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Pedler

Restaurants, Contemporary European Peckham Rye
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

This stylishly shabby-chic and proudly local neighbourhood eatery focuses on high-quality seasonal ingredients for its daily changing, modern-European menu.

Peckham’s seen a wave of pioneering restaurants opening on its more gentrified streets, paving the way for operations in less obvious parts of SE15. Peckham Rye, dominated by minicab companies, money-transfer outposts and hair-weave shops, is an example of less charted dining territory. But Pedler has come and conquered. 

The decor has a whiff of the ski slopes about it: with its long bar, battered wooden floors, warm glow, and lettered mirrors, you half expect to see people clunking past in snow boots. The narrow space is crammed with tables – the most atmospheric around the bar, where the team keeps apace with orders from the all-gin cocktail list. There’s also a cute alcove reserved for groups. 

The menu offers Modern British dishes packed with seasonal ingredients and well-judged flavours – cases in point were a juicy salad of red (Russian) kale, golden beetroot, blood orange and tart ricotta, and ‘quacking cherries’ (balls of confit duck covered in cherry-flavoured gel to resemble the fruit). Delicately battered gilt-head bream was served with beautifully cooked chips, but two gargantuan lamb chops were a mixed bag – one supremely tender, one tough. For dessert, a delectable nougat parfait mixed gooey meringue with sugared hazelnuts – we ignored the charred pineapple garnish.

Staff are well-versed, efficient, and – in true Peckham style –  straightforward in their approach. This neighbourhood restaurant could well tempt outsiders to the Rye.

By: Nicola Arencibia

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Details

Address: 58 Peckham Rye
Peckham
London
SE15 4JR
Transport: Rail: Peckham Rye
Price: Price for two including drinks: around £60. Please note: Pedler does not add service to bills.
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Opening hours: Open 5pm-11pm Tues-Thurs; 9am-11pm Fri-Sat; 9am-5pm Sun.
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  • 2 star:3
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tastemaker

I don't know if I just came on a bad night but I was really not impressed with Pedler. It was recommended by a friend who loved the brunch there, which is apparently very good, however when she took me for dinner she was equally disappointed. The menu is a little confusing as it doesn't make it clear it is small sharing plates until the waitress tells you. We ordered the frizzle chicken (their signature dish) which was OK, nothing to write home about and the mac and cheese which didn't taste of cheese and was incredibly bland (in their defence they took this off our bill). We also had the steak which comes covered in a heavy sauce, which was again OK but nothing special. We were excited for dessert and my friends ordered the pancake which was very nice, but I ordered the banoffee pie which was just lacking that rich, naughtiness of a banoffee pie and actually tasted like a health food version which is not what you are looking for if you order banoffee pie. My other friend had a cheese board which ended up only having 1 piece of cheese on it. Not really a cheese board at all. The whole thing was just so incredibly average I was disappointed I had travelled a whole hour to get there. Wouldn't recommend although I can't speak personally for the brunch. 


Friendly staff in trendy & quirky venue. Interesting menu & delicious food. Highly recommend the brioche garlic bread & frizzle chicken with grits. Only reason 5 stars not awarded was slow service- waited ages for side dishes (fries) & because had plans for later no time for dessert.

Tastemaker

A pretty damn good breakfast. I went for The Garden (veggie) with extra Frizzle chicken, cheesy grits, and bacon (I know, I know), but I'm not even sorry as it was incredible! It’s worth booking ahead as it’s a small restaurant and gets fairly busy on the weekends.

Tastemaker

Nice little independent restaurant in Peckham. This is clearly a very popular place. We booked three weeks in advance and it's a good job we did as it was fully booked on the day.

Pedler obviously try and accommodate as many people as possible in a undersized location so it's very cosy inside but it's manageable.

Lunch and brunch menus run side by side on a Sunday so you can have a roast or roast depending on what you fancy.

I went for a sirloin steak roast which was so huge that I didn't even consider trying to eat all of it. What I did have was delicious with tender meat and a light and crispy Yorkshire pudding but I made sure to leave room for desert.

Desert was chocolate mousse with rum infused mascarpone which was divine. There is also a good gin based cocktail list. I went for a breakfast margarita with grapefruit amd marmalade. I don't usually like either of those but it turns out I'm quite keen when they're mixed with gin.

It's not the cheapest place I've ever visited but I think it's good value for money.

Tastemaker

Pedler is part of the wave of restaurant openings that has swept over Peckham, leaving gentrification in its wake. My feelings about the gentrification of Peckham aside, Pedler manages that tricky thing of being a genuinely great neighbourhood restaurant. The small plates, dim lighting, friendly service and rotating menu all contribute to the cosy intimate environment that makes for a good night out with friends or a really great date. There's only one constant on the menu and it's the fried chicken served with creamy grits, shot through with a sharp fruity tang of cheddar. Make sure you order this dish because you'll be thinking about it for days afterwards (there's a reason they keep this dish on the menu...)


Great front of hse ( pru), every changing menu and early champion of the 'shared plate' experience


Amazing brunch - a really exciting selection of dishes as well as the traditional ones. Great drinks and atmosphere.


Great food and drinks in a welcoming venue, with the addition of a fantastic outdoor seating cove

Tastemaker

This little strip of Peckham Rye has become a hotspot of great eateries, including Pedler. Let me tell you how good this place is: it takes me ONE HOUR to get here. One hour! However, having trekked out to Pedler you will not be disappointed. Fry ups, fruit juices in jam jar glasses, music playing and the place is always packed. My tip? Beat the crowds and book a seat (a luxury in London now) and get down here, because this place is fantastic. The scrambled eggs with harissa are incredible and something I’ve not come across on a menu before. Bonus- they also do cocktails- for brunch or the evening- it’s worth coming back for both.


Staff Writertastemaker

Finally got to try out Pedler and it was really really great. Super cute restaurant (quite small) but with nice buzzy atmosphere, cheerful staff and very relaxingly lit. The cocktails are reasonably priced starting at £6 so rude not to start with one.

Plates are made for sharing but would work as mains and sides too, everything we tried was absolutely stunning, the best was a slow cooked beef dish and the frizzle chicken.

We had an late table booking which made for a bit of a rush but will be coming back again and again, a new fave in the area!

moderatorStaff Writer

Pedler is part of the wave of new restaurants that are transforming Peckham into a real destination for foodies, with a easy-to-reach location just a few minutes walk from Peckham Rye station.


I've been twice for brunch, and both experiences were excellent. The full English is extremely satisfying and came with some rich homemade baked beans that were addictive. Also included was a pigs head croquette – sounds disgusting but tastes sensational. The only slight letdown were the cinnamon buns, which looked so shiny and inviting that we had to order a couple, but they turned out to be dry and flavourless.


The vibe of this place is also great – both relaxed and lively – and the service is absolutely outstanding. Waiters are all knowledgable about the menu and prepared to give personal recommendations.


Great vibe, really nice food and Bloody Mary's to die for. The service is of the highest quality as well. 


Hands down the best front-of-house and bar service I've seen in many years. Great wine list - much of it by the glass - and fantastic food. The small plates for sharing with a glass or two of something are perfect.


We went for dinner last Saturday. I'd been several times for breakfast, brunch & lunch but never dinner. 
I was told when booking that we'd have to leave the table after 2 hours. When we arrived and were shown to our table, we were reminded we'd have to leave after 2 hours. When we ordered our meal we were told again. When we asked for another bottle of wine, the waitress looked at her watch and warned us we only had 50 minutes left. Throughout the meal she topped our glasses constantly (too often) and asked whether we wanted anything over and over again. It felt like we were being kicked out from the moment we arrived. On the fifth or sixth time of her mentioning that we had to leave at 9, we said we understood and that it wasn't necessary to be so pushy. 
It completely ruined our meal. I do not agree with the 2-hour limit but I understood when I booked that was the policy. But I don't need to be told 10 times and made to feel that I need to gulp down my meal. We didn't enjoy it at all, even though the food was lovely, and I will not be going back for dinner. 


Great ambiance, outstanding food, excellent service and great music! What else does one want?


Great gin cocktails, tasty innovative cooking with well sourced ingredients, comfortable but buzzy vibe.


The most overhyped restaurant in Peckham.

We have been twice - once to try it, rather excitedly, and the second time to check that out terrible first experience was hopefully just unlucky (it wasn't). The food was fine, some better than others, but all seemingly without a cohesive reason to being on the table. The kebab thing was good, as were desserts, but the salad and the fish dish we had lacked flavour.

then there were the staff who were friendly enough but didn't have a clue about what they were doing (apart from the tall girl doing the coffee who was nice). Our food on both occasions was slow- the second time we sat for the best part of 30 minutes without a drink or food arriving.

But the worst thing about this place is the lack of cleanliness. The photo attached shows the Pedler kitchen with meat above veg out on the counter, and more veg in and open container on the floor. Not how I like to see a kitchen, especially when paying too much for the meal in the first place.


The menu changes every day. Every day it is amazing. I know this because I went three days in a row. I kid you not.


Pedler is clearly a labour of love and brains - the attention to detail is what makes this place such a success. This includes the interior design touches, and of course the food and drinks, which are really elegant and brilliant value for money. The staff are friendly and passionate, they know their stuff too.


Loved this place. Setting is great. Made to feel very welcome, food and cocktails excellent and priced reasonably


Amazing food, cocktail, wine. With excellent and friendly service. Beautiful decor and great ambiance. Can't wait to go back!


I loved this place - came here on a busy Friday night and the service was impeccable, even though the staff were rushed off their feet.


The menu is constantly changing and the food we had was delicious - the gin tossed chicken wings were my favourite! The frizzle chicken, which is their signature dish and is always on the menu, would have been perfect as well but it came doused in hot sauce which - for me - I thought was unnecessary (I would have preferred it as an optional and served on the side) - but that is my only criticism!


Fortunately we live close by so we'll definitely be back, but even if you're not local this is definitely a plce worth going out of your way for; just make sure you book a table to avoid disappointment! 

moderator

The £9 full English is pure brunch brilliance. That and the £4 Nutella milkshake cured my hangover in one fell swoop. Staff very pleasant, atmosphere the right side of lively. Shall be returning to check out the dinner menu.


Pedler gave me a reason to venture to Peckham for the first time!  Love the ever-changing menu - it changes totally and utterly every single day, but the staff are still super knowledgeable and can advise as you order.  

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