Culture / Food & Drink

Matthews Yard 2020

Back in the yard

1 October 2020

At the start of 2020 the sad announcement was shared that our beloved local gem, Matthews Yard would be closing. Over the years we had enjoyed many a pint and too much wine, in their rather cool digs just off Surrey Street. We were terribly sad to lose one of our favourite hang outs, so you can imagine our delight when we heard that it wasn’t the end, but more a case of pausing until they found a new home.

Fast forward to the 29 August, and their doors open, amid the pandemic, but with social distancing measures installed and a brand new bounce in their step.

Myself and Julia donned our face masks and headed to West Croydon, to where Maplins used to be, to check out Matthews Yard’s new yard.

Matthews Yard 2020

As we approached from the high street we could see the sign large and welcoming amid the hustle and bustle of passing trams and people going about their day.  From the moment we opened the door and stepped inside, I could barely stop smiling. Instantly you’re hit with a friendly aura and a sense of being amongst friends. It’s bright, cheerful and everything this establishment stands for. Local artists adorn the walls providing the perfect backdrop for this warehouse-feeling café. High ceilings, flooded by natural light from the large storefront windows, it feels fresh and anything but soulless.

Matthews Yard 2020

We took our seats and perused the menu via a quick QR code scan. Julia went for the Avo on toast… she’s so predictable. I, on the other hand, went for the Yard Burger which I can only describe as sumptuous, mouth wateringly delicious and packed with flavour. It’s a Moving Mountains patty served with american cheese, tomato, lettuce and a little pickle. Lip smacking goodness.

Matthews Yard 2020

The menu is 100% vegan and with dishes like Dessert for breakfast (crispy french toast, with vanilla ice cream garnished with berries, toasted coconut flakes and a chocolate syrup) and Club Sandwich, I’ll certainly be back for many a trip to work my way through the menu. The coffee is still one of the best in Croydon (beans roasted locally by 80 Stone Coffee Roasters) so it’s worth a trip for that alone.

Matthews Yard 2020

On to the artwork. There’s a huge mural on the left by AlecLDN who is no stranger to our Croydon shore. He was resident artist at The Ends Festival in 2019. There is also work by Lis Watkins, Bev Jones, Nick Richards, Matt Bannister. If you like what you see, you can buy the work on display, or add it to your crimbo list.

Matthews Yard 2020

We were very impressed with the new Matthews Yard, and it’s not even finished. There’s a bar currently being installed and a second floor events space too, so this really is just the beginning of an exciting new chapter for owners Saif Bonar and Leoni Descartes.

Matthews Yard 2020

Keep up to date with their plans on the Matthews Yard website, or follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Posted by Angela


Keith Taylor CHt.

Such a fabulous well deserved review. In a bit of reverse logic I’m glad that for so many years Maplin held the space for the wonderful new Matthews Yard to maintain the energy created by the millions of people Maplin attracted who are now flooding back to see the incredible metamorphosis as continued patrons of Matthews Yard.


Looking forward to when they can open a bit later. I also really hope they will host brgr&beer again one day.

Mike Gidley

For those that might remember the Leeds Perm Building Society in there for 25 years, this is a stunning use of the building for the benefit of the local community.
Would be great to have a Leeds staff reunion there one day.


Where’s the new Matthew’s Yard? I can’t see an address…is that the old Maplin building by West Croydon Station?

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