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Reviewed: The Stable in Winchester

Reviewed: The Stable in Winchester

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We were invited to celebrate the opening of The Stable in Winchester during its opening week. It’s the latest in the chain of restaurants that now offer pizza, pie and cider in nine locations across the south of England.

After a bit of a date night drought, Mr Tin Box and I couldn’t resist calling in the grandparents to babysit so we could head to Hampshire’s capital for a look.

A street view of The Stable Winchester

Winchester is one of my favourite local places to shop, eat and explore. It’s teeming with history and beautiful old buildings.

The Stable fits in perfectly among the independent shops, cafes and bars of The Square, which is just a stone’s throw from Winchester Cathedral.

Winchester Cathedral

About The Stable, Winchester

The Stable chain was established by Richard and Nikki Cooper who in 2007 exchanged their music industry jobs in London for a hotel and dilapidated stable in glorious Dorset.

Two years later and with the help of family and friends, they had transformed the wreak next to their hotel into the first Stable restaurant.

Their concept is to offer ‘fine food and crafted cider within an alluring atmosphere’. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?

But aside from the marketing speak, I was intrigued to learn the Coopers pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients. So the dishes served in each of their restaurants is unique to that venue.

The Stable Winchester menu

There are several dishes on The Stable’s menu that have a Winchester feel. On the list of pizzas are The Woolly Wintonian – which comes with marinated lamb and rosemary goats cheese – and King Alfred’s Catch – a combination of smoked mackerel and salmon.


Sign writing on a wall advertising the Woolly Wintonian pizza


A seafood pizza

We got tasters of each pizza on the menu and I think the Wintonian was my top slice. Mr TB’s favourite was The Blazing Saddle, which was topped with pulled pork, smoked bacon and caramelised onion. Meal prices range from £9.50 to £13.50.

At the bar there’s 62 draught, boxed and bottled ciders to choose from as well as wine, ales and lagers. If you are bamboozled by the choice of ciders on offer you can get a tasting board of five 200ml samples for £7.50. A pint of cider costs £4.

Sign writing on staircase advertising ciders
The Stable Winchester's drinks menu


Downstairs restaurant at The Stable Winchester

We really enjoyed the opening night and can see The Stable being very popular with Hampshire’s cider lovers.

Find out more about the latest dishes and deals available from The Stable by visiting its website.

Disclosure: we were invited as guests to the opening night of The Stable and sampled food and drinks at no charge. All opinions are my own.

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Claire Hall - Tin Box Traveller

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015

Their pizzas were very tasty and there was lots on the menu that you won't see anywhere else.

Coombe Mill

Tuesday 21st of July 2015

I love Winchester, such a lovely town full of character and what a great place to be invited for a tasting session #TriedTested

Mummy & Bean

Tuesday 21st of July 2015

We love The Stable in Poole, so we'll definitely be checking this one out in Winchester! #TriedTested


Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Winchester is a place I keep promising myself I will go to one day! This would certainly be a place to try as pizza and cider what isn't there to like about that combination? #triedtested

Karen Bell

Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Sounds like a nice place, the pizza looks delicious #Tried&Tested

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