The Abingdon

4.7
40 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
Just off the bustling Kensington High Street stands the exterior of the pubs of yesteryear. Yet within these walls lies a family owned restaurant & wine bar which has made its mark on the neighbourhood for the past 17 years.

We warmly welcome you to one of Kensington's bet kept secrets.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here for dinner. I really liked the food. It seems like the menu changes daily. The staff was friendly and attentive. I will definitely come back.

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BV
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent Steak and Chips - will definitely go back

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MV
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Will give this place another chance despite the poor experience of last time. Food is usually fantastic but this time the dishes were mediocre. Desert was great and on the house though. Our waiter was there temporarily and couldn’t provide insights on the dishes when we ordered.

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DC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a jolly good place from pretty much every point of view.

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DA
Dublin
10 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, nice prices and superb service.. it is a pity it’s really noisy!

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R
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reliable local fixture with a good buzz of happy diners that make it warm and welcoming. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. Back of the house booths recommended.

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DC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great vibe superb food and really lovely environment

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s
London
132 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Me and my friend enjoyed a pre xmas celebration at the Abingdon. The food and wine were delicious. This busy and buzzy restaurant always delivers high quality dishes.

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W
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, everything was cooked to perfection and all four of us were very happy with what we ordered. Service was prompt and efficient, and there was a lovely cosy atmosphere, without too much background noise. We would definitely go back.

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OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They added extra wine to the bill. It was removed when pointed out.

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SR
London
16 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious and enjoyable dinner at The Abingdon last Friday. The food was better than ever! The service was great and it was also a very nice atmosphere. I highly recommend this place

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love dining at the Abingdon. It’s my fav pub in Kensington.

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SD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect pub restaurant for meeting friends in an informal environment, with good food, friendly and efficient service, and quieter tables available.

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ED
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great night

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TF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Say at bar for dinner. Difficult to get service. Bartenders distracted though resto maybe 1/4 full. Still I like the casual elegance of Abingdon, going for years now b

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had the set lunch menu. The starter was excellent but both main courses lazy and poor.

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OT
London
151 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Abingdon is an excellent local with excellent food and very pleasant ambience

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c
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

What a lovely find. Surpassed our expectations

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SB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel to London weekly from the US and the Abingdon is by far my favorite and go to place!

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DB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always reliable. Sitting at the bar is very nice.

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AB
London
22 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable evening. We were able to get a booth table which we like very much . Friendly service

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PB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alas, I only make it to the Abingdon once a year - purely and simply because I live on a different land mass. But when I return to the UK and spend even a couple of nights in London, a trip to the Abingdon is a must. The atmosphere is easygoing and low-key, the space stylish, the staff are unfailingly good humored and accommodating, and the food is consistently wonderful - the menu varied, the portions generous without being excessive, the preparation and presentation outstanding. Above all, the cocktails, made by the peerless Luigi, are among the very best I've tasted in the UK - and I'm including the work of giants of the field like Dale DeGroff and Simon Difford in that estimation. Prepared with nuance and precision, Luigi's cocktails, especially his take on classics, are sublime - and he'll rise to a challenge. The Abingdon now has the feel of a local for me; I only wish that it were.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding! Nothing disappointed. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner, lovely wines and topped it off with a delicious dessert. One of my favorites!

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J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the outside it’s just a regular pub which from appearances looks like they’d serve a pie and a pint. But ... when you get inside.. it’s a beautiful restaurant serving exquisite food in a beautifully ambient atmosphere. Prices are okay and the wine list is non pretentious and affordable.
I will go back.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our friends ordered steamed fish and the lady wanted duck. The latter is described as "pink" but when our friend asked for it to be medium the waiter said he would put medium to well. She asked him not to but to write it as medium. He seemed to know better, not the diner ! :-( It was exactly as she asked so she was right.
The gentlemen asked for the fish to be cooked some more as he considered it not cooked. He was told that was how it came. He was another waiter who also knew better than the diner ! Cooked a little more he was happy with it after.
Amazing . . .

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P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Great neighborhood place with excellent food. Ate at the bar because I was alone but the bartenders were not friendly.

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JB
London
38 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food & service always meets expectations

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JK
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good and made a pleasant change from the nearby chains. Service was excellent

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite neighbourhood restaurant!

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place is enjoyable atmosphere, great food and nice service. The clientel is young and lively but the restaurant is not too noisy if you manage to ecure a booth at the back.

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BP
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent mother’s day lunch. Great staff-lovely beautiful smiley waitress. Delicious beef nice and pink and well carved which is rare. Top marks.

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t
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a great time at Abingdon with friends visiting me from France. Great food, although a bit too salty. Service was very friendly and professional. A place I definitely recommend.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good Food, Pleasant atmosphere, Welcoming Staff.
Space could have been larger.

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A
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely as usual. Would recommend. Staff are first class. Standard is very high.

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FA
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Reliably great spot for Sunday afternoon get-togethers!

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J
London
164 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good meu and great food.... but despite there being many free 'booth tables' the waiter insisted we needed to sit in the rather busy corridor area.... and the food was as always very good, however the value for money is poor ,,,very expensive ... even for kensingtn and the wine selection again good....albeit very pricey.

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r
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Taking a business contact for supper after a meeting, I recalled eating a couple of times at The Abingdon and enjoyed both visits. We arrived a little after 9pm and were greeted warmly and shown to a booth. Both of us ordered the beef fillet and were not disappointed; mine was medium rare and it was delicious and came with scrummy Savoy cabbage and tasty green beans (having opted to skip the mash potato). My colleague ordered medium to well done ( a sacrilege to my mind) but he said it was also very well cooked. We ordered a mouth-watering Argentinian Malbec to accompany it and were not disappointed. One sadness was a poor recommendation from he waiter as to wine which, having tried, we declined and opted for the Malbec. The main Course arrived in good time and would recommend the dish to others. We then planned to finish the wine by sharing a cheese plate (both being fans of cheese) but we’re very saddened to be informed that the cheese would come straight from the fridge! Disaster! There are few things worse in the world than cold tasteless cheese. We expressed our displeasure politely but clearly to the waiter. Other restaurants will leave a selection of cheese out at room temperature so that it can be enjoyed by customers as nature intended. Sadly, this was not true of The Abingdon. This, we had to select a pudding and both opted for the sticky toffee pud, which was fabulous to be fair. So, overall a pleasant meal with a couple of minor blemishes. Many thanks.

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is good but not great. Nice ambience. Now they require 50 characters, hopefully that should do it.

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GD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my third visit to The Abingdon in the past 3 months. I think the word has gotten out, because it was PACKED! Nevertheless the staff was engaging and attentive, and each dish we sampled had personality and was properly cooked and finished. We were especially enamored of the appetizers. Over all, my party of 5 very much enjoyed the menu, the wine list, and the evening.

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This great restaurant continues to be our favorite London restaurant. The beef dinner that is shared is amazing but our favorite is the sticky toffee pudding for dessert!!! Love the ambiance in the bar area too!

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