Category Archives: Pubs

Pretentious? Moi? Portland dives overboard on price of fish

There’s a new battle going on in South Norwood. Fish Wars has broken out. Some are suggesting that, in the creeping advance of gentrification in SE25, it is a battle for the area’s sole… Forget Britain’s Cod War with Iceland … Continue reading

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Whelans opens on time, and to praise from a packed house

After investing £400,000 of private money, a publican has defied the trends and re-opened a pub in South Croydon. Our photo-journalist ARNIE LEIBOVITZ was there on Friday to record the occasion Austin Whelan is the man that you want to … Continue reading

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Croydon folk gigs, The Oval Tavern and other venues, Sep-Dec

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Icarus Club acoustic showcase, Oval Tavern, Aug 30

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Developers’ own advisors say Sandrock scheme is not viable

Developers who want to build 19 flats in two ugly blocks in what was the car park of a once thriving pub in Shirley have no intention of ever re-opening the Sandrock as a going concern. That’s the conclusion reached … Continue reading

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The Croydon Night of Dance 2018, Addiscombe, Aug 21

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Riches-to-rags-to-riches tale of South Croydon publican

The redemptive quality of rags to riches tales never fails to fascinate and inspire. In the case of Austin “John” Whelan, though, his story goes around a full circle again – from rags to riches to rags, and then back … Continue reading

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