Local Information

Eating, Drinking & Take-Away in East Croydon

Local Pubs


The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, CR0 6BR : 0208 686 6023 : esther@theovaltavern.co.uk

February Events and Listings:

Tuesday 2nd : ‘Blues Jam’ Welcoming jam session with house band. 8pm

Wednesday 3rd : Wendy’s Pub Quiz. A fun and friendly pub quiz with a jackpot element. 8pm

Friday 5th Kingdom of Dirt presents live music from Junkyard Choir plus guests. 8pm


Saturday 6th : ‘Storytime’ with Jenny Lockyer, a drop-in session for children, 1-3pm


Live music from Spygenius, 8pm


Sunday 7th: Live Big Band Jazz from Cliff Longhurst Jazz Knight Orchestra, 1-3.30pm


Live blues, boogie woogie and juke joint sounds from Jamie Rowan and Sally Wiltshire, 8pm


Tuesday 9th: PANCAKE RACE! Our annual pancake race in aid of William’s Wishes charity.

Races start at 6pm. Loads of pancakes to munch in the pub afterwards!

‘Blues Jam’ Welcoming jam session with house band. 8pm

Wednesday 10th: Wendy’s Pub Quiz. A fun and friendly pub quiz with a jackpot element. 8pm

Friday 12th: Live swing and rockin’ rhythm and blues from JG and the Ultimates, 8pm


Saturday 13th: ‘Storytime’ with Jenny Lockyer, a drop-in session for children, 1-3pm


Valentines Grind from The Come On People, 8pm (new wave, surf, R&B)


Sunday 14th: Live Jazz from the Dave O’Higgins Quartet, 1-3:30pm


And for some anti-valentine consolation for all our singletons, live Blues from Big Joe Louis, 8pm


Tuesday 16th: ‘Blues Jam’ Welcoming jam session with house band. 8pm

Friday 19th: Motherbox Djs playing blues, funk, soul, 50’s R+B, northern soul, jazz, latin, psychadelia. 8pm


Saturday 20th: ‘Storytime’ with Jenny Lockyer, a drop-in session for children, 1-3pm


Live rock and Americana from The Steve Eggs Band. 8pm


Sunday 21st:Live Jazz from the Dave Barry Quartet, featuring Steve Waterman on trumpet.1-3:30pm


Monday 22nd: Live Hendix tunes on electric Bouzouki with Benji Kirkpatrick! 8pm. £5


Tuesday 23rd: Live Jazz from the legendary Art Themen, 1-3:30pm


‘Blues Jam’ Welcoming jam session with house band. 8pm

Wednesday 24th: Wendy’s Pub Quiz. A fun and friendly pub quiz with a jackpot element. 8pm

Thursday 25th: Live melodious jazz and more from The Poppy Seeds plus a very special performer!, 8pm


Friday 26th: Pop Punk covers and general mayhem from Dr. Smutglove, 8pm


Saturday 27th: Live jazzy ska, rock-steady and two tone from The Skamonics, 8pm


Sunday 28th : Live Jazz from talented sax player Vasilis Xenopoulos‘s quartet. 13:30pm


While East Croydon may not be awash with pubs, we do have a handful of choice venues that offer probably more character and variety than almost anywhere else in Croydon and all within easy walking distance. There’s something for everyone.

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]

Needs a few words from some of the patrons.

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

The Glamorgan – Cherry Orchard Rd


A predominantly younger professional crowd hang out at this gastro-pub famed for its menu’s (the daily specials are really worth checking out). The welcome is genuine and the staff are friendly and indulgent.

Less of a pub feel, than a wine bar – it’s scrubbed pine and a jumble of seating. Has a small garden to the side.

Music events have worked well here, and following the riots the Glamorgan hosted the Arts Festival and a number of fund raising events to help out businesses affected by the rioting.


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

Needs input from regular patrons – what’s it like?

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 – http://www.thebananaleaf.com/page.php?id=0&page=home

The Glamorgan (see pubs) http://www.theglamorgan.co.uk/

Thanh’s Bistro http://www.thanhsbistro.co.uk/

The Spicy Affair

Bharat Bhavan http://bharatbhavan-croydon.co.uk/

Papa John’s https://plus.google.com/100318410461629808602/about?gl=uk&hl=en

Abidap Connection http://abidapconnection.co.uk/

Royal Asia https://plus.google.com/117434682801837567027/about?gl=uk&hl=en

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.

Mr Chippy http://www.mrchippycroydon.co.uk/

Euro Kebabs & Burgers http://www.eurokebabsukltd.co.uk/

Mazala http://www.just-eat.co.uk/restaurants-mazalacr0/menu

Papillon Pizza www.just-eat.co.uk/Papillon_Pizza

Miami Fried Chicken

Hing Sun House

Cherries Cafe : 129 Cherry Orchard Road Croydon CR0 6BE



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