From London to Cambridge Station
Direct trains depart from:
Catch a train from London Liverpool Street, platforms 14-18. Trains leave every 10 minutes on the .10, .20, .30
Oyster-able for £7.80 so no need to queue for a paper ticket.
Romford Magistrates Court
19 Main Road
Essex RM1 3BH
Tel: 0208 4376525
Fax: 0208 4376561
DX: 156842 Ilford 9
Court counter times: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Romford County Court
2a Oaklands Avenue
Essex RM1 4DP
Tel: 01708 775353
Fax: 01708 756653
DX 97530 Romford 2
Court counter times: 10am – 2pm
Getting there from Romford Station
There are 3 options (in our order of preference):
Walk (cheapest, 12 mins)
Turn left out of the station onto South Street and walk down the high street (passing M&S) until you get to a crossroads. Turn right onto Market Place passing all the shops on your right, including the somewhat ‘aromatic’ butcher. Walk through the arches and subway, following signs for the police station, so that you come out on the Main Road.
Romford Magistrates Courts are on your left immediately before the police station.
To reach the County Courts, go past the Esso petrol station and turn first left onto Oaklands Avenue. The courts are the first building on the right.
Taxi (dearest, 5 mins)
Opposite the station facing towards you on Eastern Road is a discrete taxi rank. Costs approximately £5 to get to either the County or Magistrates Courts. Worth it on a rainy day.
Turn right out of the train station and you will find yourself at the bus depot. Take either the 174, 498, 499 or N86 to the Romford Police Station stop. Then walk to courts as above.
At Romford County Court, you will find Viv and Tina who are the ushers upstairs. They are wonderful ladies. On a bad day, they may even treat you to a biscuit!
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Unfortunately there isn’t much competition on the coffee, cake or lunch front in Romford. The only decent independent traders we’ve encountered are:
Found on Platform 4 Romford Station (ie Londonbound). All the usual hot drinks on the menu plus some pastries but worth a trip for the yummy Spiced Chai Latte. Best of all, service always comes with a smile!
Sunset Chill Out. 72 South Street
Just off South Street in actual fact, round the corner from Kosho, an amazing hideaway serving great Illy coffee, a good selection of wraps and pizza and delicious ice cream for the summer months (pictured above). Great for sit down or
Cheap and cheerful Italian ‘Food, Coffee and Art Lounge’ located en route to court if going indoors through The Liberty shopping centre. Does one of the better coffees in Romford, good paninis and a mean chocolate cake
I Paparazzi, 33 Main Road
Round the corner behind Romford County Court, inside the Harefield Manor Hotel (pictured below), is this great Italian secret. Check out the menu here. Definitely worth a visit it if you have a decent lunch break.
Otherwise, the usual suspects pave your way to court:
Opposite the station as you walk down South Street, or inside the Esso petrol station opposite the County Court.
Starbucks and Mr Pretzel
Inside the Liberty Centre but worth the venture to drink your coffee whilst smelling – or better still, eating – the Cinnamon Pretzels from Mr Pretzel nearby.
The petrol station triples as a Tesco and Costa and offers unexciting but edible sandwiches and salads for those in a rush.
Marks and Spencer’s
If you’ve got more time, you can walk back towards the station to the coffee shop inside M&S. Treat yourself to a baked potato or the Mushroom and Emmental melt or just pick up a sandwich
In honest truth, lunch in Romford requires some forward planning. Our advice: either pick something up on your way to court or BYO.
Next to Timpsons on Laurie Walk within The Liberty centre. Great place to get your nails down or have a massage over lunch or on your way home. Excellent eyebrow threading for a mere £4.
There is plenty of shopping to be done in Romford but here are a couple of the better-kept secrets:
Extensive fancy dress shop inside The Liberty for all your costume needs.
Near Debenhams, here you are guaranteed to find a pair of cheap but comfortable flats perfect for wearing to court.
The Original Sweet Shop
An incredible old-fashioned sweet shop selling everything your sweet tooth could desire, including the most obscure foreign treats. Remember Nerds or Dweebs? How about Mike and Ikes? Find them all here!