Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Peckham Rye
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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.



Venue name: Gowlett
Address: 62 Gowlett Road
SE15 4HY
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
Transport: Tube: East Dulwich or Peckham Rye rail or bus 12, 37, 63
Price: Main courses £8-£10
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I've recently heard the Gowlett's residency could be under threat due to noise complaints, which would be a massive shame if it succumbed to the fate of many other London pubs. If this really is the case get on down to the lovely wooden wonder of a pub with the best pizza in Peckham while you still can.

Steven D

Average. Moaned at for having a drink outside. Personally think the woman with brown hair had a vendetta. Considering everyone was drinking outside.. good pub but unfortunately she lets you down massively

Josh C

By far and away the best boozer in Peckham, decent prices, nice pizzas, lovely staff, brilliant music and a lovely clientele. A1

Miles E

In a neighbourhood synonymous with fickle and ever-changing fashionable eateries and drinking dens, The Gowlett remains reassuredly anchored in reality. Good drinks, friendly staff, exceptional pizzas and a rostar of well respected local DJs ensure this pub has remained consistently popular accross all generations of the Peckham community for the last 13 years. To coin a business phrase, 'Keep it simple, stupid'.

Rebekah M

Upon walking in for the first time 8 or so years ago I felt a slight bit of peace that I found my extend of my front room (which all the best pubs will make you feel).. A fabulous selection of forever changing ales and some good firm favourites. And not to forget the beer festival every November something or other, a must it you like a great selection of casks.
The pizzas are perhaps one of the best you can get in dear old London town, a fine crisp base with some dear favourite toppings..
A great selection of different DJ's that are on a rotation throughout the months.. A Phil Nice quiz on the last Sunday of every month..
And perhaps the best until last is they have a great pub dog Dallas who makes fine company while enjoying all the rest!

Lucy A

The Gowlett gets everyblinkin'thing right. Superb staff, pizza, beer, no fuss, no pretentiousness. I met my husband and some of my best and most idiotic friends in there, what more could you ask for. This place has super powers.

Rhona H

It's a proper pub in a world of soulless identikits. But the pizza's brilliant. And the music's brilliant. And the regulars are brilliant. And the dog's brilliant. And in the centre of it all is a landlord with the biggest heart and worst dancing in showbiz.

Timothy M

The Best Boozer in South London.  Jonathan and Crew make a Mean Pizza, serve great beer, provide a great atmosphere and host some wicked Music Nights.  The Gowlett is definitely one of my favourite London Haunts! Cheers, Tim

Will N

Best pizza. Best landlord. Best beer. Best DJs. Still a proper pub. South London's finest.


Love this pub, great for regular locals and newbies alike. Still making great pizza!

Sarah (kukkiiandkoppee)

Don't mind the chipped wall paint, sticky tables or the (at times, bizarre) music. This place is buzzing with energy and the pizzas are pretty decent too. 

Isabella M

Delicious Pizza! Ordered it via deliveroo and was probably the best and most authentic pizza I have had around this area.

Liz B

A real pub, amazing pizzas, great wine list and really lovely staff - definitely worth a visit

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Keep an eye out for the Gowletts special events- often there is a stella soul vinyl dj set that makes Sunday feel like a good Friday.

The pizza, as everyone says is brilliant, expect to wait and order when you get in as they can take a while at busier times. The pub keeps good hours, later than most in the area and the crowd is always good fun vibes. There's even a fat dog to cuddle if you're lucky!

Good selection of spirits and beers and the staff are often dancing with you. If you go for an hour you'll stay for 4.

Kate H

Easily the best pizza in London, fantastic service, great tunes, great local


Funky boozer with well used decor, great beers and magnificent pizza. Thankfully, for users, not as crowded as its' qualities warrant.


get your facts right, spelt is a type of wheat, definetely not gluten free


Without doubt the best pizzas in London and proper beer - Franco's eat your heart out !


Came here for a friends birthday one cold november saturday evening. It was nicely crowded, full of locals [local to sarf London mind] but we still managed to get a table. Nice ale, great atmosphere but the pizzas were fab. In fact I half thought maybe they just order them from Franco Mancha in Brixton, not a stones throw away, but theirs are crispier. My Italian GF was raving about them and had we not been Borough residents we would be in here more often. Highly recommended, but don't get too crowded, we want some too.


Their pizza is abosultely amazing, but yesterday the service was really disappointing. We were 3 friends going out for dinner and we decided to go there because pizzas are good. Since we were 3, one went to the bar to order first and then she came back to keep our table and the other two went to order. Taking into account that there were 2 minutes between one order and the other one, her pizza came quite quickly but we had to wait for ours for 30 minutes!! she had her pizza and it was all gone before ours came... I complained to the waitress and all I got was 'you placed separate orders, we work like this here'.Well, it is quite sad she was proud of the way they work! Clearly if her colleague at the bar asks us where we are seating to write the table number down, she can pass the order to the kitchen all at once - we'd rather have waited for our 3 pizzas for 45 minutes than getting one and 35 minutes later, the other one! Despite how good their pizzas are, had I not paid in advance for my food, I would have left the place without having dinner there! Advise: if you are in a group, order all at once!