Category Archives: Restaurants

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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KFC opens first New Addington branch on Central Parade

It’s been a long time coming, but KFC has arrived in New Addington, with a new restaurant which has created approximately 20 new jobs. The fried chicken restaurant opened on Central Parade on Monday, and is offering eat-in, takeaway and … Continue reading

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Wok fire leaves London Road restaurant badly damaged

Five fire engines and around 35 firefighters were called to a restaurant on London Road in Croydon yesterday, after oil in a wok caught fire, heating a steel extractor hood and setting light to the building’s timber frame. No one … Continue reading

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Little Bay deserves top tips with Chancellor’s Dosh for Nosh

Vegans should probably look away now, as armed with his government eating out subsidy, KEN TOWL goes in search of a T-bone steak for little more than a tenner “To get customers back into restaurants, cafés and pubs, and protect … Continue reading

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Tea rooms want to stage ‘thank you’ party for NHS staff

A café at the heart of the community in Sanderstead is calling on its customers and neighbours to help to raise funds for a special “Thank You” party for the Critical Care Team at Mayday Hospital. During the covid -19 … Continue reading

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There’s no masking fact that covid-19 infection is on rise again

Croydon’s newly installed ceremonial Mayor admits she has been affected by covid-19, yet did not wear a mask or practice social distancing on her first two engagements, while Public Health England reports an increase in virus infection rates in some … Continue reading

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Chef Kerridge cooks up a drive-in show for Selhurst Park

Bath. Marlow. Tunbridge Wells. Chichester. Croydon. Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge is taking to the road with a post-lockdown style of touring catering event, and he is bringing it to Selhurst Park next month. Kerridge’s summer tour plans for Pub In … 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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Reggae beats help Valentines go smoothly on One Love night

Turtle Bay, the Caribbean restaurant on Croydon High Street, are injecting a big helping of light-hearted fun into Valentine’s Day this year, as they invite everyone to celebrate “One Love” on February 14. Customers can expect a laid-back Caribbean dinner served … Continue reading

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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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Hipsterdom is alive and thriving at £8 per pint in Surrey Street

Go on a pub crawl, said the editor. Find the dark heart of hipster wankerdom in Croydon, where beer is overpriced and the sandwiches chewy and taste odd, he said. Play ping pong, or shuffleboard, came the brief. As you … Continue reading

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Brixton restaurant that serves up a lambshank redemption

KEN TOWL has been doing thyme at one of London’s best-rated restaurants, where there isn’t a bar, but everyone is behind bars and where porridge isn’t on the menu Last week I literally had my collar felt. Getting into Her … Continue reading

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Unhappy tenants say they’re ready to quit loss-making Boxpark

It’s not been a great week for Boozepark. Then again, nor has it been great for Croydon Council, either, as it was they who provided a £3million loan and more than £400,000 in hand-outs of public money to help get … Continue reading

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East Croydon pub hit with £180,000 fine over mouse droppings

The Porter and Sorter, next to East Croydon Station, has been fined £180,000 plus costs for failing to maintain adequate food hygiene standards. The pub, which is popular with Crystal Palace fans seeking a pre-match pint and burger, was visited … Continue reading

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Page Turners turn for Circe, Norwood Junction, May 2

The well-read of South Norwood, the Page Turners book club, meet next Thursday, May 2, when the book up for discussion is Circe, by Madeline Miller. The group usually meets on the first Thursday of each month (check their Facebook … Continue reading

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Plan for 19 flats in Shirley pub car park returns ‘like a vampire’

The developer who wanted to build flats in the car park of what was a previously popular pub in Shirley is back, with very familiar plans. According to one of the residents involved in last year’s successful campaign to save … Continue reading

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Board games cafe Ludoquist has found a winning formula

The game’s up for KEN TOWL, who after trying to Monopoly-se a weekend night out, at first didn’t have a Cluedo where to go, but went on a Trivial Pursuit for a new venue and after a final roll of … Continue reading

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Four free side dishes in Turtle Bay’s January special offer

Diners at Turtle Bay this month can get four free side dishes when they spend £25 on their food  and drink. The Croydon High Street Caribbean-themed restaurant’s offer is called “A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day meets Agatha Christie in Gosford Park, Feb 7

Page Turners, South Norwood’s monthly book club, next meets on Thursday February 7, when the book being discussed is The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Meeting (usually) on the first Thursday of every month from 7.30pm at … Continue reading

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Bad Apple is blighted town centre’s fifth night club to close

Development blight in Croydon town centre has claimed another victim, with the Bad Apple night club set to close its doors for a final time on New Year’s Day. It was late on Boxing Day that the owners of the … Continue reading

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Pretentious? Moi? Portland dives overboard on price of fish

There’s a new battle of the batters 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 … Continue reading

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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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Losing the plastic straws provides a more perfect cocktail mix

With our resident culture correspondent, Bella Bartock, laid up because of the hot summer weather, her grandson, BILL BARTOCK, strolled along to a town centre cocktail bar to sample their take on typically tropical drinks Since opening two years ago, … Continue reading

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£400,000 to transform South Croydon pub into new Whelans

A South Croydon pub, closed for almost a year, is set to re-open at the end of August after a £400,000 transformation into an Irish-themed gastro-pub. The man behind the makeover is pub entrepreneur Austin Whelan, who has lengthy experience … Continue reading

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Your five-a-day in a glass, and Japan served up on a plate

Looking for a quick, tasty lunch with friends, where you get rapid service? EBONY GORDON has found just the place Want to go out for a lunch or dining experience in Croydon town centre, and be guilt-free by managing to … Continue reading

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