We were very excited when we discovered that a branch of The Stable had opened up in Winchester. The Stable are a chain of restaurants that offer artisan pizza and pies as well as traditional ciders. We’ve been to The Stable in Poole, and the Winchester branch did not disappoint
Friendly staff, a great atmosphere, plenty of space and very welcoming to families and young children. The only snag is, if you don’t like pizza, pies or cider, this probably isn’t for you, although there are salads, as an alternative, available.
Overall score: 17/20 Got time to read more? Let’s break it down…
I love this menu, but then I love pizza. There’s an excellent selection of pizzas with a twist and delicious looking pies.
The children’s menu is a little plainer, with simple Hawaiian or cheese and tomato pizza, as you may expect and I think that’s a safe bet and there’s plenty for them to choose from.
The cider menu is brilliant. Dry to sweet ciders in differing strengths, perries and traditional ciders, and a very clear labelling system so you know exactly what you’re drinking and how strong it is.
There are a couple of different salads for those who don’t want pizza but the menu is mainly pizza and pies.
Each menu is slightly different and has specialities depending on which branch you are in. I love this idea, as it keeps that local and original feel. At Winchester it’s the Wooly Wintonian on offer.
There’s a good range of desserts and some really interesting variations on the classics.
Food: What did I have?
- Barkham Blues Pizza – I love blue cheese but this wasn’t quite strong enough for me. I’m really undecided as to whether potato should be on a pizza and it did work to a point but after a while there’s just too much bread and potato. Perhaps slices of potato would work better, rather than chunks. The base of these pizzas is beautifully thin and clearly hand-made each time.
- Lemon Meringue Pizza – This was amazing. I’m not sure I really need to say anymore, it sounds kooky, but you have to try it. Lemon curd spread across a wafer thin base with raspberry sauce and crumbled meringue. Yum!
- Black Rat Perry – A really light sparkling perry that I could easily have drunk far too much of. I had a half and would definitely have this again.
- Decaffeinated Americano – Americano again, you know how I feel about these, but hey they were able to provide me with a decaffeinated version so I can’t complain too much.
Overall, great base on the pizza and fantastic dessert and cider that is way too quaffable!
You order your food at the bar and are given a number. The system is very efficient, the staff are very helpful, friendly and cheery, even on a very busy Saturday. They were happy to accommodate the push chair at the table and very patient. You are not hassled once you are finished and are free to stay and chat, have a few more drinks and leave in your own time. I can’t fault them.
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