Croydon Beer Guide: Your Croydon guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Croydon

66 /100 17-21 GEORGE STREET
“The George is a nice JDW in the centre of Croydon. 5 guest handpumps, also some kegs, bottles and cans, several new to me. The Wetherspoons app worked (order and pay from the table) but not for the guest ales.“
Sigmund 201 days ago
60 /100 1 SHELDON STREET
“Panelled three room locals corner pub opposite the flyover where a car park exists underneath. It's small and intimate so there's not a lot of space in each room, with the bar straddling both sides of the front facing areas. As a Fullers pub you'll find their ales here, and there was a different seasonal brew at the end of the small row of cask pumps that exist in either room when I visited.“
ManVsBeer 278 days ago
64 /100 58 HIGH STREET
“Corner pub on the southern side of the town centre. It looks like it would be a fairly traditional place from the outside as it's in an attractive historical building, however it's somewhat modern and eclectic on the inside with a mix of what you expect from a comfortable public house. There's two rooms defined by a part-partition wall with the bar in the far back corner of the ground floor. At the bar there's a long row of changeable ales with a good preference for local brews.“
ManVsBeer 278 days ago
64 /100 39-41 KATHARINE STREET
“Beautiful historic building in the centre of Croydon now a Fullers pub, which they've designed fittingly to compliment the charm and architecture of the place. The grand room, which has an upstairs (private party so didn't see), has a long central bar with the majority of seating either side. Traditional in appearance and serving up the regulars and seasonal efforts from their master brewer, they do have a guest or two available, which for me on my visit was a real cider on one pump. The Champions League football was showing on their screens so it was quite a popular place on a Tuesday evening before Christmas. There's also a patio area at its side.“
ManVsBeer 278 days ago
42 /100 STATION ROAD EAST
“Next to where all the taxis line up whilst waiting for their turn for customers at East Croydon station, this bar is immediately to its East a adjacent to where the platforms begin. A Marston pub, the ale selection in here is pretty drab, although a seasonal from the brewer was available on my pre-Christmas visit. It's much bigger than you think, with the service area ample for sitting or standing in to drink, but the pub opens out at its rear and side and has an area that could be classed as its restaurant part. Unfortunately the whole place looks very worn so it's not that appealing, but it is handy for the station - but even with that logic Cronx is just as close and would always be a better option.“
ManVsBeer 278 days ago
56 /100 24 SURREY STREET
“Traditional pub in the historic quarter of Croydon, and certainly the most historic looking of all the places to drink in the town centre. There's a couple of rooms at the front with the larger main one having the square central bar you can walk around, that's immediately upon you after you enter. Unfortunately the ale selection in here is somewhat static, with regular 'Youngs' brews being the main option, although their seasonal 'Winter Warmer' was available on my visit.“
ManVsBeer 278 days ago
72 /100 46 SURREY STREET
“Almost opposite the Dog & Bull, this is a corner unit turned into a keg ale micropub with its options chalked up on a board at the side of the small service area that's on your left as you walk in. It's a split level place with some stool seats on the upper part where you get your drinks, which overlook a pit area where more similar seating exists. It's a very tight affair. There were some seats below when I was in, but as the passage was blocked by others on stools at the bottom of the stairs I just stood up by the bar. The selection has a mix of local and national, but all worthwhile brewers, and they will serve 1/3 measures too if you so wish.“
ManVsBeer 278 days ago
68 /100
Cronx Bar (Bar)
99 GEORGE STREET
“Shack styled microbar from Cronx, pushing their brews very close to the East Croydon station outward facing at the entertainment complex next door. I didn't check it out given the storm happening but there must be an outdoor area too as I was asked if I wanted my beer in a plastic glass. Cask and keg options.“
ManVsBeer 281 days ago
50 /100 131 OVAL ROAD
“A few minutes walk north-east of East Croydon station, this is a slightly better pub in appearance and atmosphere to its nearest neighbour - a Fuller's pub further on around the corner. It has an almost square room with a stage at the back, with live music playing on the Tuesday evening I walked in on. The beer selection isn't very exciting but they do have cask, with a couple of St Austell regulars being the pick.“
ManVsBeer 284 days ago
54 /100 65 LESLIE PARK ROAD
“Back street suburbia but walkable from East Croydon station if you so desire to try this twin roomed Fuller's pub. Both rooms are accessible from the entrance and the central bar serves both sides. The left is the proverbial 'Best' side although cask and keg pubs replicate on both sides so you'll see the full selection on either side. Traditional in design but not quite as spartan as this brewers pubs in central London. It has regular ales from this brewer but their Christmas special was available too.“
ManVsBeer 284 days ago
66 /100
Fresh Fields Market (Beer Store)
86 - 88 CHURCH STREET
“In front of the tram track when it goes down hill a few hundred metres west of East Croydon Station, the beer and wine selection are currently separated here and the beer is against an initially hidden wall further into the grocery store. There's a very good and fairly extensive selection from local microbreweries here in both bottle and can form, with some replicated in the fridges for an immediate chilled sample. I noticed a few from Yorkshire here too with Saltaire and all of the Sam Smiths bottles on the shelves.“
ManVsBeer 284 days ago
84 /100
Fresh Fields Market (Beer Store)
86 - 88 CHURCH STREET
“We almost walked past it, as it doesn't look anything like a bottle shop. This is a small local grocer, selling fresh veggies and fruits, dry foods, etc... You enter the shop, you're all like: could there be any beer here? And then you turn the corner, kaboom! A small soft drinks fridge with some old cans (or that's the impression I got after checking some of the dates), then lots of shelves with imported and local bottles, and then a huge fridge full of (mainly fresh) UK craft cans. Holy dipshits, what an amazing offer they had! Not everything was super fresh, so it took a bit of work, checking every can on ratebeer to see if I've had it and then the dates to see if it was still fresh. Walked out with 20 different cans! :-) Especially fond of the Gipsy Hill beers they carried here.“
tderoeck 475 days ago
66 /100 58 HIGH STREET
“Visited with the misses on 3/1/19, a Thursday night for drinks and a pizza, and again on 5/1 for a Saturday morning full English breakfast. The interior is very nice and cosy, somewhat geeky (think comic book heroes and fantasy stuff) but not overdone to make non-geeks feel out of place. And the downstairs toilets are the biggest I've ever seen in any pub. Not that there's many, they're just huge. I think they used to be big storage rooms or something. ;-) Pizza was decent enough, flavourful toppings, but more thick chewy dough than anything else, so I was glad we got the two for the price of one special on Thursdays. Beers weren't very special. A bunch of standard Tiny Rebel, BrewDog and MeanTime on tap, which - even as a foreigner - I've all had before already. On cask some lesser known things, but definitely not the best ones. 5 of the six bag-in-box ciders were Lilley's, and the last one was Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon, which I've already had before as well, and I hardly ever drink any cider. So I got the feeling they're either not caring very much and not trying very hard, or they're just not very knowledgeable about craft beer and cider in general. Still came back for breakfast as we were walking in the neighbourhood and knew they had a decent deal on breakfast. 5 quid something for toast, a fried egg, beans, sausage and bacon. Not bad. A vegetarian option was also available, which was the same but the sausage and bacon switched for a vegetarian sausage that was very ok!“
tderoeck 595 days ago
70 /100 46 SURREY STREET
“The Croydon outpost of Art & Craft is more of a bar than bottle shop like the others. They have a great location on the pedestrianised Ye Olde Surrey Street. Outdoor seating at the occasional food stall at the weekend. Inside is actually rather small, but well done with a contemporary / industrial vibe and some nice pieces of modern art. They have an ever changing list of 5 keg beers (wish they had installed more though), which would typically include an Inkspot beer as they are owned by the same guys. Other beers are high quality UK craft guys. They also have a few small fridges of very nice rotating beers from the UK top dawgs - Cloudwater, Beavertown and Magic Rock etc. Perhaps on the expensive side I would say. I really like visiting, but wish they had a more extensive tap list and it was easier to find out what is in the fridge. A nice addition to Croydon nonetheless.“
Scopey 771 days ago
74 /100
Cronx Bar (Bar)
99 GEORGE STREET
“Thought I finally get my lazy ass in gear and review Cronx Bar. Been visiting here quite regularly since it opened. It is located within boxpark and is indeed a shipping container. Entrance is on Dingwall Road on the edge of the complex, not within the central part. Has improved significantly since it first opened. Inside is stripped back semi industrial vibe. Beer can be drunk in or in the main complex, but please note the latter option comes in a plastic glass. Beer-wise they offer 6 cask options (5beers and 1 cider), 10 keg lines and around 40ish bottles/cans. You get Cronx in all 3 formats, although most keg beers are guests. Quite an eclectic mix of London and Southern Englandshire breweries. Not similar to what you get in Central London bars that's for sure. In the past I have found the keg beer can get eye wateringly expensive, but on my last visit actually not so bad. Incredibly handy spot as it is right by the train station. An essential Croydon visit.“
Scopey 771 days ago
74 /100 46 SURREY STREET
“Visited on 26th April 2018. Brand new venue half way along Surrey St. Large single room split over 2 levels. Seating at a lower level. Bar and a few more seats as you walk in. Decor is very modern. Lots of restored wood, art prints on the wall and the knitting of cables for the lights. A nice place. 4 beers on keg plus a cider. A good selection of Cloudwater, Beavertown and other cabs in the fridge. 3 taps of wine or bubbles for the none beer enthusiast. Taps list is good with an Ink Spot, Cloudwater and 2 Beavertown beers on. Wylam, wild card and Magic Rock up next. Service friendly. Prices vary but are reasonable. A great addition to Croydon. Like it.“
WingmanWillis 879 days ago
64 /100 5 BINGHAM CORNER, LOWER ADDISCOMBE ROAD
“Comfortable pub, excellent service and a relaxed atmosphere make this a pub worth seeking out. Sadly though on this occasion the beer choice was a big letdown, six ales that were all under 4% strength wise. I opted for the Biddenden's cider at 6% and lovely it was too. I would have given a higher rating but the choice of beer was a major disappointment!“
Beermenace 887 days ago
76 /100
Cronx Bar (Bar)
99 GEORGE STREET
“I could never improve on Willis' physical description: it is indeed a shipping container, but it's got a nice feel nonetheless. It was full but not overcrowded on an early Saturday evening. The beers are decent, with a handful of cask, about 10 keg and a few bottles/cans. There's lots of Cronx of course, but the London-centric guest list includes the likes of Weird Beard and Gipsy Hill. On my visit all the beers offered were sessionable strength; nothing was much stronger than 5%, so I don't know if that's a policy or just coincidence. Probably the best place in Croydon for beer.“
jjsint 982 days ago
68 /100 58 HIGH STREET
“We came in on a Saturday night, the loud piped music hit me like a wall of sound and I thought, 'Hmmmm, no'... But raters gotta rate so we stayed. It's large, brash and a bit identikit despite the odd bone thrown to quirkiness and indivuality. The beer list is not bad but not amazing: some decent cask from breweries such as Tiny Rebel and Wantsum, some macro (Camden, Meantime) and micro (Tiny Rebel again, By the Horns) keg, and a few bottles and cans (again, solid but widely available stuff). They do like their Tiny Rebel here. I was tempted by Stay Puft on cask but opted for the Frambuzi on keg. Nice bar staff ... and nice customers as well. So first impressions can be misleading, although it's probably nicer when quieter.“
jjsint 982 days ago
66 /100 5 BINGHAM CORNER, LOWER ADDISCOMBE ROAD
“This is a comely traditional little pub just around the corner from Addiscombe tram stop. It felt smaller than it probably was on a convivially crowded Saturday night. As others have said, they provide six cask ales although not all are micros (John Smith's was on one of the pumps - surprised they still make that). However there are some interesting beers on. I tried the Branscombe Vale Branoc, a favourite in my Devon-dwelling days but I'd never it seen east of Axminster. It was in perfect condition. Maybe not worth a special trip out to the Claret & Ale but if you're in the area it's certainly worth stopping by.“
jjsint 982 days ago
70 /100
Fresh Fields Market (Beer Store)
86 - 88 CHURCH STREET
“Food and wine shop in central Croydon which is notable for having several fridges and shelves of beer. By contemporary standards it's no longer as a good a range as you'll get in craft beer shops, but it's worth dropping in if you happen to be in the area or if you are looking for Polish beers. Range is a mix of fairly common German, Belgian, USA with more eclectic British craft beer stuff. Also has a whole fridge of Polish stuff, mainly lagers, but some brands I had never seen in the UK before. Personally I prefer their sister shop the Wine Stop for ambience. It also has a bigger spirits selection.“
EdKing 1086 days ago
70 /100
Wine Cellar (Beer Store)
9-10 STATION PARADE, SANDERSTEAD ROAD
“Interesting local food, wine, beer and spirits shop, a little out of the way in South Croydon. Selection is decent mix of British ales, local beers, German, Belgian and the odd American beer. They also have casks of beer and cider to sell growlers of, with CAMRA members getting a 10% discount on the fresh beer. Overall not a range that has kept up with scene, but still worth dropping by for as there's something new. Guy serving there was just a minion though and didn't have a clue about what they had.“
EdKing 1091 days ago
58 /100 STATION ROAD EAST
“Visited on 20th June 2017. Pub between East Croydon station and the old Post Office building, it’s got a huge interior, all open plan, a covered terrace and some open air seating too. Decor is a little shabby and the place looks like it needs a clean. Beer range is from Marston’s, nothing too exciting, have Warsteiner Pils on tap too. Service and prices OK, food is available but didn’t try it but some good value offers on. It’s handy for a swift pint and there’s always change of a scoop but with the Cronx bar in Box Park on the other side of the station there’s better options locally.“
WingmanWillis 1186 days ago
52 /100 131 OVAL ROAD
“Visited on 20th June 2017. Just over 5 mins walk from East Croydon and in the back streets sits this place. It looks impressive from the outside, a big tall white building with the Oval Tavern emblazoned on the front. Inside is a large single room, plenty of seating and looking a little tired and worn, there’s a large garden in the rear, access gained via a set of stairs at the rear. Decor is tired, service was OK. Beer range was nothing exciting with 3 on from Macro UK brewers, quality was OK. Prices OK. It’s a solid local boozer but won’t be rushing back.“
WingmanWillis 1186 days ago
68 /100 1 SHELDON STREET
“Visited on 8th December 2016. Back street Fuller’s boozer a couple of mins off the High St. 2 rooms with lovely wooden panelling. L shaped bar. Live music on when we landed and a different crowd to the nearby Bulls Head. 5 Fuller’s offerings on cask. Well kept. Prices and service decent. Really nice example of local Fuller’s boozer.“
WingmanWillis 1383 days ago
50 /100 39 LAUD STREET
“Visited on 8th December 2016. Back street locals pub just off the High St in Croydon. U shaped venue with decent decor and a healthy local crowd. Christmas tunes on the jukebox with locals singing and dancing made the feel quite friendly! Only Doom bar on cask plus a turned around Courage beer. Do have Pravha on Keg which was OK. Not a beer destination but a solid local boozer.“
WingmanWillis 1383 days ago
78 /100 58 HIGH STREET
“Checked this pub out while visiting London (stayed in Croydon) and I have to admit it set the bar pretty high. A very nice exterior and interior on this corner lot pub in downtown Croydon. Lots of choices in bottle/cask/tap. No kids after 9:00 which was kind of a bummer for me as I had my two boys in tow (don’t laugh - they’ve seen some of the most prized breweries in the states and haven’t had a single drink at any of them!). This pub is a third of a mile from the Fresh Fields Market and an easy walk. The 119 bus runs 24 hours and runs right by this place if you’re so inclined.“
fiveacestx 1396 days ago
70 /100
Cronx Bar (Bar)
99 GEORGE STREET
“Visited on 4th November 2016. Shipping container amidst a stack next to East Croydon station. It’s small and was wedged at 18.15. Had to wait a few mins to get served. 3 beers on cask, a range of Cronx bottles and 6 keg lines coming soon. Nice decor but has a new smell about it. Handy stop on way home and will revisit at a quieter time“
WingmanWillis 1417 days ago
68 /100 1 MATTHEWS YARD
“Visited on 22nd September 2016. Tucked away down a little cobbled street this is a warehouse conversion type space, there is a counter serving coffee and cake plus the Brgr & Beer counter, plenty of seating inside and out and a nice, relaxing vibe to the place. Bottle beer only from London and US brewers, about 15 or so decent choices. Prices under £5 for most of them, service friendly. Decent spot in Croydon“
WingmanWillis 1459 days ago
64 /100 39-41 KATHARINE STREET
“Visited Sunday 10th April late afternoon. Have not been here for over 12 years and has not changed greatly, nice old skool décor, good selection of fullers and a few guest casks/kegs, including some of fullers more recent offerings. They Still do the usual Fullers ales/pies as the others in the chain do. Worth popping by if you need to catch up on any new Fullers beers.“
Desverger 1616 days ago
72 /100 58 HIGH STREET
“Visited late afternoon on Sunday 10th April, was fairly quiet with just a few patrons at that time, a couple sporting tankards so probably the go to place for real ale enthusiasts. As well as a solid cask selection, it does sport some nice keg and bottle options. Overall is probably the best pub for selection Croydon town centre wise, interesting beers here including some local offerings and some more bespoke choices you would find elsewhere locally. Also does a decent Sunday roast.“
Desverger 1616 days ago
80 /100
Fresh Fields Market (Beer Store)
86 - 88 CHURCH STREET
“Visited late morning Friday 8th April, this place has a great selection of cans and bottles, across the shop shelves and also the fridges. Lots of London coverage from the likes of Kernel/Beavertown plus even more local Cronx, also some nice interesting foreign bottles, some US/Belgo, and noticed some solid Danish beers for example from Mikkeller/To Ol. Prices are very good and additionally they also had a good offer of 10% off any selection of 6 bottles which I took advantage off. Great place.“
Desverger 1616 days ago
68 /100 17-21 GEORGE STREET
“Located on George Street, was like a step back in time stepping foot in here on the 9/4/2016 some 12 years later having worked/lived in the area. Overall appearance and clientèle wise nothing has really changed as far as I can remember and I would just say typical spoons here but the beer quality on most sampled was pretty decent, and there was interesting beers on cask/tap you would not generally find in your normal spoons. Would say its worth stopping by if you find yourself in the area.“
Desverger 1617 days ago
86 /100
Fresh Fields Market (Beer Store)
86 - 88 CHURCH STREET
“Visited several times since first review and deserves updating. The range has developed significantly with a great spread of UK and world beers. 4 Gigantic beers in store tonight for example. A great place to shop. Prices are low and 10% CAMRA discount. Excellent bottle shop. Popped in after work to have a look what all the fuss was about. Nice looking place with a good selection of beers on the shelf and in the fridge. Picked up a few beers and the prices were pretty good. A great addition to what is a bit of a bottle shop desert. “
WingmanWillis 1688 days ago
84 /100 1 MATTHEWS YARD
“Love it! So nice and casual! Recommended“
iren4en 1703 days ago
74 /100
Fresh Fields Market (Beer Store)
86 - 88 CHURCH STREET
“Before going back to Norway we went shopping here for bottles to take back home. More than 300 bottles, mainly from microbreweries in Greater London, are well-arranged and lined up on shelves in a corner section a bit further inside the shop. We bought beers from breweries like ELB, Clarkshaws, a few different variants from Tickety, WyLam, Brockley and from Brick. The regional beer range were supported by bottles from more well known breweries like Samuel Smith and Thornbridge in addition to beers from other European countries. On an earlier visit to the shop we saw that they occasional have drink-in testing session, this time with Orbit Beers. The shop is located downhill in central Croydon, not far from the street market. Friendly service (shopping with Finn, 30.11.2015).“
Rune 1728 days ago
62 /100 17-21 GEORGE STREET
“A classic open-plan JDW in one of the main streets of Croydon. Only a few minutes’ walk down from the East Croydon Station. Good range of cask ales, 11 hand pumps, four of them changing every day, we were told. Decent tradition English breakfast early on a Saturday morning. Quite a lot of all kinds of people already, among them some Crystal Palace supporters since it was match day, against Newcastle this afternoon. Service was more attentive here than it used to be at the Wetherspoons (visited with Finn 28.11.2015).“
Rune 1739 days ago
58 /100 131 OVAL ROAD
“A very good local vibe on Black Friday night with live country music, lots of happy people and good beers. A free house located in a residential area not so far from Easy Croydon Station. Six different cask ales and some craft beers on bottle available. It was indeed a busy weekend, and when we came back on Monday all the cask ales were gone and so were the BrewDog bottles. Meet-up with Scopey (visited with Finn, 27th and 30th November 2015).“
Rune 1739 days ago
64 /100 65 LESLIE PARK ROAD
“A community pub on “the other side “ of East Croydon station. Good range of Fullers beers on tap and bottles, including a few vintage bottles and six Fullers and Gales on cask. A bar in the middle serving two separate rooms. Well-made food as well. Very busy on a Friday eve, more relaxed on a Monday evening (meet-up with Scopey, visited with Finn 27th and 30th November 2015).“
Rune 1739 days ago
48 /100 24 SURREY STREET
“A central located, traditional Youngs pub with an island bar serving adjoining rooms. Limited cask ale selection except for the Youngs beers. Very popular after work on a Friday, more or less packed with all kinds of people. Worth a visit (visited with Finn, 27.11.2015).“
Rune 1741 days ago
64 /100 58 HIGH STREET
“A street corner, modern freehouse right in the heart of Croydon. Possible the most dedicated beer destination in town. Medium sized divided into different standing and seating sections over two floors. Eight cask ales, two of them on gravity, supported by a good range of craft beers on keg, many of them from microbreweries in the Greater London region. A few more beers at the bar upstairs.Crowded with relatively young people on a Friday eve (visited with Finn 27.11.2015).“
Rune 1741 days ago
58 /100 39-41 KATHARINE STREET
“A welcoming Fullers pub, Ale and Pie house, in central Croydon with a good vibe on a Friday late afternoon. A bar in the middle serving two sections. Dark brown wood interior. My chicken supreme was tasty and satisfied my need for food. I finally found a bottle of Fullers Imperial Stout that served very well as dessert. Good range of Fullers beers beer supplied by a few guest beers on keg and bottles (mostly American). Polite service (visited with Finn, 27.11.2015).“
Rune 1742 days ago
58 /100 131 OVAL ROAD
“Backstreet local. Live music on a Saturday evening was so polular that we turned around and came back on a quiet Monday - but then there was no read ale left! I sure will return when going to Croydon in the future.“
Finn 1751 days ago
66 /100 17-21 GEORGE STREET
“Quite large pub in central Croydon. 10 pumps with an ok variation. The ales seemed to be in good form.“
Finn 1751 days ago
64 /100 65 LESLIE PARK ROAD
“Nice back street local. Packed on a Friday evening. Perfect for a good conversation on Monday. Limited selection - but a few surprises.“
Finn 1751 days ago
60 /100 24 SURREY STREET
“Old fashioned pub. Divided. Standard Wells/Youngs range. Good atmosphere on a Friday afternoon.“
Finn 1752 days ago
68 /100 58 HIGH STREET
“Large. Kind of divided. More seating upstairs. Noisy on a friday evening. OK selection. Two beers on gravity. 8 ales on tap.“
Finn 1752 days ago
56 /100 39-41 KATHARINE STREET
“A quite cosy large Fullers pub. Kind of divided. A little more than the standard range. Some nice ones in the cupboards.“
Finn 1752 days ago
58 /100 STATION ROAD EAST
“The Porter & Sorter is the closest pub to East Croydon Station. It is located out the Westerly exit, next door to the old Post Office depot. Irrespective of the time of day this place tends to be rather busy, particularly post-work Wednesday - Friday. This is a public house tied to Martson’s, so you know what beer range to expect. There are actually quite of lot of taps, both cask and keg and they always tend to have seasonals on. Service and overall ambience are nothing special, but certainly not below average. Overall ok, certainly convenient if nothing else.“
Scopey 1764 days ago
100 /100
Fresh Fields Market (Beer Store)
86 - 88 CHURCH STREET
“Du?y wybor piw craftowych. Je?li si? kupi 6 piw 10? dyskatu“
evitzius 1821 days ago