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Art & Craft CR0, Croydon

Pub added by Pub SignMan
46 Surrey Street

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The newest addition to Croydon’s pub scene, this is a small, split-level bar on Surrey Street Market which specialises in craft beer. You enter past a compact, fenced-off outdoor seating area with basic garden furniture into a concrete floored bar area which forms the rear part of the bar. A small wood plank counter along the back wall acts as the servery and there is a stainless steel bar back which in true craft beer bar fashion, sports all the beer taps. Opposite the bar, a row of high stools are lined up along a drinking ledge which forms the barrier beyond which is the lower front part of the room, giving a good view out of the large front windows to the market beyond. The front area can be reached via a flight of metal stairs at the far end of the room. They lead you down to a concrete floored seating area with banquettes and low stools along the back wall and high stools and drinking ledges under the windows. The room has exposed brick walls, bare light bulbs and shuttered windows, making it much of a muchness when compared to other craft beer venues, although this place’s USP is that it promotes the work of local artists by displaying their pieces on the walls. These bright bits of contemporary art brighten up an otherwise quite functional space and my only grip would be that they seemed mainly limited to one wall, when there are plenty of other spaces that need filling.
The eight taps on the bar back offer four craft keg beers, three wines and one cider. The beers were from Moor, Ink Spot, Brewdog and Magic Rock and all were priced at decidedly Croydon-unfriendly levels. I tried the Moor Destination F Pale Ale, which I am told is a rare find, but needs to be more than that to justify the £6.80 a pint price tag. It was decent enough, but certainly didn’t merit that kind of price – who knows what the local market traders make of this sort of thing?
This place offers a combination of small batch beer and local art that sounds great on paper but was decidedly underwhelming in reality. I felt that the bar was aimed at the influx of new young professionals Croydon is trying to attract but is insensitively positioned in the old market area of town. This chain has a few other branches around South London and I’ll be interested to see if the same problems persist in these too or whether over time the Croydon branch might align itself more with it surroundings.

On 6th November 2018 - rating: 5
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