Homeslice Neal's Yard

Restaurants, Italian Covent Garden
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Homeslice Neal's Yard

It’s not how big it is: it’s what you do with it. Take this new joint in Neal’s Yard’s, which is serving pizzas that wouldn’t be out of place on ‘Man v. Food’.

Served fresh from the wood-fired oven, most of these thin crusts are available by the slice (£4). Or, you can order a whole 20-incher (£20), which is enough to feed you and two of your pals. They’ll even let you have more than one choice of the topping selections if you ask nicely.

A well-put-together margherita can be a little slice of heaven, as can other classic pizzas. But if it’s done right (no chicken, no sweet chilli sauce, no pineapple etc), a bit of innovation doesn’t go amiss. And here they have a couple of ingredient combos that wouldn’t get the green light in Naples, but taste pretty good.

On one, slivers of bone marrow are melted over the tomato base, imparting a meaty savouriness. Scattered with watercress and roasted whole spring onions, the pizza was oozy and delicious with a chewy cornicione (crust). A white anchovy, chard and Doddington cheese pizza also had a good balance; finished with a twist of orange zest it was filled with sweet, bitter and salty notes.

Service was impeccably attentive and chummy, and there are craft beers and even prosecco on draught. The pizzas here are certainly good quality, but it’s hard to achieve a crisp, puffy base when you’re turning out cartwheels. Maybe they should just stop worrying about size…

 

By Celia Plender

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Venue name: Homeslice Neal's Yard
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Address: 13 Neal's Yard
London
WC2H 9DP
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square
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4.5 / 5

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Tastemaker

From the streets to a rustic restaurant on Neal's Yard…if you want a gigantic wood-fired pizza with semi-unusual, but insanely good topping combos like goat shoulder, savoy cabbage & sumac yoghurt, then get straight to Homeslice! The 20" pizzas for £20, can feed 2 people to the brim and you can go half and half on the toppings. The pizza dough is thin and slightly crispy with a good ratio of toppings, so you won't leave with the usual bloated feeling pizza can bring. I would definitely recommend this over the likes of Franco Manca and Pizza Pilgrims, who I have found to have either rather chewy or soggy dough bases- not ideal!

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Tastemaker

Homeslice is by the far the greatest pizza in London. The dough is so refreshingly light that sharing a 20" is in no way as much of an accomplishment as you initially anticipate. What's even better is that, if your fellow diner has strange taste in pizza toppings, you're allowed to opt for two topping combinations for both halves - and because you're still sharing the same plate, you're still 100% allowed to eat their abandoned crusts. Whilst you're there don't forget to order some of the pay what you drink wine, where you are served an entire magnum of wine, and where the damage is gauged at the end with a wooden ruler!

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Staff Writer

Best pizza I have ever had, hands down. If you haven't had a pizza here yet, you must. I can't believe that Time Out have only given this a 3*, although that was written in 2013 so perhaps they should pay Homeslice another visit. When it comes to pizza I am very fussy, I don't have pizza very often so when I do I want it to be great! Homeslice never disappoints. The service is great and the food is delirious. I have tried a few of the different toppings and have liked all of them. Even the margherita is so tasty, no extra toppings needed. 


Pay this place a visit, it's worth it :) 

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moderatorStaff Writer

Very good pizza to share in a corner of Neal Yard. A bit on the fat side in terms of taste which makes it less of a regular for me than it would otherwise be.

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First had this the morning after the Christmas party (much-needed) and absolutely loved it. Would definitely be my first choice for pizza in the area, especially considering the value for money!

tastemaker

Homeslice nails it again for those cheap and cheerful and reliable establishments - the pizza here is always crispy and never soggy in the middle. They let you split the pizza in half with two different toppings and the menu is always changing with the seasonality of produce. I love how things are kept simple here, beers on tap, pizza in a wood-fired oven - just the way catch ups with good friends with lots of laughter should be.


Tip: one large pizza can happily feed three girls, and two pizzas can feed four to five people depending on how hungry you are.


Good For: catch up with friends, cheap and cheerful, large groups, quick meal, casual lunch/ dinner

tastemaker

I think I just went to pizza heaven!! I had the best pizza at Neal's Yard Homeslice, I literally could not believe the size of our pizza, it took over the whole table! I went with a friend and I can proudly say we managed to eat up every slice (major food coma after). We went for the half and half pizza (as we couldn't decide, which pizza we wanted), one side had mushrooms, ricotta, pumpkin seeds and chilli (my fav) and the other spiced lamb with savoy cabbage. I cant wait to go back to pizza heaven again! 

tastemaker

With pizzas as big as the tables, and wines by the litre, Homeslice was always going to start strong in my estmations: and boy does it deliver. It's a bit haphazard seating, all squished on benches, and the service while friendly is a little iffy, but all of this adds to the atmosphere and the feeling of the place. The toppings are incredible, the big 20" pizzas are amazing, it's not too pricey and it's in beautiful Neals Yard. 

Love it!

tastemaker

Amazing pizza and incredible portions. 


This place is perfect for splitting a pizza with someone, the 20" is the only way to go at Homeslice. Its the perfect afternoon if you can get a seat outside peeping into the picturesque Neals Yard, instagram worthy for sure! Inside is great too, tables are a bit cramped but thats just because of the popularity, waiting in the que will probably be inevitable but worth it. The toppings are great, inventive but not too over the top, you think to yourself "Of course, why haven't I put that on my pizza before!" 


Messy, tasty, reasonably priced, great atmosphere and great location - ENJOY! 

tastemaker

Expect to queue for a table at the weekend, but definitely worth the wait. Don't order anything but the 20" as it is gigantic and fills the table. Filling up on pizza is definitely worth it for the instagram picture. The toppings are great and have a slight twist on the standard pepperoni etc.


Only complaint would be that the tables are quite squashed in - but this is needed due to the popularity!


GO GO GO


If there is a better pizza in London I will eat my 20 inch hat.... Great flavours cool atmosphere,  we found Homeslice thanks to google and went on a whim,  we will not be looking for any other pizza place in London....

Staff WriterStaff Comp

Honest fun pizza and just love the way they serve the wine ;-)


I really love this place! ❤️ For the staff and specially the food... Those pizzas sure are amazing! Big Kiss for everyone there! x


Pizza bigger than your head and prosecco! A great place to go and share a slice or two with friends.

tastemaker

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Did I say fabulous? GO NOW and have the aubergine, cauliflower cheese, spinach and harissa pizza. You guessed it, fabulous! 

Tastemaker

We stumbled across this place after a very busy day of walking around covent garden. It was such a lucky find. Fresh,stone baked pizza and they are massive! We bought two slices each and it was perfect for an afternoon munch. I definitely think we could of tackled one of their full pizza's but it's great to have the option. A cool restaurant,good service and yummy flavours- I had the mushroom,sunflower seed and balsamic pizza,really nice. 


Fantastic vibe, pizza and beer! love the little quarter it is in too.

tastemaker

Yum-oh-yum! You’d think that at some point you’d stop being impressed by pizza, because really, how many different variations of pizza can there be? Well not this one. I don’t know what’s the trick, but it seems to contain some magical ingredient that make it stand out. Mushroom one is to die for, even my mum was impressed by it, and she is usually the one that avoids the carbs. I came here for a quick food fix and grabbed two slices of pizza because the line for the table seemed a bit too long, but definitely taking more time next time, seat down and enjoy full pizza in all its glory.

Tastemaker

Size matters. Homeslice serve up a 20" pizza for £20, enough to fill up two people to the brim. The Covent Garden branch had a bit of a wait but we popped off for a drink for an hour, and the staff called us when a table became available. After that the service is quick, and the pizza freshly made and delicious. You can half-and-half the toppings and order more if you aren't full. Great pizza in the quirky surroundings of Neal's Yard - perfect to treat a non-Londoner friend.


This is a gem within the gem of Neal's Yard, bookings are not possible so expect to wait a little while, it's worth it. Once inside, if you look around and judge the 20" to be too much for you and your pizza buddy, think again. Something in the base even makes you want to eat it right to the edge. The toppings are well curated with lovely fresh produce, and the drinks are simple (one choice of either white/red wine or beer) to keep the focus where it should be, on the delicious food. I only work around the corner and this is one of the best eateries I have ever found in Covent Garden.

Tastemaker

20 inches of oozing goodness is what you can find in this cosy pizza joint in Neal's Yard. The pizzas are huge and you can pick your toppings and even make them half-and-half. I went for the rocket and parmesan and my husband went for the chorizo and corn on his half. Ashamed to say that we finished the whole thing. :) 

Tastemaker

Absolutely amazing pizza! I had one slice and was left completley satisfied. The topping were different from the traditional and although some seemed unexpected, one I tried them I was very pleasantly surprised. The star was very friendly and it has a very relaxed environment. It is a little pricey, but definitely worth it.

Tastemaker

When it comes to pizza, I'm picky and will normally give preference to stir-fry or curry, just to be safe. Make the crust too thick, and I won't eat it. Put too much meat of ketchup on top and I'll politely order a salad. When a friend invited me to Homeslice because his colleague told him they do the best pizza in London I was sceptical and decided to give it a try only after seeing (and feeling) the warm glow from a large stove at the heart of their kitchen. The fact that we pretty much finished a 20inch pizza between the two of us (it can easily feed 3-4 people) says it all. Think of Homeslice as Monmouth of pizza (it's right near the famous coffee place too!) - it does one thing only, but it gets it right 100%

Tastemaker

Homeslice is a pretty chilled and homely pizza place tucked neatly into colorful Neal's Yard in Covent Garden. Great big windows catch a nice breeze and sun (when there's any of that) and the wood-fires make for such a tantalizing wait. 


The pizzas come in giant size - and you know how sometimes you worry that if you go bigger the taste won't be there? Yeah, definitely not the case. Amazing flavor and topping combos sit on deliciously baked, crisp-and-yet-fluffy, pizza breads. 


Now that I've written this I'm really craving it..






Tastemaker

I thought nothing could beat my love of Voodoo Ray's but Homeslice gives it a good shot. The pizzas are delicious - all with different flavoursome bases rather than your usual tomato and cheese. We had 1/2 goats shoulder and 1/2 veggie one and they were both fantastic and portions ginormous. Even with the thin dough, you'll be full! The measurable carafe of wine was an interesting way of drinking, but worked out reasonably. Definitely one I will be back to a bunch more times. I've seen they do a bottomless brunch on Sunday's sometimes which looks like a decent (delicious) deal.

Staff Writer

Tip top pizza in Neal's Yard! Homeslice could be quite gimmicky with the sheer size of the pizzas on offer, but what's nice is that they can back it up with the flavours. We went recently for lunch and shared 2 of the pizzas - one vegetarian and one salami, both of which were sublime. I'll be heading back very, very soon!

Tastemaker

One of the best pizza venues in London, hands down. Beats in my opinion Franco Manca and Pizza Pilgrim for having some of the best tasting dough and toppings you can get. 


Go by the slice, but for me, getting the 20 inch with 2 toppings is the best. Even flavours which sound like they're weird end up being strangely addictive, and their classic toppings don't fail to impress. 


Pizza this good always leads to some serious queues, but the service team are happy to give you a text or call when your table is ready - which gives you a chance to head to a nearby bar for a quick drink! 

Tastemaker

The pizza at Homeslice is so good that I forgot to take a picture (sorry!). We didn't get to eat right away but they take down your number and call when your table is ready (ours was a 45 min wait) which means you don't have to hang around waiting. The 20" pizzas are £20 each and are probably best to share between 2. The different toppings are creative and unique but they do have a few less adventurous ones for the not-so-brave! My favourite was the goat pizza...so good! The only annoying thing is that there is a separate menu for slices so you can't get one slice of something that's on the 20" pizza menu. There was a little problem in that they forgot our order so we ended up waiting quite a while but they were extremely apologetic and knocked some money off the bill. It's not all about the size here, the pizza tastes real good - for me, I'm not a fan of super thick dough, so it was perfect. The dough is quite thin but not crispy, nice and light. Their wine system is also great - you get a huuuuuge bottle to share and only pay for what you've actually consumed. Overall, Homeslice is one of my new favourite pizza places, perfect for date night, groups or a late night bite.

Staff Writer

Last Friday after a few to drink I headed here for the first time. There was a bit of a wait but eventually a huge box arrived and me and my boyfriend scurried outside to eat our Margherita on the little benches in Neal's Yard. Quite frankly it was an incredible pizza - crispy and creamy in just the right amounts. Enjoyed even more by the setting - in the dark, in a pretty historic courtyard with an Italian couple chatting away behind us. We could have been in Rome! Our plan to save some slices for breakfast didn't happen and we wolfed it down in one before toddling off for the bus home. 


Absolutely one of the best pizza places in London. I won't repeat all of the wonderful things other reviewers said, but I will add that when you arrive you can put your name on the list and they will call you when your table is ready. Sometimes the wait can be almost 2 hours on a busy night, but there are tons of pubs/bars nearby that you can have a drink at while you wait. Definitely worth it!

Tastemaker

After having a love affair with Franco Manca for the past 2 years I think Homeslice may have just ended that affair.  While 2 of us struggled our way through the 20" pizza (for the great price of £20) we could not stop eating it.  Definitely go half and half to try as much of the amazing toppings as possible.  


WARNING - they deliver a magnum of wine that they measure at the end to price how much you drank.  Do not make the same mistake myself and a friend did and think you need to drink this all, which we were not proud of the next day.  The evening ended with a lot of red wine mouth and 2 very full bellies. 

Tastemaker

You can't beat the location! Neal's Yard is such a colourful and relaxing retreat from the busy streets of Soho. The pizzas here are enormous (20 inches) and great for 2 or 3 to share or you can buy pieces by the slice as well. Homeslice comes up with interesting new flavours that I'm sure you've never tried before.  

Tastemaker

Any place with Prosecco on tap is a winner for me! The pizza is just an added bonus, but man is the pizza good. Around 10 flavours to chose from, some traditional and some a little more unique. A whole pizza costs £20 and is MASSIVE!, definitely enough for three people. It is also available by the slice.

Tastemaker

One of my favourite pizza places in London! Friendly atmosphere, loud, ideal for a delicious night out! Try the pizza with the butternut squash, simply amazing. And don't forget the wine, you can get a huge bottle and they'll measure it at the end to charge you accordingly. I'd say it's a bit pricey place.


I have to agree with the more recent reviews below. This place is awesome! It's tucked away in the most amazing location in Neal's Yard near Seven Dials, and the atmosphere inside is great. Think New York pizzeria in the heart of Little Italy. Huge open pizza ovens and even bigger pizzas to share (or have to yourself if you are feeling particularly glutenous!). The pizzas are genuinely of a great standard, and that is hard to come by in London (Pizza East and Franco Manca excepted, of course). There are a variety of toppings, and enough choice to satisfy everyone, even the fussiest of eaters. Give this place a try and I guarantee you'll be trying to organise a group of your friends to go back!

Staff Writertastemaker

Hands down my new favourite pizza place, cant believe I waited so long to try them out.


Some of the flavours are a little on the adventurous side for me but the salami one is perfectly pitched, sloppy red sauce, chilly oil drips off from the meat to dip your crusts in... perfection.

Single slice is £4 for a walk-by treat, full pizza (8 slices) is a bargain at £20, get a few pals together and walk out (or eat in) with a massive pizza. I'm totally won over. Make the journey wherever you're based!

Tastemaker

Don’t be put off by the queue! Come and try this place. Now.


For only £20, you get a 20”pizza. Whaaat?


Come with friends, mix and match the flavours and get stuck in. You cut the pizza yourself, so it’s messy but very fun. A great dinner spot when going out with friends. Crust is thin but holds a lot of toppings.

And the restaurant’s in the middle of Neil’s Yard, so what are you waiting for?


PS: Try the goat’s shoulder with savoy cabbage and sumac yogurt – sounds weird, tastes fantastic!

Tastemaker

By far the BEST pizza place in London. Some of the flavor combinations, such as oxtail with horseradish mozzarella and tomato sauce, seem utterly bonkers but trust them, some how the madder the combination the better the pizza is. The base is salty and thin but not too crispy, while the ingredients a fresh and of high quality. If you haven't got time or cant manage a whole pizza have slice to go, you wont be disappointed.

The decor is simple and you can see the wood fired oven and the offering is just as simple, pizza, water, soft drinks, beer and wine served in 2ltr bottles and sold according to how much you drink as measured by a stick. 

Not only is it great for food, its also one of the best price places in Covent Garden and near by thanks to the fact that 1 pizza can be shared by 2-3 people and all cost £20, even with a few pints I've never paid more than £17.50 per person.

Staff Writer

Great pizza in a corner of Neal's Yard. Really unusual toppings, fabulous dough and built to be shared. It is a pretty busy, bustling, noisy kind of place, and the fact you can't book adds to the air of chaos - but if that's the kind of night you are after, great food, lots of people, in a lovely atmosphere, this is the place.


LOVE THIS PLACE. It does what it says on the tin. Simple concept, delicious pizza, good menu, great atmosphere. The only criticism I have is that the venue is a little too small for the demand they've now created - they're too popular for the number of tables they have (although take-away is also a really good option...especially if you work just down the road). If they do expand they'd need to sort out a couple of things. 


One - they currently won't seat you unless your whole party is there (they understandably don't take bookings). This is probably because they're so popular, but it's annoying when you're hungry and want to order for you and whoever you're waiting for. Two - they don't do cutlery, but the napkins are rubbish and you end up in a bit of a mess. Actually, they should fix that anyway, regardless of any expansion plans (there aren't any as far as I know btw). If you're not going to invest in knives and forks, at least give us something other than tracing paper to remove the tasty mess! 


But other than that, the pizza toppings are really good and the vegetarian options aren't bad at all - i'm not a veggie, but have ordered vegetarian several times because it's super-tasty. Oh, and the pizza either comes in slices or on a 20 inch base - so good for sharing (maybe a bit much for 2, unless you're really hungry, but perfect for 3 people).


Relaxed, sociable environment and simple, tasty food :)


You'd have to be really jaded not to get a kick out of Homeslice. First off, there's the name. If there's no one handing out awards for the most impressively/amusingly/cringe-ily named eateries in London, there should be. I can only assume that if such an organization does exist, Homeslice took home a bunch of trophies at some point.


Then of course, there's the venue. I never had the chance to check out Homeslice when it was a pop-up, so the bricks and mortar are all I know, but I've eaten in and had take-out, and it was an enjoyable experience both ways. I'd definitely recommend grabbing a table if you have the opportunity - it's a cool space inside, and the fact that it's tucked away in Neal's Yard (one of Covent Garden's great little nooks that has you feeling like you should be wand-shopping) makes it feel even more special.


Finally, there's the pizza itself, which is great. Homeslice is one of those places where you walk in and wish you could eat the smell in the air you're greeted with. I'm partial to deep pan myself (which I'm well aware is sacrilegious to pizza aficionados), but the pizza here is almost, ALMOST enough to convert me. They're massive, too.


Things I didn't know before checking out the Time Out User Reviews:

- It's owned by Terry Wogan's son.

- It was once a popular pop-up.

- The menu changes frequently. Guess this is a good reason to revisit.

Staff Writer

"It's a highly renowned pizzeria owned by Terry Wogan's son" is how this informal restaurant was sold to me by my dad. Oh dad, you had me at "Terry Wogan's son". It's a non-booker which meant we put our names down and went for a drink at the french wine bar around the corner - which is arguably a much more pleasant place to actually sit down and eat. Homeslice is one rowdy restaurant - it's sooo loud - even if you're not with a half deaf pensioner on the table beneath the speakers. I asked the waitress if we could possibly turn down the music and she shrugged and said 'I know it's too loud but the managers like it this way'. The idea is noisy, informal, fun dining – you'd be insane to order your own pizza, even if you're the size of Wogan Snr,  as they are HUGE. You're supposed to go half and half on a couple adventurous toppings, and then tear strips off your mighty offering between you. The pizza is fab - stretchy and slim and well topped. It's convivial and riotous. The menu is limited to one thing - pizza - no salads, sides, or desserts. But you seriously won't need one after a metre of anchovy and artichoke topped pizza.  

Staff Writer

Popped in for a quick bite over lunch. Ordered a couple of slices of pizza, we mentioned we were in a hurry and the slices were on the table in around 5 minutes. Friendly service, great pizza and buzzing atmosphere. No knives and forks so prepare to be messy!

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