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Princes Park Stadium is the current state of the art home for Dartford FC but also encompasses several community activities and a 9-hole golf course. Until recently, the main bar was open to allcomers on non-match days however this is now reserved solely for functions and match day activities. There is however a new bar known as the Champions Bar which can be found in the old club shop to right of the main stand entrance and is open daily from 11.30am although on match days it is reserved for club officials / guests and not accessible from outside the stadium.
The simply laid out single room contains a bar in one corner and a few tub chairs dotted around but overall it is very plain and lacking any focus. There is a flat screen (Sky & ESPN sports all shown) but it really needs a few artifacts or pictures to break up the blandness (I’m sure there must be a few old round photos or framed football shirts lying around looking for a display space). There is a small patio area outside covered by the overhang of the stand above.
Beer wise, there is just a standard choice of kegs and lagers etc but prices are pretty reasonable (my recent Strongbow was £2.70).
For anyone visiting the stadium on match day, the spacious main bar and the function room are situated on the upper floor in the main stand and can be accessed from within the stadium itself. Between them, they run the length of the stand and whilst they have the capacity, the bar area itself is a bit inadequate and getting served quickly can be a problem nearer kick off or at half time as one would expect.
The main bar offers panoramic views of what has been described by Wayne Hemmingway on Soccer AM as the finest stadium in the country. From an ecological 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). The walls throughout the stand contain several famous and sometimes hilarious footballing quotes and there are a few signed shirts, photos and a mounted jigsaw of the previous Watling Street ground, the sort of thing that needs to be present in the new Champios Bar downstairs.
Facilities include a pool table, 2 dart boards, 2 decent plasma screens and table football (in the corridor). On the beer front, the main bar does have a couple of unadventurous Real Ales (usually the likes of Greene king IPA and Courage Best). The banqueting suite is a plainer version of the main bar and mainly used only for functions and corporate events.
As one would expect, the main customer base is pooled from the club’s above average support although it should be noted that there are not many pubs in the immediate area and it does therefore offer a welcome addition for the locals who can’t bebothered to wander into town. The supporters are a fairly friendly and approachable bunch and are fiercely proud and protective of their stadium (and bars) but will welcome anyone who shows a passing interest in anything footie related no matter who you support.
The ground is also situated just off the Darent Valley footpath and there are some pleasant local walks around the nearby lakes.
On 24th November 2010
- rating: 5
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- Darts : Yes last updated 24 November 2010 by Dave McNally
- Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 24 November 2010 by Dave McNally
- Pool Table : Yes last updated 24 November 2010 by Dave McNally
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 November 2010 by Dave McNally