Authentic and Elephant & Castle are not words that usually end up in the same sentence together. It was only a short while ago that the only dining options available in the South London destination were Nando’s, Pret or Wetherspoons (I say this as a former university student of the London College Of Communication, situated directly opposite said Wetherspoons). Back in 2017, the first phase of Elephant Park welcomed locals to enjoy the new and permanent green space, featuring mature trees, rolling lawns and plants. Towards the end of December 2020 and early 2021, the second phase of the development was opened to the public – and with it, the opening of 400 Rabbits.
Founded by two DJs (who worked hard and partied harder), the duo wanted to create a space where both friends and family could enjoy marvellous food, drinks and music (see their unique playlist here) – and so they became known as South London’s sourdough pizza and craft beer masters.
The interiors alone could have anyone fooled – the alfresco seating combined with the playful, pastel interiors transports guests to a far away location. The menu is even better -with Allpress coffee, cocktails, wines and sodas available, it’s the perfect all day destination.
Of course, the pizza is what makes this place special. With toppings such as rhubarb and feta available, this isn’t your usual run of the mill pizza parlour. ‘The Feta’ packs a tangy punch, crafted with feta, courgette, pine nuts, chimichurri and no tomato, this is the perfect option for any adventurous eater. Those really wanting to push the boat out should try ‘The Rhubarb’ – a bizarre yet brilliant creation crafted with tomato, mozzarella, chipotle rolled goats cheese, piquillo peppers, rhubarb and basil.
Of course, there is also the classic Margherita pizza available alongside a selection of more meaty flavours. The venue is all too happy to cater towards guests with dietary requirements, with a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available.
Guest should end the night with a scoop of hand-crafted gelato, made on the 400 Rabbits site. There are seven options available, plus some sneaky extra flavours crafted by the development chef.
If guests are really lucky, they will attend when manager Luke is working – an outstanding character and a reason to visit the venue in itself.
The Elephant Park development has seen an abundance of bars and eateries open in the area, and if they are anything like 400 Rabbits, Elephant & Castle will soon become a location synonymous with foodies across London.
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