Restaurant review: Kalpa, West Croydon

Posted on February 7th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 4 comments

This venture from the acclaimed team behind South Croydon’s Karnavar does not disappoint

Time from West Croydon:  5 minutes

5-7 St James’s Road, Croydon CR0 2SB

Croydon’s restaurant quarter is well-established; boasting a fine range of eateries with cuisine for all tastes, it is deserving of the stellar reputation that it has made for itself.

One of the big success stories down South Croydon … Read More »

Surrey Street treats: healthy January salad

Posted on January 4th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Worried that a salad won’t warm you up in winter? Here’s a healthy suggestion from Surrey Street market

I know that salads normally make you think of fresh greens and summer, but there are ways to eat fresh and raw and still keep warm in winter. If you’re looking to get healthier after a surfeit of rich Christmas food but still want to fill up on cold … Read More »

Café review: Buttercream Dreams

Posted on February 18th, by Tony Bishop-Weston in Culture. No Comments

Croydon has welcomed a new vegan culinary delight. Consultant chef Tony Bishop-Weston reports

3 Middle Street, Croydon, CR0 1TR

Time from East Croydon:  10 minutes / 3 minutes then   2 minutes


It’s been a long time coming. Ironic considering that The Vegetarian Society started in Croydon before eventually moving to Altrincham, near Manchester. There was that famous vegetarian restaurant in Croydon Buddhist Centre. There … Read More »

Voting in Croydon’s Best Indie Café Awards 2015 closes at midnight on Friday 11th December

Posted on December 8th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

The judges would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken part, as Bernadette Fallon reports

And what a response we have had! We knew that Croydon takes its coffee – and in particular its cake – increasingly seriously, but we’ve been amazed and delighted by the numbers of votes we’ve received.

Just to re-cap: in celebration of Croydon’s emerging coffee culture … Read More »

Restaurant review: Timber Garden, London Road

Posted on July 21st, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 3 comments

Paul Dennis fills up at a former petrol station

Timber Garden, 161 London Road, CR0 2RJ
Time from East Croydon:  12 minutes / 5 minutes 64 or 198

I enjoy a visit to the Croydon Restaurant Quarter as much as the next person. But as a London Road resident, I’m always keen to give my local eateries some support too. So it was that I visited … Read More »

Croydon Foodie City: What can be done to save West Croydon? (Part 1)

Posted on June 1st, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 16 comments

Jonny Rose recommends rebranding West Croydon to appeal to food lovers

West Croydon often gets the short straw in Croydon life. It was the first to be affected by the Croydon riots and the last to receive investment from the mayor’s regeneration fund. A council Masterplan is coming, but for many it’s too little, too late.

Every area must have a unique … Read More »

Review: BRGR & BEER at Matthew’s Yard

Posted on April 21st, by Lauren Furey in Culture. 5 comments

Lauren Furey saw the burger that they had made and she saw that it was good

Have you ever had food so good that it makes you speak in obscenities? I can’t reprint the words that spilled from my very full mouth but believe me when I say they would make a vicar blush.

That’s the dining experience you can expect when you … Read More »

Print Archive: February 2014 News Magazine – The food issue

Posted on March 1st, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. Comments Off

With New Year’s resolutions behind most people already, the Citizen explores our difficult relationship with what we eat

By the end of January, most people have already given up on their new year’s resolutions. By far the most popular new year’s resolutions, already abandoned, involve getting healthier – with one common element. Getting fit, giving up appetite-suppressing nicotine, losing weight or changing one’s diet – … Read More »

25 London Road: West Croydon Post Office/Posh Afro Cosmetics

Posted on October 25th, by Kake in History. 1 Comment

Kake’s tour of London Road looks at the history of West Croydon Post Office, featuring Berlin wool, tea, coffee, margarine, fish, and cosmetics.

25 London Road is the home of the West Croydon Post Office, as well as a beauty products shop known as Posh Afro Cosmetics. It’s been a post office since the mid-1970s, though the beauty products are a rather later addition.

West Croydon Post Office/Posh Afro Cosmetics, … Read More »

22 London Road: Prestige Hair & Beauty

Posted on September 13th, by Kake in History. 3 comments

Kake’s tour of London Road returns with a small hair and beauty salon that started life as a greengrocer and fishmonger.

Prestige Hair & Beauty, 22 London Road, May 2013. Photo: author’s own.

Unlike most of the other addresses I’ve covered so far in this series[1], the current building at 22 London Road is not the original one constructed on this site. It was built around 1899 as one of … Read More »