Big Red - CLOSED

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Hip pizzeria on a bus in deptfordBig Red30 Deptford Church StSE8 4RZ

Please note, Big Red has now closed. Time Out Food editors, January 2018.

Quite how a No. 30 double decker ended up in Deptford is anyone’s guess – Toto, we’re not in Hackney anymore – but it seems to be having fun in its new location and new role as a pizzeria. Under the long concrete curve of an elevated section of the DLR, and with an unloveable portion of Deptford Creek tucked mercifully out of sight, it’s a surprisingly convivial spot, in part due to the boss who, despite coming across as a little otherworldly, is very friendly and thoroughly content with his eccentric operation.

What of the comestibles? Drinks, served off a short blackboard list from a small booth by the entrance, run from a too heavily limed mojito (£5) via a couple of wines to some Meantime beers, while the food, produced in a small kitchen beside the bus, is pizza and a few salads. We tucked into the chorizo and black pudding pizza (£8) – one of half a dozen options on a second blackboard. Although punchy with flavour, the sausages left the dough a little soggy with fat. Still, the size is generous and the delivery prompt.

There are seats and tables inside the stranded bus, of course, but also plenty more on the decking outside. Some sofas have a little shelter against sun and rain, as well as low tables that encourage poor posture among those nodding to a soundtrack of Billie Holiday, Sade and Depeche Mode. A sequence of tables for couples at the far end look like telephone booths built for the Chelsea Flower Show, awaiting wisteria, while planters of basil, honeysuckle, lavender and geraniums soften what might otherwise be too brutal an urban setting.


Venue name: Big Red - CLOSED
Address: 30 Deptford Church St
Opening hours: 5-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Deptford Bridge DLR
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £25.
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Completely wonderful venue, child friendly in day but also great for adults later on. It has amazing staff that work there, food is incredible. A little hidden gem of Deptford

The great pizza usually makes up for the generally rude service but today the big red pizzeria had a good go at ruining my birthday. 

I booked a lunch tomorrow for over 20 people a while a go and went in person today to confirm the booking, they confirmed it. However, they texted me at 1850 to cancel my booking. Pretty shoddy given how long we had the booking and the fact we were there earlier today and they have given me no time to book an alternative. 

I for one (and all my friends) will avoid in future and I suggest you do the same.

First time eating out in Deptford and what a treat! Celebrating a friends birthday party we occupied the whole of the top deck which made for a cosy and warm atmosphere in its retro creative surroundings. Fantastic idea, delicious/fresh food and very friendly staff....I would definitely go again and highly recommend it, if you are looking for a wonderful & different dining experience.

I've been to the Big Red a few times now, and the pizza is really great, very fresh and tasty, with good portion sizes - The atmosphere is also very cool. Especially nice if there's not too many of you to take over the front seats of the bus with a few drinks after the pizza. Highly recommend it.

I've been to The Big Red on our last gallery trail. Had the marguerita (£5) and rasperry Mean Time beer. Utterly delicious, fresh and filling. Really enjoyed this little oasis of magic, as did everybody we went with. Sure, Deptford ain't Hampstead but that, and a double decker pizzeria with a fresh herb garden are part of its arty charm.