A Croydon takeaway which has a “near constant queue” has been praised in a roundup of favourite food spots.

The Original Tasty Jerk LTD in Croydon made it in The Observer's “30 things we love in the world of food right now” on Sunday, February 19.

The takeaway is located next to Selhurst Park stadium, the home ground of Crystal Palace Football Club.

The snippet in The Observer written by Melissa Thomson says that there is a “near constant queue” at the takeaway.

She went on to praise the pork, saying that the “tender belly slices chopped fresh from the grill, layered with smoky char on the outside” and advises to “get little extra because you will not resist the temptation to sneak a bite on the way home”.

A review from The Infatuation said that bellows from its chimney and white smoke has been used to announce a new Crystal Palace FC manager in the past.

A Google review for the takeaway says: “Best Jerk Chicken in the UK.

“Not sure what magic they put in their recipe and smoke but have not been able to recreate it.

“Go there once every couple of weeks.

“Queues can be long on weekend evenings but that underlines the popularity.”

Another says: “Trecked it from Tottenham to try this place. Truly worth it. You walk in to see these oil drums humming and smoking away like old workhorses and you know you've hit the jackpot. Got the jerk pork meal and it's mad good.

“2Strongly spiced, charred, crispy exterior, well rendered fat and tender meat. Absolute vibe in the mouth. Rice and peas are standard... but the chicken stew gravy and the hot sauce make for an illict dalliance.

“Maybe the hot sauce could be spicier but it's tasty AF.

“Wish I lived closer so I could go there more often. Worth travelling across cities for.”

It may be surprising that The Original Tasty Jerk has a one star hygiene rating, last examined in August 2022.

It has been recommended by the Food Standards Agency that there is “major improvement necessary” relating to the management of food safety.

This means there must be “system or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat, evidence that staff know about food safety, and the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in future”.