This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 17/06/2017.
These are Croydon’s best restaurants and takeaways as declared by you
When you want to know the best place in your area to dine out or grab a takeaway from, you might ask a mate, right?
So, while discussing the best restaurants in Croydon we thought we would ask the Advertiser’s Facebook followers for their recommendations.
After all, there are so many great places to try and you, our readers, are probably the best reviewers we have.
So every day for a week we posted a request on our Facebook page asking you to tell us about your favourite places for fish and chips, a curry, Chinese, a Sunday roast and dessert.
And this is what you told us.
We can’t list all your suggestions – we would be here some time – but there are several ideas for each meal.
For a full list of the comments you can visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/croydonadvertiser and search for “best restaurants”.
Fish and chips
fish and chips. Whether you eat in or, more likely, take away, Croydon has lots of great chippies, according to our readers.Let’s start with everyone’s favourite –
McDermott’s, in The Forestdale Centre, was the one you mentioned the most but Ossies, in Lower Addiscombe Road, Addiscombe, and Danny’s, in Coulsdon Road, Coulsdon, are also big favourites.
Here’s what you said about some of those you chose:
Cassy Burgin: “McDermott’s in Forestdale is THE BEST fish and chips EVER.”
Helen Jackson: “Danny’s in Old Coulsdon without a doubt. Lovely people and great food.”
Melissa Claytpon: “Ossies in Addiscombe. Best fish and chips around.”
Danny Donnellan: “Melfort Fish Bar, Melfort Road, Thornton Heath. Been going there for over 40 years. Good quality fish and chips.”
Theresa Nolan: “Mr Chippy [Cherry Orchard Road], Lower Addiscombe. Proper fish and chips and curry sauce.”
The UK loves its curry and Croydon has a great curry restaurant or takeaway on every corner it seems.
Chat House, in Brighton Road, South Croydon, seems to be a real favourite and The Taste of India, on Upper Elmers End Road, just over the border in Beckenham, is well loved too.
Here’s what you had to say.
Lyndsy Jones: “Chat House defo. I love it there.”
Debbie Griffin: “Taste of India, Elmers End. Fantastic food, always cooked as asked for, with less oil etc. Know their customers well, are attentive but not intrusive, polite and reasonably priced with a discount for cash. Only downfall is that they don’t deliver.”
Jaani Jenny Rajan: “Taste of Kerala on London Road Croydon. Absolutely tasty food and drinks. Excellent service also. Must be visited. Always.”
BevandPaul Nichols: “Definitely Vujon, on Lower Addiscombe Road. Great food, great portion sizes, great service, fantastic price. Great restaurant and takeaway service. 100 per cent definitely the best.”
Shafiq Mahmoodi: “Karachi Cuisine is one of the best restaurants on London Road. I can’t stop going there. Especially good are the lamb nihary and rice and deserts. Yum.”
Helen Zietz: “Karnavar in South Croydon.”
Perhaps your staple is a sweet and sour or something with spice or maybe you prefer special fried rice over noodles.
And who can resist the prawn crackers?
Here are some of your top picks for Chinese takeaways and restaurants in the borough.
Keeley Emma: “For takeaway Dan’s Garden, Shirley Road [Shirley]. Can’t beat it. Every other Chinese I’ve been too always tastes so bland in comparison. I always go back to Dans.”
Lindsey Pitt: “Sichuan Gardens, [Brighton Road], Coulsdon. All day long.”
Sonia Liong: “Definitely Tai Tung at Wing Yip [Purley Way].”
Dave Hummus: “For a takeaway in Thornton Heath Wok Express is good [in Benhsam Lane].”
Christina Coppard: “Golden Bowl, on Brighton Road, or Crown & Pepper [High Street].”
Adam Dare: “Royal Garden, Shirley Hills.”
Samantha Curran: “Yum Yum, [Portland Road], South Norwood.”
Who can be bothered to cook a full roast when you can have one cooked for you with all the trimmings?
Toby Carvery, on Brighton Road, is a bit of a favourite it seems and there are plenty of other restaurants and pubs to try.
Perhaps it’s time to let one of these places do the hard work for you.
Kellie Smith: “Toby Carvery, Brighton Road. Good food and good service every time.”
Dave Hummus: “The Toby on Brighton Road was decent. I have not eaten at The Tree House [South End] yet but last time I was in there for a pint on Sunday I witnessed a lady smashing up a lovely looking beef roast so I want to give that a go.”
Anna-Marie Burgess: “The Horseshoe [London Road] for Sunday roast … wins every time.”
Chelle Bull: “The Oval [Oval Road]. Esther’s roasts are the stuff of legend.”
Denise Mead: “Apatura, [South End], Croydon. Great Sunday roast.”
Kirsty Hart-Dyer: “The Portland Arms, [Portland Road], South Norwood!”
Graeme Cupit: “Wattenden Arms, [Old Lodge Lane], Kenley.”
After all that food it’s time to finish off your meal with something sweet.
And Croydon isn’t stingy on places serving up a naughty pudding.
Melvin Jaffa Pavaday: “Delights Desert House on the High Street is always a good shout.”
Rob Faulkner: “Casablanca café, Cherry Orchard Road. Food’s soooo good and staff are great.”
Chan Chapman: “Afters [South End].”
Sam Simpson: “Kaspas, [North End], West Croydon.”
Joanna Loder: “Blacks Burgers, [Brighton Road], Purley!”
Kellie Smith: “Love the desserts at Toby Carvery, Brighton Road.”
Danny Fullilove: “The expresso Martini panna cotta at No12, [Waterhouse Lane], Kingswood is off the hook!”