It is definitely top as regards restaurants in my opinion.As well as the very popular Nazi's for a good curry,Choaladda thai restaurant is very under rated and in my opinion is one of the best value for money restaurants anywhere in the area.On top of that the shopping is infinitely better than the rest of Medway now. Supermarkets apart perhaps .Another restaurant I would recommend is the Kings arms at Upnor.
King's Arms due to open their garden up I believe on 6th July.
Yes re Strood. I was born in Gillingham and Strood used to be the poor end of the towns. Seems to have swapped round now.