Tag Archives: Crystal Palace

Cabbages & roses in my front garden

I am about to allow local Transition Town volunteers to grow fruit and vegetables in my front garden. People walking past will soon be able to see  a profusion of runner beans, salads and exotic herbs growing next to our ancient, gnarled rose bushes, whereas almost everyone else on my road has neat front gardens […]

Crystal Palace: A new foodie paradise?

When I moved to Crystal Palace in SE London 12 years ago, it was a bit of a desert for anyone that likes to eat and drink nice things. Although there were lots of takeaways and restaurants, many were depressingly average. The middle class foodie’s best bet for a drink out, amid a motley selection […]

Bambino Coffee, Crystal Palace, London

I get tired of drinking pillar-box-sized over-milky cappuccinos or rubbish burnt-tasting brews, and find inspirational coffee hard to track down. (Starbucks and Costas = double ugh; Nero, Pret and Eat, you are passable but nothing more). The worst coffee I had recently was at Membury Service Station, just off the M4, at their branch of […]