For those that haven’t been to the stable before it’s a chain of restaurants with sites all over the UK that serves a range of dishes although they are know for their yummy handmade sour dough pizzas, pies and almost endless choice of ciders.
Cider tasting experiences hosted by their cider masters are offered for keen customers and are very popular. The experiences range from cider only (60 minutes, taste 10 ciders – £15 per head), cider and supper (100 minutes, same as the cider only with pizzas thrown in half way – £22.50 per head) and my favourite of all, the ultimate cider experience (150 minutes, taste a range of ciders and apple aperitifs, taste high-end single varieties, dine on handmade sourdough pizzas, feast on cheeses and charcuterie, and enjoy cider brandies with delicious chocolate brownies for dessert. £30 per head).
There are some great menus available aside from their main menu. Go for lunch and you could be tucking into wraps, a selection of pizzas and fresh, tasty salads for just £7. Go along on a Tuesday for their Tuck in Tuesday deal which includes selected pizzas a side salad and drink for £10. On certain evenings there is also live music.
Of course, on our visit we sampled some cider because it would have been rude not too. We tried the cider tasting board with a selection of some of the sweet ones available, our favourite of which was Lilleys Beesting.
Purple Haze (Vegan)
Shredded red cabbage, sweetcorn & sprouting broccoli with fresh chilli,
pine nuts & cherry tomatoes topped with cumin seeds, fresh coriander
and a citrus vinaigrette.
A lovely fresh salad which works great as a starter and has a good mix of ingredients which are all fresh and combine well together. Some of the ingredients were raw and others had been lightly cooked. The cumin seeds add a strong flavour addition but works well here. The perfect dish for vegetarians, vegans and salad lovers.
Sladesdown Duck (NEW)
Smoked duck salad with blood orange, pomegranate seeds and
pine nuts, tossed with watercress, red cabbage and a black garlic,
The duck was moist and tender and makes this a great salad for the carnivores amongst us. The balsamic vinegar marries the flavours together to create a dish that is not only different but also deliciously healthy (when the duck fat is removed). The duck wasn’t just on the top of the salad, chunks were also found hidden within this savoury and sweet, crispy, crunchy, juicy treasure trove.
Mains & Side
Pizzas were being served to dinners all around us and we simply couldn’t resist ordering some ourselves.
Ali Baa Baa
Lamb kofta, feta, mozzarella, oregano and red onion finished with cucumber
ribbons and honey & mint yoghurt.
The size of the pizza was good and the oregano worked well with the lamb which I also noted was lean meat no fatty chunks in site. The pickled cucumber worked well here as did the feta which added a creaminess and saltiness. The flavour and texture of the pizza dough was also very good which adds to the overall pizza.
Rosemary and Thyme Potato Wedges
This side was a healthy sized portion and we just about managed to finish the whole thing. The wedges were extremely large and infused with rosemary. They were not all all greasy which I was pleased about.
June Special (Whiechapel)
Marinated spiced lamb rump on a tomato base with red onion, roasted peppers and mozzarella finished with Lebanese slaw, feta. rocket and garlic Shawarma sauce.
There was a nice heat left in the mouth after each mouthful and there was just the right mount of topping to give a good mix of flavours. The rocket and cabbage gave a nice freshness and crunch, a different combination of ingredients to what many of us are used to but also one that worked exceptionally well. There were pomegranate seeds hidden amongst the other toppings adding a sweet burst of flavour and juiciness which helps balance the heat, the roasted peppers gave a deep rich flavour that adds more layering to the already existing flavours. The pizza was really good and I loved that it was unique!
With salted caramel sauce & clotted cream.
Served warm with a light drizzle of caramel sauce this rich decadent dessert was to be served with clotted cream but when given the choice between that and ice cream we opted for ice cream. The warm rich chocolate brownie works well with the caramel and the ice cream which helps balance the richness.
Cider Poached Pear With Almond & Vanilla Cake (NEW)
With crème fraîche.
Again served warm, the size of the sponge was far larger than expected and had a good flavour. The only disappointing part was that the sponge was too dry although the creme fresh helped here.
The portion sizes were good as were the prices. Stable clearly source good quality ingredients for their dishes as was apparent when they arrived at the table. The presentation was good and everything looked inviting. You have got to go and try their pizzas!!! Out of the two new additions to the menu the vote was unanimous, the duck salad won hands down and is another dish you really should try if you eat meat.
Which dish from those featured do you find most tempting???
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I was invited to The Stable to try out the Spring / Summer menu. All opinions are my own.