Restaurants


Review: Viet2Go restaurant, Surrey Street

Posted on June 15th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. No Comments

Viet2Go provides fresh, delicious flavours, and coffee that makes it impossible not to come back again and again

Croydon is in the middle of a coffee-house renaissance. From Coffee Shotter to Byte Café, we have a new coffee quarter in our midst. We have coffee coming out of every orifice. What no one has mentioned is that the best coffee in all of Croydon isn’t in a … Read More »



My vegan Valentine at Bagatti’s

Posted on February 23rd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

On the most romantic night of the year, we dined where we could both feel the love

56-58 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DP

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

Our Valentine’s night 2018 in Croydon’s Restaurant Quarter was a game of two halves. It literally was, because it involved football.

My partner Paul and I … Read More »



Restaurant review: The Sun, Carshalton

Posted on February 22nd, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 4 comments

A superb gastropub just a stone’s throw away and well worth the bus ride

4 North Street, Carshalton, Sutton SM5 2HU 

Time from East Croydon:   16 minutes X26,  10 minutes or from West Croydon   42 minutes 157,  5 minutes 

I’m not objective about the current incarnation of the Sun. It’s the pub where I started my adult adventures when it was an Irish rugby pub that did lock-ins. But … Read More »



Restaurant review: Zizzi’s, South Croydon

Posted on January 19th, by Anne Giles in Culture. 2 comments

Fun and convenient for a seasonal treat

57 – 59 South End, Croydon, CR0 1BF

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

My husband Steve and I wanted to try somewhere new for our Christmas celebration this year and Zizzi’s in south Croydon’s Restaurant Quarter was offering a festive menu at £25.95 per person. So we … Read More »



Review: Coffee Loft, Thornton Heath

Posted on November 21st, by Ian Marvin in Politics & Society. No Comments

Part café, part Italian restaurant, with a really friendly vibe

Time from West Croydon station: 10 minutes  64, 198, 250, 109, 289, 60

1 Thornton Road CR7 6BD

It’s been a while since there has actually been a pond at Thornton Heath Pond, and in spite of the allure of the bus garage and the venerable Jeffrey and Collard with its selection of new and second-hand tools, it’s hardly … Read More »



Café review: Ludoquist! the board game café

Posted on November 13th, by Rob Preston in Culture. 8 comments

Geekeasy opens in the heart of Croydon

A new board-game coffee bar has arrived in Croydon town centre, opposite the Green Dragon pub in the High Street, on the spot once occupied by Bar Red Square, and since then by the excellent, though short-lived, Moiji Moi Burgers and Pizza Ora. On opening night, Ludoquist is far busier than either of those ever was.

Offering coffee, cakes, … Read More »



The search for Croydon’s best independent café 2018 is underway

Posted on November 10th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 1 Comment

The judges are leaving no cake stand unturned

We’re now over a month into the search for Croydon’s best independent café and our judging panel is out chucking back coffee, tippling tea and hoofing the occasional hot chocolate, as well as sampling copious quantities of cake. From the ‘widely renowned’ to the ‘lesser spotted gems’, we’re leaving no cake stand unturned to bring you news of the … Read More »



Restaurant review: Five Guys, High Street, Croydon town centre

Posted on September 29th, by Martin Leay in Culture. 2 comments

A new burger joint brings the guys to central Croydon

Time from East Croydon:  5 minutes

7-11 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QA

There was a great deal of fanfare when the American burger and fries emporium Five Guys opened its first UK branch in Covent Garden back in 2013. And now, in the latest sign of Croydon’s burgeoning cultural and economic significance, the chain has set up … Read More »



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 »



Restaurant review: Vinoteca Italiana

Posted on July 25th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 3 comments

The ideal local Italian restaurant

Time from West Croydon:  12 minutes

1-3 Bridge House, Beeches Avenue, Carshalton SM5 3LG

Imagine the perfect trattoria. It would be fairly run and owned, with friendly Italian staff who care about your experience. You’d start with a selection of Italian breads and a grassy olive oil with a sweet and sour vinegar to have with a first drink. The place would have great al … Read More »