It’s December everyone! I don’t know about you but this year has gone crazy fast for me. I’m really proud of myself this year and have been super organised in order to be able to really relax and enjoy the lead up to Christmas.
One of my favourite parts of December is meeting up with friends who I haven’t seen as much as I’d have liked in the year, and celebrating with festive food and drink. There are so many amazing places to eat in Bournemouth that it can be hard to decide where to go.
Last night Ed and I headed to The Stable in Bournemouth to try out their Christmas menu and to start the evening off resident cider master Beth took us through a cider tasting, which was so interesting.
It was clear from speaking with Beth how much she loves her role and her passion for cider was infectious with Ed really getting into it and firing tonnes of questions at her.
Not phased in the least, Beth talked us through the history of cider, as well as letting us in on the gossip about the orchards around the area where her favourite varieties of the drink come from.
Cider tasting is priced from £15 per person, or you can book onto a Christmas cider experience for groups of up to 15 people, with a buffet alongside your tasting – providing that little extra something for your Christmas get together, for just £30 per person (bookable in advance).
After our tasting, Beth left us to choose from the Christmas menu, which is packed full of festive variations of the tempting pizzas and pies that The Stable is known and loved for. The Christmas menu is priced at £19 per person for two courses, and £24 per person for three courses.
After much deliberation, Ed and I decided to share a meat and cheese platter as a starter, before each having a pizza for our mains.
Our platter looked amazing, with a variety of cheeses, some cured meat, grapes, pickled cucumber, tomato chutney and sourdough crackers.
I am really boring when it comes to cheese, and I played it safe with the cheddar whilst Ed enjoyed the goats and blue cheeses. The chutney was delicious, I’m not usually much of a chutney person but I really loved this one.
After we’d finished our starter, our pizzas were brought over. I had gone for the Turkey Gobbler but I got serious food envy when I caught sight of Ed’s North Pole Porker so we decided to share them both.
I was pleasantly surprised with my pizza. I’ve never tried potato as a topping before but it actually worked well and it tasted like Christmas dinner on a pizza!
I especially loved the combination of the turkey and caramelised onion, and in the end I preferred my pizza to the pork one whereas Ed wasn’t as keen on the Gobbler, stating that he found there to be too many flavours competing against each other.
Although we were both quite full of pizza, we shared a dessert – the chocolate brownie with raspberry coulis, which is suitable for vegans. It was very reasonably sized and definitely big enough for the two of us to share. I did find the raspberry was a little tangy for my tastebuds, but Ed really enjoyed the flavour combination, and between us we finished it off fairly quickly!
We both really enjoyed our meal at The Stable, and I will definitely be back to this branch as there was such a nice laidback vibe to the restaurant, and the bar and waiting staff were all so upbeat and friendly.
If you are still looking for somewhere for your Christmas party or festive catch up with friends I would highly recommend The Stable, not only do they have delicious festive food on the menu and fairy lights creating a fantastic atmosphere, they also have mulled cider, which I didn’t realise was a thing, but Ed said was really nice, and definitely warmed him up a bit after being out in the freezing cold!
We were provided with the cider tasting and our meal for the purpose of this review, however all opinions and photos are my own.