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Voodoo Ray's Peckham

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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

This is the fourth Voodoo Ray’s in London, and the remit remains the same: enormous, 22-inch pizzas, available whole or by the slice. It also feels like the gazillionth pizza joint to have opened in Peckham in the past year, but hey, we’re not complaining – anywhere that has a £4.50 negroni on the menu is okay in our book.

The vibe is as fun and funky as at Ray’s other joints: a humming red neon sign out front, a counter covered in shiny tiles inside and a huge yellow menu on the wall listing the lip-smacking range of pizzas on offer. I went for a half-half combo: on one side Green Velvet, with juicy green olives and hunks of artichoke heart; on the other a supremely delicious King Tubby, with fennel and chilli sausage, crunchy kale leaves and splodges of caramelised onion. Both delightful.

If you’re not feeling quite so peckish you can order by the slice in true New York style instead. But here’s where you have to pay attention, because the choice is limited to whatever they happen to have just made, and it’s difficult to get a good look at each pie while they’re reeling off the flavours. Plus, depending on how fussy you are, you might find the already-cooked dishes a bit unappetising, but it’s ideal if you’re in a hurry. 

If you do decide to sit in, make sure you throw a side of mac and cheese topped with smoked bacon onto your order. It was chewy and gooey and satisfyingly burnt around the edges. Also, do make the most of the extensive beer list – you’ll find a tonne of local options as well as some American standards from the likes of Founders and Pabst, which is enough to make you feel like you’re kicking back on the Lower East Side. Call the whole thing Voodoo magic.

By: Alex Plim

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Address: 285 Rye Lane
Peckham
London
SE15 4UR
Transport: Peckham Rye Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £55.
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Users say (6)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

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I used to really like Voodoo Rays, but they've very obviously started cutting corners. The toppings are now run if the mill, out of a tin, whereas before part of their appeal was the generous amount of really fresh toppings. This might sound fussy, but now they just do large, bland pizzas. In a city where there are so many pizza restaurants I think they should try a bit harder to remain unique.


Pizza is not made to order; four quid slices are taken from the counter and ‘warmed’ (not enough) before serving on a paper plate. The ‘high quality ingredients’ tastes of absolutely nothing. You’re in luck if you get a slice that actually had all the advertised toppings on it. The mac and (no) cheese was pitiful and had to go back. To be fair I was refunded without asking and made another, but as it was a side and even the first one came after I’d finished my pizza I’d given up by then. Don’t believe what anyone says, you still can’t get a half decent pizza in Peckham so another opportunity well and truly missed.


Me and 3 of my mates came and had slices of pizza, and the mac and cheese. To my shock the pizza was served on paper plates? This felt shabby seeing as they were charging £4.50 for a slice of pizza which was dry and had 1 slice of pepper on one of the pizzas. The staff were expressionless didn't smile or even acknowledge that we were there.

All in all a crap experience!

tastemaker

Newly opened branch in Peckham. They're doing a soft launch until 1st October which includes pizza but no sides. Slices are usually around £4 but since it's 50% off, it means we can order one of every slice to try! The base is thin and crispy. I'm not big on pizza so all I can say is that it's better than Domino's.

Wheelchair access: small step to get in, but it's manageable and they have accessible toilets too.

tastemaker

Pizza heaven. We went during the soft launch and oh my did we get a lot of pizza for our bucks. They had run out of quite a few pizzas when we got to the front of the queue and also weren't serving whole pizzas, but for £2 (usually £4 which I think is a tiny bit steep but the slides are pretty large) per pizza slice, we were very happy.

The toppings are slightly more unusual than your average pepperoni and I guess that's why people come back time and time again.

The restaurant has a great vibe and fast food (which is always good!)

Tastemaker

Living in South East London, I frequently had to make the long old journey to Dalston to get my Voodoo Ray's fix... but not anymore! Opening this weekend with a whopping 50% special offer saving across all slices and whole pizzas, I couldn't not go. The buzz of this place is unreal, even with it being the opening weekend. There were families there as well as groups of friends and couples on dates! The restaurant was bright, spacious and clean with loads of seating. They could easily cater for larger groups with the long tables they have.


The thing I love most about Voodoo Ray's is the choice of vegetarian offerings they have. There are pretty much just as many vegetarian slices as there are meaty ones, which means being able to try a few different flavours and not being stuck with just margarita (even though their margarita is AMAZING!). My personal favourite slices are the Green Velvet, which is adorned with big juicy green olives and the Giorgio Moroder which is smothered with heaps of tasty goats cheese and topped with ribbons of courgette. All pizza slices are £4 each and you can even grab a whole 15" pizza with prices starting from around £15 (I think).


Insider tip: make sure you grab some garlic mayo to dip those golden crispy crusts in!

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