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

The Big Red Pizza & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bigredpizza.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02034908346x
  • 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)
    CLOSED MONDAY
  • 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChild Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Eating
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutstanding Value
The Big Red Pizza & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since 31 October 2013
Average Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambience4.3
    Value4.1
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
child friendly (45)outdoor eating (44)special occasions (27)group bookings (27)good vegetarian options (26)outstanding value (18)sunday lunch (16)fit for foodies (14)romance (12)brunch (10)pre/post theatre (7)disabled access (5)business meals (1)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Lovely food but terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    When we arrived numerous staff members walked past us without acknowledging our presence until we had to ask if we could be seen too. The lady serving us was rude and unwelcoming and it took a long time to be served. Felt bad asking for something because of her attitude. The food was lovely but the service let it down!
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  • chika
    chika
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Pizza was delicious and cool vibe in bus! Nice live music although service was a bit slow but I guess worth the wait!
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    outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All aboard
    kelleh
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The Big Red Pizza Bus manages to provide a fun eating experience without being pretentious or overpriced. The in-bus seating is cosy and unique, and the outdoor, beach hut area is great for groups, The pizza itself was sublime, with a good range of toppings. A decent size too - I shared a pizza, garlic bread and meat platter with my boyfriend and we were both very well fed. A relaxed atmosphere in a different setting. The drinks are on the pricey side, but you can sort of expect it when you are sitting in an old bus with a freshly made pizza in front of you.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating
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  • All aboard the Big Red Bus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    My friends and myself had an excellent time at your venue. It's really good fun and as there were 8 of us we sat at the back of the bus. It really has the novelty value and the food and service were good too.
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    group bookings
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  • Life in the bus lane
    Simdum
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Found this improbably located pizzeria on Top Table. Based around a big old double decker London bus it has the ambience of a pop up or something you might find at a festival. Food is trad pizzeria fare but done well. Pizzas are big thin crust affairs and as good as any I've had in the UK. Big Red is clearly aimed at families as there is a sand pit out back, however when our 7year old wandered between our table and another where friends were seated the manager demanded of me "Is someone supervising that child?" This leads me to my only gripe; some of the staff were rather less than friendly (others were delightful) despite our party all being polite and pleasant. Even so, I would certainly return and would recommend to others.
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    child friendly, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    We went in a group and it was lovely, Pizza had more favour than Pizza Express. It was a lovely sunny evening my only moan would be the hard benches to sit on a cushion would be great. I go again but would sit on the chairs.
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    child friendly, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best pizzas in London
    Chopster
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Perfect pizza with quality toppings on a thin base. Certainly one of the best pizzas in London, just in the area. Relaxed and friendly service. The drinks menu could complement the pizzas though. Some more good Italian wines? Perhaps an Aperol spitz on the menu?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food in a unique setting
    laulatea
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Honestly, I thought this place would be more of a gimick than a fine dining experience. I mean, it's not every day that you can eat your dinner inside an old bus. However, after I tasted the food I was more than pleasantly surprised and very happy. Not only are the surroundings really interesting and comfortable, the food is delicious! Definitely recommend paying the big red pizza a visit!
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  • A Novel and Fun Dining Experience
    micha77
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    What a little gem in the middle of Deptford. I went with my partner and teenage son - who absolutely loved it. Obviously it's a little cramped, and the stairs/ low ceiling on the upper deck makes going down to the toilet tricky, but this adds to the charm. It was really cosy and unique, and the pizza's were great, if a teeny bit dry. The bus would be a great venue for children's parties and the covered outside area looked great for cocktails for grown-ups. A lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    brunch, child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • What a venue
    Alexeats
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    This really is a fantastic venue and, with the addition of lovely staff and great food, it all makes for a wonderful night out.
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    child friendly, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Nice venue, awful service
    alistairb
    Dined on 17/6/2014
    I have been to this place several times before and the place is a novelty and the food good. However, the service has always been a bit poor and this last time was even worse. The staff do not seem to have a clue and need some serious management and organisation or I won't be going again.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating
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  • Linda
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    Great food - always love the pizzas here, good cocktails and a fun relaxed atmosphere. The service wasn't as good as it normally was though which was disappointing.
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    child friendly, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place to eat
    RLushaj
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We had dinner at the Big Red with two children and they loved it! The pizza's were lovely, child menu is good value but the best part is by far the setting of the restaurant. It was brilliant eating "on the bus" and having access to the driver's seat while we waited for our food was an added bonus. Kids loved it, highly recommended for a family meal out with a difference.Overall, loved the Big Red, it is a truly awesome and unique eatery with good ethical values.
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    child friendly
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  • Lunch at the Big Red Pizza and Bar
    Chesterwoo
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    Had a really lovely meal, shame there was no pasta at lunch times but the pizza more than made up for it. Really child friendly atmosphere, so a great place for families.
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodlover
    Dined on 27/5/2014
    I visited the Big Red with my family for a birthday. The atmosphere was great and staff were accommodating, but the negatives which over-rode the positives about our evening. When we gave our initial food order, out of a group of 5, 2 of the party couldn't have their first option due to low avails which were were not informed before hand. Then re-ordered, and the second option was not available either after back and forth with kitchen. Third option was ordered and arrived incorrectly and subsequently returned. By the time the final meal arrived, everyone else had finished eating, so my mum had to eat on her own.
    Special Features:
    brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    We enjoyed being able to sit on the top deck of a converted old bus. The waitresses were very friendly and attentive. The food came quickly. My pizza was great. My friend's pasta was just a bit bland however. Overall we really enjoyed it.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 18/5/2014
    We visited on Sunday 18 May. The food and service was excellent and great value for money. However, although it was a warm day (25 degrees) it was extremely hot in the restaurant (we didn’t even attempt to sit on the bus itself but in the outside seating area). I would visit again but would wait for a cooler day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere & friendly service
    yayy
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We went there for a 10th birthday party with 10 kids. The service was very friendly, the food was good, and the children had a great time at the top floor of the bus.
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    brunch, child friendly, group bookings
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  • Awesome place
    evita
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The restaurant is bigger than I thought, you can dine inside the old red bus, there are 3 decking areas, infront of the restaurant, next to the bus and in the back with a foosball table. There's two bars. It serves local beer, like Porter from Meantime which I really like, so that made me very happy. It's a quaint restaurant, love the ambiance. It also hosts especial events like the Deftford Cinema festival. Not to be confused with the Irish pub next to it. The Red Bus Pizza it's one of a kind. The pizza was delicious and a very good size for one person, The dough balls could be more mushier and softer. All the serve staff are very nice, and show great attitude. It's right by the Deftford DLR station, on googlemaps it appears further.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Not your average pizzeria
    fridaysdates
    Dined on 12/4/2014
    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 :)
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    child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feel Good Food and Fun
    HungryHorrace
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    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.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jump aboard!!
    colada
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, child friendly, brunch, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit for BFF's Birthday 26 Mar 14
    DizzyD
    Dined on 26/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quirky pizzeria - a bit different
    AllyBVIP
    Dined on 22/3/2014
    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.
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    special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect pizzas
    budz49
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, good vegetarian options, child friendly, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting setting, nice
    topdiner
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    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.
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    child friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian pizza on a double decker
    Hg1987
    Dined on 28/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, child friendly, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great venue - lovely staff!
    BrockleyMo
    Dined on 21/2/2014
    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.
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    child friendly, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun surroundings, nice pizza
    NorthEastView
    Dined on 18/2/2014
    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.
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    good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would thoroughly recommend
    Kammykins
    Dined on 18/2/2014
    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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy pizzi
    Casaucao
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    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.
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    child friendly, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    Nikii
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    A wonderful evening made even better by fantastic, welcoming staff! Great, fresh food and great value. See you again soon!
    Special Features:
    disabled access, romance, group bookings, outdoor eating, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service super sympa et les
    Wild1Orchid
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    service super sympa et les pizza "comme en Italie"
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on a bus!!
    Pizzalover
    Dined on 25/1/2014
    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.
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    special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food I've had on a bus
    Darren
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had my 21st birthday dinner
    hrob
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    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.
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value, outdoor eating
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  • Great food - Great People
    CKen
    Dined on 12/1/2014
    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!
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This has a novelty aspect
    Richardnational2
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, outstanding value, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    misha
    Dined on 16/11/2013
    Went with three friends of mine and we all were more than satisfied about the food and the service.
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    disabled access, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, brunch, outstanding value, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since 31 October 2013
    • Average Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambience4.3
    • Service3.8
    • Value4.1
  • The following 79 reviews are from the The Big Red Pizza & Bar reviews archive.
  • Worst Birthday Ever
    Indi
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    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.
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