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May The Fifteenth

4.5
335 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, European
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Hours of Operation
Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday - Friday 6.30-10pm
Saturday: 10am-3.45pm & 6.30-10.30pm
Sunday: 12.00-4pm
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Phone number
020 8772 1110
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
On-street pay & display. Free on evenings and weekends.
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Public Transit
Clapham Common & Clapham South
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Really enjoyable dinner. The staff were terrific throughout with a very laid back but attentive approach. The sharing main (Lamb Shoulder) was succulent, simply prepared, delicious and just the right amount for two. The Cornish mussels were a little watery and lacked punch but overall the food offerings were well above the average for the area. The atmosphere was extremely welcoming and relaxed.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Very small menu but food was sublime. Ensure there are at least 2 of you so you can go for more mains. My CHOP however was magnifique

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5.0Dined on 11 January 2018

Exceptional food - superb quality, originally assembled finest ingredients...food you won’t have eaten before and want to eat again. Inspired chef. Eg smokey roasted Jerusalem artichoke with delicious dressing including capers and just the correct touch of an unusually good tangy cheese ....fantastic starter....

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1.0Dined on 4 January 2018

Incredibly understaffed with only one person in the kitchen and one person serving customers on a busy evening leading to long waits for taking orders, starters and the mains - no time for dessert. The poor waiter did his best but dearly needed help.

The octopus and aubergine starters were delicious, the veg sides great too, but the dry duck combined with painfully slow service hurt the evening.

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5.0Dined on 31 December 2017

Definitely a local gem in Clapham, not sure why it’s not busier, amazing food every time. Staff very chilled and friendly atmosphere

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5.0Dined on 17 December 2017

Excellent food and wine, great service and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 16 December 2017

Third time eating out at May the 15th and I can honestly say that each meal has been excellent. Every single dish I have tried has been top notch, and the service is friendly and prompt.

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1.0Dined on 2 December 2017

We went very much looking forward to our evening, having read the reviews. Unfortunately, ours won't be as glowing.

The restaurant started off relatively quiet, we were served promptly and could hear ourselves talk. By the time we left, the restaurant was packed, the service then slowed (understandably, I guess) and it was SO noisy and SO hot that we couldn't wait to leave. I don't know how the staff manages to work in these conditions. Also, small thing, but the door to the restaurant was particularly hard to open!

The food might suit some - rustic, lots of it. But we found it a little clumsy, to be honest. The whole burrata (starter) was served on a tiny plate and was topped with really over-dressed leaves. So, it was like eating an oil slick and if you tried to move it out of the way, you ended up with it all over the table. Whilst the portions were certainly generous, it didn't feel as though much love had gone into it, and with it not being particularly cheap, I would have expected a little more care. I don't like it when I go to a restaurant, pay decent money and leave feeling I could have done a better job at home. Overall, disappointing.
Sorry 'May', we SO wanted to love you!

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5.0Dined on 1 December 2017

Excellent menu, friendly and accommodating staff, great location. Same chef from when they were Abbeville Kitchen - food did not disappoint.

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4.0Dined on 19 November 2017

Excellent Sunday lunch. Good-sized starters packed with fresh flavours, followed by filling, comforting, rich and delicious mains (1 roast pork belly and 1 fish/seafood casserole). Friendly, confident and knowledgeable service throughout.

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5.0Dined on 18 November 2017

Fantastic food and considerate service. Will go back many times

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5.0Dined on 18 November 2017

Superb everything! Brilliant experience..

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5.0Dined on 10 November 2017

Really delicious food, friendly service, very good cocktails. The atmosphere is vibrant and the setting welcoming

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5.0Dined on 1 November 2017

Been here a handful of times and always impressed when the main hits the table. Good portions and great food with a constantly changing menu. Will be back soon!

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4.0Dined on 28 October 2017

We enjoyed our experience, the food was very fresh, but not necessarily exciting. Though very enjoyable, good quality ingredients, very tasty. It was fairly expensive considering we only had one glass of wine each... our bill was over £80 for two of us which felt a little unreasonable, (maybe I'm just cheap and not as wealthy as the usual Abbeville restaurant-goer).
I felt the service was efficient, of a little cold. Of course not everyone going out is looking for a chatty server, but the mood seemed a little down when we arrived. C'est la vie! Overall was a nice meal. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 25 October 2017

Excellent-friendly and relaxed-delicious food.I've always enjoyed the light touch in the way everything is presented-will continue to go back.

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4.0Dined on 21 October 2017

Had dinner here on Saturday night. Had a delicious meal, which was really very flavoursome (artichoke soup with truffle oil and hazelnuts and then a fish stew). It is obviously a lively and popular restaurant. My only reservation was that it is quite noisy with people trying to make themselves heard over the music. It makes for a good party atmosphere but older people might find it too loud. However, I would definitely recommend it and go back.

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5.0Dined on 21 October 2017

Food was delicious. Cosy atmosphere. Worth a visit.

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4.0Dined on 7 October 2017

A great neighbourhood gem. Great solid cooking. Well executed. And not crazy prices. Service ok but could be friendlier and a bit smilier.

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3.0Dined on 17 September 2017

As usual, great food but the decor really needs some attention.

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4.0Dined on 10 September 2017

Booked May the Fifteenth for Sunday lunch with a group of friends. The experience overall was very good, food delicious, with friendly and helpful staff. However, we were all left feeling that the meal was very over-priced for Sunday lunch, which was disappointing, as it dampened an otherwise very positive experience.

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5.0Dined on 31 August 2017

Fantastic meal. Great fresh flavours and lovely atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 25 August 2017

Great neighbourhood restaurant, lovely balanced menu

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4.0Dined on 5 August 2017

A really friendly restaurant with good staff

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2017

As always, this was a superb meal. The meat balls tasty, the soup smooth and deeply coloured. We love coming here, our only problem is that it is increasingly a venue for larger groups so the noise level is absolutely terrible. The acoustics are such that a conversation between two people is very difficult indeed. Still, overall it is a great place for a good dinner.

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5.0Dined on 16 July 2017

Fantastic Sunday lunch! As usual... love the place and food

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3.0Dined on 8 July 2017

Great location, atmosphere is casual and relaxed great for a Saturday evening with friends. Busy, service a little slow but waiters were all knowledgeable and helpful.
Starters were delicious mains less inspiring desert great!

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2017

Consistently great!

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2017

As usual, high quality food. Potted shrimp tasty if small, gaspacho very tiny glass but good flavour, lamb meat balls with lentils very filling and tasty. Polenta with vegetarian dish ok, though a bit boring. Lemon rhubab meringue exquisite, and large.Drinks ok if expensive.
Service reasonable, not as good as sometimes . Waiter forgot about our mains and had to be asked - but was gracious about it and we got a drink each gratis as a result. It is still one of my favourite restaurants in London, highly recommended. Extremely noisy though, don't go if you have problems with hearing!

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2017

Beautiful food and a thoughtful menu- well thought out and unique flavour combinations.
Fantastic service with a smile- Thanks!

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2017

I am a regular here and came with another regular and 2 other friends who both loved it. It is relaxed, the food is great and perfect for a get together.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2017

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!

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3.0Dined on 31 May 2017

Very good service and knowledgeable staff. The Burrata as a starter is a 'must have'

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2017

Delicious food and wine, reasonable prices, good service. We shared starters, mains and desserts so got a good selection and every dish was incredible. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2017

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...

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2017

Have always had a great meal at this restaurant and service good. Little low on ambience.

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2016

Lovely lunch, great food, great wine. Incredibly helpful staff.

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3.0Dined on 13 May 2016

This place is local to us so we thought we'd give it a go. The food is quirky but interesting (although a bit too much dill for my liking). Service was patchy: initially repetitious (as two members of staff seemed to think we were their table) then a bit slow. But all with a relaxed ease/ hipster vibe which was quite soothing. Atmosphere is buzzing, a combination of being fully booked and very few soft furnishings to soak up the noise. Great if you're in a group, less so as a dinner for 2. I would definitely come back but, at over £100 for 2 starters, 2 mains, a bottle of wine and some water, it will only be for specific occasions.

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2016

We had a super evening at May the Fifteenth. The starters were absolutely delicious & the main courses were extremely good too. The service was excellent & we look forward to returning.

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