Category Archives: Pubs

Listed Sandrock pub under threat again from ‘hideous’ scheme

A “hideous” development proposal for the site of a locally listed Victorian pub in Shirley which has already been rejected twice is being brought forward to the council’s planning committee again this week, with the planning department recommending that the … Continue reading

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Council admits its ‘pub protection policy’ may not work

City Hall has ruled that a developers’ scheme to demolish a previously thriving East Croydon pub and turn the site into (yet another) block of flats does not meet local planning regulations. But Croydon’s own planning department looks ready to … Continue reading

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Poet’s postcards of hope for publicans across England

A Croydon poet, Nick Makoha, is supporting publicans across south-east England with a heartwarming poem about pubs. The poem, Botanist, which has been commissioned by Tunbridge Wells-based arts project Inn Crowd, is part of a national campaign called “Winter Warmers”. … Continue reading

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Portland Arms pub opens its kitchen for community service

South Norwood reporter JANE NICHOLL on the latest lockdown initiative Community groups in South Norwood this week welcomed a much-needed additional self-help service, when the Portland Arms pub offered its kitchen and food during lockdown to prepare and distribute meals … Continue reading

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Council applies emergency brake on New Year parking hike

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports on how Fisher’s Folly officials have been forced into a sudden U-turn over their money-spinning ’emissions-based’ parking charges New car parking charges, due to come into force at council-run car parks and … Continue reading

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Alchemy music venue ‘in imminent danger’, says Trust

Alchemy, the Jamaican bar and restaurant on St George’s Walk in the town centre, is in imminent danger of permanent closure because of lost business due to the covid-19 lockdowns, according to the Music Venue Trust. The Music Venue Trust … Continue reading

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95p per pint – pubs readying themselves for last orders

Well, there is always some sort of up-side to the lockdown news, and the Green Dragon pub on the High Street, at the top of Surrey Street, is doing a “while stocks last” offer of 95p a pint on its … Continue reading

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Campaign group prepares to battle for Glamorgan’s future

Pub-lovers in Addiscombe and East Croydon are rolling up their sleeves for another battle over the future of The Glamorgan on Cherry Orchard Road, against developers who have a track record for allowing old pub buildings to fall derelict if … Continue reading

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Jobs and livelihoods on a knife-edge says business chief

Purley BID’s CEO has spoken out about the impact that the latest covid-19 restrictions are having  on his members’ businesses The move into “High” covid-19 restrictions “has been devastating” for local businesses, according to the official who manages the Purley … Continue reading

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Brewers Greene King call time on popular South Norwood pub

The Albert Tavern in South Norwood is to close permanently. The Albert, warmly regarded as a community hub by locals living near the Harrington Road pub, is one of 79 pubs which brewers Greene King has announced are to close. … Continue reading

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Pub gardeners’ question time: Builders has others in the shade

Just where is the best beer garden to go in post-lockdown Croydon for a socially distanced, covid-safe drink with old mates? KEN TOWL, pictured right in his best new normal going-out gear, needed no second invitation to try a few … Continue reading

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A covid pub crawl round Croydon: Mine’s a pint of sanitiser

While Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, does his Jimmy Pursey impersonation with a chorus of ‘We’re Going Dahn The Pub’, our roaming correspondent, KEN TOWL, right, took a more cautious approach to the reopenings Young people are, of course, immortal. So … Continue reading

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Brewers go online to welcome customers back next week

As the pubs reopen, so the new brewery Taproom off the Purley Way is preparing to welcome back punters keen to get out of the house for a pint. And the lengths that brewers Anspach and Hobday have had to … Continue reading

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Sandrock owners reveal monster plans to tower over Shirley

Twice in the past two years, residents in Shirley have seen off attempts by rapacious developers to erect an ugly monster among the modest dwellings that surround the Sandrock, a locally listed Victorian pub. On one previous application, even the … Continue reading

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Oval Tavern appeal success sees pub helping other venues

A popular central Croydon pub and music venue has been so successful with an online fund-raising appeal that it is now sharing some donations with other independent venues around the country that have been hard-hit by lockdown closures because of … Continue reading

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Local businesses get on their trikes to help Mayday workers

As the pandemic crisis heads into its second month in London, even under the toughest economic conditions for generations small businesses rooted in their communities are going out of their way to help, with special offers for NHS staff. Jose … Continue reading

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Council promises to pay business virus grants in seven days

Stung into action following Inside Croydon’s report on its detail-lite, vacuous announcement intended to “help” the borough’s businesses, the council last night issued a new press statement about the business aid available in the coronavirus emergency. And this time they … Continue reading

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Pay Your Staff: Disgusted locals send Spoons a message

No one would be foolish enough to suggest that Wetherspoons’ climbdown yesterday over paying their workers was prompted by it, but some people in Crystal Palace made what they think of the odious Tim Martin plain on Tuesday night as … Continue reading

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Dave Sears, Mike Brown and guests, The Oval Tavern, Apr 4

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Purley Way brewery’s taproom offers a taste of things to come

Croydon’s newest brewery will be opening its on-site taproom next month. Craft brewers Anspach and Hobday have just started brewing in their new site in the Valley Point Industrial Estate, off the Purley Way, and from Saturday March 7, the … Continue reading

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Anspach and Hobday Taproom, grand opening, Mar 7

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Sausage and mash comes with ‘jus’ in this Triangle of pubs

Crystal Palace Triangle is thriving with pubs, but it has only two types of pub, as KEN TOWL explains. Photographs: SIMON BENTLEY “You should write a piece on the pubs in the north of the borough,” said the senior local … Continue reading

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Jazz At The Bell, The Railway Bell, Gipsy Hill, Jan 12

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World War Three, Brexit, Boris… but there is always The Hope

There was a whole load of wassailing going on in Carshalton at the weekend. KEN TOWL went along to find out what the fuss was all about. Photos: SIMON BENTLEY I find myself speaking to a man who appears to … Continue reading

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Croydon’s night-time music scene could be entering new Phase

New Year’s Eve should be the biggest night of the year for the local club scene. RORY KELLY paid a visit to Phase, a new venue hoping to transform Croydon’s night-time feel Clubbing in Croydon has a problem. Despite being … Continue reading

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