The Stage Door, Dartford

The Stage Door

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.