If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I am a great lover of pizza. What you may not know is that I am also a great lover of cider and there is one restaurant chain, where my two loves of pizza and cider collide and that is at The Stable. The Stable was set up in 2009 in Dorset by Richard and Nikki Cooper. They wanted to create a place where they could sell local produce at prices everyone could afford. Since 2009, the idea have grown and they now have 17 branches across the country. Their most northerly branch currently is Birmingham, which is local to me so that is where we went for our review.
A few years ago, when visiting Poole, we happened upon The Stable branch and had a quick meal there. I was very impressed with the food at the time and did not realise it was a chain until I saw it was opening in Birmingham last year. I did go along to The Stable’s opening event in Birmingham last summer but it never made the blog due to Thomas’ accident. When we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the manager and the staff and sat at a quiet table near the back of the restaurant. The staff knew we were reviewing and offered us waitress service, although customers usually go to the bar to order their drinks and meals. For a shared starter, we opted for garlic bread with cheese. I loved the strong taste of garlic and the creaminess of the cheese, however Thomas and Daniel were put off slightly by the ‘green bits.’
For my main, I chose the ‘The Big Jerk’ pizza which was topped with marinated jerk-chicken, Denhay Farm dry-cured bacon, roasted red peppers, red onion, tomato sauce and mozzarella and finished with chopped spring onions. The pizza was marked as spicy on the menu but with only one chilli picture next to it, I did not expect it to be that bad. However, in some spots it was very spicy and I did have to drink more cider to cool my mouth down a bit! I did not mind too much but if you are not really a fan of my spicy food then this might be one to avoid. The bacon was cooked to perfection and cut into large lardons on the pizza. The spring onions gave added zing and freshness to the pizza. I would eat this again!
My dad’s main was the ‘The Steak Out’ pie which was beef, mushroom, stout and horseradish pie served with roasted potatoes, pickled onion and tomato chutney. The pie looked amazing and was very good, according to my dad. The roasted potatoes were wedges and were absolutely massive. A very large and delicious portion. Thomas and Daniel had the Margherita pizza from the Kids Menu with some salad bites. They enjoyed their pizzas but yet again, asked what the ‘green bits’ were. You can ask the staff to cook them without the basil and I will be doing this from on.
For my dessert, I had the home made apple and blackberry crumble pie, served with clotted cream. The crumble was lovely but there was not quite enough filling for me. Thomas had the chocolate brownie from the kids menu which he loved but struggled to finish as it was a large portion. Daniel had a scoop of chocolate ice cream and I also had a cheeky scoop of the Cornish Orchards Cider sorbet which was very refreshing and a great way to end the meal.
Once our food had gone down slightly, Jon the manager brought us over a cider tasting board which he designed specially for us. On our board was, Hogans Draught Cider (which we had been drinking since we arrived), Hogans Wild Elder, Robinson’s Flagan, Devon Red and finally No Bull. They went up in strength as we went along and the last one, No Bull was 12% in alcoholic strength and tasted almost like wine. Our favourite was the Robinson’s Flagan as it had a lovely round taste but was not too strong. It was also reasonably local too as it was from Tewkesbury in Worcestershire.
Overall, we loved our meal at The Stable and have visited again as a family since this review meal. I love the relaxed atmosphere, great food and drink plus the giant chalkboard they have at the back of the restaurant which was perfect for entertaining Thomas and Daniel. I am sure we will be there again at least couple of times in the school summer holidays.
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We were invited to dine as guests of The Stable. All opinions are our own. We were not required to give a positive review.