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Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel (Rochester)

The Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel is an old coaching inn in the historic cathedral city of Rochester.

The hotel, standing proudly in the High Street, dates from the 18th century, and was originally just named the Bull. However, after the young Princess Victoria had to make an emergency stop here in the year before she became Queen, the name was altered, with a great deal of pride.

Charles Dickens features the hotel in two of his novels. In "Great Expectations" it appears as the Blue Boar, while in "The Pickwick Papers" it is descibed as "a good house with nice beef".

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