From London to Dartford Station
Direct trains depart from:
a) Cannon Street at .27 and .57 past every hour
b) Charing Cross regularly – about 7 times an hour
c) London Victoria at .09 and .39 past every hour
These trains often stop at London Bridge and/or Waterloo East so check National Rail for the most convenient route for you. Not Oyster-friendly. Tickets cost between £8 and £15 depending on where you get on and whether it is peak / off peak
Dartford County Court
Areas of law: Civil, Family
Tel: 01322 627600
Fax: 01322 270902
DX: 98090 Dartford 2
Court counter times: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Dartford Magistrates Court
Areas covered: Crime only
Tel: 01634 830232
Fax: 01634 847400
Getting there from Dartford Station
Walk out the main exit (past Dartford Borough Council offices and down the steps) so that you come out onto Westgate Road. Turn right and follow the road as it veers left and turns into Highfield Road. Keep walking and you will see the courts on your right. Unfortunately the entrance is behind the court building, so turn right into Summerhill Road (opposite the church) and first right again onto Trinity Gardens. You will see the entrance from there.
Total time: 10 minutes.
Whether you come out of the main exit or the back exit, you will see the roundabout ahead. Walk towards it and make sure you are on the Home Gardens side. Walk along Home Gardens away from the station. The court is on your left before the bus stop.
Total time: 5 mins.
DARTFORD COUNTY COURT | SUSTENANCE
Dartford has its culinary gems; you just have to know where to look.
Bella Venezia, 44 High Street
Whenever I’m in Dartford, I always head to this High Street haunt. It does excellent jacket potatoes, which are guaranteed to warm you up on a cold day, and their sandwiches, paninis and salads (which use many of the same fillings) are brilliant too. Portions are large making it good value for menu and service comes with a great big smile. Coffee is very good too. A Dartford must-try, whether sitting in or taking away.
Trinity Fare Café, High Street
Tucked inside Dartford Parish Church (at the end of the High Street closest to County Court) is a lovely café serving comforting, home-cooked meals. The menu changes daily. Much more of a sit-in restaurant, but worth it if you have the time.
Ossie’s Café, Copperfields Shopping Centre, Spital Street
A little out of the way and a bit cheap-and-cheerful, but if you need a decent coffee and breakfast first thing, this a good bet. Bacon roll only £1.40.
Le Tre Sorelle, 12 Hythe Street
For those of you who have time to kill or need a stiff drink after a long day in court, head to this somewhat fancier but inexpensive Italian restaurant on Hythe Street. At lunchtime, you can get 2 traditional Italian courses (think prawn cocktails, risotto, chicken cacciatora) for £9.95.
If you’re in need of a quick sandwich fix and don’t even have time to head to Bella Venezia, there is always Waitrose inside the Orchard shopping centre.
Not many great independent coffee shops near the courts, so stopping off at Costa near the station entrance isn’t a bad idea.