Notwithstanding my near-legendary love of steak, there’s one food that’s guaranteed to put a smile on my face: pizza. Not the sort you get delivered in blue-and-white boxes when you’ve had a few too many drinks, mind you; I’m talking about real pizza. Having been willingly educated by my Sicilian and Italian friends, I settle for nothing less than the real thing: fresh dough hand-stretched almost paper-thin, creamy mozzarella and tasty toppings. So imagine my delight at finding all this and more when I went for lunch at The Stable.
A small family of restaurants with locations across the south-west, the first Stable opened in 2006, in an outbuilding (hence the name) at the Bull Hotel in Bridport, Dorset – a converted 16th century coaching inn. Bath is their sixth venue and can be found in the old Hole in the Wall on George Street. Invitingly located in a cool basement level with terracotta floor tiles, exposed stonework and angled sunlight from Georgian period windows, the Stable is an ideal retreat from the heat and humidity of a blistering summers day.
Warmly welcomed and promptly seated, my companion and I turned our attention to the menu, to discover a tempting selection of local-themed pizzas, plus salads and pies for those after something a little different. Service was prompt and friendly, and peace reigned once ‘The Lamb Roast’ and ‘The Pump Room Piggy’ arrived at our table, served on individual boards with the choice of slicing wheels or cutlery. No surprise that I opted to slice and set-to with my fingers!
There’s plenty going on at the Stable, from ‘Tuck In Tuesday’ – pizza, salad and a soft drink for £10! – to live music every Wednesday evening. Add in a scrumptious cider menu and there’s something for everyone. But don’t panic if you’re spoilt for choice when you get to the bar! Ask for a tasting board and you’ll be presented with your chosen five ciders in a rack of 1/3-pint glasses. You’re bound to find a new favourite.
Stable love to promote our region’s delicious fresh produce – something we have in common here at Three Abbey Green. Several of the ciders served at the Stable are produced by Orchard Pig, a familiar name to any who have stayed with us and sampled their delicious apple juice at breakfast. So for those of you whose spouses come to Bath to shop ’til they drop, why not come along and engage in a bit of cider tourism? If you don’t fancy France for Champagne or Bordeaux, come to Bath, where be the best ciders in the land!