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The Abingdon is a family-run restaurant and bar in Kensington which serves a variety of British and Modern European dishes as well as a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits.

Ranked #1926 of 5241 restaurants in London

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:30 - 23:30


12:30 - 23:30


12:30 - 23:30


12:30 - 23:30


12:30 - 23:30


12:30 - 23:30


12:30 - 22:30

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The Abingdon reviews

By G.

A bit pricey for me usually (up to 18 pounds for a main course!) but we visited Abingdon for Sunday lunch, when you can get three courses for around the same price. Understandably it was pretty busy, but service was speedy and they didn’t skimp on the portions. Abingdon’s also do a cheaper, two-course lunch deal which is worth looking out for.

By Lawrence M.

A venue of quality Fine food Excellent wine and Magnificent service This is a place where your custom is appreciated which is a very rare quality in modern times Try the lobster lasagne and follow it with their stcky toffee pudding mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

By Tacita V.

Don’t be fooled by the pub-like exterior: The Abingdon is more of a bar-restaurant than a pub.

The Venue
Occupying a corner building, it’s easy to mistake The Abingdon for a pub, albeit a very classy one that's in keeping with its surroundings in super-posh Kensington. Yet, once you have stepped inside, it becomes clear this venue is a refined bar and restaurant. The bar area reminds you of a hotel lounge with its flowery upholstery, and it is the least interesting part of the venue although it is far from unpleasant. The restaurant is set over different areas: past a set of period glass doors, there are wall benches with elegant stripy upholstery; further on, the real forte is a rectangular room fitted as a vintage train carriage, complete with arched wooden ceiling, skylights, typical train restaurant benches, a reading light on each table and mirrors in lieu of windows.

The Atmosphere
The crowd is predictably composed of well-heeled Kensington residents. Most customers come in small groups and are aged in their 40s or above, but there are also young things playing grown-up. The venue has a relaxed buzz about it and the loungy music adds to this feeling.

The Food
The menu is as concise as any upmarket gastropub, yet more refined and, consequently, also more expensive. Starters (£5.50-£12.50) include a carrot, coriander and coconut soup, which is deliciously smooth and fiercely spiced. Alternatively, the seared scallops with a generous portion of braised fennel is likewise excellent and is served with a nicely meaty lemongrass crab bisque.

The mains (£15.60-£26) are rich in rare ingredients like haunch of venison or the dark-truffle potatoes that come served with a very well-cooked slow-roasted aged beef fillet. The grilled red snapper, instead, is slightly bland, although that is mostly due to the flavour – or lack of – the fish. It is, however, cooked to perfection and comes served with an outstanding black bean, pumpkin, spinach and feta cheese cannelloni. Perfectly al dente and clearly homemade, this is definitely the highlight of the dish. The sides (£3.50-£5.50) include a slightly uninspiring baby gem, orange and avocado salad, roasted broccoli and more, but ordering from this section is not necessary.

From the dessert menu (£5.50-£6.50), the sticky toffee pudding is sinfully divine, with a mysterious burned edge which adds to the flavour and solid clotted cream. The elderflower sorbet, in contrast, is very sweet, with a really refreshing hit from the elderflower.

The Drink
The Abingdon is not particularly focused on beers and is more the sort of place to order cocktails (£8.50-£9.50), or wine (£15.75-£145 for a bottle, £16.50-£37.50 for carafes, £4.50-£6.50 per glass). The selection is particularly extensive, comprising of over sixty bottles, and it is clearly appreciated by the regulars. Given this is one of the most expensive places to live in London, you will also see a profusion of ice buckets. Four champagnes are available (£43-£85 per bottle).

The Last Word
With its fine food, interesting décor, warm atmosphere and comprehensive drinks, it comes as little surprise that The Abingdon is a success story in this upscale neighbourhood.

By Davina P.

The Abingdon is an excellent venue - it would work for a date, a family meal or a work lunch. I've been a few times and have always really enjoyed the food, the service and the friendly, breezy vibe. BUT . . . the prices are just too high for the quality of the food. It feels like someone has come in and is focussing more on margins and less on quality. it needs to improve the quality (for £18 mains) or reduce the price.

By J.

The Abingdon is a friendly and well presented bar/restaurant. It has an adventurous menu and expansive wine list that is reasonably priced. A separate bar area with comfortable seating and pleasant atmosphere makes The Abingdon an altogether enjoyable experience. I'd definitely recommend it.

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