WHAT WAS ONCE BOURNEMOUTH’S TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE IS NOW A COSY LITTLE BARN SERVING PIZZA, PIE AND CIDER. WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING. PLACES SERVING PIZZA ARE NOTHING NEW IN THIS SEA-SIDE TOWN, BUT IS THE STABLE WORTH A VISIT OVER THE REST? READ OUR VERDICT TO FIND OUT.
There’s just so much that is great about pizza. It’s the perfect food to share, it’s carb/cheese mix makes it the ultimate comfort food and there’s always going to be a combination of toppings that you like. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the people of Bournemouth are very happy about the latest addition to the town’s restaurants; The Stable.
Already it sounds inviting, but it’s not just the pizza that will draw you into this modern little barn.
As the cold draws in, it’s the perfect winter setting.
It’s exposed beams, communal benches and wooden terrace overlooking the charming Lower Gardens set the scene for a picturesque escape in a cosy woodland cabin.
The setting is desirabley unique, but what makes their food any different? Their ethos is simple: “create a unique environment to enjoy the finest local produce at decent prices”. And that’s exactly what their menu presents. It offers every kind of pizza you could ask for, or, those who fancy something a little different can indulge in a warming pie and potatoes. Accompany that with a bottle of ‘Real Cider’, crafted right here in Dorset, and you have the perfect combination.
So, on paper, it’s great. But is this pizza really any different from any other? Should we resist those ever-so-tempting Dominos deals, brave the cold and enter The Stable?
The short answer? Absolutely.
It might be true that there are no end to the Italian restaurants serving pizza and the gastro pubs serving pie, but none quite live up to what awaits you here.
The pizza is delicious. It’s light, flavoursome and some of the combinations are far more than you could ever ask for in a generic Italian chain (goats cheese, with crushed hazelnuts is definitely not something you could get anywhere!). Whilst I opted for the pizza, I almost regretted my decision when I saw a pie go past. The chunky wedges, golden pastry and colourful salad looked devine (and smelt it too). And as for the garlic bread (because what’s a pizza without it?), it was an incredible pizza to itself, perfectly seasoned and delightfully crunchy.
To sum up the food, you can’t go wrong. But the real appeal? The atmosphere. It really is what makes this place a treasure.
From comfy sofa’s for friends to enjoy a glass of wine and a chat, to large communal benches to perch with your pizza, the whole ambiance just says ‘friendly’.
It’s warm, it’s inviting and it’s unlike any other dining experience in the area.
There’s no doubt that it’s definitely better than staying in with a takeaway pizza. So get out of your pjs, head into town and go and enjoy some good food with some even better company. Besides, Tuesday’s are student night in The Stable so there really is no need to pick a Domino’s instead!