Back in 2010 I wrote this particularly unhelpful letter to the Croydon Advertiser after reading yet another pointless review of another pointless restaurant:
The second review of South Croydon’s Apatura restaurant in this weeks advertiser was as glowing as the last that appeared less than three months ago. Meanwhile Patsy Payne has given a Beefeater and a Toby Carvery four star reviews. I understand the Advertisers budget may not extend to employing Giles Coren or Marina O’Laughlin but something other than this saccharine codswallop wouldn’t go a miss.
I have highlighted a problem, and now I wish to solve it. I am available to write restaurant reviews free of charge, I will even pay for my own meal. Hopefully I will be able to wittle together something more inspiring than an overview of JD Wetherspoons very nicely cooked and perfectly good value all day breakfast.
Croydon’s food scene is vibrant and exciting. It deserves better. The reviews in the Advertiser are not doing it justice. Please consider my offer, I would be happy to offer samples of my work.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Unfortunately I received no reply.
The Croydon Advertiser obviously didn’t want their readers to be amused or informed. They just want a few extra quid from Kebab Kid in return for peddling their salt ridden battery farmed rat burgers.
Because they couldn’t be asked to put my thoughts in print in their newspaper I decided to let you read my thoughts on a blog.
5 years later and a lot has happened. I am more interested in eating than ever and I have had the pleasure of munching in some pretty amazing places. I’ve occasionally updated the blog with some flim flammery. And then, most recently, with some travel writing. The blog now carries food and travel writing, some published, some not. It may cover my holidays around the world, and the stories of the food I see and the people I meet. I hope you enjoy what is here, and what is to come.
Meanwhile for a more visual look at the Croydon Food Scene (yes, it exists) follow @eatscroydon on Instagram. That’s me, too.
Contact me at andrew.baggs (at) hotmail.co.uk