The Stage Door is an eclectic place, which, as its name suggests, is behind the Orchard Theatre in Dartford town centre. The old building looks impressive from the outside with a fretwork balcony running all the way around the front, tall windows and feature brickwork, and original doors.
Inside, the bar is decorated after a theatre theme with lots of showbiz autographed photos and posters of celebrities, some going back many years. It all adds up to a buzzy atmosphere, particularly before and after performances, when you are quite likely to come across some of the stars of the day’s show!
There is usually a variety of ales on tap while a good range of wines by the glass is offered too, and there are fresh filled rolls available all day for a quick bite to eat. To entertain, the pub has a darts board, or you can borrow the cards or crib board from the bar.
Unusually for the centre of Dartford, the Stage Door has a large prettily-planted garden, with plenty of seating for summer days, and there is a free car park nearby. It is also handy for public transport links, being close to both the railway station and bus terminus.