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Fire & Stone

Restaurants, Global Covent Garden
3 out of 5 stars
(17user reviews)
Fire & Stone
Michael Franke

Time Out says

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.

Fire & Stone says
Just off Covent Garden Piazza and a short walk from renowned London theatres, Fire & Stone brings their unique gourmet global food menu to the heart of London’s vibrant West End.
Taking pride of place on the menu are their renowned hand-stretched pizzas, as well as six sensational new burgers.



Address: 31-32 Maiden Lane
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-4.30pm daily. Dinner served 4.30-10.45pm Mon-Wed; 4.30-11.45pm Thur-Sun
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Came here for lunch on a Tuesday and it was eerily quiet. Service was therefore incredibly quick (which one could say is being eager but maybe they were just bored). The pizza came out quickly and I really liked my veggie one. Not a bad place if you want quick service, but if its busy I can easily see the service dropping as there are a ton of seats! 


I have been meaning to eat here for a while, but hadn't got round to it until recently.  The pizzas are great and I like the twists on some classic pizza.  The base is good and light.  They could do with better cutlery though as we did struggle to cut our pizzas - though guess it's always better to eat pizzas with your hands!  The mocktails were lovely too!  On tastecard so can be good value for money.


Only just managed to visit this place- had heard a lot about it so was intrigued. Sadly this place doesn't live up to the hype. The food, while good is nothing spectacular but what really lets this place down is the service. 

I went for dinner with a friend on Friday night at 6.30pm (the place was by no means full). We ordered 1 side of garlic bread (4 slices of dry garlic-y ciabatta), 2 pizzas and 2 desserts with 2 of their cocktail jugs throughout. We were given zero time to look at any menu before being pounced on by a super eager waitress but the moment we asked for a bit more time she disappeared! In total it took us 3 hours to get through 2 courses with a side! We had to ask for the bill twice (I've never known anywhere so resistant to taking money) and even then they stuck a very cheeky service charge on top.
I wouldn't return to Fire & Stone...

There are some restaurants in London that just fly the flag for being super dependable. Sure, they’re not exactly setting the world on fire with breath-taking innovation but they offer up tasty dishes, they’re good value and you know you’ll have a decent plate of food which, in the centre of the capital, is sometimes all you want but struggle to find. I’ve been dipping in and out of Fire & Stone in Covent Garden for years every time the hankering for interesting pizza and the need for a place where even the fussiest of diners will be happy has arisen because let’s face it, sometimes you’re just all Pizza Expressed out.

Although there are some obvious culprits on the starter & dessert menus (garlic bread, calamari, tiramisu etc), I’d honestly jump straight into the mains with one of their global inspired gourmet pizzas as I think they’re much better quality. In an interesting twist from most other pizzerias, each dish here has been created with a specific city in mind and in my most recent visit, it was nice to see a few updates as well as some old favourites which have remained on the menu for good reason. The ‘Melbourne’ with oozy chunks of brie and sweet roasted butternut is always delicious as is the ‘Texas’ which will satisfy the biggest carnivore in your life with its BBQ steak and caramelised red onions. The ‘Seoul’ was a cracking pick from the newness on my last trip with BBQ chicken, peanuts & kimchi making it a deliciously fiery pizza and the ‘Marrakech’ with lamb, preserved lemons and pomegranate on a naan base has already been earmarked for the first visit of 2017.

Bases are crispy & toppings are generous making this a great little spot to line your stomach before a night out in one of the busiest areas of town. There are always 2-4-1 or pre-theatre deals on meaning you can eat & drink for far less than neighbouring spots on Maiden Lane and service has never been anything less than speedy & smiley making it a key spot to head for should the need arise for the food of Italy via every continent on the globe.


There is a focus these days on taking food dishes back to their roots. Many of the best pizza restaurants in London focus on the dough, the cheese, the authentic Italian experience. Fire and Stone does the opposite and smothers its pizzas in ingredients from around the world.

The restaurant is in a huge space - high ceilings and a quite industrial, canteen feel. I wouldn't go for a cosy date but for the pre theatre dinner we went for it was pretty spot on. They put on a special menu with, presumably, selection of their favoured dishes. To start some dough sticks with tzatziki, humus and pesto were underwhelming and would have benefited from something a bit garlicky (cliche but true). Pizza wise I went for the Cape Town. Spicy beef short rib, boerewors and sour cream. It was delicious and meaty and made a nice change from the standard toppings.

Not sure it was enough to convert me from a classic pizza but if you fancy something a little different this place is worth a try. Service was slick and food arrived in good time so worked well as a pre theatre venue.


My friend and I went to Fire & Stone on a Friday pre-theater evening. We hadn't big expectations as we wanted something quick before our show. The pizzas were OK but not exceptional with toppings combinations inspired by cities from around the world. So forget the traditionnal toppings!  We had the 'Zermatt' with a Swiss twist (Sorramo ham, portobello mushroom, mozzarella, potatoes, and fried shallots & onions) and the Peking one with shredded confit duck mozzarella, hoising sauce and cucumber. The atmosphere is not convivial and too noisy. The music was too loud and resonating so it was impossible to have a conversation. I'm not sure if I'll be returning but I think it's an alternation to Pizza Express and Pizza Hut as the service is efficient and the food quite affordable.

 I went here for a friend's birthday and I was not overly impressed by the food. For a pizza place, there wasn't one pizza on the menu that appealed to me so I ended up getting the Spicy Chicken and Coconut Laksa (which was really quite nice), however it wasn't what I came for (see photo). The general consensus of our party was that all the pizzas had unique toppings for the sake of being different, not because the flavours would work well together. Among us several pizzas were ordered, most of which I tried and everyone was in agreement that the Texas (see pizza pic) looked and tasted the nicest, though it wasn't mind blowing. The toppings used on all the pizzas were not great quality and this was most evident with the steak on the Texas pizza that was overcooked and fatty.

Although the food didn’t do it for me, I was really impressed by the service and the effort the staff put in for my friend's birthday. I won't be coming back here unless that same friend choses to have her birthday there again next year. If so, I know the staff will treat us very well and that I'll be sticking with my Spicy Chicken and Coconut Laksa.


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.


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.

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.


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. 

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!

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


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.

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

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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