Riverside café opens in Wandle Park

By - Friday 18th July, 2014

The renaissance of Wandle Park Croydon continues with the opening a new café. Served ethically-sourced products, the café will add to the attractions available in the area, increasingly the popularity of the riverside park for both locals and visitors. 

The river Wandle. Image by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

Release begins: A new café has opening in Wandle Park to add to the growing list of attractions for the increasing numbers of visitors who enjoy riverside walks in Croydon every day of the year.

Run by a catering firm who have been established for over 20 years, Wandle Park Café prides itself in ethically and locally sourced or Fairtrade products.

Situated in the pavilion near the car park entrance, the café is open from 10am, 7 days a week.

Serving breakfasts, sandwiches, main meals and hot and cold drinks at sensible prices, there is also a children’s menu to cater for the many families who use the park’s extensive playground facilities.

Run by Kevin and Sarah French, the café is the result of a recent multi-million pound redevelopment of the entire park, funded jointly by the council and a variety of other agencies. The couple won the chance to set up the business after bidding against other potential candidates and had to show a real commitment to the area as well as having a sound business plan.

Kevin said: “Wandle Park Café is dedicated to providing high quality food using the best local ingredients where possible.

All of our coffee beans are freshly ground for each individual cup, we use only fairtrade coffee beans and tea from suppliers supporting the Rainforest Alliance.

Our meat is supplied from Norsted Manor Farm in Kent and our award winning sausages make for a truly ‘Full English’ experience.

We have always known that happy hens lay tastier eggs, and that’s why all of ours come from hens who roam freely in woodlands at Cranbrook.

We are always on the lookout for great talent and new, delicious natural ingredients and produce, and we’d love to hear from anyone locally who makes something that would be great at Wandle Park Café…anything from Jam to great pies.”

Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “It’s wonderful this park is being restored to a magnificent example of what all parks should be. We are ambitious for Croydon and we want every park to be welcoming to all residents in this way. This new Café is a brilliant new facility and I encourage residents to try it out as soon as possible.”

Release ends.

Release provider: Croydon Council



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  • Stephen Giles

    It’s wonderful that the previous Tory Council restored Wandle Park, and organised a superb opening festival last year.