We’ve got coffee shops, work spaces, and galleries galore, here’s what Croydon needs next

Posted on February 23rd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 3 comments

Here are some of the more interesting establishments that we should be seeking to bring to the area

Six years ago, Croydon was in a state of economic and cultural stasis. In 2018, that has all changed.

Croydon now stands as London’s coolest borough. It is the ‘Street art capital of London’, and the UK’s fastest growing tech cluster. Croydon is now a place where anyone … Read More »

Smoothbean! coffee shop achieves Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for a second year running

Posted on August 29th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. Comments Off

The well-known coffee shop on Dingwall Road has been rewarded for consistently strong performance, as reported by its customers.

Release begins: John and Pauline Hennessy, owners of the Smoothbean! coffee shop on Dingwall Road in central Croydon, are delighted to have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017 for a second year running.  This is thanks to the many customers who took the time to post a review on … Read More »

Shortlist announced for Croydon’s Best Independent Café – vote now

Posted on January 13th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 1 Comment

Voting has opened for the Croydon’s Best Independent Café Awards 2016

The nominations for Croydon’s Best Independent Café award are in! We asked you to tell us about your favourite local independent café – good coffee, tasty cake, good ambiance – and we’ve compiled a shortlist from your nominations. Now we want you to vote for the winner.

Some old favourites from last year’s … Read More »

Announcing Croydon’s Best Independent Café Awards 2016

Posted on September 26th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s favourite competition is back, and it’s better than ever. Bernadette Fallon encourages everyone to get involved

They’re back! And this year the Croydon Best Independent Café Awards are even bigger. Why? Because this year, YOU decide the shortlist for the best independent cafés in the borough and you vote to decide the winner – the ultimate accolade, Croydon’s Best Independent Café for 2016, the People’s Choice.

Here’s … Read More »

Event review: live jazz from Infusion, weekly at Smoothbean! coffee shop

Posted on September 8th, by Katie Rose in Culture. No Comments

Katie Rose tells how Fusion Fridays make Croydon smile

It was back in late June that a fluid collective of jazz musicians and a coffee shop began blending culinary and musical flavours to come up with something fresh for Croydon.

Smoothbean! recently celebrated its second birthday at 2-3 Dingwall Road, just round the corner from East Croydon station. Founders John and Pauline Hennessy were originally intending to … Read More »

It’s your chance to vote for Croydon’s Best Independent Café 2015

Posted on November 11th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 4 comments

What’s the best indie coffee shop in Croydon? Your vote counts, says Bernadette Fallon

It’s a place to drink, eat, hang out, look beautiful, hobnob with staff, write your novel, socialise, debate the issues of the day, meet friends, flick your hair at passing interested parties or just sit and stare.

It’s a… coffee shop – and Croydon’s never had them so good or … Read More »

We will defeat their prejudices about Croydon – one artisanal coffee at a time

Posted on June 12th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 14 comments

Jonny Rose smells change in the air around Croydon’s independent coffee shops

There is no better telltale sign of an area on the up than the arrival of a cool, independent coffee shop; the sort of place where students can be found sketching furiously in moleskin journals and freelancers set up their laptop work stations for the day.

Coffee as a lifestyle

Coffee helps us. … Read More »

Merton and South-Croydon man wins ‘Barista of the Year’!

Posted on March 3rd, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Antonio Petrosino, who runs Cafe2U Merton and Cafe2U South Croydon, has recently won a ‘Barista Of The Year’ Award.

Release begins: Antonio Petrosino recently won ‘Barista of the Year’ at Cafe2U’s national leadership conference in Leeds.

Antonio runs Cafe2U Merton & Croydon South, a mobile coffee business making and serving espresso-based coffee drinks and selling sweet treats and snacks from the back of his fully customised van. … Read More »