Local Information

Eating, Drinking & Take-Away in East Croydon

Local Pubs

The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, CR0 6BR : 0208 686 6023


A short stroll from East Croydon Station, just hidden down a quiet residential street, you’ll find this true oasis of a pub. The Oval Tavern is a cosy, family-friendly venue, with a real community atmosphere. Both traditional and quirky, The Oval is also a vibrant part of the Croydon scene: we are passionate about live music!

The Builders Arms – 65 Leslie Park Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6TP


The Builders Arms known for being a well-managed, friendly and cosy neighbourhood pub that offers reliably good drinks and better than average food. Reports are that the manager and staff know their business, and this is shown in the cellarmanship. The log fires are wonderful in winter.

The Builders Arms frequently stages performances by covers-bands / soloists.

At the heart of the community it has a pleasant mix of customers, and a remarkably spacious garden to the rear. The well maintained frontage is immediately recognisable for the flowers and tables & benches at the front.

The Orchard – 112, Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BA [map] [gmap]

The Orchard has had its ups and downs, but seems to be under new management and heading upward

The Glamorgan – Cherry Orchard Rd



The Porter & Sorter – Station Rd, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BT


Seems to rely on after-work drinkers popping in for pint before catching the train, and suffers from being the “wrong side” of Cherry Orchard Road. It can be packed early evening. It has a fairly standard pub fare menu.

This needs input from patrons.

The Cricketers, Addiscombe Road


Matthews Yard – 1 Matthews Yard, Off Surrey Street, Croydon CR0 1FF


Not local to East Croydon, but a big big supporter of the East Croydon arts festival after the riots and worthy of special place in all our hearts.

Another special place that offers something very different with real character, everyone has their own vision of the place so I leave it to you to explore.

Check out events to see the variety of activity – something for almost everyone. Don’t ever say Croydon doesn’t have soul!

Local Restaurants

Again we’ve quite a variety of places to eat, particularly if you include the pubs that serve meals. These are the one’s we know about. If you want one added send an email. It would be interesting to get some feedback.

  • The Banana Leaf
  • Thanh’s Bistro
  • The Spicy Affair
  • Bharat Bhavan
  • Papa John’s
  • Abidap Connection
  • Royal Asia


Local Take-Away & Fast-Food shops

Surprisingly few take-aways, given the council’s alleged concern about the number. The ones listed are the stalwarts who stood the test of time.



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