Category Archives: Pubs

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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Brewers’ ‘smart’ pigeon brand homes in on Therapia Lane

There’s a new brewer in town, and KEN TOWL couldn’t wait to visit When Walter White realised that the cotidian lifestyle was not for him, he ended up breaking bad. When Messrs Anspach and Hobday decided to strike out on … Continue reading

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Wintry Thames towpath walk that’s like entering another world

WANDLE WANDERER: Croydon’s own river, the Wandle, eventually reaches the Thames itself, which provides a multitude of possible walks. Here, KEN TOWL sets off for Richmond to see what the towpath has to offer With friends visiting from Hackney and … Continue reading

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Craft brewers in £500,000 expansion to Croydon’s Valley Park

Croydon is about to get a new brewery. Craft ale brewers Anspach and Hobday, currently based under a Bermondsey railway arch and with a bar in Camberwell, have a £500,000 expansion plan and they are looking to set up a … Continue reading

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Charity Pub Quiz, The Fox, Old Coulsdon, Nov 17

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Firkin Fantasy beer festival, The Hope, Carshalton, Oct 31-Nov 2

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John Lovell in concert, Royal Standard, Sheldon St, Oct 26

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Fanfare for the Common man, and here’s a toast to two ‘saints’

WANDLE WANDERER: Our non-resident rambler KEN TOWL is off on his travels again, but he hasn’t had to venture very far afield to discover some overlooked treasures St Reatham is not, of course, a church named after a saint, but … Continue reading

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The Soul Fixers, The Oval Tavern, Oct 12

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Summer Affair charity festival, The Hope Carshalton, Sep 21

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Landmark Addiscombe pub on Victorian Society’s ‘at risk’ list

The Victorian Society has called for the long-closed Leslie Arms on Lower Addiscombe Road to be found a new owner to save the building and re-open it as a pub. The Grade II-listed Leslie Arms has been closed for more … Continue reading

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