Restaurant review: Oscar’s Brasserie, Croydon Park Hotel


By - Wednesday 13th January, 2016

Anne Giles and her husband try a seasonal buffet


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

Time from East Croydon:  5 minutes

Photo author’s own.

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, serving salads, cold meats, seafood and other delights and this is followed by a hot buffet consisting of slices of roast turkey, pork, beef and so on, accompanied by roast potatoes and a selection of vegetables.

There is a good selection of desserts to choose from after this and coffee is also included in the price. Soft drinks, wine or other beverages are charged separately. We were pleasantly surprised when we ordered a glass each of Argentine Malbec and it was only £3.50 a glass. I find that many restaurants overcharge for their wine.

We’d booked a table, as Oscar’s can become quite busy, certainly over the Christmas period. However, it was pleasantly quiet on this occasion. The staff were very attentive at all times.

We do like our espressos, so we managed to persuade the waitress to bring them from the bar

Once we had been brought our drinks we ventured towards the cold buffet. These are definitely the best thing about Oscar’s! I selected a plateful consisting of artichoke hearts, diced beetroot, carrots and swedes, salmon, mussels in their shells, olives, pate, peas, potatoes, beans and eggs in mayonnaise. Steve does not like vegetables that much, so he chose a selection of seafood, pate, cold meats, potatoes and then some beetroot to add a bit of colour.

After this we went for the hot dishes and I filled my plate with a slice of roast pork, one of turkey, some braised beef, seabass and then roast potatoes, red cabbage, carrots and cauliflower. Gravy was available as well as apple sauce for the pork and cranberry sauce to compliment the turkey. Steve chose the pork, turkey, roast and boiled potatoes and some Yorkshire pudding.

The desserts looked very tempting. Steve had two slices of pecan pie with custard and I helped myself to a couple of slices of cheesecake and some melon. As we both like our espressos, we managed to persuade one of the waitresses to bring some from the bar, which we were happy to pay for.

Would we go back? Well, I have just persuaded my sister-in-law and her husband to meet us there for lunch at some point!

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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