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Princes Park Stadium, Dartford - pub details

Address: Darenth Road, Grassbanks, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1RT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 33613) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Dartford (1 mile), Stone Crossing (1.8 miles), Greenhithe For Bluewater (2.5 miles)

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The introduction of new caterers has seen the number of hand pumps reduced from 4 to 2 and the likes of Black Sheep & Wadworth 6X replaced by Courage Best and the recent guest ale, Greene King IPA. There is a sign over the bar regarding guest ales that says let us know your comments. They wouldnt like mine! To cap it all, the availabity of the ales is still very hit and miss. That said, having been to many club bars on the non-league circuit, it is still way above average and the match day service does appear to be better of late. On non match days it can be a pleasant and unusual place to grab a couple of pints or a meal. They also do regular functions, quiz nights, poker evenings, comedy nights etc so it doesnt just all revolve around the football

ape_arrody. You should go there some time and tell us something that's worth reading.

RogerB - 24 Feb 2009 10:26
Might be ok when its empty but when dartford f.c are at home you cant even get to the bars.

Understaffed to say the least.
bowmore - 11 Sep 2008 11:25
Princes Park (or PP to the locals) is new eco friendly home to Dartford FC (and Kent Ravens Rugby League) and contains one of the better sports ground bars, particularly at this level. The bar is open to allcomers during normal pub hours although obviously on match days, entry is via the ground admission only. There are 2 bars, the main club bar and a separate banqueting suite. Both bars are situated upstairs in the main stand and between them, run the length of the stadium Entry on non match day is via the main stadium entrance lobby (there is usually someone at the desk to point you in the right direction if you are looking lost).

The main club bar is to the right, a single, quite spacious room that offers panoramic views of what has been described by Wayne Hemmingway on Soccer AM as the finest stadium in the country. From an ecologiocal point of view he may have a point with its solar power and recycled rainwater (note the recycling pond outside from the veranda at the rear of the bar). Whilst the bar is comfortable enough and has good facilities (pool table, 2 dart boards, 2 decent plasma screens, table football in the corridor) getting served is sometimes a problem as the serving area is at times inadequate to cope on match days. The rest of the week doesnt pose such problems. The walls throughout the stand contain several famous and sometimes hilarious footballing quotes and the bar has a few signed shirts, photos and a unusually, a mounted jigsaw of the previous Watling Street ground.

On the beer front, PP is one of the few football grounds to offer Real Ales and whilst the quality has always been unexpectedly good, they tend to be hit or miss on their availability. Whilst there are 4 hand pumps they generally have 2 Ales (if youre lucky) albeit one of them is likely to be a guest along the lines of Landlord or, on my last visit, Wadworths 6X. The rest of the beers are the standard kegs and lagers with afew select bottled beers.

The banqueting suite is mainly used only for functions, corporate events and on match days for selected supporters and club members but is basically a plainer and slightly hollower mirror image of the main bar with large circular funtion tables and a smaller beer selection, ie no Ales although the staff may wander round and fetch one from the other bar if you ask really nicely. The monthly quiz night is also held in here.

As one would expect, the customers are largely pooled from the clubs above average supporter base although it should be noted that there are few pubs or bars at this end of town and it does therefore offer a welcome addition in what is a bit of a pub void. The supporters are a friendly and approachable bunch and are fiercely proud and protective of their stadium (and bar). That said they will welcome anyone who shows a passing interest in anything footie related no matter who you support.

The ground also sits just off the Darent Valley walk and are some nice local walks around the lakes nearby.

RogerB - 14 May 2008 12:20

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