Category Archives: Restaurants

Boxpark terrace bar greets summer with Caribbean flavours

Big Mike’s Rooftop BBQ returns this Sunday, June 19, to kick off a summer of good vibes and great food on the terrace at Boxpark Croydon. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen’s food and delicious cocktails served on the terrace were one … Continue reading

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New all-you-can-eat buffet moving in to the Grants building

JRC Global Buffet is to open a new branch of their all-you-can-eat diners in central Croydon in “mid-2022 in a brand new concept”. The restaurant chain already operates from premises in Valley Park, off the Purley Way. Central Croydon will … Continue reading

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£2m auction deal could take HG Wells back to the future

A landmark pub in Worcester Park appears to have been saved from demolition or conversion into flats, after a private buyer paid more than £2million for the property. The HG Wells, on Cheam Common Road, has been closed for so … Continue reading

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Is this the biggest Easter egg to be found in Croydon?

Posting photographs of what could claim to be Croydon’s biggest Easter egg probably wasn’t the most helpful thing to do for all those thinking of the tough task of giving up chocolate for Lent. But the South Croydon Community Association … Continue reading

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Caribbean bar is still recruiting ahead of delayed reopening

After a near-two-year closure, Croydon High Street’s Turtle Bay Caribbean-themed cocktail bar and restaurant is set to reopen,  just in time for Christmas… The Croydon branch is the last of the 40-or-so Turtle Bay chain to reopen after the enforced … Continue reading

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After 20-month covid lockdown, Turtle Bay looks to reopen

Restaurant chain’s Croydon branch is staging a recruitment day on Tuesday for front- and back-of-house staff Turtle Bay, the Caribbean restaurant on the High Street, is set to reopen next month, almost two years since it closed in response to … Continue reading

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Tea time among the tees: 10% off at Farleigh for our readers

Set among 350 acres of beautiful countryside, Farleigh Golf Club also boasts one of Croydon’s top restaurants. And now, in partnership with Farleigh, Inside Croydon is delighted to offer our loyal readers a special 10 per cent off the cost … Continue reading

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Big Mike takes his Lime up on the roof for the rest of summer

The special Sunday Caribbean barbecue on the roof terrace of Boxpark has proved such a success, it has extended its run to every Sunday afternoon from now until the end of September. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen opened at Boxpark, next … 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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Where Mummy knows best: taste of Egypt comes to Boxpark

When SANJANA IDNANI heard that there was a new restaurant in town offering the best of Egyptian street food, she went along to find out more and, naturally, she took her Mum(my) A trip to Cairo might not be on … Continue reading

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Celebrate July 4 with a free rum punch at Big Mike’s Lime

Celebrate American Independence Day at Big Mike’s Rooftop Lime this Sunday, July 4, with a free rum punch – and give yourself the chance of a holiday of a lifetime, too. Big Mike’s Rooftop Lime hits the Boxpark Terrace, open … 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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Rooftop Lime at Boxpark offers Barbados dream holiday prize

A Caribbean barbeque is coming to Croydon most summer Sundays, starting next month – and everyone who takes part will have the chance of winning a holiday of a lifetime Big Mike’s Rooftop Lime hits Boxpark next month. Boxpark is … Continue reading

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The highs and lows of starting a business in the pandemic

UNDER THE FLYOVER: In the latest episode of Inside Croydon’s podcast strand, ELLA HOPKINS interviews Mike Springer, the founder of Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen, about how the Croydon community helped to save his fledgeling business in the middle of the … Continue reading

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READER OFFER: 10% off food collections at Calypso Kitchen

Inside Croydon readers can get 10 per cent off their orders for collections from Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen for the next month, and enjoy the totally tropical taste of the award-winning chef’s food. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen at Boxpark is … Continue reading

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Burger chain Wendy’s eyes town centre site in return to UK

Wendy’s, the American burger restaurant chain, is coming to Croydon, with big plans for a prime location in the town centre as part of a big expansion throughout Britain. The group has submitted plans for a restaurant on two levels … 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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Roovolt: Deliveroo riders go on strike over pay and conditions

By Clara Murray After last week’s snub by bankers and investors which saw nearly £4billion wiped off the company’s value at its disastrous launch on the stockmarket, today Deliveroo was facing a revolt by the people it relies upon the … Continue reading

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Chocolate eggs giveaway as Big Mike cooks up Easter

A community-minded restaurant is giving away 200 chocolate Easter eggs this Saturday, as Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen gears up to finally be able to open for guests later next month. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen moved in to premises at Boxpark … 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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Food delivery app launches to take hungry bite of £11bn trade

A home office-based business in Croydon is taking on global brands Just Eat, Deliveroo and UberEats with its own local delivery service. Paul Sweeney and Andy Szebeni have today launched Croydon Eats, a food ordering app which is looking to … 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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30% parking fees hike will apply even to electric-powered cars

As George Orwell never wrote, all vehicles are equal, but some are more equal than others. Using environmental policies as an excuse, the council is expected to implement a parking charge hike of one-third from January. JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent, … 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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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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