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Education and Schools
1078-1079 First Floor, Whitgift Centre, Croydon
Tel: 020 8681 6601
17 Purley Road, Purley, Surrey. CR8 2HA
Tel: 020 8668 6668
and Claret Public House
Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon
Thompsons - CLOSED
34 Surrey Street, Croydon
Tel: 020 8256 0007
Ping Thai Restaurant
16-18 South End, Croydon
Tel: 020 8760 0278
2 Orton Buildings, Portland Road, South Norwood, London, SE25
Tel: 020 8771 1148
East Thai Restaurant
26 Westow Hill, London, SE19
Tel: 020 8670 6222
50-52 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, London SE19
Tel: 020 8761 5959
Elephant Restaurant - West Croydon
466 London Road, Croydon, CR0 2SS
Tel: 020 8683 3297
Elephant Restaurant - West Wickham
39 Croydon Road, Coney Hall, West Wickham, BR4 9HZ
Tel: 020 8462 8998
143 Addington Road, Selsdon, South Croydon
Tel: 020 8651 2777
The Exchange, Purley Road, Purley
Tel: 020 8668 6668
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I went for a works lunch do, discounted menu on a good selection of food, which was extremely tasty and well priced, with great service. Would recommend you try
Clare - Review dated 16 April 2008
I visit Anna's regularly and is a favourite of my partner and my family, the food is excellent and has never been anything other than excellent,I recently went there for my birthday and was greeted by the most polite staff who had gone to the effort of decorating the table and even gave me a lovely present, the staff are always attentive and polite and we have always waited a perfect time between courses, I have recommended Anna's to many people who have been equaly impressed.
Katie Aisthorpe - Review dated 24 September 2007
Takeaway Service It is obvious this restaurant does not posses a industrial microwave. After ordering a takeaway which we were told would take 30 mins it arrived in less then 20 mins, the food upon arrival was barely luke warm, lacking aroma, tastless and stodgy (rice). After calling the restaurant to complain I was met with an argumentative manager who was adimant the food was perfect and chef exellent, ten mins later I was offered money back and they wanted food returned then was banned from their resturant and phone orders. No great loss. I WOULD ADVISE YOU GO ELSEWHERE!!!!!!
Samantha Campbell - Review dated 15 April 2007
Anna's, S. Croydon
Starters fine - the soup was good and served in a timely manner. Then the problems...waited an hour between starter and mains and it wasnt particularly busy. Mains arrived, quality and quantity generally OK (rice was tepid however), but no sign of any fresh herbs anywhere - no coriander, no lime leaves. I enquired about some chilli and fish sauce - a basic dip of ... fresh chilli, fish sauce and some water. No, not available. Hold on, this is a restaurant and they cant provide even the most basic dip.Very poor effort. Because of this and because there were no fresh leaves (and remember I have all of these at home) I would look elsewhere for thai in the area. You can do a lot better yourself!
tim walton - Review dated 5 February 2007
went on sat, "Annas starters" selection very poor and greasy! Mains fine but very very watery red curry. The place is far too large to have any atmostphere. Will try Mae Ping or one of those in Crystal Palace after reading reviews on here.
dave - Review dated 20 September 2004
Anna’s Thai Restaurant
Just about our favourite resaurant in Croydon (certainly as far as the quality of food is concerned). We love Thai food & for vegetarians this is excellent (better than a lot in central & north London). The yellow curries are mouth watering. They do a simple desert of bananas in coconut milk with toasted sesame seeds which is a great way to finish the meal. They have a non smoking area and have always seemed polite (if not effusive).
Andrew & Sarah - Review dated 21 June 2004
Anna's Thai Restaurant
We visited Anna's on our anniversary on my wife's suggestion. We got there at about 6.30 and the place was virtually deserted. We had a very good greeting on arrival and the house red wine was very nice. I didn't think the food was that good. And the service was very laid back. We had to call the waitress every time we wanted anything. I am also not keen on visiting restaurants that include a service charge. 9 times out of 10 you find the service below standard. I also noticed that the times said open until 10.00 p.m. and yet they refused to let a couple in at 8.15 when we were just finishing our coffee.
Mukesh Shah - Review dated 19 February 2003
Anna's Thai Restaurant
Pretty nice food, service could be improved but all in all good value for money.
Theresa - Review dated 25 May 2002
Excellent service and ruly delicious food! The spicy rice is a MUSt and all is very nicely presented, very polite and attentive service and well piced. Very well recommended for an intimate meal (it isn't a big place and I would guess family run)
Pippa - Review dated 21 August 2010
Small, family run restaurant. Food excellent, especially the stir fries and curries. Dan Thai platter is a good introduction to the starters, though my favourites are the tempura prawns or the Fisherman's soup, which can be with or without chillis, depending on your taste. For main course, I love the Panang curry (chicken or prawn, I'm not so keen on the beef version). It has a wonderful coconut sauce that tempers the heat of the curry. And a spectacular dish is the sizzling prawns - which really do sizzle on their iron plate. Pam (owner) makes everyone feel welcome. It is nice to eat food that is freshly cooked to order, though it can mean a wait, especially at busy times. They do take away and delivery - quite a plus when it is too cold to go out and eat, and the quality of the food is just as good as when you eat in the restaurant.
Cathy - Review dated 24 January 2005
Grouse and Claret Public House
Bad and good news. First the bad. Lacks atmosphere and the current trend for removing soft furnishings makes for unpleasant acoustics - not helped by TV and background music. Nor is their beer of a standard which would warrant recognition in a Camra Good Beer Guide. Good news? They do Thai food - and it is very good too, particularly the vegetarian selections. Well worth a visit. If like me you can't stand the pub, then they do take-away as well!
Andy E - Review dated 15 June 2002
After visiting your site I tried to book a table at Jim Thompsons only to find that the Croydon branch has closed down. The number you publish is constantly engaged - I had to call another branch to find out. Perhaps you should remove the review.
Zoe - Review dated 7 August 2004
Set lunch time buffet for around £5 was a good idea however did not live up to expectations!For this price other restaurants do a much better deal. Not much variety and keep your legs crossed as the toilets leave a lot to be desired! Unpleasant experience - Would not rush back!
Angelina - Review dated 27 June 2004
Dave - Review dated 25 May 2003
I once webt there last year and loved the food, but it was a bit pricy (worth it though). But now thay have changed the menu into what seems like a fast pub food quick lunch type and now I would not recomend it to anyone. It is my regret that I have to say this but now the pricing is too much and the choice is limited.
Paul Gleeson - Review dated 25 May 2003
A real Dining experience, Beautifully themed & fascinating atmosphere full of wonderful artifacts. Staff are beautifully dressed, service is good. Wonderful combinations of unusually spiced food - Delicious!
Lorry - Review dated 16 October 2002
Named after the English explorer and Silk merchant who disappeared mysteriously one day in the Malaysian Cameron Highlands. Wood panelled rooms heavily decorated with various East Indian artefacts - many for sale at what would appear to be a good markup. A varied menu of South-East Asian 'style' food. On my visit I found bland expensive cuisine and uncaring staff. Wherever Mr Thompson is he must no doubt sometimes turn in his grave!
Andy Ellis - Review dated 11 June 2002
Restaurant now closed and under another name.
Joe Bloggs - Review dated 7 May 2005
Good traditional Thai cuisine. Had the pad thai always a good sign if a restaurant is all it is craqcked up to be. I would recommend it. Siutated in Wallington. Relaxced atmosphere, friendly staff. check it out !!
chris D - Review dated 7 November 2002
I recently took a first time date to the restaurant, not knowing the restaurant, and as i had booked online was not sure how it would turn out...It was an excellent choice, great food, great service, and good VFM, highly recommended.
Scott Carr - Review dated 29 August 2010
We've eaten here a few times and it is always fantastic. The cocktails are wonderful and the food is delicious. The service is friendly and un-obtrusive. It can get quite busy at the weekend so booking may be an idea if there are a few of you.
Victoria - Review dated 14 January 2008
I've eaten in many places throughout the UK and europe.. I have to say that Mae Ping comes very high on the list with regard to service and quality.... I would highly recommend this restaurant... Food: 9/10 Service: 8/10 Cosyness: 8/10
Darren Campbell - Review dated 24 February 2006
Staff are lovely and very helpful. Food is fantastic. I'd really recommend this to anyone who loves Thai food and hospitality
Jan Smith - Review dated 28 February 2003
Absolutely brilliant - food is typically Thai (a Thai friend of mine swears by it!), good value for money and good service. Definitely deserves the short journey out of Croydon, and fully merits it's Time Out recommendation. Small, but cosy, good for small groups/couples.
Sonia - Review dated 25 September 2002
A real treat. Beutiful surroundings, exquisite food and warm and friendly service. We just keep going back and back.
Tanya - Review dated 4 June 2002
Mae Ping (South Croydon)
Friendly Service, wonderful decor. The food is cooked to perfection. My favourte is the Satay Chicken. The chicken has to be the most tender I've tasted. The restaurant gets quite busy so may need to book
Jackie Wright - Review dated 4 June 2002
We went to the Thai Elephant a couple of weeks ago with friends. The restaurant was absolutely packed out at the time(a good sign) and the atmosphere was great, the food wonderful and the variety was overwhelming. The staff were very entertaining and polite. Definitely a must!
B Standley - Review dated 9 March 2009
Maggot central! Went there with anohter 3 friends. Food was quite nice and spicy, portions a bit on the small size. Finished our meal and voila! A cooked maggot on the clay dish... Complained to the waiter, he says nothing. I thought he had gone to tell the manager but no, kept quiet. We had already paid for the meal so on the way out I told the manager what had happened. Her reply? Was it on the table or on the food? Nice one!! Stay away from this place. Felt sick all night. Disgusting.
Lisa Roger - Review dated 26 September 2006
I endorse the views of the other Reviewer.The quality of the cuisine at South-East is clean and fresh and is of a high standard.It surpasses other Thai Restaurants in the area.Well worth a visit.
C.FIELDING - Review dated 23 October 2003
South East Thai Restaurant
Although in Crystal Palace there seem to be an abundance of places to dine (including 2 other Thai restaurants), South East has to be one of the best restaurants I have visited around the world. South East is not as well established as other restaurants along the parade, I am certain this one is here to stay. Although not that impressive from the exterior, and on weeknights seem rather deserted, entry offers a cascade of delights. Everything I have had on the menu is superb, and for the Connoisseur of fine dining this one is not to be missed. The service- superlative, the food- divine, (and very reasonable prices- £20/head inc drinks)
Natalie - Review dated 17 September 2003
Very, very disappointing, supposed to be authentic thai food but,the green chicken curry that came to our table would never have been recognised in Thailand.We went to re-kindle memories of times spent in Thailand but,we ended up leaving the food and going home. We went for authentic thai and got the south london version. Another dissapointment - no Singha !
Karan & Phil - Review dated 11 October 2006
Thai elephant west wickham/colney hall
after Reading the reviews on this page my wife and I ventured out- difficult to find as the address published is incorrect. When we arrived they did not have our booking as we were lured into their eat as much as you like menu I knew we were in trouble. All the starters were cold. Hoping that the mains would be better we waited after 5 mind and the mains arrived I dreaded every bite. The Thai curry had no flavour and the vegetables were not cleaned properly. The chicken noodles were overcooked and basicly a stodge the chicken had not been cleaned properly either. The sweet and sour chicken was awful. If you like food which is not fresh and has been heated up then great value for money. If you have tastebuds then avoid this restaurant at all costs as it is dire. This place should be closed down a whole evening ruined. If I hadn't felt sorry for the poor people serving then I wouldn't have even paid. A total shambles.
phillips - Review dated 19 September 2008
Thai Elephant - West Wickham/Coney Hall
This restaurant booked for 40th birthday months in advance 25 people for 20:00. Tables not ready & place absolutely packed solid, the bar area like busy pub with people waiting. Can't comment on food, we left in disgust after 75 mins waiting, being told repeatdedly the table would be ready soon. They said the booking before had turned up late, but by 21:15 this party were still on crispy duck course with no pressure put on by staff, absolute shambles. Clearly this restaurant is greedy, overbooks capacity & can't cope. The fact that they did not once apologise, give out free drinks or offer free meal to my mate who's 40th birthday they'd almost ruined, is what rankles. Night rescued by the excellent newly opened Ocean Indian restaurant over road, some teething problems on service but food was very high quality Indian (different menu & tastes from the norm) and reasonably priced. Avoid the Thai Elephant - rude, greedy and poor customer service, go to the Ocean Indian instead.
Alun Deal - Review dated 17 December 2007
Thai Elephant - West Wickham
We visit the Coney Hall restaurant regularly and the food never fails to impress. The service is smooth and welcoming and cannot be faulted. One minus point. I tried to find their phone number on the net and could only find a number which did not take incoming calls. Please update for your own sake as well as ours. to 020 8462 8998
PeterH - Review dated 22 March 2006
Thai elephant is the best Thai Restaurant in Croydon!! My wife & I reguarly eat here for the past 6yrs, the food is amazing. Friendly service and reasonable prices. about 15 of my friends eat here too! best of all..theres two Thai Elephants in Croydon area. (London rd,West Croydon/Coney Hall, West Wickham). ENJOY!!!!!!!!
Matthew - Review dated 13 January 2006
mmmmmm, what can I say but lovely grub? Me and several mates journeyed down to this restaurant on a quest to discover the holy grail, yes, prawn toasts. We purchased the 'eat as much as you like' option for £13.20 and prepared ourselves for a hellish trip to a quite frankly horrid buffet. However, it was not to be this time! You order off a menu as you would on any other normal night. But this was not just a normal night though dearest readers, this was a special night! We dined on the finest prawn toasts, succulent thai curries and explored the darkest, deepest pits of thai cuisine. An amazing experience, go there and sample the goods yourself! Oh and buy your self a tsing tao, still my favourite Thai beveridge.
Pedro Morales - Review dated 6 January 2005
Thai Elephant - West Croydon
This is a review of the Thai Elephant in West Croydon, not West Wickham. What can I say but a truley awful place. No atmosphere, decor of a Greek toilet, very poor food, apart from the starters. Do not waste your money here.
Mark - Review dated 26 March 2006
Incredibly good value and the food is delicious. Have dined here often and have always been pleased by the courteous service and quality of the food.
David - Review dated 28 January 2009
I enjoy the food but ordering takeaway always seems problematic. One time i ordered they couldn't understand my address because they were processing a card transaction from the restaurant at the same time. the second time the sent food i didnt order and the girl said it was because my husband had a speach impediment which he doesnt they are always rude and I will never eat or order from them again
becky - Review dated 22 February 2008
I love Thai food and have been to Thailand as well as eaten in most of the thai restaurants around Croydon. This restaurant has fantastic food, but lacks atmosphere. Try the Massaman Lamb it was as good as anything I had in Thailand. Can't understand one of the previous comments that the food is rubbish. Its not.
barry howe - Review dated 8 December 2007
Family in tow for Sunday Lunch, the decor was ok but my goodness the food was the worst I had ever tasted, I thought my 5 year old was being picky but when i had a mouthful it was gross, waterey food. We complained and left the lot, paid for our drinks, my hubby (since it was his suggestion) came home a made us a sunday roast.. why did we bother.
dee - Review dated 25 February 2007
We have been here on several occasions during August and September and the food has always been very good. The service is very friendly and efficient, both at lunch time and during the evening. We are returning for a birthday party and look forward to it.
Maureen Axford - Review dated 6 October 2006
Although a newcomer to the area(selsdon) seems to of made a impression..Food is tasty and sunday buffet is great value for money £8.95, try and book a table to avoid disappointment ....
Lyn - Review dated 27 September 2005
I love Anna's, the food is always delicious and the service is nice as they leave you alone once the meal is served. The location is great too, a nice place for an intimate and or romantic dinner or just a meal with mates.
Tia - Review dated 21 February 2009
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