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 »

Vegan food takes Croydon by the taste buds

Posted on June 13th, by Tony Bishop-Weston in Culture. No Comments

These days, it’s easy for vegans to eat well in our town

The figures speak for themselves. Statistics from Google Trends show that the number of people in the UK following a vegan lifestyle has grown by 350% in a decade, with vegan food sales rocketing by 1,500% in 2016. And it seems that this is happening right here in Croydon, too.

First – those astonishing … Read More »

Restaurant review: Grand Tamil New Year and Vishu feast at Kalpa West Croydon, Friday 14th April

Posted on May 4th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

It’s Tamil tapas and tasty too

Time from West Croydon:  5 minutes

5-7 St James’s Road, Croydon CR0 2SB

I’m happy to say that Kalpa West Croydon is our local. We have a loyalty card (free ice cream!) and my boyfriend recently reviewed the place, which is run by the team behind the multiple-award-winning Karnavar in South Croydon’s Restaurant Quarter. As you’d therefore expect, it’s very … Read More »

Café review: Café Tresor, South Croydon

Posted on April 5th, by Rufus Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Wide variety, immense portions and community cheer

Time from East Croydon:  20 minutes, or  10 minutes (119, 466, 60)

12 Selsdon Rd, South Croydon CR2 6PA

Café Tresor is a lively café on Selsdon Road, South Croydon, a few minutes’ walk away from the restaurant quarter. It’s a small, cosy place with a variety of lunch options, friendly staff and food options for vegans and vegetarians and … Read More »

Restaurant review: Welcome Friends, Addiscombe

Posted on March 10th, by Andy Ellis in Culture. 1 Comment

Great for twelve, perhaps not so good for two

4 Bingham Corner, Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 7AA

Time from East Croydon:  25 minutes,  8 minutes to Addiscombe then  1 minute

I’ve walked past the long established Welcome Friends Chinese restaurant many hundreds of times. It was only when recently invited to a party booking with a local organisation that I finally set foot within.

Welcome Friends is a … Read More »

Restaurant review: Mingo Argentine Steakhouse, Purley

Posted on March 1st, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 5 comments

This excellent purveyor of meat and drink is not a cheap night out – but you get what you pay for

Time from East Croydon:   15 minutes

6-8 Tudor Court, Russell Hill Road, Purley, CR8 2LA

Many of you will remember the Buenos Aires Steakhouse chain. There used to be a large one in Purley and some years ago now, a small one at in South End that … Read More »

Restaurant review: Tram Stop café, Addiscombe

Posted on February 28th, by Andy Ellis in Culture. 6 comments

A satisfying selection from a local favourite

231 Lower Addiscombe Road, CR0 6RD

Time from East Croydon:  25 minutes,  8 minutes to Addiscombe then  1 minute

Ambling home after a stroll around South Norwood Country Park and contemplating lunch possibilities, we happened to be passing the Tram Stop café on Lower Addiscombe Road. Having previously been here for coffee but not for a meal, we decided to give … Read More »

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 »

Restaurant review: Meat Liquor, Boxpark

Posted on January 11th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 2 comments

Boxpark, Croydon, CR0 1LD

Time from East Croydon:  1 minute

I’ve been eating at MeatLiquor since I demolished its celebrated ‘three dead hippies’ dish in a pub off Peckham Rye. I’ve been a fan of their burgers for years. I often get a dead hippie with chilli fries as a takeaway at work for our Friday blowout team lunch, and I’ve had a few great nights … Read More »

Restaurant review: The Breakfast Club at Boxpark Croydon

Posted on December 5th, by Owen Kingston in Culture. No Comments

Breakfast at Breakfast Club, over easy

It’s extremely rare to find a British restaurant that does a good American-style breakfast. Far too often, errant members of the ‘full English’ creep in to mar the transatlantic experience: the grilled tomato, the fried mushroom, or heaven forbid, the black pudding have no place whatsoever in an authentic American diner, or on the plate of any breakfast claiming to be … Read More »