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Crystal Palace/Sydenham/Penge Chitter Chatter

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

  1. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member


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  2. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    What do YOU think?
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  3. Paninaro71

    Paninaro71 New Member

    Sad to see that Calabash of Culture is closing on Sydenham High Street; it was always nice being able to pop out and get a vegan lunch. And in the other news I'm guessing we're getting a craft beer shop (Bottlecave) in the new building opposite Calabash?
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  4. Maggot

    Maggot MES missing message

    Do you know when it's closing? I would like to go there before it does.
  5. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    It’s already closed according to the email I got.
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  6. flypanam

    flypanam “There is no reason for restraint”

  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Looks like Westow Hill isn't quite ready for the hipster invasion then.
  8. tommers

    tommers Yourdisco needs you

    Same person owned the cheese and beer shop as well, which has also closed down.

    Strange as I saw a lot of people banging on about how good S&P was.
  9. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    Actually, I am told that Salt and Pickle was really popular and appearing to be doing well.
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  10. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    Rumours are that Good Taste - the cheese and beer shop - was forcibly entered and closed down by the bailiffs and that the other business suffered as a consequence of the losses from that.

    It is a shame because they were both popular businesses, and Salt and Pickle had opened up in premises which had been boarded up, but the message from the business owner was that they just couldn't keep it running.

    There is lots of talk about how the rents on the triangle are getting silly and driving out independents. South of the River was an excellent shop which has closed down recently because of rent hikes.
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  11. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    The triangle is all Lambeth isn't it?
  12. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Part Lambeth part Croydon I think. I think Westow Hill is the dividing line.
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  13. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    Yeah, one side Croydon, the other side Lambeth.

  14. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    Although the two businesses were on opposite sides of the road, so one was in Croydon and one in Lambeth! Not sure if that is relevant, though.
  15. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    oh I hadn't realised that cheese shop has closed down. I used to occasionally get the best gouda in the world from there.

    I went yesterday with some of my students to The French House and I believe she is also going to be closing down soon.
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    So why are they quitting?
  17. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    Because the owners were in financial difficulties when they started, seemingly.

    it all seems a bit unbusinesslike actually, because they closed Salt and Pickle a few months after opening it, saying they were rethinking their business model, and that they were reopening it with a different focus.

    "And WE ARE OPEN!! We have a refined menu, new and improved core wine list, new deli section, plus our own house pickles, chutneys, preserves,and sauces."

    That was on 12 January. People commented at the time how odd it was that they closed just before Christmas, and missed out on all the holiday stuff.

    In fact, I have just seen a post that they put up on 4 February, urging people to come down and visit them, but they closed suddenly on 5 February!.

    "We’re very sorry to announce we are closing with immediate effect. We did our best to try and rescue the business, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. Thank you so much for all your support."

    Apparently, it was really busy on Saturday night, and everyone I know who has been there, including my daughter, says it was great.

  18. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    It is all a bit odd and unsatisfactory, we are going to end up with a couple of streets just full of chain coffee shops at this rate :(

    Even the pub that used to be the Grape and Grain has been closed down for refurbishment by Wetherspoons.

    The triangle is losing its quirkiness :(
  19. flypanam

    flypanam “There is no reason for restraint”

    I think the people who own the business are moving back to France. My missus got that from Kendrick in BOBs.
  20. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    Yes that's what I heard too - actually the woman who owns it wrote a post on the local FB site saying just that.
  21. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    My understanding was that the owner was just retiring.
    I never went to S&P, couldn't see the point of it, not really my thing.
  22. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    South of the River has another shop in Beckenham or Bromley which is still open.

    And the staff told me that they were closing because they couldn’t afford to stay in the Triangle. Although that doesn’t prove much. :)
  23. Maggot

    Maggot MES missing message

    This looks interesting. An evening where you can meet all the voluntary groups who are involved with Crystal Palace Park.

    It's tonight.

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