Foodie Review: MEATliquor, BOXPARK (Croydon)

Turkey Cheesesteak MEATLiquor
Back in October, a brand new BOXPARK opened just a few miles from our house. Jammed-packed with restaurants, dessert chains and bars, Jack and I finally headed over to MEATLiquor, located on the 1st floor. Specialising in messy street food and burgers, here's my foodie review...

**Update: November 2022: Unfortunately MEATliquor has now closed the BOXPARK restaurant following the coronavirus pandemic. You can find a list of their other locations via their website**
MEATLiquor BOXPARK Croydon
MEATLiquor Croydon BoxPark
For those of you who have not yet tried it, MEATliquor is a chain restaurant specialising in hearty , sloppy street food including burgers, chicken, messy fries and an array of soft and alcoholic drinks. One thing I like in particular about the brand is that each branch is decorated to its own individual theme; from a red-lit abattoir in Oxford Circus to 70's psychedelic in Brighton. Having only ever been to the Oxford Circus one (and quite a while ago), I was sad to see that they no longer offered my favourite dish - the Philly cheese steak sandwich. However, we were lucky to get in on their remaining Xxxmas Menu - here's a closer look at our order...

Having spotted a variety of smaller dishes on other tables, we gave in to food envy and ordered some Piggies in Blankets. Pictured below, this plate includes six Gloucester old spot chipolata sausages wrapped in Herons Farm bacon and English mustard on the side. 

Piggies in Blankets MEATLiquor
Xmas Turkey Cheesesteak MEATLiquor
For my main, I opted for the Turkey Cheesesteak (also pictured above) - free-range Herons Farm roast turkey steak in gravy and served with melted camembert cheese, crispy stuffing crumbles and cranberry sauce in a soft roll. On paper, this roll ticked all the boxes although the gravy alongside the cheese and cranberry did make the bun quite soggy and congealed. I found a better way to tackle this was basically to take it apart and eat each part separately. Personally, I felt this just didn't come close to the Ben's Canteen Burger I reviewed back in December - one of my favourite burgers ever. I would have much preferred a sturdier, brioche bun and kept the gravy to a minimum although it wasn't enough to save the turkey which tasted almost like packaged meat. Perfectly acceptable as a meal but perhaps not deserving of the price. 

Dead Hippie Burger MEATLiquor
Jack decided to go with the chain's signature dish, the Dead Hippie Burger - two French mustard fried burger patties served in a soft bun containing MEATliquor's signature Hippie Sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and minced white onions. I actually did a little research and worked out that their Hippie Sauce is a  delicious combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, sweet pickles and Worcester sauce. E.g - a more fancy burger sauce. I was surprised to see that this actually was made differently than the one I had tried in the Oxford Circus branch. Again, I sort of felt as though I had made better burgers myself from scratch at home and whilst it made for a totally acceptable dining-out burger, maybe not the quality I have come to expect from a quality burger chain. 

Crunchy Nut Cronut DumDums
Doughtnuts Dum Dum Donutterie
To finish off our trip to BOXPARK, we grabbed some dessert from Jack's favourite - Dum Dum Donutterie. I grabbed myself a Crunchy Nut Cronut (pictured above) made with crunchy nut cereal and buttermilk icing. Delicious and well worth the guilt since I'm trying out clearer living lately. 

Overall, if you're looking for somewhere to eat in Croydon, MEATLiquor in BOXPARK probably isn't the best option available but it's not necessarily a bad one either. Unfortunately, I have just visited other MEATLiquor chains that I have enjoyed far more at the same cost. A visit to MEATLiquor with a side and drink is likely to set you back around £20 each plus tip. I will say, however, that the service in every branch I've visited has been very friendly even if you do tend to wait a little while for food due to popularity. 

Well, that's it for another foodie review. Have you been to MEATLiquor lately? Tell me about your experience. As usual, I love reading your comments so please do leave me lots of lovely comments down below. 

Until next time fellow foodies, 



  1. Oh no I'm so sorry you didn't really enjoy Meat Liquor in Boxpark, it's one of my faves. i loved the Garbage Plate they did on the XXXmas menu. Don't let it put you off Boxpark though, there's loads of other places to try - Coqfighter was really yummy too. x

    1. Yeah I think it wasn't the strongest branch in that you seem to pay the same price in central for better? Don't worry it definitely hasn't put me off BoxPark :) I absolutely LOVE The Breakfast Club so will be going back for sure. Plus they have a DumDums haha. I haven't been to Coqfighter yet, I'll have to add that to the list xx

  2. Oh my that food is really starting to get my tummy growling it looks so good.

    Beauty Candy Loves

    1. Yeah was ok - not sure it was worth the price at least it makes for a review haha x

  3. i hate it when a place is raved highly but the food is too expensive for what it is :/ food looks good in pics but sucks you didnt enjoy it too much
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. Yeah I'd definitely recommend the Oxford Circus or Bristol ones instead but at least we tired it :) I think Jack enjoyed his burger though! xx

  4. The food does look amazing but such a shame you didn't enjoy it! Ah that is so annoying when a place looks so good! I think I shall stick to my love, Five Guys for burgers. Oh I love it so much!

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    1. Haha oh god I haven't been there in agggges. Years even! Maybe I'm due for a visit xx

  5. At least you and Jack were able to enjoy some good cronuts :) I'm wondering how you became a fan of Philly cheese steak sandwiches. I hope you are well, Sophie!

    1. This is true! They were great. What's not to love about Philly cheese steak sandwiches? Quite a few places do them in London - MeatLiquor used to but sadly don't anymore. They were the best thing on their menu. You too Gil - how is your year going so far?

    2. Things are all right. I'm trying to get back to some normalcy where I do healthy things. I feel like I am getting there. For example, I used to exercise regularly but I neglected doing that last year. Now I'm settling back to a normal routine. I also have some learning goals for the year (like working on my coding skills). Thanks so much for asking, Sophie :) You're a regular on London Film Club, right? Is there a way for someone outside the UK to watch that show?

    3. Well that all sounds very positive - that's really good. Fairly regular yes, unfortunately it's broadcast live on that channel only and the channel is only available in London areas. If you give me your area though, I'd be happy to send you a digital episode?


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