Hearing lots of interesting things about the exhibitions on offer, I’ve been venturing to the Whitechapel Gallery of late. Whitechapel Road is buzzing with life at the moment, and just a couple of minutes from Algate East Tube, The Stable, a self-described ‘cathedral to cider and pizza’, has recently opened. The new restaurant is the fourteenth location for The Stable – but the first in London.
This place is just gorgeous. Absolutely huge, the warehouse space is flooded with light and air, and the exposed brick work and filament lights illuminate everything just so. With a focus on cider and the use of locally sourced ingredients – the menu includes incredibly inventive pizza toppings inspired by Executive Head Chef and co-founder Andy Cooper’s decade as a chef in Australia.
We had to try the pizzas: a Fresh Hawaiian, which combines shaved Dorset air dried pork loin, tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh pineapple, with optional avocado and chilli (£11) and The King Crabber which is a combo i’d never imagined before but just makes so much sense when you try it – West Country crabmeat infused with red chilli, garlic and lemon. Tomato sauce, roasted red peppers, basil leaves, mozzarella. Finished with creme fraiche, lemon wedge and parsley (£13).
Any pizza can also be ordered with a gluten free base, which my friend tried, topped with a Billy The Kid: Rosary goats’ cheese, caramelised onion, field mushrooms, spinach, topped with roasted hazelnut (£12). The base does not have the light crispiness of a regular base, but instead has a nuttier richer flavour which lends itself very well to the cheese.
There are so many ciders to choose from (over 80) that The Stable offer aCider tasting board which consists of five one third pint glasses, each with a different cider ranging from dry to sweet, giving you the chance to try a range of different options for a great price (£8).
Other offers include Tuck in Tuesday – with selected pizzas, side salad and a drink for only £10. On Thursdays and Saturdays from 9pm, and Sundays from 3pm, live bands perform as part of Stable Sessions. Folk, Country, Acoustic Pop, Skiffle and Bluegrass are order of the day – The Nightjar, a London-based experimental folk band were performing on the evening I was there – intense, potent and engaging. The same band returned later in the evening – this time with the fascinating name of Sweet Honey Boys and Fashion Plate Babies, to play more commercial 1920s jazz covers.
For desert I split a chocolate ginger cheesecake (Baked caramelised apple and ginger cheesecake topped with pecan praline. Served with chocolate toffee sauce and clotted cream it was the perfect balance of sweet and tart – £5.50).
Amazingly, throughout the meal I never felt like I’d eaten too much – which with pizza is always a challenge. It’s testament to the light bases and fresh ingredients. Avocado on pizza, I’m such a fan. And the cider is delicious.
Where: The Stable,16-18 Whitechapel Rd, London, E1 1EW