The Abingdon

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  • Creative contemporary
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A restaurant and wine bar tucked away amongst the townhouses, villas and mews of Kensington. It's a relatively versatile space, with booth seating, a bar and a separate restaurant giving its clientele - usually the well-heeled locals - the kind of flexibility to which they are accustomed. 

The modern-European menu ranges from parmesan soufflé with quince, alfalfa and a walnut and chicory salad to North Sea cod served with olive oil mash, Swiss chard, samphire, balsamic fig, pomegranate and purple kale. The steaks and chops are cooked in a Bertha oven - an indoor charcoal oven capable of cooking at more than 400 degrees.

There are no beers on tap but a good range available by the bottle. A varied wine list takes in the old world and new, with organic and biodynamic bottles available alongside a few on offer by the glass. Classic cocktails prove popular.

Venue name: The Abingdon
Address: 54 Abingdon Road
W8 6AP
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12.30-11pm; Sun 1230-10pm.
Transport: Tube: High Street Kensington tube
Price: Main courses £12.50-£22. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £15.95 2 courses.
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Isabel L

Faultless Sunday roast. The pork belly literally melted in my mouth, and when I thought I had caught the waitress out requesting some apple sauce, she retorted that there was a puddle of caramelised apples lingering beneath the belly - kind of in a different league to a jar of Bramley, I must say. The sticky toffee pudding was a teeny weeny bit too cakey for my liking, but the rich sauce overrode these details. The service was just divine and even at the end when the host tried to boot us out (we were literally comatosed after consuming our body weights in yorkshire pud and ended up sitting at the table for around three hours) he did it with such grace ("Do you folks fancy migrating towards the comfy sofas at the bar?"). Top marks Abingdon!