It doesn't take much to get me out for a pizza... It's one of my favourite foods and it's quite possibly the one thing I'm always in the mood for. In fact, I'm waiting for a pizza right now as I type this since I'm working late and I can't resist the cheesy awesomeness while I write this review. The struggle is real! Taking a trip to Brentford for lunch at The Stable Kew Bridge to enjoy pizza, pies and cider sounded like the perfect bank holiday weekend activity and I was right!
The Stable Kew Bridge is located just steps away from the Kew Bridge train station, down by the river in a beautiful building with plenty of outdoor seating for sunny day al fresco dining. Offering over 60 varieties of cider alongside sourdough based pizzas with locally sourced toppings, The Stable is a great place to go for a fun meal out whether it be lunch or dinner.
Bright and airy, The Stable is aesthetically interesting with murals on the walls and various ciders displayed everywhere you look. The sun, when it shows its face, beams in through floor to ceiling windows while diners relax at large tables and booths fit for a feast. Chilli Oil tops the tables for those who love a little more spice and a pitcher of water with glasses is on the table almost as quickly as you're seated. Nothing is hidden at The Stable from what I can tell, making it all the more interesting... The cider taps are out in the open and if you're seated near the back, you can watch the cooks create and serve up delicious, hot pizzas. The environment invokes an air of casual, laid-back, low-key fun... In short, it's just my kind of place for a relaxed afternoon lunch.
The best place to start when you visit The Stable is with a drink... They're famous for their wide selection of ciders, but if that's not your fancy, no need to panic. There are other options of course - I actually chose a beer since I'm not really a big cider drinker.
If you're feeling adventurous I highly recommend starting with the cider tasting board which includes 5 1/3 pint samples of cider to wet your whistle and help you find your favourite! Even though I rarely drink cider, I found a few that are very enjoyable on the tasting board. My favourite was the Ginger & Chilli which had a smokey, spicy flavour that almost reminded me of a peaty whisky. While tasting the ciders, I learned that one of them is actually made by The Stable itself and that keeping cider is no easy feat. Since the ciders are actually kept in the dining area of the restaurant and quite fragile with regards to temperatures, it's important that the restaurant never gets too warm and every cider is tasted daily before serving to ensure its quality is on point.
While the pizzas are quite thin and crispy, they are incredibly filling. I managed to eat every bite of mine and part of my guest's, but it was a challenge, so go hungry! There's usually a pizza special that's available for a limited time only available and sure to impress, but if you're not into all the bells and whistles, I'm sure you'd be just as pleased with a Margherita.
With full bellies and tight belts, we simply ordered coffees from the list of various hot drinks available and they were absolutely delightful. All of the coffee at The Stable comes from Clifton Coffee Company in Bristol. Hot and delicious, these little darlins were just what we needed after a healthy feed of carbs and cider! Of course there's also an impressive selection of teas, but even more enticing is the list of hot chocolates. The Hot Chocolate Orange with Cointreau, The Nutty Professor with Frangelico and the more tame, non-alcoholic (as far as I can tell) The Choc Chip, which sounds like a chocoholic's dream!
Overall, I'm very impressed with The Stable. The service was friendly and efficient, the food was delicious and reasonably priced and the atmosphere can only be described as casually cozy. The staff is very willing to discuss and suggest options to accommodate any food allergies or intolerances and we found the recommendations on point. With several locations around England and two in London (Kew Bridge & Whitechapel), this burgeoning restaurant chain is switching up the cider & pizza game and serving up delicious West Country fare across the country. The Stable at Kew Bridge is easily accessible by trains from Waterloo stopping at the Kew Bridge stop. For more information or to plan your visit, check out stablepizza.com.
* Review opportunity kindly provided by The Stable, however all views are strictly my own and in no way influenced by The Stable or any other associated parties.*