During the month of January, The Abbeville pub was offering 50% off food. This left me with no excuse but to jump out the front door and toodle down the road to enjoy a candle lit dinner with an old friend. With it being a popular hideout for many locals we booked a table for two, at 7pm in advance, which was a wise decision as it was rather busy despite it being a midweek occasion.
You mustn’t let The Abbeville’s label of ‘a gentrified gastropub with an imaginative British menu’ put you off. With a half-modern, half-traditional interior the setting is homely and the staff are friendly. The menu offers a good range to suit most palates from burgers and ribs to more traditional pub grub like fish & chips and steak. Starting with a bottle of house red, we chatted and browsed the food menu, deciding whether any of the dishes on the chalk board of specials also took our fancy.
Scribbled at the top of the specials board were scotch eggs which arrived on a round wooden board and disappointingly lacked a runny yolk. Ever since I discovered Scotchtails (aka the best Scotch Egg you’ll ever eat) my expectations for a good scotch egg have been heightened so I can’t blame the Abbeville for producing a very average egg.
For some reason, I’m obsessed with croquettes at the moment, which meant we had to order a portion of those as well. Stuffed full of pork cheek they were awesome. Accompanied with a creamy garlic aioli dip and bright yellow piccalilli, both starters were great to share.
For main, I went for the St. Louis Barbecue Pork Ribs served with sweet potato fries and apple and red cabbage slaw. The ribs were fantastic, I was surprised how tender the meat was and the gravy was delish.
My dining partner went for another item on the specials board, homemade beef and ale pie with chunky chips and salad. The pie was surprisingly dense and full of meaty goodness. It would have been even better if it came with a pot of gravy to help moisten the dish though.
I’m delighted that The Abbeville is my new local, I’ve visited again since my first visit and I’m sure I’ll become a regular during the Six Nations. With 50% off the food bill, I felt like we got good value for money which means at full price the Abbeville can be a little high on the expense scales for pub food. But fear not, Sundays through to Thursdays you can get 50% off via tastecard. Bingo.
ADDRESS: 67-69 Abbeville Rd, London SW4 9JW
OPENING HOURS: 11am–11pm Monday to Wednesday, 11am–12am Thursday to Saturday and 11am–10:30pm on Sundays
CONTACT: 020 8675 2201