In 2007 Richard and Nikki Cooper quit the music industry and London and decided to move their life and children to Dorset. They bought a dilapidated hotel in the centre of Bridport and after a lot of hard work, brought the hotel back to life. In 2009 they were able to focus on the beautiful outbuilding and former stable at the back, for which, they had a vision of creating a unique environment to enjoy the finest local produce at decent prices.
With Richard’s brother Andrew, a chef, returning from Australia, the pair experimented with creating extraordinary pizza. They threw out the Italian preconceptions and created real British pizza, made with a sourdough base and, what some would describe as controversial toppings. It only seemed right to offer Dorset’s favourite tipple, cider, to the mix as well – Real cider from local orchards and artisan producers, and lots and lots of it – with over 80 different varieties.
It was then that The Stable was born and since its inception in 2009, 13 restaurants have opened their doors with a fourteenth opening in Whitechapel in mid April.
As well as being London’s first cathedral to cider and offering extraordinary pizzas, usually named after local historical figures or places to diners, the restaurant will host regular music nights and the popular ‘Tuck in Tuesday,’ with selected pizzas, side salad and a drink for only £10.
The Whitechapel location has seen an old bell factory transformed to house the new restaurant. Projects Managers Arc Design Build ltd, who have been responsible for building the restaurant, were on site for 12 weeks.
Martin from Arc Design Build said: “We have completely renewed the roof on the building, which did add considerable time pressure to the project, but we had to take this in our stride. We have also re-built some beautiful lantern light windows that sit in the roof. There has been no landscaping work undertaken but there has been the usual work of redeveloping the outside and making the front of the building look good so restoring the original stone of the building, which is Portland stone, and making that look good. We have installed a lovely polished concrete floor, whilst also restoring areas of original floor boarding.”
Martin added: “The restaurant is ground floor with a basement, but the fire strategy that we designed and built includes all of the residents in the building. One of the biggest challenges on this job has been the lack of fire exits on the building but with the fully approved fire plan, including low pressure misting system and AOVs, the client has been able to maximise the number of covers that they can accommodate. It has been rather more challenging then normal but we achieved the best compliant result that is possible.
“The project has gone well overall and we have managed to maintain our work program delivering the restaurant to the client on time. We’re extremely pleased and proud to have built such a beautiful looking and functional restaurant – our first in London.”
The Stable Whitechapel opened to diners on Thursday 21 April.
Arc Design Build
Arc Design Build specialise in construction project management and take full turnkey approaches to projects, starting with drawing the plans to negotiating with the landlord, local authority and providing and running construction teams. Formed in July 2014, they pride themselves on being able to deliver complex projects on time, as well as having good communication with the client.
The company recently worked on The Stable pizza and cider restaurant located in Whitechapel London.
Work on the project included them seeing the projects conception through from the start to handing over the keys to the client.
Speaking about the project, Martin from Arc Design Build said: “Because we operate on very low margins on a ‘cost plus basis’ we rely on bulk work. This is where our competitively lies. As every job completes, our knowledge base continues to expand.”