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  1. The Gowlett Arms
    Photograph: Jess Hand
  2. The Gowlett Arms
    Photograph: Jess Hand
  3. The Gowlett Arms
    Photograph: Jess Hand

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The Gowlett still looks like a proper boozer, albeit an antique wood-panelled, minimalist boozer – which is something of an achievement round here. The clue to its popularity is in the dough-scented air as you approach. This place sells the best pizza for miles around. The floury bases, pleasingly thin, taste sensational, and a special mention must go to the nutty organic spelt version, for gluten-free people and those who just love spelt – try it for £1.50 more and a five-minute extra wait.

The delicacy of the base has many advantages: the toppings aren’t dominated by stodge, and you can justify piling on the extras for 50p a pop, since eating a whole pizza won’t leave you stuffed. We couldn’t resist the Gowlettini; few can, since it’s such a happy pile-up of goat’s cheese, prosciutto, pine nuts and rocket (for vegetarians, sunblush tomatoes replace the prosciutto). Our napolitana included tangy sun-dried tomatoes, and the egg on the fiorentina was fresh and firm.

‘Smoked in Peckham’ is the Gowlett’s in-house meat curing business, based in the cellar, so a platter of smoked meats and cheeses – made with free-range pork from local butcher William Rose and venison from a farm in Eridge, Kent – is a fine option for pizza refuseniks.


62 Gowlett Road
SE15 4HY
Tube: East Dulwich or Peckham Rye rail or bus 12, 37, 63
Main courses £8-£10
Opening hours:
Open noon-midnight Mon-Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-11.30pm Sun. Lunch served 12.30-2.30pm, dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served 12.30-10.30pm Sat; 12.30-9pm Sun
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