I’m really not cool. In fact, I’m geeky and clumsy. I manage to lose control of my limbs in social settings and in some cases, thrown my sunglasses to the ground in awkward silences. Smooth.
So when my lovely work friend invited me to the launch night of a new restaurant on the Bristol Harbourside, I was apprehensive. The Stable a cool new restaurant for Bristol, starting in Dorset now opening their third place, promoting the use of the best of West Country ingredients and ciders.
Armed with a glass of bubbles, we found a spot on the lovely long wooden tables, to take in the atmosphere. Decked out with chunky wooden bars, raised seating areas and band area, industrial lighting and the odd lone star, the spaces doesn’t scream rodeo and bucking broncos – which is definitely a plus. With a name like The Stable the temptation could have been to go over the top on the theme, luckily not a hint of cow print in sight. The odd cute detail I liked was the staff’s t-shirts, on the back labelled ‘Stablehand’.
But let’s get serious I wasn’t here for the cool lighting or clever t-shirts. It was all about the food!
The Stablehands were literally on hand on to pass out an array of delicious pizzas and pies. Using ingredients like Wookey Hole Mature Cheddar and Bath Pig Chorizo you know you’re in for a treat.
Below was The Avon Gorger – Herb roasted potato, local blue cheese, roasted Spanish onions, English spinach, tomato & mozzarella. Delicious, I loved the use of the potatoes on the pizza with the tang of the blue cheese. We also tried The Four Cheese Special with Rosary goats’ cheese, Dorset smoked red, Wookey Hole aged cheddar & local blue cheese. Which again was brilliant, piping hot and full of flavour. Another pizza we managed to grab a slice of was The Portishead Piggy with Smoked Sandridge Farm bacon, local field mushrooms, tomato & mozzarella. Topped with a free-range egg. My slice didn’t have any other the egg on it but the smokey bacon with the mushrooms worked so well.
After having one or two glasses of bubbles and cider we needed more food, which was lucky as the tray of pie came our way. We had the Chicken, Ham and Leek in a thyme crust. It was served with salad, pickled onion & tomato chutney (but normal with herb roasted potatoes as well but it was a fairly scorchio evening!). The pie had a lovely short pastry and clearly used nicely roasted chicken as got big pieces. Only downside, I would of like more sauce in the filling and more fresh leek but still a nice pie.
Whilst talking to people, one dish I was really intrigued by came around. The Pizza Pudding. Hazelnut chocolate & mascarpone pizza. Yum. Maybe something to share with everyone rather than your own, but warm oozing mascarpone with sexy Nutella all over the place- damn it was good. Watching the kitchen was great to see the crew all work hard to get out the pizzas, as well as being generous with the wonderful toppings. The Lunch and Breakfast menu looks great too with an All You Can Eat Toast Bar! Not to mention nearly over 30 locals ciders and cider tasting trays to test out.
The Stable opened yesterday and will be definitely back, to work through all the ciders and pizza toppings. Also survived the event embarrassment free, unusual for me – well maybe not entirely, I did find some mascarpone on my toes and flip-flops when I got home – oops!
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