Nights are supposed to be drawing in and the cold chills are supposed to be biting, but mid-October seems more like an extension of a rubbish summer than an introduction to winter. All the same, my body clock tells me that it’s that time of year for warming, carb heavy pub grub so we popped down to The Abbeville for our Sunday lunch fix.
After seven years honing their pub craft, the Renaissance Pubs team, also responsible for the renowned Avalon in Clapham and Bolingbroke in Battersea, have returned to their very first tavern and given her a bit of a makeover. As with most pub makeovers, the new look comprises of decking the venue out with more old stuff, so if you hadn’t visited The Abbeville before, you’d think it had been left to mature for the best part of 200 years. You can’t deny the charm of the place though, with five distinct areas, all with their own character in which to get cosy in. They’ve also got live sports showing in the main bar area, although this thankfully doesn’t interfere with those dining or a having quiet drink in other areas of the venue.
Part of the refurb has included employing a new chef, Angelo Brotto, to create a new menu. I don’t know how good the old guy was, but this new guy is pretty handy in the kitchen. Judging by the completely packed restaurant, the locals seem to agree too. As one would expect, the menu is a feast of top quality yet affordable, seasonal British produce.
Starters were a wonderfully rustic dish of Egg pappardelle with hare & red wine ragu and a warming bowl of Carrot & coriander soup. For mains the Braised venison with mushrooms & polenta was slightly over-cooked but full of hearty flavours, whilst the traditional Roast beef with the trimmings was tasty but a little tight with the thin slices of beef. All washed down with a bottle of Aspall’s cider, this was a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon. However, they saved their best till last. The Banoffee pie was chunky and perfectly sweet, whilst the ridiculously rich Double chocolate cake featured a thick layer of ganache which slowly melted as you ate it.
Cuisine type: British Pub
Sunday lunch for two (excluding drinks): £50
67-69 Abbeville Road
London SW4 9JW
Tel: 020 8675 2201