Big Red, Deptford


30 Deptford Church St, SE8 4RZ

Big Red is a new double decker bus-shaped pizza restaurant in Deptford that has already collected glowing reviews from the Deptford Dame and Crosswhatfields. It's housed within a bus parked next to the Bird's Nest Pub, Deptford Church Street.

They've done a nice job of keeping the bus' features, while making the experience quite different to shovelling a Big Mac meal down your throat on the N171.

Despite the fact that pizza is apparently a food that the kids are all in to these days, this area's restaurant industry has been a little slow to catch on to consumer demand and good local pizza options are pretty thin-crust on the ground, so this is a very exciting addition to Deptford's growing collection of transport-themed eateries.

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44 comments:

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Tyrwhitt Guiseppe said...

Other than Le Querce and deliveries what other Pizza option is there in the area?

I usually trek to Blackheath or Greenwich for Pizza Express.

Anonymous said...

You don't need to go that far, Dominics Pizza do excellent fare. Seriously - give them a go - they rank alongside Fishy Business for decent grub at straightforward prices.

Mb said...

New cross house do great thin pizzas. They don't deliver but you can phone and collect.

Anonymous said...

We found an incredible pizzeria in catford. It was like being back in Italy.

Deptford dame said...

Our other new pizzeria, Slices, on the high street is also worth a look although it is only open during the day. http://deptforddame.blogspot.com/2011/05/slices-pizza.html

Anonymous said...

I had the most MARVELOUS shish in peckham. It was like being back in Marakesh

Sue said...

Worth noting that it's currently only open Fri,Sat, Sun evenings - I tried to pop in last night after work and it was closed.

Mouse said...

Pizzas at the Gowlett on Gowlett Road are pretty good if you fancy the trek (or the 484)

Anonymous said...

So chicken and chips bad. Fish and chips good.
Now eating on a bus. But eating on a pretend bus good.

Brockley Nick said...

Who said eating on a bus was bad? I made no judgement on those who enjoy an early-hours bus whopper (I have been known to indulge, myself). I just said it is different. Which is obvious. move along.

DJ said...

Do these Anonymous types just hang around constantly waiting for any little comment they can jump on and accuse of being posh or snobby or 'mung'?
Must have a pretty empty life.

Anonymous said...

"They've done a nice job of keeping the bus' features, while making the experience quite different to shovelling a Big Mac meal down your throat on the N171."

It's casual class contempt. This blog seeks be the voice of Brockley. I live in Brockley as do other working class people.

Brockley Nick said...

"It's casual class contempt."

Utter rubbish. Why on earth would you assume that only the working classes take night buses or eat at McDonald's? When writing that, I was actually thinking of myself (irredeemably middle class) ten years ago.

psychic bob said...

I think there is just one bored, bitter anon as the objections are ALWAYS the same.

Kate said...

Don't trek to Blackheath or Greenwich for Pizza - try New Cross House or La Pizzeria Italiana in Catford. Both delicious. Hope to try the pizza on the bus soon though. Looks good

Anonymous said...

Good to hear that Slices is worth a look -- I walk past there a couple of times a week and have wondered about it, will definitely try it. Thanks for all the other recommendations too!

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drakefell debaser said...

Anon, I’m about to have my lunch which is left over macaroni cheese from last night. How many working class points do I get? Also, if I decided to be naughty and chucked in a few herbs from my garden when making it does that mean I end up with negative working class points?

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mb said...

Erm.... so any way..... nice pizzas? I'm in.

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Laughable said...

These class discussions that occasionally crop up crack me up. Seriously (anon) people, nevermind pizzas try eating some of the chips off your own shoulders and GET OVER IT!

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Mb said...

I've not had a overly salty, scorching hot pasty since the ELL opened. Just saying.

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Anonymous said...

This is hilarious - class war at its best, although some of the posters will balk at the fact many BC regulars find their rantings funny! By the way, I work (but I don't consider myself working class)and live in Chavleigh, sorry Chudleigh, Road. Bring on the howls of outrage!

JC said...

Slices is open in the evenings, starts delivering after 4pm

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pedant said...

"They've done a nice job of keeping the bus' features".

This should be "bus's" unless you actually pronounce it "bus".

I know you'll argue that either way is permissible but you're just WRONG!! (Folds arms, sits back and digs heels in).

theoldtrawlerman said...

I tried the pizzas in New Cross House last night and was disappointed. Really lacking in taste and flavour. The burger is good though and it's a nice new pub, albeit 'ambitiously' priced for the area.

Anonymous said...

I went to try out the Big Red on Saturday evening. There were a few people there, but it was not overly busy. The concept is great, but in reality, needs a bit more work.

The staff were very disorganised. We had to hunt down a ditzy waitress to ask if we should order first or take a seat somewhere. She didn't seem to know the answer. We did both.

Ten minutes later someone else arrived (possibly the manager) who took our order again. We looked confused as we thought we had already ordered.

The average time to cook a pizza at Big Red appears to be around 45 minutes. All customers were told they were very busy (erm, about 10 pizzas ordered in the whole restaurant when we were there) and we were about to leave when our order finally turned up.

We also had to put up with the staff/owner's kids running up and down the stairs on the bus, shouting and generally making a nuisance of themselves.

A bus is a small place to eat, so don't come if you want any level of privacy. We had to put up with some obnoxious group going on and on about their big city bonuses and share trading, or the toilet habits of their toddler! Delightful.

It's a great gimmick for kids, and the pizzas, when they finally turn up, are actually very tasty (though a little lacking in toppings).

If the customer service and experience can be improved, along with the time it takes for the food to appear, they'll do well. If not, it's a one-visit-for-the-novelty kind of venue, which is a real shame.

dude said...

Sound about right actually, wait for ages and then they all turn up at once.

Seamus Fitzpatrick said...

I usually dont stare further than strada in blackheath.
I happened to be in Deptford and popped into Slices.
Must confess the Pizza was TERRIFIC and 16" at 8.99 i had doubts why so cheap, but i neednt have worried, the kitchen is visible,clean and
Cant recommend them highly enough, the staff were friendly and polite.

As i live in Blackheath i was informed they also deliver their, so they will defenitely be getting my custom... well done slices

Anonymous said...

Awful customer service,the canopy for the otuside area had water collected on it which fell on me and my food/drink,nothing was replaced/no discount,owner seemed oblivious to what ahd just happened.Will not go again,which is a pity as i was ready to make it a new hangout spot and recommend it.the food is too overpriced and not high enough quality for the price to be justified.

The Deptford project (the railiway carriage towards the end of deptford high street) is a far better and similar spot to hang out at

Happy Eater said...

Had a nice lunch at Big Red this week, they now do a two course set lunch for only £6 Tuesday-Friday. Sat outside and was served by a very sweet and helpful waitress, food was promptly served and excellent value for £6.

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