You know that stupid cliché about waiting ages for a bus and then loads turning up at once? Well that’s happening right now in SE15, but with pizza.
It all started last year when Blackbird Bakery, in the arches underneath Queens Road Peckham Overground station, installed a huge oven and started serving pizzas in the evenings. This was a big deal – before this, Peckhamites in need of a decent pizza had to trek to Camberwell or pick up the phone. Dark days indeed.
But then the cheesy floodgates opened. Mama Dough has just arrived a few doors down from Blackbird on Queens Road, serving up the same combination of sourdough pizza and craft beer that’s gone down a storm at its other sites in Brixton and Honor Oak.
But that’s just the start of it. The folks behind excellent small-plates restaurant Pedler are opening the ridiculously named Lucky Gin & The Beautiful Pizza Boy on Queens Road in July, and, according to local newspaper Peckham Peculiar, NY-style by-the-slice pizza parlour Voodoo Ray’s is planning its first south-of-the-river restaurant on rapidly coolifying Rye Lane.
Suggesting no part of SE15 is safe from this doughy invasion, it’s also been confirmed that the slightly-less-ridiculously-named Four Hundred Rabbits is opening its second site just down the road in Nunhead.
Now don’t get me wrong – I love a gooey-topped, sourdough-bottomed margherita at least as much as the next guy. But at this rate the good people of Peckham won’t be able to walk to the bus stop without tripping over mountains of discarded crusts. Ultimately, though, more pizza options can only be a good thing – variety is the slice of life, after all.
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