I had a very rare but very delightful moment to grab a quick lunch with my husband on a Friday while the kids were at school and we headed off to the Stable in Poole for a tasty look at their summer menu.
The Stable restaurants started in deepest Dorset with a passion for great food and local produce (I like it already!). A successful mix of great cider and delicious pizzas and pies meant that the Stable was able to expand across the South of the UK, but they are careful to make sure that each restaurants uses products local to the restaurant with regional menus and topping variations.
The Poole Stable is set right on the quay and is casually decorated with wooden floors and tables and a lovely large bar to stock all that cider! We decided to try a couple of their sourdough pizzas, made fresh to order in house with their handmade tomato sauce and a whole host of local toppings. We sampled a couple of seasonal specials – the Duck Norris (slow roasted duck with hoisin sauce and fresh cucumber and edamame beans) and the King Crabber (slightly spiced crab topped a garlic aioli and fresh lemon) . With toppings piled high and a nice a crispy base, the pizzas really hit the spot!
The Stable also specialise in their ciders, with over 50 ciders available at any time, all of which are made from 100% apple and sourced by scouring the country and high and low to source the best brews to bring to their restaurants. They also have a Cider Master on hand to help with you choose one to suit your tastes and I tried a cider that had been made in the same way that they make champagne – it was super dry and clean tasting, just what I look for in a cider. Andy tried a cider that had hints of rhubarb and Andy isn’t usually a cider drinker but he loved his unique drink.
They also have a fine range of pies and fresh salads (again full of locally sourced ingredients), as well as great gluten free options and a whole vegan menu. Prices for pizzas average about £12 a pizza and £11 a pie. Ciders are about £4 a pint.
The Stable is a great example of a successful chain of restaurants that have not forgotten their local roots. With handmade products, full of local ingredients, you can’t go wrong!
The Poole Stable
2 High Street
Poole, BH15 1BW
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