The Flying Pig

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The Flying Pig aims high with its extensive range of beers. With 18 on tap, consisting of London ales and brews from Europe and the USA, it deserves to become a prime destination for craft-beer enthusiasts in East Dulwich.

Unfortunately, the Flying Pig’s signature dish of pulled pork failed to take off; it was too dry, and the addition of maple bacon wasn’t sufficient to rescue it. A shame, because there seems to be passion in the place to serve up genuine American barbecues; when asked why there wasn’t a pudding, the waiter replied: ‘If it can’t go in a smoker or barbecue, they don’t want to do it.’

Portions are large – two starters and two mains proved too much for two people. The mac ’n’ cheese was better than the pork, yet it scrimped on the cauliflower. Chicken wings –a tasty, crisp, nicely spiced starter – were the highlight, though sweetcorn nachos seemed to lack the advertised jalapeños and included an unidentified lemony sauce (possibly sour cream).

Little details such as a lack of help-yourself napkins – a must for a place that serves lots of sticky finger-food – also show the management hasn’t quite got the food formula right yet. Stick to the beer for now.

Reviewed by Richard Lowe

Venue name: The Flying Pig
Contact:
Address: 58-60 East Dulwich Road
London
SE22 9AX
Opening hours: Open Noon-Midnight Mon-Sun
Transport: Rail: East Dulwich
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:3
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Nick
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I haven't yet been but I am fascinated by a Mac n Cheese that has insufficient cauliflower. Surely it should have none at all?

Ben Baker
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My Pulled pork bap was dripping with juice to the point it looked like it was crying. Maybe you should revisit

Cat
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My partner (who is a Texan and knows good barbecue when he sees it) and I ate here a couple of weekends ago and we both absolutely loved it. The food was fantastic - the pulled pork burger was a particular highlight (I have no idea why this reviewer thought it was dry because mine was cooked to perfection) - and the restaurant itself is a really great environment. Particularly for the price, the quality of the food exceeded what you'd expect of even Barbecoa and we'll definitely be visiting again soon!

Tim

Undoubtedly an excellent range of beers, ales and ciders on tap.  


Food was average at best, agree with the reviewer in that the pulled pork was dry - I also thought the size of the meat portion was a little measly compared to the huge bun and chips.


Service was a real let down for me as well, if you tell us you're going to come and take our order from the table then please do so...I gave up after 20 minutes and ordered from the bar.  I also felt the waiters were playing the 'ignore the customers' game as we and indeed other diners struggled to get any attention.


I'd go back, but only for the drinks.

Alison

Totally agree with Juliet, I would go as far as to say don't go to the Flying Pig if you like food! I've eaten here on a few occasions and I would say some of the worst food I have eaten on both accounts. The wine is ok and the beer is good (according to my partner) but really disappoints on the food. Bring back Locale! at least the steaks we're good value!

Juliet

Don't go to the Flying Pig if you like your burger well done. Apparently the chef can only do it medium rare or burnt to a crisp and rock hard!

Bryony

Had our work Christmas do at the Flying Pig and felt totally spoilt by the delicious food. The guacomole is incredible, as are the beef quesadillas. And such a great selection of beer and cider! Friendly staff, nice atmosphere, thumbs up all round!

Alex

Fantastic food, cider and beer. Great atmosphere. Really enjoyable night. Thanks all at the Flying Pig!

Ed

The Flying Pig hosted our work Christmas party, for which they reserved the back area. It was brilliant. We had a constant flow of corn nachos, wings, squid, corn bread and beef quesadillas which were all incredible. I am a big fan of the American BBQ scene that is all over London right now and this place is one of the best. The beer and cider is also great - not only in terms of selection but also in terms of quality. Very well looked after, well priced and served by attentive, knowledgeable and friendly staff. They also do a 25p per wing night on Tuesdays which I will be back for. Really happy I have found this place – GO THERE!

Hutchison

The food is really excellent!! There is however no option to reserve tables in advance and there is no waiting list on arrivial so gettting a table can be a little bit frustrating. There is plently of beer to drink in the meantime!

Tina

Finally got to try out the 'pig' last night. Fabulous! Great beers, really lovely and attentive staff, great food and a lovely atmosphere. Loved the 'scotch egg', the cornbread looked like it was overcooked but actually tasted amazing, and my burger with chorizo was juicy and delicious (although I wasn't asked how I wanted it cooked which would have been nice). They let you sample the beers which is always fun. Overall - I'll be back for sure.

Jimmy Olsen

I have to agree with this review. I was really excited about this opening, loving this new BBQ trend as I do. But a group of 4 of us ordered about 8 dishes to try stuff out and on the whole they were average at best. Their pulled pork scotch eggs sounded amazing in theory, but tasted like they'd been marinated in a tub of smoked paprika for weeks. Sickly sweet and smoky. The highlight was the chicory and fennel salad - which I didn't expect from a BBQ specialist - so that's a plus - that veggies aren't ignored in such an otherwise meat focused place. The beer options do make it worth a visit though. But don't stay a minute beyond 11pm or you'll witness the staff switch from the jovial, approachable, welcoming personas they've employed all night into rudely hurrying you out as soon as possible. The Bar Manager actually used my fiancee's credit card (which we'd put behind the bar to open our tab) to pay the bill without us being present because he "thought we had left" - even though we were quite clearly still sitting in the same place we'd been eating and chatting for 3 hours, there were other groups of customers still in the bar, and it was 11:05pm at the latest. Nor did he apologise.

Meg Macdonald

Great food and a good selection of craft beers. It was very busy on Saturday night, and I was on a table of twelve people, but our food arrived swiftly nonetheless. I can recommend the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles - absolutely delicious. My friend had ribs and the meat was so tender that it fell of the bone. Will definitely visit the Flying Pig again!

Liz Pearman
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Had a great night out, really looked after us and were friendly. Wines were good too!

James Chitty
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I think that Richard Lowe doesn't really know what he's talking about. The food at The Flying Pig is excellent. Lovely interior and inviting atmosphere also. After stopping in one evening for a couple of excellent and unusual pints, by which I mean some beers you can't get even in the highest regarded of craft beer pubs in London, I took my family for dinner. I'm pretty sure between us we almost sampled everything from the starters and half the mains. Everything was exceptional. Especially the steak and the pulled pork sandwich. Mouthwatering. My only gripe is that there probably should've been a few more chips with the burger. Keep up the good work little Piggy!!!