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Crystal Palace/Sydenham/Penge Chitter Chatter

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by FoxyRed, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    Everyone speaks very highly of Kish Mish, which is certainly a hidden treasure. It even has a covered outside area, which is the only place I have ever sat, in fact, when I have visited there.

    It has pretty dodgy stairs to get there initially though, which is possibly putting some people off. No disabled or pushchair access. :)

    And I am afraid I don't like the food :(
     
  2. tommers

    tommers Yourdisco needs you

    We went into the Market Place a while ago and they sat us downwind of the toilet. For those prices we got up and walked out.
     
  3. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    I went there once and there was only one thing I could eat, the falafel wrap, and it was merely ok. If you're not a vegetarian who can't eat aubergine though, you may be fine. People do seem to like it.
     
  4. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    Falafel wrap sounds nice. I had some kind of egg curry dish which sounded nice on paper (no idea if it had aubergines in it, mind...) but it was vile.

    Regrettably, the next time I went, it was a while later, and I forgot what I had had before, and ordered the same thing again. It was still vile.

    Both times, the meat eaters I was with had a great time!

    My daughter, who is veggie, has been there with her partner, who is also veggie, and they think it is great.

    I think I have just been unlucky. Twice.
     
  5. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Ah, can't eat eggs either!
     
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  6. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    Not sure I like the refurb at living water. I liked the scruffy lived I nature of the previous, probably because I admit I had a toddler in towe at it always felt very relaxed.
     
  7. Maggot

    Maggot .

    There are other veggie dishes without aubergine. I had a veggie stew which was aubergine free.
     
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  8. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    LWS refurbishment is weird, not least because they appear to have decided that they no longer welcome the groups of mothers and toddlers who used to frequent the place.

    The menu is odd - it doesn't seem to know quite what it is - and the service is random. They have always been polite to me when I go there, even with a toddler, but that is probably because I go at lunch time and buy lunch.

    They sold me an adult size portion for my 3 year old grandson, which was an expensive waste of food. I have since been told that they do have a children's menu, but it was not offered to me.

    And the woman at the till did a hard sell (successfully!) on my grandson to talk his granny into buying a cookie on our way out. That was bad!
     
  9. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    I asked for the toys that they always had quite curtly told "no. That was years ago" and then she walked off.

    Ah well, that's my custom gone!

    I really used to love that cafe. Think its prob trying to be more of a restaurant thing now.
     
  10. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    Not slagging it off, just preferred the old one.
     
  11. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    There were lots of people slagging it off when it made those changes. And it's no longer busy. Bad business decisions, methinks.
     
  12. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    It's a strange place anyway.
     
  13. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    How do u mean?
     
  14. Quoting a friend on the sydenham.org.uk forum:
    "According to local cllrs on Facebook and Twitter, the Greyhound now has a buyer! No word on who though"

    Us Sydenham residents are now waiting with bated breath to find out who's bought the big pub on the roundabout... I have a terrible feeling it's going to be a McDonalds or something, but then I'm an awful pessimist...
     
  15. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

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  16. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    amused by a few who i have met recently who are ten minute walk from thornton heath station but on the grange wood side who have a CR7 post code but insist they live in Crystal Palace...:D
     
  17. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    It is a social enterprise supporting women survivors of domestic abuse.

    Isn't it?
     
  18. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Yes but how? They list various workshops on their website, all of which are now closed. Then there's something about providing jobs for young people which appears completely unrelated.
     
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  19. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    I am just looking on the Charity Commission site. They are overdue submitting their accounts, by nearly a year.

    The accounts they previously submitted refer to "bethels" which are churches.

    It seems you are right about them being a bit odd.

    I am still looking.
     
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  20. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    THE ASSOCIATION IS ESTABLISHED PARTICULARLY FOR WOMEN FROM ETHNIC MINORITY COMMUNITIES IN THE LONDON BOROUGH OF LEWISHAM TO ASSIST IN THE RELIEF OF SICKNESS OR DISTRESS, THE PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF HEALTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION
     
  21. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Id guess at baptists
     
  22. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    I haven't yet worked out the relationship between the cafe and the charity.
     
  23. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

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  24. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Yes, I had a look at the Charity Commission website too and at the last annual report they filed. It's pretty thin, their aims are rather vague and they were in deficit by quite a bit.

    Anyway, I'm sure they're harmless and mean well, let's not start a witch hunt! Just a bit odd.
     
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  25. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    It is getting ever dodgier as I explore. The accounts talk about a "grant" of several thousand pounds - £85000 in the ones I am looking at - without indicating where that grant comes from.

    I have found no reference to the income or expenditure of the cafe.

    It may be that I will not be going to this cafe anymore....
     
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  26. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    Sorry - I got a bit drawn in! I am bored and still working :)

    I will stop :D
     
  27. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    im sure they arent money laundering :hmm:
     
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  28. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    :(
     
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  29. TruXta

    TruXta Prawn Bokers

    They're not a patch on the cunts who've taken over the old cinema.
     
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  30. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Nah, it's not churchy to go to. You can have a very nice vegan brunch without any inkling of a side order of Jesus. They've made a success of the caff. Possibly comms just isn't their strong point on the charity side.

     

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