Did you know that one of London’s best pizza places is on a double decker bus? Or that you can enjoy brunch in a converted train carriage?
The Deptford Project
A few months back I wrote this post about taking my Mum out in London. Like Mother like Daughter she also seems to like quirky little gems hidden in the city so I decided to take her somewhere a little different.
I had read about a cafe in an old train carriage located in Deptford market…. ‘Pretty random‘ I thought to myself, I had to check it out. You see my mum likes quirky places but she is secretly middle class, so as we are walking through Deptford market it soon dawned on me that I had made a slight error in bringing her to this part of London. Especially as she had dressed in her WestEnd best, tottering down the road in heels being eyed up by market traders. Not to say that Deptford is rough…. But yeah it’s rough. (Memories of my days living in New Cross above a rat infested pub come flooding back to me)
The Deptford Project is a train carriage which has been decorated and converted into a small cafe with an outdoor seating area, all of this being the result of a funky art project. It’s something you would expect to find nestled in East London’s back streets, swamped with hipsters gushing over the organic menu.
My Mum is pretty critical and instantly turned her nose up at everything The Deptford Project had to offer. It’s very small inside and the menu is limited. I remember asking for three different dishes to which they replied “We’ve run out of eggs“…..A cafe that doesn’t have eggs… What the what?!
I ordered a veggie quiche in the end as they didn’t have enough for a fry up. They clearly put a lot of effort into the food they make and they definitely aren’t buying their goods from IceLand down the road, everything seems to come from local produce which would explain the egg famine.
The toilet doubles up as some sort of Elvis memorial, it’s difficult to even put it into words but it’s one of the more memorable bogs I’ve been in!
Overall The Deptford Project is somewhere a little different to catch some brunch. It has a very artistic feel about it which is also reflected in their customer base, drawing in some of the Goldsmiths uni crowd.
Unfortunately after writing this I have discovered that The Deptford Project’s fate is in the balance. Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date @DeptfordProject
Where is it: 121-123 Deptford High St, London, Greater London SE8 4NS (Depford Bridge DLR)
The Big Red
By coincidence, not too far from The Deptford Project is The Big Red — A double decker bus turned pizza restaurant. They claim to serve up ‘London’s best pizza‘ which is a very bold statement to make. Being the pizza junkie that I am I couldn’t be missing out on that.
Yet again I jumped on the DLR to Deptford, this time with my partner in crime Luiza. I thought the location of The Deptford Project was bizarre but the Big Red tops it by facing out onto a scruffy A road, but once inside the locality is completely blocked out and forgotten. Beside the bus they have created an amazing outdoor cocktail bar. It was a pleasent discovery that I hadn’t expected.
There was such a chilled vibe with customers enjoying Caipirinas and puffing on Shisha. Latino music play over the speakers and for a second I was transported out of Deptford to somewhere far more exotic.
I warn that if you plan to come here for a meal you must book. Despite being empty we were asked if we had made a booking and were actually lucky to get a bus seat on the top deck. The staff that dealt with us seemed a little agitated that we hadn’t made a booking but was quick to apologise….Think it must have been Luiza’s fiery Brazilian demeanour…I wouldn’t mess with her.
After a while we were presented with pizzas the size of Bus wheels. Perhaps not ‘The best pizza in London‘ but it comes pretty damn close and it’s certainly the most unusual setting in which I’ve devoured one. I kind of regret not ordering ‘The Mighty Red’ which comes topped with Pepperoni, salami, pancetta, ham, cheddar, mozzarella & hot chill. YUM!
I would definitely recommend the The Big Red. It would make for a great date location (Just blindfold them until you get inside or you’ll lose points for sure) Aim to go for a meal followed by drinks on the heated outdoor terrace for a great evening out. Big Red holds a late licence and opens until 2am Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Where is it: 30 Deptford Church St, London Borough of Lewisham, SE8 4RZ (Deptford Bridge DLR)