The first London branch of the West Country craft cider and pizza chain.
If you (like me) aren’t from the West Country, then you (like me) might think of cider in one of three ways: crafty pints of Strongbow purchased underage; saccharine faux-fruity bottled stuff; White Ace. Fortunately, The Stable is from the West Country, with 13 branches across the South West and Wales, and it’s just arrived in Whitechapel to try and wean Londoners off craft beer. Will it succeed? My hangover says: quite possibly.
The capacious old Rhythm Factory has been given a soulless, slightly passé post-industrial refit, which is a shame. There’s still live music but it seems to tend towards anonymous acoustica. Food is served (including a ‘Chirpy Cockney’ pizza – yikes!) but cider reigns supreme here. The printed drinks menu can’t keep up with the rotating selection behind the bar, so ignore it and chat to one of the ‘Stablehands’ (double yikes!!), who are clued-up and generous with tastings. Flat, fizzy, sweet, dry, cloudy, clear: the options are virtually endless. We tried the ginger-and-chilli Orchard Pig Maverick (delicious) and the 7.5 percent Lilley’s Bee Sting (peary and potent). Everything slipped down like a dream. Who cares about the tacky branding when it’s this easy to get gurt lashed?
The building is split into two parts but don’t worry, there’s a bar in each. The front area is perfect for daytime meetings with fast wi-fi and exceptional coffee. The rear opens up with a larger bar, stage for live music, our usual open kitchen and unique styling.
It’s simple food that’s simply amazing. We proudly source prime local ingredients from the finest growers and producers in the region to create our totally unique, West Country-inspired dishes. It goes without saying that everything is responsibly sourced and prepared. No preservatives go into our food and everything is freshly handmade from scratch, from our organic sourdough pizza bases to our super spicy naga chilli oil. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Non-gluten ingredients (NGI) are available for all pizzas from the main menu. Our organic sourdough pizza bases are 100% animal-free and, as everything is made to order, vegans and vegetarians can drop the meat and cheese from any pizza. We recommend the scrummy 'Billy the Kid’ (without the cheese for you vegans) with caramelised onions, field mushrooms, fresh spinach, tomato and roasted hazelnuts.
We’ll see you at the bar!
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16-18 Whitechapel Rd
|Transport:||Tube: Aldgate East|
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