Well, wasn’t there some drama in the Bake Off last night?! My best friend Lu came over for a catch up so I made us veggie burgers and sweet potato wedges and an incredibly sickly chocolate cake to get us in the mood for the icy stares of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood…anyone think Mezza Bezza has turned in to such a villain this series?!
I wish I could accompany these pictures with a lovely recipe but to be honest, I had a very lazy bake thanks to good old Betty Crocker!
Today’s restaurant review is actually from a visit a few weeks ago but it was that good I still remember every bite!
The Stable is a South-West chain of restaurants specialising in three things: pizza, pies and cider. Whilst I love a menu bursting with tempting dishes to order, I also admire a restaurant that has the guts to limit themselves to a few items but done incredibly well…it seems to be working for all these burger chains that are everywhere at the moment!
Located in the old Hole in the Wall restaurant, The Stable is cosy and has a really friendly and relaxed atmosphere. I visited with my Mum and Ian for dinner and we managed to get a booth for optimum people watching.
We started with a cider each and the menu for these was pretty impressive. My Mum opted for something sweet with berries, Ian had some true Somerset Scrumpy and I chose a ginger and chili sweet cider which was delicious.
The menu was so tempting but in the end Ian and I ordered pizzas and my Mum had one of their pies.
The pizzas have an amazing sourdough base and the toppings are really inventive and much more interesting than your usual options. I had The Lamb Roast which included roasted lamb, goats milk cheddar, thyme-roasted sweet potato chunks, caramelised onions, tomato and mozzarella. This reminded me of a really good flatbread and it was honestly one of the best pizzas I have ever had.
Ian surprised me slightly by going for a veggie option, The Fitzwilliam. This was topped with herb-roasted potatoes, Bath blue cheese, caramelised onions, spinach, tomato and mozzarella. We swapped a slice of our pizzas and his was really good too.
Like me, my Mum is a fan of a good, hearty pie and she ordered the Chicken, Leek and Ham with a thyme crust served with chunky potato wedges, salad, chutney and a seriously good picked onion. The pie was really good but it does feel like they have taken something traditional and hearty and tried to make it a bit posh by putting it on a trendy serving platter with some salad…what’s wrong with good old mash and gravy?!
We also had unlimited bowls of salad and didn’t realise until the bill came that Tuesday nights had an offer which meant a pizza or a pie and a cider was just £10!
Overall, I cannot recommend this place enough for a good pizza and a pint of local cider. If you go on Tuesdays you get a bit of a bargain but for the quality of the ingredients and range of drinks, I would eat here any night of the week! x