Four Hundred Rabbits

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A Crystal Palace pizzeria with a core offering of sourdough pizza and craft beer.

Anyone trying to break into London’s organic sourdough pizza market will find it quite a task these days, thanks to the nearly-omnipresent Franco Manca, which specialises in high-quality and affordable renditions of just that. In Crystal Palace, however, Four Hundred Rabbits has pipped them to the chomping post.

The restaurant has a prime location on the Triangle, which is the place to be for any restaurant, vintage store or lifestyle shop in SE19. It draws attention with its vibrant green frontage and colourful, brightly-lit interior (pine tables and stools, exposed ducts and funky prints riffing on the restaurant’s moniker). 

The menu is short and sweet. The team has concentrated on perfecting their six pizzas (plus two specials), and delegated ice cream, coffee and juices to other specialists (Gelupo, Allpress, and Peckham’s Ali Baba Juice, respectively). They have, however, stretched to a barrel-aged negroni (£3.50). A punchy, pleasingly bitter concoction it’s dinky enough to polish off before the pizzas arrive.

The pies themselves are no Franco Manca knock-off. For a start, the bases are completely different: tightly knit rather than soft and chewy, and mildly sour instead of boldly tangy. Whereas Franco Manca puts as much focus on the base as on the sparse toppings, 400 Rabbits sees it very much as a quality foundation for lavish toppings – our generously laden special of merguez, roasted butternut squash and pine nuts got extra oomph from burnt-aubergine yoghurt. For dessert, a pimp-your-own sundae is the only way to go. 

We weren’t the only people hopping away from this good-value neighbourhood spot with a twinkle in our eye – locals are practically jumping for joy since its arrival. Franco Manca might dominate the London sourdough pizza landscape, but there’s no reason Four Hundred Rabbits can’t run, and run, and maybe even make 400 Baby Bunnies in due course. 

By: Nicola Arencibia


Venue name: Four Hundred Rabbits
Address: 30-32 Westow St
SE19 3AH
Opening hours: Bar open daily 11am-11pm; food served noon-9.30pm.
Transport: Crystal Palace Overground
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Amazing pizza, delicious beers, fab atmosphere. The whole family loves it and we're lucky to have a venue of such quality on our doorstep.

Great pizzas, great service, great decor, great staff, great prices, great drinks. What's not to like?!

Friendly with top notch, delicious pizzas, a very safe bet for a family meal out and gelato to die for. An excellent place!

great pizzas, interesting beer and wine and delicious icecream - small menu but really well done and great for kids and adults alike.

Do just a few things, and perfect them. This place is amazing, and totally deserves all the rave reviews. Hand picked craft beers, or a fabulous negroni. Inventive special seasonal pizzas supplement the regulars. Stay for the gelato, oh my, the gelato...

Best Pizza,
Best playlist,
Cheapest Negroni,
Wicked Beer,
Gelato is to die for,
So are the kitchen staff.

Because the food is lovely, the prices are more than reasonable, the beer is delicious and the staff are so funny. The best atmosphere I have ever experienced. Great for families, dates and everything in between. Yay yay yay Rabbits!

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Great craft beer selection and sourdough pizzas, which is really nothing remarkable in London but this place does those things really well. Toppings are innovative without overdoing it, which can be the problem with cool pizza joints.

Kids eat half the pizza for half the price, saving room for ice cream, so it's the perfect weekend family hangout (if you can get a table).

Top quality ingredients and ever-changing seasonal specials. Also really exciting and interesting ingredient combos like sourdough pizza with rhubarb, chipotle and piquillo peppers.

Very cool, very inventive, inexpensive, great service and good local beers!

Small menu which makes it easier to choose! Light, crispy bases and a variety of fresh toppings including those you might not expect, like Goat's Cheese and Rhubarb!?!

fabulous sourdough pizza place in Crystal Palace that also specialises in craft beer and Gelupo. Super friendly staff, great design and music make this a total neighbourhood gem

The pizza base was ok but not in the same league as Franco Manca and way undersized. The tomato sauce laid on thick then meager on the remaining toppings. Beef topping was not chopped meat as should be but some non descript mince meat. Chorizo was also in short supply and a total of two slices thinly cut and scattered on the other pizza ordered.

These excuses of a pizza came after a bottle of wine ordered to accompany the meal. The bottle arrived open with the excuse that it is common practice in the restaurant to open the bottle first before bringing to the table. However, I am yet to witness this practice in all my years of eating out when requesting a full bottle. Whether this was an old opened bottle we'll never know. The bottle was returned and a closed bottle one requested. This place is way overrated based on the quality of service and their toppings, and size of base..

I have had better more authentic pizza elsewhere and would travel the extra miles next time

I just love this place.... and the special pizza of pig cheeks with smoked cheese was amazing...

Wonderful home made pizzas, full of flavours and you can see them making it!! You won't regret and can't stop trying each one of them ;)

Best pizza this side of the river, with high quality toppings and original combination. The beer and wine selection is great and the gelato and coffee are a delicious way to end the meal. Kids friendly too. It can be a bit long to get served but equally they don't make you feel like you have to go once you've finished your meal. A firm family favourite.

Best pizza in London in a cool trendy venue. Making the effort to head south of the river, you will not be disappointed!!!

Family friendly pizza place in Crystal Palace. Delicious food and yummy ice creams.
The staff are lovely and very welcoming

Super tasty pizzas, excellent craft beers and yummy ice creams. Three of my favourite things!

Great concept. Innovative toppings and small well chosen rotating craft beer menu

Daughter of a french/italian baker - I am fussy about my Pizzas. This a particularly good one. When " Franco Manca " ... Go to 400 Rabbits