Upnor local services

India Gillan Hoo A guide to local services


India Gillan Elite Permanent Makeup and Beauty has now expanded and has opened a new clinic ‘Inside Aesthetics’ in Upnor, Kent. All India’s treatments are still available to all her existing and new clients – permanent makeup, aesthetic (dermal filler and anti-wrinkle injections) and skin treatments. India now has an extensive team of practitioner’s and doctors working along side her.

The clinic is situated in the most characteristic Victorian brick building in Lower Upnor, Medway. It overlooks the river and dockyards with a vibrant community with Upnor Castle adjacent to the clinic.  The location is idyllic with patient parking available straight outside, making the whole experience smooth and pleasurable.

The village of Lower Upnor is approximately 2.5 miles from Rochester and 13 miles from Maidstone. Transport links are very good with fast train times from Strood (2 miles away) to St. Pancras International being approximately 34 minutes. By road the A289, M2 and A2 give direct access to London, the M25, M2 south and east towards Dover and Europe.

The interior’s natural tones and textures encourage patients to unwind and feel at home. The attention to detail has been applied from the reception to treatment rooms, making the monochrome pallet and accents something we are really proud of in our boutique clinic. The high ceiling building incorporates rooms dedicated to medical aesthetics treatments, beauty and wellness treatments. Who doesn’t love a sense of calm and luxury?

Our amazing staff are what makes Inside Aesthetics so personable and have an extensive loyal customer base. Most of our patients come from word of mouth and personal recommendation which we pride ourselves on.  The treatments we offer are results driven and researched before they make the cut to form part of our elite treatment list.

Post Office – 11-17 Church Street ME3 9AH – Tel: 01634 250131.

Located in a Spar convenience store. Perfect for a quick grocery shop as well as all your postal needs. Store open Monday-Saturday 7am-10pm. Sunday 8am-10pm.

Co-Op 11-13 Main Rd, Hoo, Rochester ME3 9AA

Knights Pharmacy – 5 Main Road ME3 9AA – Tel: 01634 253780

Just in case… Open Monday-Saturday 9am-6.30pm. Closed on Sundays.

If you like Indian food, check out Pink Paprika at 2 Main Rd, Hoo, Rochester ME3 9AD

Tagg’s Coffee Shop – 25 Church Street ME3 9AH – Tel: 01634 256377.  Check them out on Facebook.

Everything from a quick cup of coffee to a leisurely Sunday lunch. Open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-4pm. Friday 9am-10.30pm. Sunday 12 noon – 4pm. Closed on Mondays.

McCoys Fish & Chips Bar – 2 Church Street ME3 9AJ – Tel: 01634 251909

Takeaway freshly sourced, deeply satisfying fish & chips! Open Monday-Saturday 12noon-2pm & 4.30-10pm. Closed on Sundays.

St Mary Hoo 

St Mary’s Church – Hall Road ME3 8RH (or thereabouts!)

Although now a private house, it’s definitely worth a mention. This is where the Prince of Wales married Mrs Fitzherbert in December 1785. The marriage was illegal as the bride was a Roman Catholic widow. Anyone who’s seen the “Madness of King George” will know the story!

Fenn Bell Inn & Zoo – Ratcliffe Way, ME3 8RF – Tel: 01634 270422 

Possibly named after one of the bells rung to warn of danger on the marshes. This is not just a pub with great pub grub. It’s also a zoo, the first in Medway to be granted a licence. There’s even a miniature railway! From this you can see some of the rescued exotic animals living in the  grounds.

The Fenn Bell Inn is open Wednesday-Saturday 12noon-11pm, Sunday 12noon-10pm. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The zoo is open at weekends and during the school holidays. Check out the website for full details.

Allhallows – 

Allhallows Golf Course – Avery Way, ME3 9QJ – Tel: 01634 271414 

Continuing north-east on Ratcliffe Way from St Mary Hoo. This is a public, tranquil, 9 hole, pay and play golf course. It forms part of the nearby Allhallows Leisure Park which is a Haven Holiday Camp. Open daily 12.30pm-8.30pm.

Slough Fort – Allhallows, ME3 9QF – Tel: 07539 657676 

A sort distance from Allhallows Golf Course. Slough Fort was built in 1867 when relations with France were reaching crisis point. During the First World War it became a command post. But it was decommissioned in 1920. It has been used as a stables since the 1960s. Tours of the fort are available at 11am on Sundays from 1st April. You can either book or simply turn up. Adults £4 Children £1.


Cliffe Fort – (8 miles from Elite Permanent Makeup and Beauty) Mead Wall, ME3 7TG – Tel: 07963 703371

Perched right on the edge of the Hoo Peninsula opposite Tilbury in Essex. Cliffe Fort was built in the 1860s to protect London against invasion via the Thames Estuary.  It is now derelict and closed to the public. But you can still walk around its impressive outer walls. It is notable as the site of the first wire guided torpedo in history. The Brennan torpedo. The torpedo is 100 years old and visible at low tide.


Cooling Castle – Cooling Road, ME3 8DJ

Cooling Castle is under private ownership. However, it is of historical significance. It’s a  quadrangular castle and was built by the Cobham family in the 1380s. It’s purpose was to guard against French raids into the estuary. So another fortified building on the strategically important Hoo Peninsula.

St James Church – ME3 8DG – Tel: 01634 220204

The church has a 500 year old wooden door complete with original hinges. And the vestry is adorned with thousands of cockleshells! It is therefore interesting in its own right. But its main claim to fame is the churchyard. This is where Dickens took his inspiration for the opening scene in Great Expectations. The church is open daily from 10am-4pm. Tours can be arranged by contacting the above number.

Horseshoe and Castle Pub – Main Road, ME3 8DJ – Tel: 01634 221691  

Not far from Cooling Castle this is a traditional country inn. Offering all that this would imply including rooms! Close to the Horseshoe and Castle are not one, but two national nature reserves.

RSPB Northward Hill Nature Reserve – ME3 8DS – Tel: 01634 222480

On a ridge overlooking the Thames Northward Hill is a working farm. The birds are plentiful and include nightingales, lapwings, grey herons and whitethroats. It is also a great place for walking as well as birdwatching. Entry is free, but donations welcome. Open all year.

High Halstow – 

High Halstow National Nature Reserve – ME3 8TJ – Tel: 01634 222480

Part of the Northward Hill Nature Reserve. High Halstow National Nature Reserve has fabulous views across the Thames. With ancient oak woodlands it is a great place for walks. The open spaces provide perfect birdwatching conditions.


Upnor Castle – High Street, ME2 4XG – Tel: 01634 718742

An Elizabethan artillery fort on the River Medway overlooking Chatham Dockyard. It was built in 1559 to protect the dockyard and Royal Naval ships moored there. However, in 1667 the Dutch sailed past Upnor Castle’s defences. The British fleet was thus decimated. The castle is open from April 1st. Adults £6.40, Concessions & Children (5-16) £4. Family (2 adults+3 children) £16.80.

Tudor Rose Pub – 29/31 High Street, ME2 4XG – Tel: 01634 714715 

Located next to historic Upnor Castle and the River Medway. This is a “quaint” pub with good food and friendly service. There is also a garden. Opening hours are 12noon-11pm Monday-Saturday and 12noon-10pm on Sundays. The restaurant is open from 12noon-3pm & 6pm-9pm Monday to Saturday and 12noon-4pm on Sundays.

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