Pizza is one of the Nations favourite dishes. There are so many variations we are spoilt for choice which makes it all that more exciting. The only draw back is that some restaurants don’t offer a large variety and instead just stick to the well known options. I was fortunate enough to visit a fabulous restaurant called The Stable in Whitechapel and it was inspiring to say the least. I love to make pizzas at home as many of you will have seen from my own recipes that I post and I love to try combinations that you won’t get in your run of the mill Italian restaurant. The Stable was perfect for that with their wide selection of pizzas to choose from. Let’s face it it isn’t often you get to chose from a range of pizzas including one with marinated Dorset lamb or even jerk chicken. For the not so adventurous don’t worry they have some basics on there for you too. I’m sure I’ve got the attention of all the meat eaters by now but vegetarians and vegans don’t despair, the main menu also includes vegetarian options and there is even a vegan menu. I should add these pizzas have sour dough bases which are something you really must try.
Having introduced a new menu in March these guys were keen to have me come and try their food and as the food sounded so good I simply couldn’t resist.
Along I went with a friend on a Tuesday evening, wow it was really popular. There were quite a few people when arrived at 7pm and it was only when we looked at the menu I discovered they do a great offer ever Tuesday called Tuck in Tuesday. This offer entitles you to a pizza from the menu provided, a side salad and a drink for just £10.
The main menu doesn’t only consist of pizzas, dinners can also select from a range of pies and salads. Everything sounded so tasty and you can tell that the menu was put together by foodies who like to experiment and try new flavours and have a great understanding of flavours that work well. This place isn’t just known for their food they also have 80 different types of cider. For those that want to try a range of these ciders you can get a selection of 5 different ciders to try you just tell them what type you prefer, still, sparkling, dry etc. The Stable are also child friendly with a children’s menu also available. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible and they work closely with suppliers to maintain great quality food and drink. The venue in Whitechapel is nice and relaxed and appears to be a pretty trendy venue.
We wanted to do the cider tasting but as neither of us are heavy drinkers so we asked if we could try about 5ml of 5 different ciders from the range they had available. The cider tasting normally includes 5 full little glasses of 5 different ciders and costs around £8 which really is a bargain.
Our tasting consisted of:
Okay so I know they were teeny tiny amounts but the staff humoured us without giggling and we had one of these each which was more than enough for us to get a taste of each of the ciders. Normally I enjoy the sweet fruity ciders and don’t try any others but this opened my eyes to a whole new world of cider which I must admit I did really enjoy.
This was very easy to drink. I loved the sparkle to it and that it was light and sweet. You sure can taste the flavour of the apple and this was lovely and refreshing, a great one to drink with a meal.
The cider was still and had more of a sour apple flavour. I really enjoyed this one too and could have quite easily filled up the cute little cup and drunk a whole one.
The cider was smooth, sweet and citrusy. It had a lovely refreshing sparkle to it and again was extremely easy to drink.
This had the most fabulous aroma like an apple and rhubarb pie. It was as if someone had dissolved some of those rhubarb and custard sweets into the cider. It really was tasty and nice and sweet which I loved.
This cider had a strong colour. It was sweet and fruity and very good. This too was sparkling and had a smooth apple flavour that was not at all tart or very citrusy.
The ciders were all lovey and if I hadn’t felt so tired that day I might had considered having half a pint of a flavour I hadn’t tried yet. The prices for the ciders were very good with half a pint costing just £2.50/££2.75 and a pint £5.00/£5.50.
The starter didn’t take long to arrive which was good as I had started sampling the ciders on an empty stomach, opsy. Well I simply couldn’t resist.
Cured Meats and Cheese (shared)
This consisted of air-dried pork loin and coppa from Capreolus of Dorset with a selection of three West Country cheeses: Wookey Hole aged cheddar, Rosary goats’ cheese and Dorset Blue Vinney. With pickled cucumber, tomato chutney and Peter’s Yard sourdough crackers.
The cheeses all had contrasting flavours and textures and the meats were both mouthwateringly tasty and went well with all the cheeses, the chutney and the crackers. The chutney really does pack a flavourful punch with a mix of spices and a welcome sweetness. You can tell from the appearance and taste that these ingredients are all good quality and we found the portion size to be fair. The items gave a range of delicious flavour combinations.
Side Salad (shared)
Mixed leaf salad, cucumber and tomato, with house Dijon dressing. This was fresh and the dressing was very light you couldn’t really taste the dijon. It made a nice refreshing addition to the meal.
The Longhorn Jim
Marinated Longhorn ground beef, Bath Pig chorizo, field mushrooms, roasted red onions, tomato sauce and mozzarella. Topped with West Country smoked ham. A great mix of flavours that really work well together. The texture and flavour of the mushrooms and beef add to the pizza nicely. The pieces of chorizo are not too thin adding further texture and an additional burst of rich meatiness and you get a lovely creamy texture from the cheese. The base also gives an additional flavour of its own. There wasn’t much ham on the pizza but the over all amount of toppings was good. The ingredients are clearly fresh and the pizza really was yummy.
The Blazing Saddle
Slow-roasted pulled beef, Denhay Farm dry-cured bacon, caramelised onions, roasted red peppers, tomato sauce and mozzarella. Topped with sour cream and jalapeños (optional). This Mexican influenced pizza combines ingredients that naturally go well together. The pulled beef really works beautifully here. The caramelised onions add a touch of sweetness, the bacon saltiness and the jalapenos a nice kick so the taste sensors are stimulated by various flavours with each mouthful. This too is a great pizza that all meat lovers must try.
The pizzas were served with pizza cutters which made them so much faster and easier to cut a good thing if you are hungry and you will be once you see these.
We didn’t make it to dessert but might make an attempt to at a later date as we still have many more ciders and pizzas to try.
This is a great place to dine and visit for drinks with family and friends. These guys clearly do make a great effort in their flavour combinations for their foods and the effort pays off as everything we tried was lovely. Prices are reasonable and they have 17 locations around the UK so you are bound to be located near to one of them.
If your in the area or have another branch you can get to easily you must try them out! They also cater for various food intolerances so be sure to let them know if it applies to you as they are more than happy to help.
Have you visited The Stable yet?
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