Last night I went along to The Stable, John Bright Street, in Birmingham as I’d been invited to try their spring/summer menu. The Stable, the pizza, pie and cider group, now has 17 locations across the UK and the Birmingham one is in a great location in the heart of the city. There’s plenty of seating (bench style so you may have to share your table), both inside and out and on a summer’s evening there’s a lovely relaxed vibe.
We started out with a cider tasting board with 5 ciders. The Birmingham cider master came over to talk us through the selections and it was great to learn more about what we were tasting from someone who was clearly an expert and an enthusiast. I found the Lilley’s Mango and the Green Valley Strawby a bit sweet and fruity for my taste. My preference was for the drier, still Andsome Bay, followed by the Sheppy’s. Thankfully, my drinking (and eating) companion had a sweeter tooth than me, so it all worked well.
We took the edge off our hunger with some Stix & Dips. The bread was very yummy and moreish. I was very taken with the butternut blitz dip and made short work of that – it was smoothy and had a lovely squashy flavour. My friend seemed to prefer the mushroom & olive tapenade, but the beetroot hummus was tasty too. All in all a big hit and I’ll certainly be ordering Stix & Dips again.