The AbingdonLondon | United Kingdom

  • added: May 12 2010
  • author: foodsketches
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Editor's choiceHidden jewel
One of the most recent trends in London has been to reinvigorate the gastronomical experience at the pubs. This brought a whole wave of improvements and creativity in to the pubs’ kitchens.

One of the most recent trends in London has been to reinvigorate the gastronomical experience at the pubs. This brought a whole wave of improvements and creativity in to the pubs’ kitchens. As the result many were able to carry the title of “gastro pubs” and Abingdon is a brilliant illustration of such a transformation. It is a local gastro pub in Kensington which always has a buzz no matter when you come: for lunch or for dinner.


The place has a nice wine bar that serves certain dishes from the main menu of the restaurant and a restaurant itself. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming; at dinner time the place has many candles lit up; dimmed lights and irresistible aromas coming from the kitchen. Abingdon is always fully booked and a huge hit among the locals. Its menu is seasonal and is always presented on one list; some signature dishes tend to stay on the menu throughout the entire year. One of the signature starters, for example, is the chicken liver & fois gras parfait served with warm brioche. The texture is so silky that you can hardly resist such a temptation and almost always – give in... Main courses would primarily be seasonal and have a good selection of seafood; meat; poultry & vegetable dishes. Our all time favourite is partridge with chestnut puree (served during the autumn) and teriyaki yellow fin tuna with wok-tossed greens & wasabi butter. As you can see the kitchen produces a good mix of Mediterranean/French cuisine with some Asian twists in it. Desert is certainly worth considering: sticky toffee pudding; lavender crème brûlée or raspberry sorbet... The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly which certainly creates a wonderful atmosphere. Good quality has always been a reputation of this place. A true local jewel ; so hope to see you in this neighbourhood soon!

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