Restaurant review: The Sun, Carshalton

Posted on February 22nd, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 4 comments

A superb gastropub just a stone’s throw away and well worth the bus ride

4 North Street, Carshalton, Sutton SM5 2HU 

Time from East Croydon:   16 minutes X26,  10 minutes or from West Croydon   42 minutes 157,  5 minutes 

I’m not objective about the current incarnation of the Sun. It’s the pub where I started my adult adventures when it was an Irish rugby pub that did lock-ins. But … Read More »

What the closure of Albert’s Table says about Croydon

Posted on October 30th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 23 comments

Albert’s Table in South Croydon has suddenly closed – why?

I’ve been reviewing restaurants in the Croydon Citizen for a few years. I’ve always tried to be positive about independent Croydon(ish) venues, only giving MeatLiquor and Boxpark a bit of a kicking (which both can take on the chin pretty easily). However, there was another kicking that I’d been building up to since I started this gig: … Read More »

Restaurant review: Vinoteca Italiana

Posted on July 25th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 3 comments

The ideal local Italian restaurant

Time from West Croydon:  12 minutes

1-3 Bridge House, Beeches Avenue, Carshalton SM5 3LG

Imagine the perfect trattoria. It would be fairly run and owned, with friendly Italian staff who care about your experience. You’d start with a selection of Italian breads and a grassy olive oil with a sweet and sour vinegar to have with a first drink. The place would have great al … Read More »

Farewell to Waddon

Posted on March 29th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. No Comments

Why I loved living in Waddon… and why sometimes, numbers don’t tell the whole story

A recent outstanding piece by Liz Sheppard-Jones about how flytipping and wider issues have made her consider the unthinkable (to move out of Croydon) led me to musing on my thirteen years of living in Waddon, before I took the decision to move back to Sutton, where I grew up. I shared Liz’s frustrations, … Read More »

Restaurant review: Mingo Argentine Steakhouse, Purley

Posted on March 1st, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 5 comments

This excellent purveyor of meat and drink is not a cheap night out – but you get what you pay for

Time from East Croydon:   15 minutes

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

Many of you will remember the Buenos Aires Steakhouse chain. There used to be a large one in Purley and some years ago now, a small one at in South End that … Read More »

Boxpark’s a quickie when Croydon needs something more meaningful

Posted on January 16th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 6 comments

Sold as a 21st century leisure destination, the crates in Dingwall Road are a twenty minute wolfed-down pitstop

The Croydon Citizen recently published my not-entirely-complimentary review of Meat Liquor in Boxpark. As the review states, I was conscious that I was being harsher on the place than I would have been had it been a stand-alone venture somewhere else in Croydon. Away from Boxpark, I’d probably have scored … Read More »

Restaurant review: Meat Liquor, Boxpark

Posted on January 11th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 2 comments

Boxpark, Croydon, CR0 1LD

Time from East Croydon:  1 minute

I’ve been eating at MeatLiquor since I demolished its celebrated ‘three dead hippies’ dish in a pub off Peckham Rye. I’ve been a fan of their burgers for years. I often get a dead hippie with chilli fries as a takeaway at work for our Friday blowout team lunch, and I’ve had a few great nights … Read More »

Restaurant review: Bianco 43

Posted on October 13th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 1 Comment

A mini chain that should have the national brands in Croydon very scared indeed

40 South End, South Croydon, CR0 1DP

Time from East Croydon:  10 minutes 466, 119, 312

I lived in Croydon for over a decade and during that time, Mirch Masala on South End was a firm favourite. Great spicy grills in a no frills environment and BYO booze policy meant that I was there a … Read More »

Event review: The Croydon Craft Beer Festival II, 17th – 19th March 2016

Posted on March 30th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. No Comments

CCBF number two leaves Paddy Blewer feeling fuzzy around the edges

We all know that the second time is often better than the first. You know what you’re doing. You’re organised. You know what works and what doesn’t. There’s less of the well-meaning fumbling. At the same time, if the first go was great, you’ve raised expectations of your performance, which can lead to nerves: … Read More »

Event review: The Croydon Craft Beer Festival, 16th-17th October 2015

Posted on October 27th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 3 comments

Serious beer, great vibes and a very professional operation. Cheers, says Paddy Blewer

The Croydon and Sutton branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) is sadly in abeyance right now, but the first in what will hopefully be a series of a new beer festivals in Croydon drew packed crowds at the Clocktower in Croydon on 16th and 17th October. A consortium of Croydon businesses … Read More »