With 13 restaurants across the south east and solid track record of restaurant opening success, The Stable is one of the hottest food concepts in the market at the moment. Although, pizza, pies and cider may not seem like the most likely of bed fellows, The Stable’s combination of all three has helped build a cult following of diners from across the country.
It has now set its eyes on the Capital in the trendy area of Whitechapel. The Stable’s popularity stems from locally sourced ingredients and lovingly restored venues. In stark contrast to its Dorset origins, how does The Stable fare in its new London location?
Having acquired the restaurant for The Stable, we were familiar with the location in a hip part of town that was once occupied by the Rhythm Factory Nightclub. We were however pleased to see its transformation to a restaurant, with its on-trend modern décor of exposed brickwork and industrial sized windows.
The Stable has a whole menu devoted to over eighty ciders from the West Country. We opted for a Cider tasting board to go with our meal which did not disappoint – a range of five small ciders of our choice, from sparkling to cloudy, sharp to sweet. Staff were happy to advise on which ciders would work best with which pizzas.
Other pizza chains have established sourdough as the go-to pizza base for self-respecting hipsters across London and it could be asked what The Stable is bringing to the table that’s new. It is however a winning formula. Their speciality sourdough pizzas are crisp, as expected, with vast amounts of toppings that rival the capacious surroundings.
We tried The Blazing Saddle pizza which was delicious. Topped with tomato sauce, slow roasted pulled beef, smoked bacon, caramelised onions, roasted red peppers and mozzarella, we were not disappointed with the generous size or the flavours of the pizza.
Sticklers for great pizza, the Lunson Mitchenall team rather let the pies fall by the wayside. How could we resist the equally delectable Longhorn Jim, with many Dorset-sourced ingredients including Longhorn ground beef, chorizo, beech smoked air dried ham, field mushrooms, roasted red onions, fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella.
And it was smiles all round, with our gluten-free guest pleased to see that gluten-free pizzas are available, in addition to the salads and side dishes on offer.
Never one to turn down a dessert we opted to share a large homemade chocolate and hazelnut pizza pudding which rivalled its sour dough contemporaries with its generous toppings of dark chocolate and hazelnut spread.
The tantalising food menu, with pizzas that exceeded our expectations, and a vast range of ciders will cement The Stable as one of the go-to restaurants in Whitechapel. With its new London postcode and quality food offer, The Stable has been able to take its brand to the next level and we look forward to working with the team to find other new and exciting locations for everyone’s favourite pizza, pie and cider concept.
The Stable, 16-18 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1EW
Lunson Mitchenall continue to advise The Stable on its acquisitions and acted on behalf of The Stable in the deal which was the assignment on the former Rhythm Factory which compromises of over 5,000 sq ft of space in the heart of East London.