This post was first published by My London on 16/06/2019.
The 7 best pubs and bars in Croydon according to TripAdvisor
Have you been to any of these?
We all love going out. Whether it’s a drunken night out with friends or a more relaxed Sunday roast with family, it’s good to treat yourself every once in a while.
Croydon is blessed with a great variety of pubs and bars, and now that’s it’s summer these might be visited even more frequently (weather permitting).
With this in mind, we turned to TripAdvisor to list the top seven bars and pubs in the borough.
The rankings are based on the business’s reviews, with ratings given by members of the public ranging from ‘excellent’ to ‘very poor’. TripAdvisor looks at the ratings themselves as well as the number of reviews to rank pubs and bars.
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7. The Elm Tree
Where: Croydon Road, Beckenham
Although this Gastro pub is technically in Beckenham, it is located just outside of South Norwood and is probably commonly mistaken to be a part of Croydon.
The pub was recently refurbished in 2015 and promises “great atmosphere” and “a range of cask ales”.
It has an outdoor seating area to the front and a modern, spacious beer garden to the rear with an outside bar open during the summer – weather permitting of course!
It has been reviewed 139 times, with more than 90 of those either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.
One reviewer says: “Terrific venue for meeting friends & family. Good beer etc and food. Well run “house” with friendly & accommodating staff.”
6. The Albert Tavern
Where: Harrington Road, South Norwood
Situated on Harrington Road in South Norwood, this boozer has recently been refurbished and offers a number of popular ales.
Blessed with a suitably-sized outside area for when the weather is nice, the pub is regularly praised for its food, which currently includes American-style burgers.
The pub, which has been put on the market by owners Greene King , has been reviewed 45 times, and has an average rating of 4.5.
One review reads: “Overall fantastic pub, great food, staff and company. Always very welcoming and great atmosphere always showing sports.”
5. Wattenden Arms
Where: Old Lodge Lane, Kenley
Situated near the historic Kenley Aerodrome in Old Lodge Lane, the pub is decorated with pictures taken of the area during both World Wars.
The dog-friendly pub is a regular stop off during anyone’s walk through the countryside and even offers free top up on roast potatoes, Yorkshires and gravy when buying a roast on Sundays.
The pub has been reviewed 163 times, and nearly 90 of those reviews have been ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.
One reviewer says: “Great pub, great food, great atmosphere, great beer. No complaints at all.”
4. The Alma Tavern
Where: Lower Addiscombe Road, Addisocmbe
This pub is blessed with fine interior and is decorated with framed prints of the area, while there is also a side room with a pool table.
Sat on Lower Addiscombe Road, the spacious boozer also has a beer garden which is a popular attraction in the summer.
The pub has been reviewed 19 times, and has an average star rating of four out of five.
One review reads: “What a lovely Pub! Staff very friendly and helpful. They apologised for the small portions, but there was so much food we could not eat it all. Well presented for pub grub. Prices very good and value for money.”
3. The Orchard
Where: Cherry Orchard Road, East Croydon
Winner of ‘Best Small Venue’ in the Croydon Best Bar None Awards 2012, The Orchard has become renowned for its big food portions.
For those not wanting food, the pub, located a stone’s throw from East Croydon Station on Cherry Orchard Road, offers a range of beers and ales and regularly shows football throughout the season.
90 per cent of reviews The Orchard has received are either ‘excellent’ of ‘very good’.
One reviewer says: “11 months since my last review and now weekly regulars, still a really nice pub. Staff and pub clientele so friendly. Totally recommended.”
2. Milan Bar
Where: High Street, town centre
The popular Wetherspoon’s pub, located in the High Street, is frequently busy and is well-known for offering a great selection of drinks and food, which are described as “affordable” and “cheap” in the reviews.
It has been reviewed 106 times, and has mostly been deemed to offer a ‘very good’ experience.
One reviewer says: “Visited midday while out shopping and was given great service with the option to order from either phone or at the bar. The food was quick and tasty – great value for money.”
1. South Beats Cocktail Bar & Lounge
Where: High Street, town centre
Situated in the High Street, the 120-capacity bar describes its cocktails as “flawless” and offers entertainment over two floors.
DJs play the hottest tunes until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, with revellers dancing the night away.
Out of the 33 reviews it has been given, 20 of those are ‘excellent’.
One review says: “It’s been a while since I’ve been here and I’ve got to say the new bartenders here were amazing and so friendly! The cocktails were fab! Such a fab night out with my besties and the music was good too!”