I couldn’t believe that The Stable Birmingham had been serving up pizza and cider for a year, and I hadn’t even been until this week. Shoddy right?! I rectified that by heading to their blogger night on Monday to try out their new pizza menu and have a mini cider tasting session.
I went down for a 7:30pm start and was greeted with a lovely glass of Cornish blush cider, full of lovely berry sweetness with a refreshing edge.
To kick off proceedings we had a cured meat and Cornish cheese board which tasted as good as it looked. The meat was sliced thick, just how I like it, and had plenty of flavour. There were three cheeses to choose from, a rich, creamy goats cheese (my favourite of the three), a sharp, crumbly, hard cheese, and a blue. I’m not usually a big fan of blue cheese, but the flavour of this one was quite subtle, and I really enjoyed it. The board came with a little pot of spiced mango chutney which went really well with the hard cheese. We even remarked that the crackers were really good, so we were off to a great start.
It wasn’t long before the whole table was full of different pizzas. We got to try out the Big Jerk, with loads of spicy jerk chicken and fresh spring onion.
The Nduja Like It, with soft, spicy nduja sausage, mushrooms and buffalo mozarella.
The West Country Porker, with Bath Pig chorizo, mozzarella and rocket.
And my personal favourite, Billy The Kidd, with goats cheese, mushrooms, caramelised onions, spinach and roasted hazelnuts.
We also got to try out some of the Stable salads, first up a smoked salmon salad dressed with sunflower seeds.
And a quinoa salad, which looked super healthy!
All the food was really fresh, and you could tell. What I really enjoyed about the pizzas in particular were the big flavours and the thin, crispy bases. The Big Jerk pizza was really good, an unusual choice of topping, but it worked so well. The Billy The Kidd was my star of the night though, the roasted hazelnuts really complimented the other flavours and gave it a lift.
The Stable also have a great selection of vegan pizzas, so dairy free diners can join in on the pizza goodness.
After we’d finished stuffing our faces, we were presented with a flight of cider to taste. The Stable are, according to the manager, the only venue in Birmingham to serve unfiltered cider, and they have a bloody impressive selection of ciders both local and from further afield.
We had 5 to sample: Hogans draught, Hogans Wild Elder, Robinsons Flagon, Devon Red and Gwatkins No Bull.
My top three were the Hogans Draught, which is a really traditional tasting, farmy cider. You get a sweet hay-like smell on the nose, and the flavour just tastes of summer days, sat in a field. Lovely!
Hogans Wild Elder was my favourite of the night. As you may guess from the name, this cider is infused with elderflower and elderberry, giving it a gorgeous floral flavour with just a hint of bitterness.
Then the other I really enjoyed was Robinson’s Flagon, made from only traditional cider apples, no cooking or eating apples, so it had a really good, refreshing apple flavour.
We finished the evening with a sample of The Stable cider sorbet. This was so lovely and refreshing, there was also talk of making this into cider slushies in summer, which is exciting!
There was so much pizza left over we ended up taking some home in boxes, so I’ve been eating pizza all week and absolutely loving it!
If you’re looking for a relaxed, casual place with good food and great quality drinks, I can’t recommend The Stable enough! Fancy getting a pizza the action? (see what I did there…) You can book a table online.
Disclaimer: I attended The Stable as a guest, so my drinks and food were complimentary, many thanks to the team there. Despite this, all food was served as it would be to a paying customer, and I was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are, as always, my own!