Event review: Flossie Malavialle, Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, 4th June

Posted on June 22nd, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Much to enjoy at an evening of folk, blues and self-penned classics by French-born Flossie Malavialle

My husband Steve and I went along to the Croydon Folk Club on 4th June to see Flossie Malavialle, a French-born singer who has been based in the north-east of England since 2002. Several years on, she has become an accomplished performer, playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the … Read More »



Restaurant review: Yeha Noha Café & Bar, South Norwood

Posted on April 6th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 4 comments

Delicious soups, stews and sweet things at this winning South Norwood café

I decided recently that it was time that I wrote a review about this lovely café and bar. We have had lunch there before and it’s also a good meeting place for coffee. Unlike many places which think that a single espresso means a single shot, Yeha Noha provides a cup  of strong coffee, full … Read More »



Restaurant review: Zizzi’s, South Croydon

Posted on January 19th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 2 comments

Fun and convenient for a seasonal treat

57 – 59 South End, Croydon, CR0 1BF

Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes / 5 minutes 119, 466 or 312

My husband Steve and I wanted to try somewhere new for our Christmas celebration this year and Zizzi’s in south Croydon’s Restaurant Quarter was offering a festive menu at £25.95 per person. So we … Read More »



Event review: Steve Knightley plays Stanley Halls, South Norwood, Friday 17th March

Posted on March 23rd, by Anne Giles in Culture. 2 comments

A memorable night of folk music at Stanley Halls

My husband Steve and I went to the Stanley Halls in South Norwood a few days’ ago to see singer-songwriter Steve Knightley, who we have known for years, doing one of his solo gigs. Steve is also part of the Show of Hands partnership, with Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes.

At fourteen, he began playing acoustic guitar … Read More »



Event Review: Faustus at the Oval Tavern, Tuesday 18th October 2016

Posted on December 14th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

A fine evening of new material from folk moguls, Faustus

My husband Steve and I went along to the Oval Tavern in Croydon a few days ago to see the trio Faustus, who are three of folk music’s leading lights of their generation. Benji Kirkpatrick was at the Oval Tavern in February with his set, ‘Bendrix‘, which I reviewed in the Citizen at the time. Paul … Read More »



Restaurant review: Las Fuentes tapas bar, Selsdon

Posted on April 18th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Friendly staff, lovely food and a secret liqueur added up to a great meal out for Anne Giles

143 Addington Road, Selsdon, Croydon, CR2 8JJ

Time from East Croydon:   15 minutes 64

My husband Steve and I decided to try out the new tapas bar in Selsdon. Las Fuentes also has a branch in Purley, which we had been to, so we … Read More »



Event review: Liz Simcock plays the Croydon Folk Club, Monday 29th February

Posted on March 24th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles goes bouzouki

My husband Steve and I went to the Croydon Folk Club on Monday 29th February to see singer/songwriter Liz Simcock. We had seen her before as part of a duo with Clive Gregson, another singer/songwriter who had done a solo gig at Croydon and who I had also reviewed for the Croydon Citizen.

In 1999 Liz featured on the Playpen Album … Read More »



Event review: Phil Beer at the Stanley Halls, South Norwood, Thursday 25th February

Posted on March 16th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles catches up with an old favourite for a night of music and memories

My husband Steve and I went along to the Stanley Halls in South Norwood on Thursday 25th February to see Phil Beer, who we have known for years, play a solo gig. He also plays in the Phil Beer band and is part of the Show of Hands partnership.

Phil … Read More »



Restaurant review: Yaalu Yalu, South Croydon

Posted on March 7th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 1 Comment

Anne Giles finds a new Sri Lankan restaurant is definitely worth the journey

164 Addington Rd, South Croydon, CR2 8LB

Time from East Croydon:  20 minutes 64

My husband Steve and I had heard that a restaurant describing itself as ‘Asian fusion’ owned by Sri Lankans had opened up last year in South Croydon, so we thought we would give it a try. We booked a table at … Read More »



Event review: Benji Kirkpatrick plays Hendrix at the Oval Tavern, Monday 22nd February

Posted on March 1st, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles hears some Hendrix re-interpreted at the Oval

Bendrix sounds like a warming milky drink but it isn’t, as my husband Steve and I found when we went along to this gig at East Croydon’s Oval Tavern to see multi-instrumentalist folk singer and songwriter Benji Kirkpatrick on his ‘Bendrix’ tour. He is the son of folk luminaries John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris and has … Read More »