Fire & Stone

Restaurants , Italian Covent Garden
  • 3 out of 5 stars
(10 user reviews)
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This Covent Garden pizza joint (of sorts) has made a bit of a name for itself in recent years, mostly thanks to unconventional toppings that stretch all the way to a Christmas special that features turkey, cranberry and gravy. A 'Naples' (cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil) is one of the more orthodox options.

But who comes here wanting one of those? The menu also offers a 'London' (Cumberland sausage, smoky bacon, roast potato), a 'Casablanca' (roast butternut squash, courgettes, onions, red peppers, cumin, mozzarella, dried apricots, pine nuts and mint yoghurt) and a 'Boston' (pulled pork, onion marmalade, red peppers, mozzarella, coleslaw and chives).

Mediterranean salads, chicken pesto rigatoni, sharing platters and polenta chips are some of the non-pizza alternatives.

Venue name: Fire & Stone
Contact:
Address: 31-32 Maiden Lane
London
WC2E 7JS
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-4.30pm daily. Dinner served 4.30-10.45pm Mon-Wed; 4.30-11.45pm Thur-Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30
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Laura B
Tastemaker

I have eaten here many many many times over the past 8 or so years but I am not sure I'll go back. Acoustics are bad so it's loud and difficult to hear the person opposite you (and the tables aren't that big!) the food seems below average when considering all the alternatives available within a few minutes walk - I used to go for the novelty value of the range of toppings but sadly the novelty has worn off. It was a very rapid meal and neither of us wanted to linger and sadly nothing special at all.

Livvi AT
Tastemaker

The promise of creative and inventive toppings which capture the cuisine from around the world meant that I was excited to try this quirky pizza joint in Covent Garden for something a bit different. However, my expectations weren't met and although I had an enjoyable lunch, Fire & Stone doesn't quite compete with the likes of Pizza Pilgrims and Homeslice.

Maybe we chose poorly, as the range of pizzas is quite extensive, the menu is quite overwhelming. In the end we went for the Cairo, which boasted yoghurt, falafel and mozzarella and the folded New Yorker, which was a more conventional American style Calzone. The Calzone was by far the better of the two, helped by traditional flavour combinations which are tried and tested; stringey cheese, rich tomato sauce and salty pepperoni. The Cairo didn't quite work and the juxtaposition between the eastern influence and the mozzarella pizza base wasn't very pleasant. However, the side dishes redeemed the meal. The calamari was light, juicy and served with a zingy dressing. The caprese salad was beautifully fresh.

With purse friendly prices and even friendlier staff, the experience of dining here was a pleasant one, but the need to try shocking and unusual toppings seems to have taken precedent over providing delicious authentic pizza. I might return to try a different attempt, but am more likely to stick the other pizza strongholds you can find in the West End.

Scott
Staff Writer

Went for a friends birthday and certainly impressed by the obscure toppings they come up with, all named after world cities. I chose the Cape Town with Boerewors sausage, spicy beef rib, chillies and sour cream. Definitely one of the more interesting pizzas I've had in a while.


If you're in and around Covent Garden and fancy a good solid pizza dinner, you've got to try it here.

Ros A
Tastemaker

I've been to Fire & Stone a handful of times in my life but most recently last weekend. The service is quite good, and the decor is quite nice. It's family friendly (so that means plenty of kids, beware if you're not looking for that type of vibe). The food is a-ok - I would say the pizzas sound better than they are in reality but they're certainly eatable and not too expensive either. 

Vajeeha

Once upon a time, we needed somewhere to chow for a team night out and my manager selected this place. Now, you think that "it's just pizza man" but truly, madly, deeply it is FAR more than just pizza - it's super pizza! The service is impeccable and the food was indulgent. I'm waiting for an excuse to go back very soon!

A S

Brilliant Restaurant, Good food, good drinks. Great place to catch up with friends!

Kritt N
Tastemaker

I enjoyed Fire & Stone. With two floors, it is a large restaurant in contemporary surroundings. 


The pizza was delicious. Rather than the standard pizza toppings you get everywhere else, the pizza at Fire & Stone are named after cities from around the world and toppings reflect the taste you would associate with that. The 'Madrid' pizza was awesome with flavors of Spain like Chorizo on a thin, crispy base. 


Given the location, prices are reasonable and service was good overall. Staff were friendly and even helped with some recommendations as I couldn't decide!


It can be be busy in the evening, being a large restaurant set in the heart of Covent Garden that's to be expected. Booking is highly recommended if you intend to visit in the evening. Catch Fire & Stone at it's quietest at lunch time.


Fire & Stone is a fine place for a casual catch up with friends and if you fancy pizza with a difference, I would recommend paying Fire & Stone a visit.

Staff Writer

Great pizzas cooked in their big stone oven furnace. It's nice to see pizza being cooked traditionally. Pizzas arrived fairly quickly and our waitress was very attentive making sure we weren't empty on drinks. Prices were average for a meal out, but would much rather come here over perhaps somewhere like Pizza Hut as the quality of food is much better.

Adrienne L

We had a reasonable meal there but def not worth the £7,500 it cost me because as I left, I tripped on the anti-slip mat and landed face down, breaking 3 teeth.  No First Aid avail, no incident report forms;nada, zip, zilch. .  

Their Insurers have just declined responsibility - after 4 months!  1 new implant, 1 new crown, bone restructuring & a new veneer.  Expensive pizza! @AdrienneLawler

Ellen

I have been waiting to visit Fire & Stone for a while after hearing how great it is. Visited the other night after the main dinner time in most restaurants and the most appalling service ever. The food I have to say is lovely made well displayed perfectly and very well thought out. The pricing also ok for the quality of food. The service is what lets the whole place down though. The waiter would almost ignore us all the time, took ages to order drinks and food, to pay the bill, to get plates taken away was over 20 mins. The waiter bringing our food over dropped my started on the floor covering my friends coat in sauce which has since stained which alone is not happy about. They never bothered replacing it until i had to mention to a waiter you dropped my food, then again to get the sauce that went with it. Also complaining about leaving broken glass all around our feet and still didn't clear it up. I find that awful and dangerous. Safe to say I will not return.

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