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About May The Fifteenth
Formerly The Abbeville Kitchen, we are a restaurant and bar on Abbeville Road in Clapham.
We also cater for events, whether held at our restaurant or at a venue of your choice.
London, SW4 9JX
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Friday: 12-3pm & 6.30-10pm
Saturday: 10am-3.45pm & 6.30-10.30pm
£26 to £40
020 8772 1110
On-street pay & display. Free on evenings and weekends.
Clapham Common & Clapham South
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine
May The Fifteenth Ratings and Reviews
May 15th is in my view the best restaurant in Abbeville Road. I have visited frequently over the past 24 months and am always pleased with the experience. Their approach of small plate fresh, local ingredients - always with a small twist or unusual flavour combination - works really well. They always have some interesting specials and the wine list is varied and reasonable (for something a bit special ask for the wine book). Highly recommended!
Lovely, lovely, lovely. Fairly small but really interesting menu, not trying to be too clever just great ingredients and a bit of imagination with dishes put together really well. Food was full of flavour. I had a vegetarian starter which was absolutely delicious and perfectly cooked duck leg for mains. Dessert was delicious too. The whole group really enjoyed their choices. This was a birthday meal and for 6 people with 3 courses each, 3 bottles of wine, several beers and several prosecco cocktails it came in at £60 a head. Well worth it, and would be equally great for a cozy dinner with a friend or partner too.
Haven't visited for years, just as good as I remember! Don't know why I haven't returned sooner. Great Sat night ambience, extremely good service - warm, efficient, friendly - and yummy food. Recommend the octopus starter in particular which was delectable - really great taste combos, very fresh with herbs, just how I like my food to taste and look. We then shared melting 7hour lamb yum. Shared choc dessert, wish I could have had one of my own, couldn't fit it in, will try the Santiago tart next time. Will be back soon...
You always need to be read for the menu here, some of it I've never heard of, had duck gizzard, which was off the charts, but it had to be explained to me by an awesome waiter. He couldn't have been more helpful and insightful if he tried! The food was divine, and the wine to match was exceptional, (the house white was so nice I bought half a case the next day). We shared the lamb and the rabbit for mains, again beautifully prepared and presented, no complaints whatsoever.
Such good food - we shared croquettes and duck pate to start, then shared the lamb rump for two, all yummy. Really great service - we didn't like the first wine we ordered so they changed it no problems. The next one was the same price and delicious. We intend to go back very soon.
I ate here with my partner on New Year's Eve. He's vegetarian, I'm lactose intolerant but they weren't phased at all. I arrived to find a copy of the menu already marked up for me to say what I could or couldn't have. The portions are very generous. I had a pork-pigeon-prune terrine with lovely sourdough to start, then a really gorgeous confit goose leg. They did separate potatoes for me to be dairy-free and there was braised red cabbage with chestnuts as a side too. Believe me, I'm not a cabbage fan but this was delicious. For pudding they made a completely off-menu thing for me to be lactose free, a meringue with poached pears scattered with nuts and drizzled with chocolate. Delicious! I would strongly recommend this restaurant both for its food and it's excellent service and helpful approach.
We had an excellent meal on Saturday evening. Attentive and friendly service, despite them being inundated with a large party. Generous portions (thank goodness none of the hated small plates fad). Interesting menu. And top negronis. Will definitely return.
I had a meal with a friend on a Tuesday night late November. The service was, as always, attentive, thoughtful and kind. The food was outstanding. The prune and pigeon terrain was rich and tasty and the bread sumptuous. (Sourdough and multigrain, totally fresh.) The pheasant and bacon pie was phenomenal, with unusual cabbage and great pastry on top. The buttermilk pudding was absolutely trembly and from another world!
My only quarrell is the portion sizes. Luckily we shared the starter, but even so with the bread it was very filling. The pie would easily have fed two. I think the restaurant is ideal for larger groups when they can share but generally the dishes for 2 would easily feed 3-4, especially if you are having 3 courses. Will be back!
I've been going to May the fifteenth for over 4 years now (the names changed but it's still the same chef and management). I cannot begin the describe the quality and delicious taste of their food. We tend to order a range of dishes for the whole table, tapas styles the portions are so generous they can be shared between several people.
Where else in Clapham do they have a menu that changes daily, fish that you know is fresh from Dorset, vegetables that are sourced from wonderful places, a phenomenal wine like staff who are as knowledgeable and passionate about food. And it only keeps on getting better.
I highly recommend!
I highly recommend May the Fifteenth for a special occasion: the food, wine and service were all superb. It's only a small place, but the atmosphere was lovely - chatty but not noisy, quite busy but not cramped. But I imagine it's more bustling earlier in the evening, as we had a 20:30 booking, so bear this in mind if you're looking for a quiet dinner.
The staff were wonderful, being very helpful but not intrusive. Specifically, when we ordered a bottle of Fleurie, they said it was a fine choice but strongly recommended a better one at £5 more. The waiter seemed a bit embarrassed asking us this, as it's easy to annoy diners with this kind of thing, but we're very pleased we went for the fine wine, as it was nothing short of wondrous.
Food. Starters: olives (huge, and beautiful); French onion soup (excellent - very sweet onions, nicely caramelised); pork, pigeon and prune terrine (I only tried a tiny bit, but it was excellent and went fantastically well with the onion soup); main: rabbit for two, with rocket and chips with a creamy sauce dip, and a cabbage side (everything about this was superb - plenty of meat on the rabbit, beautifully cooked; cabbage buttery and sweet; chips just astounding); dessert: flourless chocolate cake (Helen's thing rather than mine, but she said it was extraordinary).
For a full dinner appointment I'd stick to special occasions, but I imagine the food is every bit as good for a smaller lunch or whatever. A beautiful place to eat, and I do hope we get to go back.
I have been here a few times over the past few years and it is one of my favourite restaurants. I love that there are always things on the menu to push me out of my comfort zone and I have never failed to enjoy each and every mouthful of every dish whether being brave or taking the known/comfort option. The staff are friendly and happy to help explain the bits I don't know. This place is great whether you are having dinner for two or as a larger group. It's probably great if you are on your own too, but I haven't done that, and I'd miss being able to try bites of my companions' meals (with their permission!)...
We ate here on a Saturday night and it was delicious. We had the onglet which is possibly the tastiest beef I have had. Amazing potted shrimp and flourless chocolate cake too, all washed down with a bottle of the unusual but delicious marcillac. Great service and a warm and relaxed atmosphere. All in all excellent.
This is our favourite local restaurant and have been coming since it opened, originally as the Abbeville Kitchen. We come at least once a month, sometimes more and are always delighted with the food, Kevin in the kitchen knows what he is doing. Last night's main of choice was Swaledale lamb and gratin dauphinoise, simply divine. The sorbets are always good - this one was melon and was tremendous.
Had heard good things about this local eatery hidden within the gentrified environs of Abbeville Village. Walked into a packed house on a Friday night and noticed immediately the front of house were struggling. I suspect they were a body or two down but ultimately they coped admirably. There is an open kitchen at the back which is a nice touch. Food was Modern European but took influences from North Africa and the Mediterranean basin. I had the deep fried courgette flower to start. Crispy savoury with an unctuous cheese filling. Yum. The wife had the asparagus which were perfectly cooked and tasted as if they'd been picked from the earth just a few minutes before. For the mains I had a wonderfully tender ox cheek with chorizo and broad beans. To call this peasant food would be a disservice but it is hearty and it is tasty. My partner had a gargantuan pork chop with chard and anchovy butter. The latter provided a salty kick to an excellent slab of on the bond meat. For afters a panna cotta which had the perfect wobble and moist cake with orange ice cream provided a divinely fitting end to a fab meal. This is local fare at its best. Good value for money and a reasonably well appointed wine menu too. Not quite Michelin standard but sort out the front of house and this place will soon be knocking on the door!!
Very good food from an interesting menu - the portions are a good size and the food was delicious. The ambience was great, really buzzy but not too loud. The highlight was the service though - very pleasant, helpful and they let us stay for along time after we ahd finished food to finish ff our wine - we were not hurried at all.
Booked here as we wanted somewhere to entertain our son close to our hotel on Clapham Common we made a great choice. Despite a wobbly start the great crew soon found a wedge for the table leg apologising that they had had to rearrange the furniture for a large party. This is not a pretentious London eaterie the staff/owners care about their restuarant long may they continue in business. Menu is a mix of tapas and mains all of which we could have eaten, however ,we were guided towards the lamb shoulder special and warned not to select too many tapas starters good advice as it was enormous! Food is excellent, well cooked and presented. Wine list limited but offering a perfect selection by glass, half and full bottles with barman happy to provide guidance. Try the cocktails and damson gin. We will be back soon, put this on your places to visit list but prebook!
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