Last month saw the launch of The Stable on the ground floor of the Admiral building on Bridge Street, Cardiff (opposite Barrack Lane). I went along with a friend, but I’m a bit late in blogging about it as I’ve had so many blog posts to write lately. Nevertheless, I was quite impressed by the food and drink I tried and so this restaurant is definitely still deserving of a mention!
Best-known for its award-winning pizza, pies and cider, The Stable has 13 locations throughout the UK including Bath, Bristol, Birmingham and Plymouth. The restaurant was established in 2009 by husband-and-wife duo Richard and Nikki Cooper, who quit their careers in the music industry in London and moved into a dilapidated hotel in Bridport, Dorset. The hotel had an old stable at the rear, which the Coopers renovated with the help of Richard’s school-friend, Martin.
Being in Dorset, there was no shortage of quality cider from independent, small scale producers, as well as fresh food from nearby suppliers (it’s no surprise that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall set up River Cottage just down the road!) When Richard’s brother Andy (who also happened to be a chef) returned from Australia, the trio began focusing on freshly baked pizza with a range of unique, quintessentially ‘British’ toppings. It was here that The Stable was born!
Inside, the restaurant has a casual atmosphere with wooden flooring, chalkboards and bench-like seating creating a relaxed vibe. All of The Stable’s restaurants are still built by Martin, the very same school-friend that helped to build the original stable.
Every branch has a different menu, depending on the produce and cider available locally. The focus is predominantly on pizza but there are also a variety of pies available, in addition to a handful of salads (although, I wouldn’t recommend coming here if all you want to eat is a salad!)
The Cardiff pizza menu includes tasty numbers like the Wooly Welshman (pictured below), topped with marinated lamb, mint, Y Cwt Caws goats’ cheese, feta, thyme roasted sweet potato, roasted onions, fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella (£11.50).
The sourdough base is incredibly light and crispy, while the minted lamb and sweet potato tastes delicious laden with cheese. I’d never think of putting these toppings together on a pizza, but it really works!
Meanwhile, the Longhorn Jim was topped with succulent Longhorn ground beef, Trealy Farm chorizo and beech-smoked air-dried ham, field mushrooms, roasted red onions, fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella (£13.50).
We also sampled a ‘roast dinner’ pizza topped with roast potatoes, sliced turkey, sausage meat and cranberry sauce, although this isn’t on the standard menu and so I suspect it was a festive special. Unusual to say the least, this actually tasted pretty good but I don’t think I could eat more than a couple of slices in one go; the topping was a little too rich and heavy for me.
To quench our thirst, we sipped on a glass of cider chosen from a seemingly never-ending selection available at the bar. Don’t ask me what it was called, but it was lovely – crisp, refreshing and slightly sweet.
Now, all that’s left to try is the pie – the perfect excuse for another visit to The Stable!
Ty Admiral House
(029) 2022 1721
I was invited to The Stable as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary. However, I was not obliged to write a positive review.
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