Ideally located in the heart of the main street of the pretty harbor town of Rochester, on the banks of Thames River, Thai Four Two is a Thai restaurant that will allow a little change from the traditional fish & chips and other baked beans (albeit French gastronomy is a bit stodgy but delicious all the same). Here you can have excellent meat (duck for 7 pounds, chicken, beef or pork for 6 pounds, or vegetables to 5 pounds) sauteed in red curry, green or jungle, or seafood sautéed with coconut milk. It is simply exquisite. A good place for an exotic touch in a typical English town.
The City Wall is a traditional English pub in a strategic location on High Street, one of the main streets in the cute small town of Rochester. Easily identifiable by its flashy purple facade rather, The City Wall serves delicious baked potatoes (I especially enjoyed the one with baked beans), a wide selection of grilled meats, and, surprise surprise, good old fish & chips! The prices are reasonable (less than 10 pounds for a 10oz. sirloin steak) and the service was friendly. The decor was fairy modern and I loved the big comfy purple chairs.
Rochester is a pretty harbor town known mainly for its centuries-old castle and cathedral, but also for being home to Charles Dickens during the final thirteen years of his life, a time when he drew inspiration for the town and its surroundings. What better way to celebrate the author's memory than heading down to High Street for a drink or lunch at the Dickens Cafe. They have market-fresh daily specials like homemade lasagna, which I found hearty and satisfying. They also have salads, huge baked potatoes, and homemade pies. If you're visiting Rochester for the first time and want to try the local cuisine without going broke in the process, The Dickens Cafe is a good place to start.
The Deli is a small very cute and charming boutique cafe on High Street in Rochester. It's at number 28, but you'll notice it for its very pretty and colorful storefront The shop is full of tasty gourmet and delicatessen products; we ended up getting some excellent local cheese which was artfully made but affordable at the same time. The shop also offers excellent to-go baguette sandwiches with ingredients like smoked salmon and cream cheese or the chorizo with red onion and tomato. All the baguettes are less than 3 pounds.
Expectations is a traditional pub which we simply fell in love with. It's located at the entrance of the city close to the pretty banks of the Thames and the famous Rochester Bridge. It's hard to miss its quaint English storefront so full of colorful flowers. We had a full English breakfast which was huge, delicious, and less than 4 pounds per person. Bacon, sausages, tomatoes, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs and sauce galore. After a meal like that, we didn't need to stop again for lunch! A nice little place for a traditional breakfast.
The Raj of India is one of the many Indian restaurants that have invaded the British food scene over the past few years, and enjoys a strategic location in the small and charming Gundulph Square at the High Street in Rochester. I'm not complaining, of course, because it's a welcome change from pies and gravy and a chance to try something a bit more exotic. We ate a delicious chicken tikka masala (8 pounds) and a spicy vegetable curry for only 4 pounds. The naan was also excellent. A good place to east after a nice walk along the banks of the River Thames.