I was recently invited to try out The Stable in Poole. I’d visited The Stable previously as a guest at their opening party but was excited to go back.
Unfortunately the day we chose was grey and overcast so I can’t show you Poole Quay at its best but if you’d like to see it in all it’s beautiful blue glory, check out Lucy’s post about it as she went the weekend before when it was wonderfully sunny!
Poole Quay is beautiful and full of character. There’s loads of interesting looking buildings and pubs. Even though it’s not far from our house, it’s not somewhere we go often but Nick is desperate to come back with his dad for a pub crawl!
It’s also home to luxury yacht builders, Sunseeker, so it’s always fun to have a good oggle at the ridiculously opulent boats and talk about the extravagant cinema you’d build on your imaginary future lottery-funded purchase!
The Stable itself is in an awesome old building and is bursting with character. Their speciality is pizza, pies & cider. They use locally sourced ingredients and everything from their pizza base to their chilli oil is made from scratch. As such, the menus vary slightly at each location depending on what’s available locally. This is how every single restaurant in the country should be operating.
I chose a ‘Billy the Kid’ pizza which was topped with goats cheese, caramelised onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomato & roasted hazelnuts and Nick had the ‘Sandbanks Scorcher’ which had pork, chillies, red onion, basil, mushrooms, tomato and mozzarella. To accompany, Nick had a cider tasting board and I had a delicious carbonated apple and elderflower.
Now, down to the nitty gritty. I feel I have to be honest here but as beautiful as my pizza looked, I wasn’t a fan. I’m all for thin crust but when it’s thinner than a Jacob’s cream cracker and slices the roof of your mouth, I think it’s a step too far. I also wasn’t a fan of having hazelnuts on top of my pizza as it just made the texture a bit odd. And personally, I find their tomato base tastes far too strongly of oregano and it kind of overpowers the other flavours.
But I really don’t want to put anyone off going and trying it for themselves. It’s really just a matter of personal taste. In fact, the guy sat next to us told us it was the best pizza he’s ever eaten. I think the concept of The Stable is wonderful and I love the idea of fresh, local ingredients and it really showed in the taste of the pizza. Maybe next time I visit I’ll give one of the pies a go as I saw someone order one and it looked amazing.
If you want to visit, The Stable have 6 locations across the south: Bath, Weymouth, Poole, Bristol, Bridport & Fistral Beach in Newquay