The Oval Tavern


Croydon is covered in rubbish. So what are we going to do?

Posted on March 14th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Charles Barber announces a community campaign for a cleaner, greener and more beautiful Croydon

This March there’s a nationwide campaign to encourage schools and community groups to ‘Clean for the Queen’, to make their local areas more tidy and attractive by organizing litter-picks in time for the queen’s ninetieth birthday. Commendable as such projects may be (and I think that each of us should engage … Read More »



Croydon to hold its first Ukelele Festival this weekend

Posted on March 1st, by CronxWire in CronxWire. 1 Comment

The weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March will see Croydon’s inaugural ukulele festival take place in a number of central Croydon venues including the Green Dragon and the Oval Tavern. 

Release begins: This coming weekend sees a programme of uke-themes jams, workshop and events for adults and kids across Croydon. A highlight of the festival will be the Mass Busk at the Croydon BID stage on North End … Read More »



Event review: Benji Kirkpatrick plays Hendrix at the Oval Tavern, Monday 22nd February

Posted on March 1st, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles hears some Hendrix re-interpreted at the Oval

Bendrix sounds like a warming milky drink but it isn’t, as my husband Steve and I found when we went along to this gig at East Croydon’s Oval Tavern to see multi-instrumentalist folk singer and songwriter Benji Kirkpatrick on his ‘Bendrix’ tour. He is the son of folk luminaries John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris and has … Read More »



Restaurant review: the Oval Tavern

Posted on February 10th, by Andy Ellis in Culture. No Comments

From traditional pub staples and hearty roasts to vegan and coeliac-friendly treats, dining at the Oval hits the spot for Andy Ellis

131 Oval Road, Croydon CR0 9AS

Time from East Croydon:  10 minutes or  5 minutes 197, 289, 312, 367, 410

Situated in an Addiscombe back street adjacent to a school playing field, the Oval Tavern dates back to the nineteenth century. The … Read More »



Event review: The Croydon Craft Beer Festival, 16th-17th October 2015

Posted on October 27th, by Paddy Blewer in Culture. 3 comments

Serious beer, great vibes and a very professional operation. Cheers, says Paddy Blewer

The Croydon and Sutton branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) is sadly in abeyance right now, but the first in what will hopefully be a series of a new beer festivals in Croydon drew packed crowds at the Clocktower in Croydon on 16th and 17th October. A consortium of Croydon businesses … Read More »



Seventeen fun things for kids to do this summer (that you might not have thought of)

Posted on July 13th, by Pamela Virgo in Culture. 1 Comment

The summer holidays start this week, and there’s lots to do in Croydon that doesn’t cost a lot, says Pamela Virgo

If you’re under 7

Whitgift Weenies Club: robots and aliens in the Whitgift Centre! www.thewhitgiftcroydon.co.uk/weenies
inflatable disco dome and bouncy castle at London Road Carnival, Sunday 19th July. www.ambitionfest.com/other-croydon-festivals
Deen City Farm (Phipps Bridge tramstop) has animals from goats to guinea pigs. Entry is free. www.deencityfarm.co.uk
love your local library: free storytime … Read More »



Croydon children invited to learn about bees during school holidays

Posted on July 10th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

The well established children’s activity sessions, ‘Storytime at The Oval Tavern’, is offering week of storytime activities themed around bees during the summer holidays. 

Release begins: The activities are suitable for children up to 10 years old and will take place at The Oval Tavern, Oval Road, East Croydon from Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th August.

Did you know our bees are in trouble? Lack of habitat is affecting … Read More »



Event review: Bob Dylan tribute night at the Oval Tavern, Saturday 20th June 2015

Posted on June 26th, by Ian Marvin in Culture. 6 comments

Dishing up Dylan – first come, first served. Ian Marvin listens with interest

Even if not everyone counts themselves as a Bob Dylan fan, they’ll almost certainly have enjoyed covers of some of his songs without even realising it. For example, it took me a few decades to identify the origins of the Roxy Music version of ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’. So I arrived at the … Read More »



Full programme published for Purley Festival 2015

Posted on June 22nd, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

As Purley Festival approaches, the organisers have released the programme for a week of activities from Monday 29th June to Sunday 5th July. 

Release begins: Events are taking place at various venues throughout Purley from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July and the line-up for the weekend finale at the Rotary Field, Brighton Road on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July. There are even pre-festival events, such as a Swing … Read More »