Eats and treats

The Stable – Dorset, Poole Quay

The Stable on Poole Quay is the latest addition to the small chain of Stable pizza and cider restaurants. Effectively they are cider houses serving their own unique style of pizza on a thin, crispy organic sourdough base. Additionally there are salads and pies, but the pizzas are likely to be the draw for foodys. As far as is possible only locally sourced ingredients are used.

We appreciated the friendly welcome and warm, cosy atmosphere. As we were eating early we had a choice of tables and opted for a window table on the ground floor giving us views out over the water. But we could also have gone upstairs where the chefs work in their open kitchen.

Jill tried the ‘The Purbeck Pescatarian’ – Jackson’s smoked mackerel, smoked salmon, marinated spinach, tomato and mozzarella, topped with fresh parsley and lemon. I eventually decided (a difficult choice given the range) upon ‘The Billy the Kid’ – Rosary goats’ cheese, caramelised onions, field mushrooms, fresh spinach leaves, tomato and mozzarella and topped with those roasted hazelnuts. Average price per pizza £10.50. Both were delicious and the toppings very generous.

Ciders at The Stable

But don’t let the food divert you from the drinks. The Poole Stable sports some 30 bottled, 17 still and 9 sparkling ciders! Not sure which to try? The helpful bar staff let you try samples to aid your choice. We actually opted for the cider tasting board, five one third pints of different ciders which proved an excellent way of beginning to explore the available range.

Not enough room left for a pud? We hadn’t. In that case by way of a final treat why not have an apple brandy with your coffee? I had a nip of the 15-year Somerset Alchemy apple brandy; delightfully smooth.

Each Stable restaurant has its own character. They are located in Bristol, Bridport, Weymouth, Bath and now Poole – an excellent addition opposite the Sea Music sculpture to busy, vibrant Poole Quay.

The Stable, Poole Quay, 2 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW. Tel: 01202 661471.

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