Wildfire Pizza is a local independent business who have been on the move for the past few years. They were located for a while in the former Holmeside cafe in the winter gardens, and now they have moved to the Ship Isis pub. Yes, I am late to the part on this one, but I finally made it to The Ship Isis to try the famous Wildfire Pizza! So, here is my full review of it to let you know whether or not it’s worth the hype.

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The Ship Isis

Let’s start with some of the important information.

Where is Wildfire Pizza?

Wildfire Pizza is currently located within The Ship Isis pub just outside of the city centre. The pub itself is an absolutely beautiful place to be. It’s what I would describe as a proper pub! Wildfire is almost acting as the pub’s kitchen so you order at the bar as if it were a normal pub.

Postcode: SR1 3QJ

The Ship Isis

If you’re driving here and looking for parking, I think the best place to park is the Livingston Road car park which is the open-air one on the Vaux site. Parking here costs £1.30 per hour, but is free after 6pm and on Sundays and bank holidays!

Postcode: SR1 3EY

Do I need to book Wildfire Pizza?

As it is just a normal pub, you don’t need to book as they operate on a walk-in basis. However, you do generally have to get in quick to grab a pizza!

They are open 5 days a week:
Wednesday and Thursday: 5pm – 9pm
Friday: 3pm – 9pm
Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm

On a weekend they regularly sell out of pizzas. They only make so many doughs for each day so once they are gone, that’s it. This is something I personally love about Wildfire as it really highlights the freshness of their product!

Wildfire Pizza

The Pizza

In short, the pizza was incredible. It is leaps and bounds ahead of other pizza sellers in Sunderland (that I have tried) based on quality alone. It is abundantly clear that the people who own Wildfire and produce these pizzas won’t stand for anything less than perfect which resonates with the fact that they sell out.

Each pizza dough takes two days to go from raw ingredients to pizza on the plate. They could quite easily have a backlog of frozen doughs and premade bases ready as a backup for when the fresh ones sell out but they don’t have that.

Of course, they could have more storage and get more fresh dough ready, however, I love the fact that there is a limited supply. It has generated great hype about the place, which it undoubtedly lives up to.

Their spring 2022 menu has 10 different flavour options on it. This includes a mix of veggie and meat options as well as tomato and white-based pizzas. They even have 1 vegan option pizza on there too.

Be sure to give them a follow as their full menu, specials open hours and all other important information is up on their page!

When we visited I went for their mush love white-based pizza which is topped with delicious garlic mushrooms. If you want to try something a little different then I highly recommend going for the white bases.

I visited with a fellow blogger Tasha, who you can follow on her Instagram or her Blog. She went for their current special pizza, the new balance, which is topped with nduja. She absolutely loved it and finished the full thing!

We also got some of their parmesan fries to share which were alright too. Although next time I think I’ll just stick to the pizza because I really didn’t need any more carbs!

They also have Joe’s Fried Chicken on the menu which did look insanely good! If me and Shaun go back no doubt he will be trying that one.

In Summary

Is Wildfire Pizza worth the hype? In a word, YES!

I know that nowhere I have been in Sunderland for pizza matches how good wildfire was. The only place that comes close is Slice down in Seaham, however, they offer very different pizza styles and new flavours every week (and the owner of Slice is also my boss!!).

Please let me know if you have tried anywhere that compares?

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  1. Hello,
    I just thought I would send you a short message to say how much I look forward to reading your reviews on walks and restaurant/ cafes.
    We have tried a lot of both.
    I just wondered if you have tried Hylton Castle for afternoon tea.
    We had a lovely afternoon tea in Hylton Castle. Only £10 a head. Veggie option available but need to preorder.
    They also do a tour.

    It’s well worth a visit.
    Regards from
    Judy ☕️🍰

    1. Hi Judy. Thanks so much for your message! Its those little comments that keep me motivated to do this so thank you! As for Hylton Castle, I have not yet been since it finally opened! But I will try and get booked in ASAP

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