Where is it: Peckham Rye.
Opened: December 2014.
What kind of food: An eclectic selection of wholesome, satisfying dishes with a unique pairing of ingredients that really make this menu stand out from the rest.
Who goes: The restaurant has a neighbourhood atmosphere with Peckham and East Dulwich locals spilling out the tiny door, but we’re sure that customers will soon be making the journey from all corners of the city.
The concept: High quality, seasonal ingredients are used to produce a modern-European cuisine to be shared and enjoyed between you and your table. Top this off with an exclusive cocktail list crafted from London’s own Little Bird Gin and you have the most complementary restaurant for its vibrant Peckham surroundings.
The interiors: Mismatched cutlery and crockery, crystal tumblers and distressed-wood dining tables and chairs gives Pedler a quintessentially British and shabby-chic charm that’s hard to replicate.
We tried: Some pork crackling Lard-y-dahs to nibble on with our gin, followed by dish after dish of (extremely generously sized!) sharing plates including the Jerusalem Artichoke Arancini, Smoked Aubergine with Whipped Feta, Kentish Lamb Hash and Frizzle Chicken with Polenta.
Hero Dishes: Before we ordered, the Lard-y-dahs and Artichoke Arancini were labelled as must-haves and we weren’t disappointed.
And the drinks: We sampled four of the eight cocktails available (it’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it, right?). The Perfect G & T, Salty Dog, Barrel Aged Negroni and Peck’em Martini, classic cocktails all with Little Bird gin twist.
Star cocktail: We really might have found the Perfect G & T… of course, we’ll be sampling again just to make sure.
What to wear: With such a casual, cool vibe the dress code is decidedly informal.
Best for: If you’re a small plates fan but in the mood to switch it up and ditch the typical Spanish and Italian style tapas then this is the place to try… Also, we’ve heard the brunch menu is a must.
What made it unique to them: It’s not the norm to tuck in and share dishes like a warming lamb casserole, but guess what? It works and it’s refreshing to visit a restaurant where the menu and food pairings are so intriguing that they have you eagerly anticipating the outcome.