Ever since launching in Bridport back in 2009, The Stable has enjoyed a long chain of success. Finally, the restaurant is docking in Southampton, making an impact with an energetic and well-prepared launch party that guarantees this venue will be just as big as its previous nine. Founders Richard and Niki Cooper have a passion for bringing the best pizza and ciders they can, and their enthusiasm was shown throughout the evening.
We were graciously thanked and welcomed into the event, being supplied with goody bags and Prosecco. The layout of the room strikes you immediately, with several tables in the middle put together to make one lengthy place to dine. It’s a unique way of seating, you’ll probably be sat next to a stranger but it welcomes the chance to strike up topic with someone new or to grab a slice of their pizza when they’re not looking. The area has a very homely feel to it, thanks to the panelled wood and the low hanging chandeliers, with dim lighting adding to the mood. The waiters and waitresses, known affectionately as the Stablehands were there for our every need and were excellent at spotting when anyone needed a top up of Prosecco. And who could refuse?
Quite possibly the best part of the night was when the food was ready and free pizza was handed round for everyone to try. While maybe nobody said it out loud, free food was everyone’s hope for the evening. The staff’s service was excellent here as once you finished one slice, you had another pizza brought over to you. It was at this point we were forced to turn down pizza because of being so full. The Stable is renowned for naming its dishes with names unique to the location of the restaurant and we were treated to ‘The Hampshire Hog’ or ‘The Wooly Wooston’ as part of the free food. Old classics like Margherita and Hawaiian are still available but these creatively named pizzas are the main attraction. What’s even better, all the food is produced locally, making it fresh and as delicious as you’d hope.
While pizza is what The Stable is known for, the brand is also associated with its love of cider, with over 80 varieties to choose from so you might want to make your choice before arriving or you’ll be trying to decide for ages. A pizza and a cider is an ideal combination and nowhere else but The Stable does it better. The Stable also offers a selection of pies if pizza isn’t quite your thing. It’s tempting to buy ‘The Lamb Bam Boogie’ based on its name alone.
If you’re looking for a new pizza place to go to then you couldn’t do much better than The Stable. You can drop by now as it’s in its infancy or even wait until its closer to Christmas, to check out their festive themed menu where for £19 you can enjoy a glass of Mulled Cider, a choice of five pizzas and dessert. The aptly named ‘Tuck-in Tuesday’ offers Pizza with a side salad and drink for just £10.00. If you’re still trying to plan out your Christmas meal or just feel like going out to dinner one night, The Stable should definitely be at the top of your list.