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I managed to completely miss out on any news about the opening of The Stable, Bristol’s newest addition to the waterfront, so when my friend @sirjamesob mentioned it the other day, he took great pleasure in winding me up about the fact that he knew about a new Bristol eatery before me.
Normally I’d tell him to bugger off, but this time I was far too excited about what he’d just told me – a restaurant specialising in home made, stone baked pizzas, who also offer an enormous array of cider. It’s like they’d got into my head and gone “What are some of Meg’s favourite things? Oh, pizza and cider you say? Let’s smash them together and open a restaurant!” Surely it was too good to be true?!
Well my friends, I’m extremely pleased to say that no, it’s not too good to be true! The Stable does actually exist in real life (not just in my head!), in fact it’s now operating out of the old Chicago Rock cafe next door to the Watershed, and not only do they do absolutely banging pizzas, but they do the biggest selection of cider I’ve ever seen. It’s like a grown up playground…seriously.
We popped down on Tuesday night, and managed to grab a table outside. The decor in The Stable is very simple and very rustic – lots of bare walls, candles everywhere and big long wooden benches, meaning everyone sits together – I really like this.
Now when I say they have a huge range of cider I’m not joking. It’s pretty overwhelming, so noticing our baffled faces, the bar man promptly asked us what sort of ciders we liked and pulled us a few tasters. I’m normally a Thatchers kinda gal, so he recommended a medium Ashridge cider, which despite looking suspiciously murky was absolutely delicious. Suspiciously dangerous too, I imagine, as it tastes like apple juice but packs a punch at 6% – nice!
And the pizzas? Possibly one of the best I’ve had in Bristol (on a par with Pizza Monkey!) but the selection is varied and actually quite unusual. You can get your classics – Will went for the West Country Porker, which is cheese and Bath Pig Chorizo – but there are some really exciting combos too. I went for the Lamb Roast, which included minted lamb, sweet potatoes, caramelised red onions and sheep’s cheese, which was SUCH a good combination. I’ve only had sheep’s cheese a couple of times before, but it’s lovely and tangy, which worked so well with the other toppings. Next time I’m going to opt for the seafood option, which includes smoked mackerel, smoked salmon, marinated spinach and mozzarella.
I really can’t rave about The Stable enough, and have already been sussing out my next visit. The food’s great, the cider’s great and the atmosphere is just lovely. It’s also really brilliant to see somewhere setting up on the Waterfront that’s not a bit of a dive (sorry to be snobby folks, but you know what I mean). If this weather carries on it’s highly likely that The Stable’s going to become my favourite ‘drink-after-work??’ spot, and if the weather doesn’t last?? Well…I’ll just go and sit inside!