Fuller’s, the local brewery for South London, has recently started focusing on serving pies at many of its pubs. The Spread Eagle is one of these, and I like a pie (in fact, I believe football crowds have a chant about this), so had planned to visit for a while. However, on the day we visited the sharing board seemed more interesting. I’ll come back to the food though.
The pub is a classic Victorian building near to Croydon town centre, with all of the wood, old pictures, dodgy carpets, and chandeliers you’d expect. There is also a big screen TV for sporting events, plus they convert the space into a small theatre from time to time. The staff were typical chirpy pub staff. They also served me ESB, which is one of my favourite beers!
Fiancée said the chicken wings had a very Asian flavour, with sweet chilli and sesame. She thought they were good and crispy, if perhaps not spicy enough. Houmous and flatbread was pretty tasty, with crispy bread and a strong pepper flavour. Quite a big portion, which turned out to be a feature of the sharing dishes.
The BBQ bacon steak turned out to be a pork chop with barbecue sauce, rather than a steak with BBQ bacon. Served with a sweet apple sauce, egg and chips, fiancée enjoyed it despite the (maybe) misleading name.
Cauliflower pakoras were huge, and to me didn’t quite get the batter to veg ratio right, but the flavour was good, as was the accompanying coronation mayo. Truffle macaroni cheese croquettes were big, crispy, savoury and…tasted of citrus? Oddly, while the truffle flavour seemed absent, the citrus zest sprinkled over the croquettes actually came through strongly – and I might steal the idea for my cooking. Unexpectedly delicious.
I liked the Spread Eagle, which had good pub food at reasonable prices. I’ll probably come back to try the pies another time!
Address: 39 Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX