Bournemouth's branch of the Stable finally opens today in the town's former tourist information centre. 

After months of work - and six years looking for a suitable venue - the TIC has been transformed into one of the largest Stable restaurants to open so far.

The team behind the Stable, which opened its first branch in Bridport in 2009, say they want the new restaurant to be a 'hub for post-beach hangouts, weekend celebrations and the perfect place to gather with friends.'

The redesigned interior features large windows, high ceilings, large oak tables, bench seating, chunky candles and hand-painted wall art, and the menu will feature ingredients sourced from local suppliers, and will champion local landmarks, with pizzas called The Branksome Bantam and The Durdle Door.

Founders Richard and Nikki Cooper say they are delighted to add Bournemouth to their family of restaurants.

Nikki said: "When we first started The Stable six years ago, we had an ambition of opening our second restaurant in Bournemouth but couldn't find a site.

"Finally we have realised this and are delighted to open our 'Cathedral to Cider' in such a prominent building next to the park.

"We know that Bournemouth is at the heart of cider-loving country, so we look forward to welcoming the locals to sample a few and to enjoy our delicious West Country pizzas.”

And the famous West Country cider menu will feature more than 80 types  - plus a full wine list, craft beers, pressed apple juice and coffee.

Bournemouth will also host the chain's popular Tuck In Tuesday – selected pizzas, side salad and a drink for £10.