcellent1
Plain Ales - Arty FartyExcellent1
Wadworth - St. George & the DragonExcellent1
Box Steam - Piston BrokeGood1
Goddards - InspirationGood1
Bath Ales - Gem BitterGood1
Portobello - American Pale AleGood1
Goddards - Wight SquirrelAcceptable1
RCH - Double HeaderNot Tried0
Mauldons - Bah HumbugNot Tried0
Skinner's - Jingle KnockerNot Tried0
Triple fff - Comfortably NumbNot Tried0
Plain Ales - InncognitoNot Tried0
Loddon - HoppitNot Tried0
Rudgate - IPANot Tried0
Saltaire - Saltaire BlondeNot Tried0
Thwaites - Lancaster Bomber (please now use the Banks's entry)Not Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells / Dogfish Head DNANot Tried0
Ringwood - FortyninerNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - Blond WitchNot Tried0
Kent - Session PaleNot Tried0
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)Not Tried0
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Good Intent, Rochester, Kent
Picture 2. The Good Intent, Rochester, Kent

Visits Details

30 Jan 2020 (ChrisE)
Penultimate day of opening and a fairly sombre atmosphere with a good number of people coming in to say goodbye to Karen and the pub. Karen informed us that she currently has no job or home to go to but is looking for another pub in the local area.
Box Steam - Piston Broke4.50Good
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
02 Jul 2019 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon and fairly quiet. A planning application has been submitted to demolish this pub and build flats. It will be a shame if we lose this one.
Wadworth - St. George & the Dragon4.50Excellent
13 Jan 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Only one other customer in and the barmaid predicting perfectly when Liverpool would score its 3-3 equaliser.
Goddards - Wight Squirrel4.30Acceptable
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not TriedChalked up here as "Firkin"
Moorhouse's - Blond Witch4.50Not Tried
07 Apr 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. The public bar was deserted - a Marie Celeste. A folk night in the next door bar room had caused the pub bar evacuation thereto.
Portobello - American Pale Ale5.00Good
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells / Dogfish Head DNA4.50Not Tried
10 Jul 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Always a homely welcome from Karen and Dal. The main room was being reorganised for a live music session and candles were being lit.
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Exceptional
Thwaites - Lancaster Bomber (please now use the Banks's entry)4.40Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
29 Apr 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Main bar almost empty but there was an event taking place in the other bar.
Goddards - Inspiration5.00GoodRight temperature and head retention
Wadworth - St. George & the Dragon4.50Not Tried
Saltaire - Saltaire Blonde4.00Not Tried
04 Jul 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Sweltering around this patch. Friendly welcome from Karen as always here.
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20ExcellentFor a gravity ale on a humid evening this was in excellent nick
Loddon - Hoppit3.50Not Tried
Rudgate - IPA5.20Not Tried
22 Dec 2012 (Alenomore)
12:45 visit. The annual b/f brought me here today. A stillage outside in a makeshift mini-marquee had 15 ales on with a few more casks behind the main bar in the pub. The weather was foul today so we went inside, firstly sitting amongst the gathering of folk music players and then going next door to the main bar for more good beer. Nice old estate pub.
Goddards - Winter Warmer5.20ExceptionalAnother top tasting ale.
Broughton - Old Jock6.70ExceptionalGot to be done. A top class big un'.
Sunny Republic - St Wite's Ale5.00ExceptionalAnother top ale with a Belgium twist?
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Reindeer's Delight4.50Excellent
Downton - Winter Solstice4.60ExcellentVery nice.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie Dumpling4.30ExcellentLovely spiced type.
Skinner's - Porthleven4.80ExcellentAnother decent ale. Finished on this one today.
Plain Ales - Arty Farty3.90ExcellentVery nice.
Mauldons - Bah Humbug4.90Not Tried
Skinner's - Jingle Knocker5.50Not Tried
Triple fff - Comfortably Numb5.00Not Tried
Plain Ales - Inncognito4.80Not Tried
22 Mar 2012 (ChrisE)
I like this pub, a good back street local.
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10GoodGravity dispense, and full of flavour.
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00Not Tried
RCH - Double Header5.30Not Tried
12 Aug 2011 (ChrisE)
A crowd of us sat in the right hand bar, and enjoyed a good chat and some good ales.
Burton Bridge - Stairway To Heaven5.00Excellent
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Excellent
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10Not Tried

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About The Good Intent

The pub sign. The Good Intent, Rochester, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Rochester, Kent, ME1 1YL.

Large two-roomed pub on an estate 5 to 10 minutes walk from the railway station. There are 3 handpumps on the public bar counter but these are not used because real ales and ciders are sold on gravity dispense from a two level stillage behind the bar in the main room. The casks are jacket cooled. The stillage can hold up to 8 casks but usually only 2 or 3 real ales plus a cider are on sale. Occasional beer festivals. Regular live folk music evenings in the saloon bar. Reported, summer 2019, to be under some threat of demolition for housing. on 26th July 2019 the licensees posted in Facebook "It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that The Good Intent, Rochester, will open its doors for the very last time on Friday, 31st January 2020." Closed and set for demolition and replacement with housing.

We have visited this pub 20 times, seen 80 different beers and tried 39 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME1 1YL