The Stable

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The Stable

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?

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For our first 'cathedral to cider' in the capital, we went all out. Located on Whitechapel Road, just a short stroll from Aldgate East underground, we have a beautiful building filled with what can arguably be described as London’s greatest and most diverse – and simply staggering – cider offering.
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By: James Manning


Venue name: The Stable
Address: 16-18 Whitechapel Rd
E1 1EW
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East
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Nicely atmospheric, with dim lighting and a subdued classic rock soundtrack. The pizzas are memorable, with interesting toppings and served with a pizza slicer for you to cut your own. Bonus points for the vegan menu. It's not cheap, however.


I stumbled across this place walking home one day from work, and decided to head back with some friends of mine. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the city (between city and Whitechapel) its easy to reach. I loved all the plants inside (at the windows) and the often have live music. If you prefer cider to beer, like me, this is a good place to check out their selection also. 


Went to the Stable for their one-year anniversary party and fell in love with the place. Massive pub, brick walls and a great selection of ciders, everything you need for a good night out. The staff was very knowledgeable and helped me picked the perfect cider among their great collection. A little local gem!


Delicious pizzas, great beers, and of course, an amazing array of ciders on offer. Nice laid back feel, and they have a dog.... A DOG!!! Her name's Lucy and she's a little gem. The Roasted Larry pizza, with lamb and sweet potatoes, is yummy. It's an ideal spot for a nice lunch with friends, an after work get-together, or to enjoy an evening of live music. 


The Stable is a unique eatery in the East End, a stones through from Brick Lane. Although famous for it’s pizza, the real draw here is the cider. There are 80 varieties to choose from (who even knew 80 versions of cider existed?!) from sweet and fruity to dry and spicy! The menu is immense, so you would be better off asking one of the bartenders for advice and perhaps a taster of two!

Billed as a “cathedral to pizzas”, the food has a lot to live up to and it doesn’t disappoint. The waiters and owners are proud to inform patrons that all ingredients are sourced locally and responsibly, and that everything is made from scratch on the premises. The pizzas are delicious, from the crisp sourdough bases to the unique quirky toppings – love the chirpy cockney!!

The venue itself is a beautiful building, centered around a homely West Country kitchen. There are 2 bars. The front area is more relaxed and cosy. The other is more spacious and there are often live music acts performing. Definitely the place to be for good food, good cider and a warm inviting atmosphere!


Forget takeaway pizzas, The Stable in Whitechapel is the place to be if you want quality artisan sourdough pizzas with an incredible range of cider. More on that later.

The Stables is a seven year-old semi family run business from Dorset and, for the very first time, are bringing the West Country’s finest food and produce to the heart and soul of the East End and The City of London. It’s a cathedral to pizzas, pies, and, oh man, cider!

Choose from an impressive and delicious range of artisan sourdough pizza’s. Thin crispy pizza bases loaded with moreish toppings  of your choosing. It’s not just any old topping too. It’s Dorset finest, remember? Ever tried the Roasted Larry? You know, marinated lamb with mint and thyme roasted sweet potatoes? Thought not. It works brilliantly too and there’s more great topping you may have never heard before to try and all quirkily named!

It’s not just the pizza’s that big at this hip East End eatery. Meaty pies and sumptuous salads complements the menu and if you’re popping by for lunch, wraps and ploughman's are on the menu too for hungry diners to viciously attack.

When I say it’s a cathedral of ciders, not just pizzas, I wasn’t joking. There are 80 (80 goddamn it!) jaw-dropping choices of cider to wash the pizza you’ve just gorged on. Crisp and refreshing, The Stables’ cider game is strong.

For the bargain lovers of there, make sure you drop in on a Tuesday night from 5pm. A artisan sourdough pizza with a half-pint of the West Country’s finest cider for £10? Yes please. I’d imagine this will be quite popular so book in advance if possible to take advantage of this great deal.

Don’t be fooled by it’s space when you peer through the front window. At the back, it’s spacious with space for live music and with a hip feel to the place which fis perfectly with the cool east end vibe with it’s brick-layered walls and bright lights. Brick Lane is literally just across the road.

The perfect place to spend with friends and even families, I’m glad the Stables has landed in London and I’ll be coming back for more. Dig in!