@Kake We made it to Spread Eagle! We landed at Gatwick 2 days ago at 8 am local time. The 3 of us promptly passed out in our airport hotel room for about 4.5 hours. We woke up exhausted and hungry and I immediately consulted this thread and decided on East Croydon over Horley. We walked ~10 minutes from the station over to Spread Eagle (the name made us giggle) and by 4 pm, we were seated at a cozy table, surrounded by tables of mostly older folks enjoying a few drinks and conversation. Ahhh…just what we needed. We ordered the “Vietnamese” wings for B, harissa shrimp skewers, mini cauliflower pie, and the full-size chicken madras pie. So, the former 2 items were ho-hum, but the pies. Guess when one eats at a place with “pie” in the name, one should really stick to the pies. Both were excellent, with the chicken madras really taking the cake. B encouraged me to try it as I usually refrain from eating meat. But man, the filling was excellently spiced and the accompanying curry gravy was everything we love in good gravy. And excellent for dipping the chunky chips that came on the side. The only lackluster component was the cucumber raita (needed salt, which was on the table but I guess we were too tired to lift the salt shaker).
As we were leaving, the place filled up with a very diverse crowd - young (guy with dreads), older, office types, etc. A friendly bunch of local women asked if they could grab our table, the leader of whom was carrying a bucket of champagne. They wondered how we found the place and were surprised to hear that we had come all the way from Gatwick. We credited our wonderful online food friends. £60 with 2 pints and 2 glasses of wine - and to us, a great bargain to boot
We popped our heads into Boxpark and found indeed a very lively spot, with a DJ spinning and a happy Friday crowd. Spring onion wanted ice cream so we got him a strachiatella/Oreo mix from Sweet Bean. It was fun to check out but I have a tough time focusing on my food at food halls.
The morning of departure, I had a tasty vegan breakfast bowl at Wagamama. We’re used to the awful offerings of Boston’s Logan so we were pleasantly surprised by Gatwick. We were also pleasantly surprised by the separate family security line, which given the long lines in the regular security checkpoint, was a coup. Spring onion does come in handy sometimes.
We’re on Fuerteventura now (enjoying my PG Tips) followed by Gran Canaria, and then in London for 1 full day. Looking forward to more good meals. Thanks again!