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The Big Red Pizza & Bar
The Big Red Pizza & Bar

The Big Red Pizza & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigredpizza.co.uk
  • Email: info@bigredpizza.co.uk
  • Phone: 0203 490 8346
  • Hours of Operation: Tue & Wed: 12:00-16:00 & 17:00-23:00 (last food orders 22:30)
    Thu: 12:00-16:00 & 17:00-24:00 (last food orders 10:30)
    Fri: 12:00-16:00 & 17:00- late (last food orders 10:30)
    Sat:12:00-16:00 & 12:00-late (last food orders 10:30)
    Sun: 12:00-16:00 & 12:00-21:00 (last food orders 8:30)
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: A range of handmade stonebaked pizza, with toppings from the very best suppliers.

    Homemade egg pasta with a range of authentic italian sauces.

    Homemade Italian desserts

    Two course set lunch menu Tuesday-Friday, two courses for £6.00
  • Entertainment: You can find regular entertainment at the big red including art exhibitions , bands, comedy and much more. Events are regualrly updated on twitter and facebook.

    Next week from 27th July we will be showing a sound exhibition as part of Deptford X festival.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Check our website for regular news and updates from The Big Red Pizza Bus. www.bigredpizza.co.uk

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Deptford Bridge DLR - 1 minute walk.
    Deptford British Rail - 2-3 minutes walk.
    No. 47 bus stop nearby.
    Greenwich DLR 10 mins
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free parking can be regularly found on creekside. There is also free parking 2 mins away on Frankham St
A word from The Big Red Pizza & Bar
The Big Red Pizza and Bar on Deptford’s busy Church Street may well be London’s quirkiest venue, which in such a vibrant and creative city is saying a lot.

Situated in a red double decker bus, surrounded by a wonderful terrace and herb garden, the restaurant offers much more than a traditional Italian restaurant.

The Big Red’s fresh baked pizzas, dressed with basil from the ‘dining room’ planters is delicious, In addition the Big Red now makes it's own fresh pasta every day with a range of authentic pasta sauces, the like only to be found in Italy.

So not only will you enjoy fab food and delicious drinks on the Deptford Riviera; under a canopy, on the Riverside Terrace or within the bus itself, but you’ll be treated to art exhibitions, acoustic music, film screenings and other events .

Drinks range from Happy hour cocktails, to local meantime beer, fantastic organic coffee accompanied by homemade biscotti.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I loved the environment (pizza in a red bus???) and the food. The portobello mushooms were ace! The only thing I would comment is that maybe the pizza needs to be an inch larger :)"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Fairly simple but well done food in a fun venue for both adults and children. The lasagne is really good and a generous portion too. The creamed portobello mushrooms on toast is a very nice starter as is the pumpkin ravioli. Nice Meantime beers and friendly staff. The children loved sitting in the driver's cab whilst waiting for food to arrive and the novelty of eating on the bus, but this isn't just a place for kids. It has a warm, easygoing atmosphere which is nice for everyone. We've been twice, once with and once without. Recommended."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "I took my neice here during the Easter holiday for lunch. We sat on the top deck. Bus has diner style feel. Food consists of pizzas, pastas and salads. Loads of delicious choices and a very good specials menu. There is a kids menu too. Food took a while to arrive but when it did the pizzas was lovely,with a thin base (which I prefer) I had two glasses of wine, absolutely gorgeously. Meal was laid back and enjoyable. This restaurant is very cool and an excellent idea. They also do cocktails and I hope to be back soon,maybe an evening visit to sample these! Convenient to get to by bus or dlr"
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "If you are familiar with Deptford you will know it bears no resemblance to Greenwich, a mere 10 minutes up the road but a world apart as regards eateries. The Big Red Pizza was a fantastic find. The owner was very informative & helpful when I called (twice) with general queries & to ask for directions. The server (I'm so sorry, I cant remember her name) went above & beyond. She was friendly & efficient. My friend & I both had the Gnocci with braised lamb & shared a garlic bread. The food was fantastic - best gnocci I have had outside of Italy. Portions were good altho we could have done with a bit more meat. The food was reasonably priced. Will definitely return & recommend wholeheartedly."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "Great little place - not the best pizza in london, but certainly very good. Reasonable bar menu, quirky venue with a vibrant feel - worth a visit especially given local competition."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "I would thoroughly recommend the Big Red Pizza Bus for anyone dining out with children. My friend and her children had a fantastic afternoon, with the added excitement of dining on a double-decker bus. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and were so lovely with the children. The food was delicious, and it was lovely to be able to shelter from the rain for a while and watch moves in the back of a lorry (although the seating could be a bit more comfortable in the cinema). May I thank the gentleman who provided our five year old with a balloon cutlass and face-painting, he didn't stop talking about it all day. All in all, we had a fabulous time and can't wait to go there again. Thanks. Kam"
    dined on 18/02/2014
  • "Not only can you eat your pizza in a bus - the kids absolutely love it. But at the weekend there are free screenings for children in their cinema and the local pop up bar 'Little Nan's' allows you to order their pizzas and have them delivered."
    dined on 31/08/2013
  • "This is a lovely relaxing place to eat. We went on a chilly Sunday afternoon but they had some heaters on. The place is an eclectic dining area with the bus and other seating arrangements connected. The food is delicious, especially the pizza which has a lovely base. Their garlic bread with cheese and honey was a lovely surprise and everyone wanted more of that. The pasta and gnocci went down a treat too. This was our first visit but it won't be our last. One daughter that doesn't really like Italian food enjoyed it and will go back again. It will be a great place to eat in the summer as they have an open air space."
    dined on 02/03/2014
  • "Interesting setting, nice venue with the bus ( a little hot though) and a nice covered outside space. Food was good and service speedy. Would also be a nice place to stop for a drink."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Food is delicious and service is good but the real star here is the ambient. The place is perfect to gather with friends for drinks and food (which was even better than expected, you can really tell everything is fresh and they use quality ingredients). I never thought dining on a bus could be so nice. Will definitely be back."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner here, the food was great, the bus is a novel idea, and the outside space is really versatile. Great for kids as well as adults."
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "We went for lunch with our two children (2 & 5), they enjoyed their kids pizza and we liked our veggie pizzas. Lovely thin bases and lots of topping. It was novel being on the bus and the children liked the balloon toys made for them by the entertainer. We would go back."
    dined on 18/02/2014
  • "This is a very good place todo with children, simple pizza and pastas. Lot os space out door and a cinema for the little ones. The bus is great you can eat inside it is fub."
    dined on 09/02/2014
  • "A wonderful evening made even better by fantastic, welcoming staff! Great, fresh food and great value. See you again soon!"
    dined on 07/02/2014
  • "service super sympa et les pizza "comme en Italie""
    dined on 07/02/2014
  • "I love this place. We took some friends along Saturday lunchtime. There were 12 of us including 6 kids and there was no trouble accommodating us. We had the whole downstairs of the double decker bus (there is also ample seating outside the bus in a covered (basically indoor) heated garden area. The kids loved being able to 'drive' the bus and wear a driver's hat! This was the least stressful lunch out I have ever had with children. The food was very tasty and great value. A good place if you want something a bit quirky with good food/drink. They were showing a kids film which we didn't have time to stick around for unfortunately. This place is quite different at night - better if you're after a kid free evening, often there's entertainment."
    dined on 25/01/2014
  • "Always passed the place and thought it looked quirky so decided to give it a try with my girlfriend. Sitting on the top deck of a bus isn't as cramped as you'd think. The ambience was great if a little loud but fine enough for a Friday evening in an enclosed space. The food was great, really tasty. Would go back again."
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "I had my 21st birthday dinner at this restaurant and it was absolutely fabulous. Really great food, great ambiance, great staff, I have nothing to complain about. I have only compliments. If you want really good pizza and or ravioli go here."
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "This place is seriously cool with a great atmosphere, incredible food (try the lamb gnocchi) and you get to eat on a double decker bus. We went here for our 1st anniversary and they bought us complimentary champers. Don't go if you want an upmarket experience...this place has no pretension and no fancy cutlery - just warm people to make you feel welcome, a great atmosphere and amazing food!"
    dined on 12/01/2014
  • "This has a novelty aspect to it and that was what drew me. It's not everywhere you get to sit on an old bus you went to school on 22 years ago to eat your dinner. What was outstanding, especially for this area, was the quality of food and service. A really good experience all round and can't wait to go again."
    dined on 11/01/2014
  • "Went with three friends of mine and we all were more than satisfied about the food and the service."
    dined on 16/11/2013
  • "What a disappointment!I booked this restaurant for my friend's birthday and it was a disaster. I had been looking forward to going for so long and we arrived for our reservation and the manager was outrageously rude to us. He was terse and unfriendly and then rushed us so much that we decided to leave. We did not get a chance to taste the food because the ambiance and service were worse than poor. We were almost in tears! I would definitely not recommend this experience unless they find new people to work there."
    dined on 03/10/2013
  • "Quirky idea, but done well without over-charging you for a gimmick. Make sure you order the garlic bread with honey!"
    dined on 19/09/2013
  • "Real shame the bus doesn't move (as soon as my son's pizza arrived, he said the bus was ready to go!) It was a great experience BUT way too expensive and everything was soaked in balsamic vinegar. More like central London tourist prices. Friendly good service but seriously the food was small portions, large prices and all about the balsamic..."
    dined on 15/09/2013
  • "Great little place, novelty of eating on the bus (very comfy with a view over the covered courtyard bar below) plus food is excellent value for money - starters of bruschetta and goats cheese salad were generous and the pizza tasty. Good selection of drinks inc meantime ales (bottles only). Would definitely return. On a warmer night would have moved down to the courtyard for more drinks and livelier atmosphere too."
    dined on 14/09/2013
  • "This was the second time we've eaten at the Big Red and it was just as good as last time - really good food and attentive staff. The only slight quibble was that we had barely finished our starters before the mains arrived. Other than that it was a spot-on night, and was excellent value at that."
    dined on 07/09/2013
  • "Would have been a nice evening out if it hadn't been for the 3 people (2 gals and a guy) noisily taking drugs in the one cubile in the mens toilet (which was cleary visible from the restaurant itself - the staff cannot have been unaware), which kind of ruined the ambience... When i pointed this out to the waitress, i was advised "Deptford is famous for its cocaine". This wasn't quite the sort of reaction i was looking for."
    dined on 30/08/2013
  • "I read about the pizza bus a while ago, but living in north west London its quite a journey, but its certainly worth it! We went with 2 friends and ate on the bus, which was surprisingly empty for a Friday night, but the weather was nice so people sat outside. It is a fun gimmick but the fact the food was great too made the experience even better. The only thing not so great were the dough balls which were a bit heavy but that's just if your being picky, the prices a great too at around £8-10 a pizza. The waiter was also fun and friendly. All around fab and I'll definitely go again!"
    dined on 16/08/2013
  • "Brilliant place in rather bleak area otherwise!! We will be back!!!"
    dined on 20/07/2013
  • "Loved this place. Had a good buzz, clearly doing very well, poetry/spoken word in the back, and I saw they also do cinema nights. Clearly a good idea that has taken off and i can see why. My one complaint would be there was a slight delay with the food, perhaps just a case of the kitchen facilities not keeping up with the demand? food was Worth the wait tho, and service friendly and efficient. Will definitely go back."
    dined on 04/07/2013
  • "Exactly what it sounds like. A transformed old red bus now functioning as a pizza place. Pizzas are pretty good and not too expensive like everywhere else in London and eating in a bus is a great experience. The only downside is the "old bus smell" that comes with it. But when the food is served you won't smell that anymore and all is forgotten! Good place, good prices!"
    dined on 12/06/2013
  • "Great food, great atmosphere, will be going back for more of their delicious pizzas and quirky dining!"
    dined on 07/06/2013
  • "It has its faults, but all round it's a pretty fun and unique lunch, and the pizzas are tip top."
    dined on 01/06/2013
  • "Great food and very reasonably priced. We were a large group so were in the garden and not on the bus which suited us fine. If you want to eat on the bus itself maybe mention this when booking"
    dined on 01/06/2013
  • "My 3 boys (3,5 & 7) loved the whole experience of having a restaurant on a bus. They loved sitting upstairs and driving the bus!"
    dined on 29/05/2013
  • "Had fun just sitting in this bus and eating away. Nice shisha lounge to chill after dinner... Cocktails were very well made too!"
    dined on 30/05/2013
  • "Overall a great experience for everyone. Has lots to offer. Good idea of having movie nights & mornings for the kids.we"
    dined on 25/05/2013
  • "A fun place with really good pizzas. There is a semi alfresco bar area outside the bus where people can have shisha pipes and where DJs sometimes play. Staff are pleasant - mostly arty Deptford types - though service can be leisurely, depending on who you get. Don't recommend coming here when it's freezing as the heating system isn't that powerful. And bear in mind it's set on a busy, unbeautiful road."
    dined on 05/05/2013
  • "We took advantage of the kid's free film showing, which gave my mum and myself a chance to catch up uninterrupted (a rare thing with children!) Afterwards, we had pizza & pasta in the big red bus. The food is delicious & the portions huge. I'll definitely be sharing a pizza next time I go with my son! The coffee is gorgeous too - always a hit or miss I find in some restaurants. The new manager that had just started on the day we went, was so helpful, welcoming and accommodating. All in all, a brilliant experience. I'd highly recommend this place, whether you have children or not, as there are also comedy and film nights for adults, as well as a Shisha guy there offering an array of yummy flavours. A very chilled place to go."
    dined on 28/04/2013
  • "It's a different dining experience- eating pizza on the top deck of a double decker London bus all lit in red! Totally enjoyed it and the staff were super attentive and friendly. The toilets were a bit disgusting by the end of the night but I loved everything else. There is an outdoor seating area as well and a band were playing."
    dined on 10/05/2013