The signs are going up outside the old Cricketers pub on Addiscombe Road: “Under New Attitude”.
Miss P’s Barbecue, which until now has operated as a pop-up street food venture, has taken over the venue, not far from East Croydon Station.
A family business run by a newly married young couple, Annejaleen, or AJ, and Gianluca Ivaldi, it hopes to open by the middle of August, when it will be offering Atlanta-style barbequed food, cooked without the use of gas or electricity, in a custom-built backwoods piglet plus smoker, fuelled using only kiln-dried oak and Ogatan style charcoal.
“In true Atlanta style, we smoke a range of meats from pork, beef and chicken, to lamb and turkey,” Luca said.
“Our beef brisket is carefully sourced from a supplier in Kansas City. It comes from Black Angus cattle and is USDA certified as choice grade or higher. We believe that this is the only beef that gives us consistent and high quality results.
“The rest of our meat is sourced from within Europe and is Free Range.
“We accompany our smoked meats with traditional sides including barbecue beans and slaw. All of our rubs and sauces are homemade and designed to compliment our dishes.”
With wood and charcoal supplied from locally sourced, managed woodland by the London Log Company, the Miss P’s Barbecue team says, “We figured that, just like in Atlanta, we would use a species of wood that grows locally to us. It just so happens that for both Atlanta barbecue joints and for us, that species happens to be the almighty oak.”
Miss P’s Barbecue has been operating for four years and has been featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, as well as numerous BBC programmes.
“After many years of street food, pub residencies and private catering, we have to decided to find a permanent home for ourselves and our business,” they say.
“Having both grown up and lived in the Croydon area, we decided that the Cricketers would be the best fit for us. We would like to bring something new and unique to the area, and have decided to renovate the inside of the pub.
“We plan to turn the Cricketers into a gastro pub that will open seven days per week and serve our food for six days of the week.”
Miss P’s Barbecue will stock craft beers from Meantime Brewery, American bourbons, world whiskies and, they promise, “serve some of the best barbecue in London”.
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