Last Sunday I was invited to attend a bloggers event at The Stable in Birmingham city centre, to try a few among their vast range of their ciders and eat some of their famous pizza. It was my first blogging event so I was pretty nervous, but I had a great afternoon!
We were greeted with Devon Red cider and soon got into the cider tasting with Allen from Hogan’s Cider, trying three of their boxed ciders; Hazy Daisy, French Revelation and Panking Pole (my favourite!), two bottled ciders (dry and medium) and a small sip of Allen’s special apple brandy which was entirely too strong for me!
We were then also given some of the super cool blind cider tasting boards on offer at The Stable. The ciders are changed round daily, they cost only £7.50 and give you the chance to try five completely different ciders in one go! From our board, the firm crowd favourite (and my absolute favourite from the entire day) was the mango cider. No surprises that everyone loved it – it’s apparently a best-seller!
After drinking entirely more cider than I have drunk in a very long time, we were given the opportunity to make our own pizzas. Not kidding! They bravely let us into their open-fronted kitchen to cover their sourdough pizza bases (sourdough makes them more crispy and means they can cook quicker) with anything and everything we wanted, within the constraints of their ingredients, of course.
I opted to recreate bar manager Craig’s favourite The Blazing Saddle, a divine collection of slow roasted pulled beef, Gloucestershire smoked bacon, roasted red peppers and caramelised onions covered in mozzarella and topped with sour cream and jalapeños, but I put a little twist on mine, opting out of jalapeños and opting in to an egg cracked in the centre (such a good idea, trust me).
No word of a lie, this has to have been some of the best pizza I have eaten in a very long time, if not ever. The crust/base is thin enough to not fill you up, and is lovely and crispy on the edges, and those toppings were just a match made in pizza heaven. I devoured it all, despite being full about halfway through, and even managed a little slice of their lemon curd, raspberry purée and meringue dessert pizza!
During the day, we also got to chat to various members of staff working at The Stable, and I must say they are a wonderful bunch of people. I can’t thank them enough for such a great afternoon! Before going, I wasn’t much of a cider fan, but I have come away with the beginnings of a taste for cider, and a rekindled passion for pizza.
The Stable is a rustic-feel restaurant specialising in pizza, pies, and over 80 varieties of cider. You can find the Birmingham branch at 115 John Bright Street, super close to Birmingham New Street train station. All other information including the exact address, opening times and the menus can be found on their website.
Disclaimer: I was invited to this event without being asked to write anything about it, but I enjoyed the afternoon that much that I had to sing their praises. All food and drink was complimentary, but this does not affect my opinions.