Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Peckham
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Peckham restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 9 restaurants in Peckham and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Peckham restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Peckham Restaurants
1. Peckham Levels International restaurant in Peckham 95a Rye Lane - SE15
“Tasty street-food vendors, a good pint and a great atmosphere” (plus, for families, “plenty of space for kids to scoot around”) win a thumbs-up for this vibey project, converted from seven levels of an underutilised multi-storey car park. Levels five and six are the heart of the action foodwise: residents include Nandine (offshoot of a Kurdish café in Camberwell), Other Side Fried (chicken burgers) and Hao Hao chi (handmade regional Chinese street food).
2. Coal Rooms Steaks & grills restaurant in Peckham 11a Station Way - SE15
“A must-visit, right by Peckham station” – whose converted Grade II ticket office houses this “excellent” three-year-old: a stand-out even by the area’s lofty standards. “Robust, even macho” dishes, from the smoker and robata grills, are central both to the open kitchen and the menu. Top Tip – “worth a visit for the WC alone” – beautifully restored, old, Victorian bogs.
3. Tonkotsu Japanese restaurant in Peckham 133 Rye Lane - SE15
“Healthy ramen bowls” and “the best karaage fried chicken in town” are the secrets behind the rapid growth of the cramped Japanese pitstops, of which there are now 10 in London – the most recent openings, in Shoreditch and Peckham, having followed a £5million investment in 2019. They provide “a meal that could fill you up for a day”, with “excellent service from a really friendly team who go the extra mile”.
4. Ganapati Indian restaurant in Peckham 38 Holly Grove - SE15
For “ace food” and “an upbeat local boho vibe” – “Ganapati does it every time”. Chef Claire Fisher opened this small Peckham venue 15 years ago after travelling around South India. “Everything is home-made from the pickles to the parathas and you can even buy jars of pickle to take home” – and there’s a “fantastic choice for veggies and vegans too”. Top Tip – “great lunchtime thali for £8.50”.
5. Levan British, Modern restaurant in Southwark 3-4 Blenheim Grove - SE15
“Fantastic food + great wine list + super-friendly people + brilliant music = cool vibes!” – this new restaurant and wine bar near Peckham Rye station (baby bro’ to Salon in Brixton) has cracked the formula for winning fans from SE15 and beyond: a “casual-yet-special” operation, it can become “extremely busy” and “crowded”. Its “incredible” small plates are a foil to the “very good wine list” and arguably a form of “wildly indulgent nursery food”, but are so “creative and fun” and with “flavours that sing!”
6. Kudu South African restaurant in Peckham 119 Queen's Rd - SE15
“Just wow: bags and bags of flavour in every dish” – this “consistently interesting” Peckham three-year-old from chef Patrick Williams and front of house Amy Corbin (daughter of Chris) is hitting an ever-more impressive stride with its “modern and intelligent” South African-influenced cooking, service that’s “gracefully informal and knowledgeable” and an interior that’s “charming and relaxed, with subdued lighting”. It’s “generous, too – bread served with whole frying pans full of flavoured butter, for goodness sake!”. “A real treat and worth the (in my case) 350-mile round trip”, enthused one satisfied reporter.
7. Curious Kudu South African restaurant in Peckham 117 Queen's Road - SE15
The pandemic has changed plans here - originally called Little Kudu, the space is now branded as "Curious Kudu" and is a boutique gallery with a small private dining room.
8. Mamma Dough Pizza restaurant in Peckham 179 Queen's Rd - SE15
“Delicious pizza dough” with top toppings have won a solid following for this “informal” South London group, now reaching as far as Sydenham. Home-made ginger beer and locally brewed craft beer, plus artisan coffee roasted in Shoreditch, complete the deal.
9. Skylight Peckham British, Modern restaurant in Peckham Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, 120 Peckham Hill Street - SE15
Sibling to Skylight Tobacco Dock, the 250-seat rooftop of Peckham's Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has been transformed into another site with spectacular panoramic views.
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