Bar review: Memory Box, High Street Croydon

Posted on August 15th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Two-for-one Jaffa cakes under Croydon flyover

When I heard about Memory Box, I thought it was in Boxpark. No, not because I’m confused by the word ‘box’.  The opening in April got some coverage and I caught the pics (obviously not the exterior ones of the place tucked under Croydon flyover) and a predictably on-trend vibe of beards and floaty off-the-shoulder tops, sometimes worn as part of … Read More »

Surrey Street Treats: Honey mangorita

Posted on October 21st, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. 1 Comment

Combine Surrey Street Market’s exotic Ataúlfo mangoes with a couple of shots from the drinks cabinet to give your margarita a twist

The honey mango, or Ataúlfo mango, is smaller and much richer than the typical mango that we’re used to seeing on Surrey Street.

Right now these honey mangoes can be found on many stalls in the market at a great price. Originating in … Read More »

Surrey Street treats: cucumber and mint martini

Posted on September 29th, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

Surrey Street market’s fresh cucumber and mint make for a deliciously different martini, says Karen Cartwright

Humble cucumber is the quintessentially English ingredient. Available all year round for next to nothing in Surrey Street, Croydon’s historic open air fruit and vegetable market, it makes a delightfully refreshing cocktail when combined with mint.

The cocktail: Cucumber and mint martini

Ingredients from the market:

2 inches of fresh cucumber

7 fresh mint … Read More »

Surrey Street Treats: The Pink Paloma

Posted on March 15th, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

Karen Cartwright gives a traditional Mexican cocktail a pink twist

The addition of pink grapefruit makes this the perfect tequila cocktail for those that prefer something sweeter than the traditional margarita. Pink grapefruits are in abundance in Surrey Street Market right now.

Pink Paloma

Ingredients from the market:

1 pink grapefruit

1 lime

Ingredients from the drinks cabinet:

50ml tequila reposado or blanco (I used Patron)

Grapefruit soda (such as Ting, available in many … Read More »

Surrey Street treats: cocktails, fresh from the market!

Posted on September 25th, by Karen Cartwright in Culture. No Comments

Now there are even more treats from Surrey Street market, says Karen Cartwright

The Surrey Street Treats recipe series brings Citizen readers fresh, foodie suggestions using ingredients from Croydon’s famous market, a medieval treasure that’s served our community since it gained its Royal Charter in 1276.

It turns out that the market’s fresh and delicious ingredients also make for fabulous cocktails. Karen Cartwright from … Read More »