West London isn’t traditionally thought of as a hip night out location. In fact, sometimes I feel like anything past Hyde Park is considered no-man’s land, but one restaurant not to be missed is The Abingdon in Kensington.
Considered to be a “locals’ restaurant” this long-standing establishment has survived changes in owners, partners, and chefs, coming out on top as contender in both food and ambiance. One can choose to sit in the bar on a comfy sofa while enjoying the glow of the fireplace, taking in wine from the extensive restaurant cellar, or munching on bar treats. Depending on the weather, I love to get either a glass of the earthy Famiglia Bianchi Malbec or a light Sea Breeze cocktail.
The Abingdon is home to the best sticky toffee pudding I have had ever…
When in the mood to nibble, try one of their snacks like crispy duck spring rolls. Personally, I order the scrumptious sticky toffee, which is big enough to share, but I never do. I will be so bold as to say that The Abingdon is home to the best sticky toffee pudding I have had ever. Served warm with clotted cream or rich vanilla ice cream, it is sprinkled with seasonal berries and then smothered in a decadent toffee sauce that you want to lick up out of the bowl. Amazing!
The Abingdon does a fabulous dinner as well. On a recent visit I had the rabbit casserole, which was tender meat coated in a rich and pungent prune sauce that paired well with the accompanying celeriac puree. My partner ordered the warm goat cheese and parsnip frittata which was less “frittata” and more layered-warm-cheese-pile, which sounds horrible and wasn’t much to look at, but its flavouring was spot on: the saltiness of the cheese brought out the sweetness of the parsnips and the balsamic reduction was outstanding.
…cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious food…
On different occasions I have tried many of the mains including the baked sea bass, the fillet of cod, and the Scotch beef fillet and can say they are all a delight. Bread comes with multiple varieties to please every taste preference, and really is necessary so that you can wipe up every last tasty morsel of the dish.
With desserts, if chocolate is more your thing, the Mars bar cheesecake is a good choice, but I personally never deviate from my toffee goodness.
I realize West London is a long way from the dining destinations of Clerkenwell or Soho, but, believe me, The Abingdon, with its cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious food is worth the tube ride to get there.