Brasserie Vacherin


Requiem and reality check – the end of Croydon Saffron Central

Posted on April 16th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 4 comments

Land in Croydon isn’t only for profit, and our saffron farm proved it

On Saturday 7th April 2018 a team of volunteers stripped out the site of Croydon Saffron Central, as it prepared to close forever.

Croydon’s urban saffron farm was founded by Ally McKinlay in the summer of 2015.  Ally first became fascinated by our town’s history of crocuses while working as a DJ for … Read More »



Crocus valley blooms again

Posted on October 14th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How Ally McKinlay brought saffron home to Croydon

Boxpark? Just a fancy place for a sandwich. Westfield? Retail detail – see one and you’ve seen ‘em mall. The stand-out Croydon story of 2015 is horticultural.

In August, the people of Croydon responded enthusiastically to a proposal to bring crocus-growing back to the town centre. In Roman times, the species crocus sativus grew here, producing saffron … Read More »



Restaurant review: Brasserie Vacherin

Posted on February 12th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. 1 Comment

Joy Akwue-Butler enjoys a five-star treat at one of her favourite restaurants

Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes / 5 minutes 119, 466 or 312

48-50 South End, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1DP

 

It has been a couple of months since I last wrote a review and I thought I would start the year with a restaurant that I … Read More »