Back in 2008, an elusive van known as the MEATwagon began rocking up in South London on Friday nights. A relatively new thing called Twitter meant that its owner – burger fanatic Yianni Papoutsis – could tell people where the wagon could be found. South London Landlord Scott Collins heard about the MEATy exploits and went to try for himself, and it was love at first bite. The burgers were like nothing else. But this was just the start.
In 2010 the beloved MEATwagon was vandalised and keen for his Dead Hippie supply to remain free-flowing, Scott invested. The MEATwagon mark two was born and the pair became partners in crime.
After touring Scott’s pub group, disaster struck again and the MEATwagon mark two was stolen just before Christmas 2010. But rather than subdue any burger-toting exploits, its theft proved to be the catalyst for better things…
Sitting in a boozer on New Year’s Day, trying to work out what the hell to do, Scott hatched a plan to bring MEATwagon fare to the upstairs room of a run-down pub he was about to buy, in New Cross, and MEAT history was made.