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“Christmas Party Nights”

Priestfield Stadium
Reviewed December 22, 2013

Having paid £60 for a night out here, I expected a lot more atmosphere than there was
There was a band who did a, thankfully, short set and the disco was some what bland, but the food was more than nice

I've never been here before, apart from to see the The Gills play at home. The reception area is clean and a free cloakroom is provided in which to put your coat. As you are seated upstairs for your meal, your coat is then transported upstairs for you to collect on your way home. Saves any drunken falls down the stairs.

The main eating room was tastefully decorated with twinkling fairy lights and the tables were set with balloons and party bits such as poppers and those self blow up balloons that then make a funny noise as you release them to fly around the room

The meal itself tasted very pleasant. It was set out beautifully on the plate, but, for £60 I would expect to have more than a choice of 2 dishes per course. I've been to places for Xmas dos, been charged less than half the price and had at least 3 choices for each course. Fairly small portions, but I think they are aiming for a more cultured look.

Food service was painfully slow and took 2 hours, then we sat waiting for the coffee and mince pies only to be told we served those to ourselves! Would have been nice to have been informed instead of getting to the coffee table to find cold mine pies and almost cold tea and coffee.

The band: no idea what they were called as they weren't announced but they played ska music. Now, this kind of music is impossible to dance to in any other way other than the 'Ska Way' which is bouncing up and down Madness style, it mostly ruined the evening for me. The slow food service added to it. When you are invited to pay for an Xmas do with entertainment and disco, you don't expect ska music. The DJ played some rather strange dance tracks, that seemed to be his personal home collection rather than a selection of decent dance tunes

Would I go again? Only if I was outvoted about the venue (works Christmas party). If I had a choice works Xmas do wouldn't be here again. Whilst the food was above average, the total night was only just average - lack of atmosphere and rubbish entertainment and disco tunes

We were here from 8 till 1, but can recommend you leave early

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

I have been attending Priestfield Stadium for many years now as a supporter of my local football league team and have seen it evolve from the old terracing and rickety shelters to what approximates to a reasonable football stadium for a lower league side.
I guess you would only come here if you are a ‘Gills’ supporter or with the travelling opposition but you may just be a ‘floating supporter’ or here with a friend.
Whatever, probably the best stand to choose if you have the choice is the newest, Medway Stand running the length of the pitch and reached via Redfern Avenue. This stand has the family area (Block H I believe but confirm) where bad language is actively discouraged. The stand also has an elevated section upstairs which is a little bit more expensive but is rewarded with very good views of the playing field. A tip for using this stand, if you are visiting for either an Autumn or Spring fixture on a Saturday afternoon, the setting sun will shine straight into your eyes so take a baseball cap or be prepared to sit shielding your eyes for the game. The stand has reasonable refreshment and good toilet facilities. The advantage of this stand is that access via Redfern Avenues also s means that you pass the club shop and ticket office.

The Rainham End Stand is where you will find some of the most vocal home support. Again, a fairly modern stand at one end of the ground, and with good refreshment and toilet facilities. The majority of the centre section of this stand tends to be season ticket holders but you can still get the odd seat with a good vantage point if you buy early for the game. Access to this stand is also from Redfern Avenue with the same advantages as the Medway Stand above.

One half of the Brian Moore stand at the opposite end of the ground to the Rainham End, is mainly reserved for the away support and the other half is sometimes available for home support as well, with segregation barriers in place to keep both sets of fans apart. This stand is actually comprised of a temporary scaffold structure and has no roof, if it rains during the game, and you wish to remain in view of the field of play, you will get wet! The seating however is higher than that in the Rainham End giving a better (if more distant) view. Access for the home support is from Gordon Road and from away support from Priestfield Road.

The fourth stand is the Gordon Road stand running the length of the fourth side. I have not used this stand so would be unable to give an accurate review, however it is equipped with both refreshment and toilet facilities.

The ground is hemmed in on all sides by housing so opportunities for street parking are limited within about a half a mile radius. A tip here, park your car facing the direction that you intend to leave as some of the streets get very busy after the game and turning around in the road will gain you few friends!

Gillingham Railway station is a comfortable 15 minute walk away from the ground if you wish to take the train.

There is rarely ‘trouble’ between supporters at the stadium either before or after the game, but if you wish to avoid any chances of conflict it may be wise to avoid the Priestfield Road area of the ground particularly after the game.

3  Thank Stewart C
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

I recently attended a match day wine and dine at prestfield the food was disbolical service run by kids and when I complained was told the management were to busy. I then seen how busy they was standing in a corner chatting away. I spoke to the so called general manager and deputy and was met with blank expressions ?? What is this place about word of warning do not use this place for food drink or events unless you want 2nd rate microwave warm ups and bad customer service.a total discrace to catering

1  Thank Mark G
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Unless one has a strong urge to watch Gillingham FC, or the visiting opposition, why visit. Ticket prices are high for the standard of football and one of the stands is nothing more than an uncovered scaffold erection. Apart from wine, dine and watch ticket (£50, last season's price) where the sit down meal is reasonable,with a seat in the main stand, there is not much else to commend the place.,

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

You'll either love it or hate it depending on if you like the Gills.

Like most older stadiums the facilities are the very min they could allow but they do work. The tea is awful though (for the first time I had to throw mine away it was so bad).

If your going to a match then it serves it purpose other than that what's the point!!!

Thank Lloyd B
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