venue: Zorna’s Spices / tdate: November 24, 2016 / author: HS / rating: (3 out of 5)

All a bit grim

All a bit grim

Zorna’s Spices

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”. This time the target restaurant was Zorna’s Spices in Purley – on that busy road that comes off Purley Way and into Purley.

Pre-restaurant, the agenda was to visit a grand total of four pubs, three in South Croydon and the final one, a Weatherspoon’s pub next door to the restaurant.

First pub on the list was “The View” , good looking from the outside, but rather depressing on the inside. Pint of Worthingtons something-or-other. Not good.

Second on the list was “The Baskerville” previously known as “The Refuge”. Sparkly new but totally empty. Bereft of ambience. Splendid barmaids though and a cracking pint of Adnams Broadside. 

Stag and Hounds next. No real ale and an awful atmosphere. Straight out.

Onto Purley and into “The Foxley Hatch”, a Weatherspoon’s venue. Cheap Ruddles at £2.05 a pint. However, tatty and all a bit grim. Thoroughly depressing.

Moral:- Choose one pub – and one you like – and go there. 


Pretty good service including the provision of some nice dips. Kingfisher was in bottles. Prompt.


A sheek kebab for starters which had more lettuce than a herd of rabbits could rustle up. Not particularly tasty. Followed by a prawn dhansak, which was a smidgeon too hot for me and a bit stodgy.


Not bad. Clean. Functional. Didn’t spend too long in there.


My compatriots enjoyed their food but I didn’t much and all in all I won’t be returning to any of the venues visited tonight.

Oh dear!

rating: (3 out of 5)