We planned a little reunion for our flat last year, and since The Stable has a few branches dotted around, I’d heard good things about it. I was super excited to go and smash some pizzas and a few ciders. A cider a day…
So, yeah, like I said, they do pizza (gluten free available, kiddies!)…
And cider. Lots and lots and lots of cider…
Being in Somerset, there are a lot of ciders here. They also use Bath Pig Co., which is a brand that I worked with at my last job, so I know just how good they are! Oh, the benefits of being out here.
We’d planned this for a Tuesday, and coincidentally, that’s when ‘Tuck in Tuesdays’ was. A deal where a pizza or pie, side salad and half a pint of cider was all ten pounds. Considering a lot of the pizzas were already over a tenner, this was a steal. You got a discounted pizza PLUS FREE THINGS!
I’d been told the pies here are absolutely amazing, so if you come, don’t rule them out! I had my heart set on the special – The Game Guinea, but sadly it wasn’t included in the Tuck in Tuesdays deal, and I was too proud to give in.
Bottled ciders aren’t included in the deal, but don’t worry, you still have PLENTY to choose from..
Since I have absolutely zero knowledge about ciders (I know I like them sparkling, sweet and yummy), I asked the waitress what I should go for, and she suggested an off-the-menu cider, the Devon Red. It was made with raspberries and strawberries. Mmmm.
Everyone was extremely pleased. Pass them a cider and they’re won over. We loved this place already.
For the side salads, there’s a big bowl and you can just go and fill it up as you please.
And that’s exactly what we did.
But let’s not lie, I didn’t come here for a salad (although actually the salads on the menu looked pretty good). I came for a pizza. I’m not going to lie – the veggie pizzas actually looked insane. I would be the happiest veggie alive if I came here. Our resident veggies, Nico and Ingrid, went for exactly what I would have gone for – Billy The Kid. Rosary goats’ cheese, caramelised onion, field mushrooms, fresh spinach leaves, tomato and mozzarella, topped with roasted hazelnuts.
Alina also went for a veggie pizza, The Fitzwilliam – herb roasted potatoes, local blue cheese, roasted Spanish onions, English spinach, tomato and mozzarella.
Katie was a girl after my own heart and got The Lamb Roast – Marinated local lamb, mint, Ford Farm goats’ milk cheddar, thyme roasted sweet potato, roast onions, tomato and mozzarella.
I was leaning towards so many different pizzas, but the waitress put an end to my decisions and told me exactly what was best. I was therefore one of the boys (again) and we all had The Longhorn Jim – Marinated Longhorn ground beef, Bath Pig Co. chorizo, field mushrooms, roasted red onions, tomato and mozzarella with smoked West Country ham. It would have been better if the ham was cut up, but hey ho. I’m a sucker for a full meat pizza.
Let’s get a close-up of this baby.
Charlie went for a beef stout and horseradish pie, which she confirmed was so, so good. Sided with toasted potato wedges and salad. I wish I’d split a pizza and a pie!
There’s always the polite wait for everyone’s food to arrive. It didn’t take long for everyone to dive in.
We were all ready to go.
There was no holding me back. Such a carnivore.
I was a little sad that I didn’t discover the garlic oil and chilli oil until I’d demolished my food. There’s always next time, Bianca, always next time.
As the night went on, so did the cider. You can get cider tasting boards with 5 different 1/3 pint ciders of your choice, or they can recommend what to get based on what you like.
You start from left to right, dry cider to sweet cider.
They write down everything you’re tasting so you can have a reference. And order more if you like it.
Everyone quickly became cider experts.
I was craving something sweet, so we all ordered some dessert. Joe went for the Apple Crumble with Clotted Cream. He said it was alright, nothing to write home about.
I went for the Cheesecake – baked caramelised apple and ginger cheesecake topped with pecan praline, served with chocolate toffee sauce and clotted cream. I really, really enjoyed mine. If you’re going to get a dessert, this is a winner. I saw a warm chocolate brownie on the menu as well, and you can never go wrong with that!
Ingrid got the Pizza Pudding – hazelnut chocolate and mascarpone pizza. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty disappointed with it. I expected it to be like the one at Ping, which was amazing.
He, of course, got a tasting board, followed by a delicious West Country Porker in the Tuck in Tuesdays deal! Award-winning Bath Pig Co. chorizo, tomato and mozzarella, topped with peppery rocket.
I thought it was my time to shine and asked for that Guinea Fowl special that I wanted. Alas, my luck ran out, and they were out of it. I think I nearly wept. With a heavy heart, I went for a Billy the Kid.