Restaurant review: Oscar’s Brasserie, Croydon Park Hotel

Posted on January 13th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles and her husband try a seasonal buffet

Croydon Park Hotel, 7 Altyre Road, Croydon, CR9 5AA

Time from East Croydon:  5 minutes

My husband Steve and I had visited this restaurant for a Christmas celebration recently and were so pleased with it that we decided to return a week later. Luncheon at £22.50 a head consists of an ‘all you can eat’ cold buffet, … Read More »

Restaurant review: Chom Chom, Beckenham

Posted on December 8th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles enjoys a Beckenham buffet that spans the globe

8-12 Bromley Road, Beckenham BR3 5JE
Time from East Croydon:  20 minutes to Beckenham Junction,  5 minutes

My husband Steve and I recently decided to treat ourselves to lunch at Chom Chom, a Beckenham restaurant well known for its ‘all you can eat’ buffet which serves Indian, Thai, Chinese and European food. This has a fixed … Read More »

Event review: Coope, Boyes and Simpson at Croydon Folk Club, Monday 16th October

Posted on November 5th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 1 Comment

Anne Giles is touched by a moving and sometimes humorous tribute to the desperate courage shown in wartime

Croydon Folk Club meets every Monday evening at Ruskin House on Coombe Road. Tickets cost £12 for non-members, but other Croydon Folk Club events often cost less.My husband Steve and I went along recently to see Coope, Boyes and Simpson perform.

This acapella trio comprises Barry … Read More »

Ambition Festival review: A night of Asian-British fusion at the Fairfield Halls, Saturday 25th July

Posted on August 12th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

The Wizards of Percussion cast a spell on Anne Giles

We went to this event in Fairfield Halls auditorium on Saturday 25th July. The show was part of Croydon’s Ambition Festival and there were three acts in all. The first one was the Wizards of Percussion, consisting partially of Bernhard Schimpelsberger, a British/Austrian composer and percussionist, using his full drum kit and a cajon box … Read More »

Ambition Festival event review: Tinariwen plays at the Fairfield Halls, Thursday 23rd July

Posted on August 5th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 1 Comment

Anne Giles rocks the Tuareg desert blues

My husband Steve and I went to this event at the Fairfield Halls on 23rd July on the opening day of Croydon’s Ambition Festival. The support act was King Size Slim, a heavyweight acoustic band, led by Toby Barelli, winner of the inaugural Emerging Artist Award sponsored by Blues in Britain magazine. The audience loved him, which I suppose was just a … Read More »

Event review: Clive Gregson at the Croydon Folk Club, Monday 25th May

Posted on June 9th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 2 comments

Anne Giles enjoys an evening mixing new tunes with nostalgia at Ruskin House

I have known Clive for many years. Originally from Manchester, he is an accomplished singer-songwriter, musician and record producer who started his professional music career in 1980 as the leader of cult band Any Trouble. Between 1985 and 1992 he formed a partnership with Christine Collister, who came to public attention in … Read More »

Restaurant review: Buenos Aires restaurant, Purley

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

Anglo-Argentine Croydonian Anne Giles enjoys authentic cuisine on a day of national tradition

6-8 Tudor Court, Russell Hill Road, Purley CR8 2LA

Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes /  25 minutes 60 or 466 or from Purley station:  3 minutes


My husband Steve and I decided to celebrate ‘The Three Kings’ on 6th January. This is a day which … Read More »

Restaurant review: Christmas dinner at Toby Carvery, South Croydon

Posted on December 22nd, by Anne Giles in Culture. 1 Comment

A great pudding rescues a middling roast for Anne Giles

415 Brighton Road, South Croydon CR2 6EJ
Time from East Croydon  15 minutes by 466 or 312

My husband Steve and I decided that, as we would not be having turkey this Christmas, it might be nice to try a carvery and Toby’s was doing a Christmas special three course meal for £13.49, which I thought was … Read More »

Event review: Belshazzar’s Feast at the Oval Tavern, Sunday 7th December

Posted on December 12th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles enjoys traditional carols, bum notes and festive folk music

My husband Steve and I went along to this gig at East Croydon’s Oval Tavern recently. We know the musicians very well. They are Paul Sartin, who is a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger. He performs and records extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners and nominees Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast and Faustus, … Read More »

Restaurant review: the Beefeater at Coombe Lodge, Selsdon

Posted on November 27th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles enjoys a family-friendly lunch – and the grown-ups eat well too

104 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 5RB
Time from East Croydon:  7 minutes,  5 minutes

My little great-nephew recently celebrated his fourth birthday and his father suggested that we find a suitable restaurant in the Croydon area to meet up for lunch. I asked for suggestions on Twitter and a couple of people mentioned … Read More »