Rochester Riverside: it’s a waterside community offering the complete lifestyle
Kate Davis, 31, has been living at Rochester Riverside since September 2019 having secured her dream one-bedroom apartment by making the most of the Bank of Mum and Dad (BoMaD) scheme. Kate wanted to move to Rochester to live a more fulfilling life and is now able to enjoy a shorter commute to her job as a recruitment consultant for a foster care agency in Kent. However, she ended up getting so much more…
Kate said: “Since moving to Rochester last September, I really feel like I’ve become apart of the community. My apartment block is so friendly and being a member of the Facebook Group with all the residents is so useful.”
Over the past year, a Co-op, Costa Coffee and a Travelodge have all opened at Rochester Riverside, ensuring easy access and convenience for residents. The opening of these amenities is part of Countryside and Hyde’s plan which will be carried out over the next 12 years, with the end result making Rochester Riverside an exclusive waterside destination.
Kate continued: “I love the Co-op; it has been such a blessing during lockdown. The staff have been amazing and residents were drawing rainbows to show them their support.”
Rochester Riverside benefits from the close proximity to Rochester; a historic town with beautiful cobbled streets filled with a plethora of shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Residents have an eclectic mix right on their doorstep as Rochester is lucky to have restaurants that offer British, European, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. The quaint high street offers a mix of established restaurant chains as well as family-run restaurants, which is also an important factor for those considering a move from London or another big city with a thriving food scene.
Kate commented: “Rochester has so much to offer and I love eating out and exploring all of the different bars and cafes. My favourite restaurant on the high street is Rico Sabor, it is a Latin American restaurant that has several fantastic dishes.”
“As a coffee and cake spot, I love Kangaroo Court Coffee House, it is also located on the high street and they do amazing cakes.”
Throughout the year the town also offers a range of cultural events, meaning residents can enjoy a range of activities throughout the streets of Rochester, such as Medway Pride and Dickensian Christmas.
Kate said: “Sadly, Medway Pride has had to be postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic, but when it does happen, it will be so much fun! Rochester is filled with vibrant pubs and bars which is perfect for going out with friends. The Riverside Tavern, which is in Strood, on the River Medway puts on the best entertainment for everyone to enjoy, whilst also offering wonderful views of the river. I love the fact that I am part of such a vibrant and inclusive community here.”
Over the next 12 years, Countryside and Hyde will create a number of new amenities to complement the existing infrastructure. In addition to providing new homes by unlocking what used to be an industrial site along the River Medway, Countryside and Hyde will create a new primary school, nursery, play area, 2.5km river walkway and a number of new amenities