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Summary

“Always a winner” – this “comfortable” neighbourhood gastropub stalwart in a chichi Kensington backstreet is a case study in consistency. “Very accommodating” staff serve “ever-dependable food” in “agreeable surroundings”. “Great for Sunday lunch with children” too.

£65
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

In a “quiet backstreet south of High Street Ken”, this posh gastropub stalwart remains “a tremendous local” for a loyal well-heeled crowd (“it’s full of regulars, so must be doing something right!”). Top Tip – the best seats are in the booths.

£65
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Totally reliable” and “always a treat”, this stalwart, posh gastropub in an agreeable Kensington backstreet gets “very busy, so allow time for your order”. Top Tip – nab a booth for the best seats.

£62
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Top end gastropub” in the chichi backstreets of Kensington, which combines “a well-run bar” with a comfy, “buzzing” dining room (the best seats are in booths); it’s “a bit pricey” but has been a “dependable local” for over 20 years.

£63
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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The Abingdon Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Abingdon Restaurant in W8, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Abingdon restaurant.
Steven T
Oh dear. Great menu, sloppy cooking. griddl...
Reviewed 3 months, 30 days ago

"Oh dear. Great menu, sloppy cooking. griddled asparagus that just tastes of burnt fat. Bland fish and sauce but charged over £20 for this course. Glad it was a meal on an expense account and not paid for out of my own pocket. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £19.95  
SundayLunch £24.95  

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.50 £18.50 £4.00 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.95
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%

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The Abingdon W8

Rebecca Mascarenhas a great London innovator-survivor. Her Sonny's, in Barnes, may be credited as a mid-'80s fore-runner of the '90s London restaurant revolution. The name of that establishment may mean little to those who get lost outside Zone 1, but Sonny's has consistently been hailed by residents of the SWs numbered 13-19 as one of London's most satisfactory destinations for nearly two decades. Duplicating the Sonny's magic has proved vexed, however - attempts in Putney, Ealing and North Barnes, and in Nottingham, have sometimes lacked staying power.


This latest opening - bringing Ms M's current stable to four in number - is in a quiet road just off Kensington High Street that looks set to (re-)emerge as a 'restaurant row' worth remembering. Everything at a first-week lunch at the new venture was of a consistently high standard, if with a slight feeling that the simpler the dish, the better it was. Service was informal but professional, dealing efficiently with a good crowd apparently stirred up by favourable reviews elsewhere. Prices are reasonable.


If there is a criticism, it is that the whole of the style - which includes a menu of what might be described as ambitious comfort cooking - is not so very different from what's already on offer at two other places in the street. The newcomer's style puts it head-to-head with near-neighbour Whits, and it's not so very different from the Abindgon (note the potential name-confusion). And the builders are in opposite, at the restaurant site long known as Trattoo. Let's hope they go for something completely different. Experience shows that it's better for restaurants to cluster than to be isolated, but potentially four good 'modern British' restaurants (almost) in a row? That really might be too much of a good thing.


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54 Abingdon Rd, London, W8 6AP
Opening hours
Monday12:30 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Tuesday12:30 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Thursday12:30 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Friday12:30 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm-3 pm, 7 pm-10 pm

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