Restaurant review: the Beefeater at Coombe Lodge, Selsdon


By - Thursday 27th November, 2014

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

French onion soup.
Photo author’s own.

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 Coombe Lodge as being great for kids, as there is a lot of space for them to run around – and on Saturday afternoons they eat for free. What could be better?

There is plenty of parking and the restaurant itself is spacious. The children were treated very well and supplied with balloons, as well as crayons with a Fun and Games booklet. They had a kids’ menu and were able to mix and match their dishes, which meant that they only ate what they actually liked.

Soup came topped with a gooey cheesy crouton

My husband Steve and I opted initially for the chunky French onion soup, which came topped with a homemade gooey gouda and mozzarella cheese crouton and served with crusty sourdough bread, with generous portions of butter. My nephew and his partner shared the Beefeater combos, which looked very good.

’74 signature steak.
Photo author’s own.

Steve then went for the Beefeater mixed grill, comprising a 4 oz flat iron steak, chicken breast, gammon steak, two pork sausages, all chargrilled to perfection and served with chips, half a grilled tomato, flat mushroom, battered onion rings, a fried egg and garnished with pea shoots. My nephew and I had the ‘74 signature steak, which was accompanied by half a grilled tomato, flat mushroom, skinny chips, pea shoots and a side salad, which came with plenty of dressing. My only criticism would be that the dish needed more garlic. We washed all this down with a nice glass of Argentine malbec and the children had soft drinks.

White chocolate and berry roulade.
Photo author’s own.

The various desserts looked exceptionally tempting. Steve had the classic banoffee sundae – ice cream layered with fresh banana and shortcake crumble, drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with a wafer. I had the white chocolate and berry roulade, which our waiter had recommended. This consisted of soft meringue rippled with tangy strawberry and raspberry sauce and white chocolate cream, served with cream and raspberry sauce. It was tasty, but a little too sweet and creamy for me. The children had ice cream.

The service was excellent and I would certainly go there again.

Anne Giles

Anne Giles

I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of an Anglo-Argentine mother and English father. I went to an English school and worked for a British company out there before coming to live in the U.K. I spent many years teaching Spanish in adult education in various centres in Croydon Borough and have got to know so many different areas – North and South. We have been living in Selsdon since 1989 and I love it. I feel passionately about Croydon and have spent many years writing blogs – firstly for the Croydon Advertiser, then the Croydon Guardian, and eventually my own blog entitled “The Good Life in Croydon”. I am very much involved in the community, attending regular meetings with the Croydon Community Police Consultative Group and am also a member of the British Transport Police PACT (Police & Community Together) Team.

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