Category Archives: Pubs

Blues at The Oval, The Oval Tavern, Dec 5-Jan 30

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Addiscombe’s The Alma gets a £360,000 Croydon facelift

Work began this week on a £360,000 refurbishment project to bring The Alma Tavern on Lower Addiscombe Road back into business for the New Year. The Alma has been closed since the first covid lockdown in March 2020, but Heineken … Continue reading

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Golden Ark’s laidback landlord meets Orwell’s demands

CROYDON PUB OF THE YEAR: Our man standing at the bar with a packet of pork scratchings nearby, a pint of pale ale in hand and a dog-eared paperback of Animal Farm poking out of his jacket pocket, KEN TOWL, … Continue reading

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Save The Glam campaigners ask community to buy a share

Crunch time is approaching the Save the Glamorgan campaign, as they are asking supporters to dig into their pockets to secure the future of the 170-year-old building on Cheery Orchard Road, close to East Croydon Station. The group that was … Continue reading

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Glamorgan campaigners in race against time to save old pub

The clock is ticking for campaigners to save an historic pub near East Croydon Station, with less than three months to raise the money to buy the building from its current owners. The Glamorgan on Cherry Orchard Road has been … Continue reading

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This latest sports bar hits it out of the park for a night out

Baseball provides the latest sporting theme for a bar at Boxpark. Going in to bat for Inside Croydon was SANJANA IDNANI, who weighs up whether the concept is three strikes and out, or a home run Sluggers is an exhilarating … Continue reading

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South Norwood Community Kitchen fund-raiser quiz, Jul 21

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Three ex-pubs are put up for sale as developers get cold feet

Community group has six weeks to find at least £1m to buy a once-successful  East Croydon boozer, as owners abandon plans to build flats Three former pubs have been put up for sale, as firms of developers appear set to … Continue reading

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CAMRA counts cost of covid as 12 local pubs fail to reopen

A local beer campaign organisation says that at least a dozen pubs in Croydon and Sutton that closed their doors at the start of the first coronavirus lockdown in March 2020 may have called “last orders” for a final time. … Continue reading

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Standard performances help choir emerge from lockdown

The rule of six can be a limiting factor, and performances in the open air are the only kind allowed at present, but a couple of Croydon’s best-established choirs are doing their best to resume performances as coronavirus restrictions are … Continue reading

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Schooners and horizontal tanks offer lager on industrial scale

POST-LOCKDOWN (NOT QUITE) LOCK-INS: In his never-ending quest for the perfect outdoor pint, or even two-thirds of a pint, KEN TOWL hopped on the tram to prove it is possible to organise a piss-up at two breweries Someone at Anspach … Continue reading

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Masks and casks: good to be back in the open at The Oval

Planning a trip to the pub post-lockdown requires face masks and careful monitoring of the weather forecast, as KEN TOWL discovered yesterday It was snowing when I woke up, but the childish wonder I usually feel when I see snow … Continue reading

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Design a beer mat – and play your part in saving an old pub

One Croydon pub that definitely won’t be opening next week, or any time soon, is The Glamorgan on Cherry Orchard Road. But campaigners want to highlight the building’s plight and win over more support for its eventual reopening as a … Continue reading

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Businesses adapt and change to cope with covid rules

Businesses, retailers, pubs, bars and restaurants across Croydon are preparing to emerge from their covid-imposed “slumber” of the past four months – in some cases longer – as coronavirus restrictions are eased from Monday, April 12. But many are having … Continue reading

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Oval Tavern flips pancakes into help for the homeless

The team at The Oval Tavern in East Croydon is joining forces with the Green Party to support homeless people in Croydon. They have set up an appeal for food, toiletries, warm clothing and sleeping bags. The donations will be … Continue reading

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Government’s £½m boost for borough’s night-time economy

Pubs, clubs, restaurants and leisure businesses are being encouraged by the council to apply for a £10,000 grant to help boost the borough’s night-time economy. But hurry: the money won’t go far. Croydon has received £500,000 from the government under … Continue reading

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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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