The Abbeville reviews
P.S. They have a new menu now and the duck was absolutely divine.
by Claphamite, 30 Nov 2009
by marymacdougall, 28 Oct 2009
Not worth travelling a long way for but definitely one to head to if nearby.
by no1redz (5 reviews), 01 Jun 2009
by aeyxefm, 08 Apr 2009
Our table was booked for 4pm on a Sunday but was not ready until 5pm. In most establishments you would be offered a drink in this situation whilst you waited, but nothing came. Two of us ordered lamb shank. This is generally a dish that should be melting and falling off the bone, but both of us had trouble cutting the hard rubbery meat from the bone and in the end gave up. The other dishes were either cold or, in the case of the usually exemplary burger, charred to a cinder. It was impossible to attract the attention of 'our' waitress and every time we got the attention of another we were told "It's not my table" - not terribly useful when we were being ignored by our own waitress.
It's really sad, as this used to be one of my favourite pubs and the food was reliably good. What a shame it's gone so far downhill.
by louby, 18 Feb 2008
There were 10 of us dining - not a large number. Some people got served at the table, others had to go to the bar to get their own drink. A tad confusing, but no drama there. Perhaps the olives and nuts would cheer us up, if only they ever arrived to our table...
Next up, someone came to take the order. The manager decided to berate her in front of us all as it was "not her table". Very unprofessional and embarrassing for both her and us. When the right waitress came over, she was excellent and a credit to herself. The order we placed was a simple one - no fancy requests for changes as, according to the menu, "We regret that no changes can be made to the dishes".
When the food arrived, the lamb was excellent and the venison good. But half a carrot and half a parsnip is not exactly much to go with it. It's a gastropub, not nouveau cuisine! The turkey and 'all the trimmings' had no potatoes or other most standard of trimmings. (The reason for no potatoes? "We're running low" - I decided not to point out that Tesco is ten minutes' walk away). The burger, plus egg, came without the egg. The pasta with goat's cheese, shallots, pine nuts and rocket was stone cold and missing half the ingredients. When it came back (hot) it was still missing the ingredients. Dessert: a hard brownie and the cheese selection. I think the cheese went to the same place as the nuts and olives, that place certainly not being our table.
I would say that only 3 out of the 10 of us enjoyed the food. The rest ate because we had ordered. Perhaps we should have left hungry and gone elsewhere. The manager seemed indifferent to the problems we had raised, other than to take money off the bill. Personally, I wouldn't baulk at the prices if the food was good but the value for money here is non-existent.
The fact that this place calls itself a gastropub is, to be honest, false advertising. The food is overpriced and, frankly, sub-standard. The atmosphere was good though - must have been a lot of people there unwinding and having a drink, they certainly couldn't have been eating. Overall, go there for a beer or two if you live round the corner. Don't bother travelling there for a drink, and certainly don't go for dinner.
by rsm, 01 Dec 2007
This is an average gastro pub, nothing more and certainly nothing less. The food is variable, but appears to be a consequence of ingredients and cooking style for particular items rather than the chef or shoddy cooking overall. It's typical gastro pub prices for a middle class income area. I would say that the bitters are good and the lager, although limited, does usually have one draught above the wife beater masses. The wine list is strong on variety and, whilst it's not the cheapest, you'll certainly find something you like.
The staff are friendly but at times almost laissez faire, and do sometimes need to be sought out on busier occasions. There is also the tired habit of asking if 'everything is ok' seconds after your meal arrives. Let me taste the food then tell you!
The clientele is late twenties to forties, as befits the area. It's very much a casual place for Ms twentysomething to bring her parents or couples to go out, without really going out.
I would not cross rivers to eat here but if you are close, then I wouldn't walk by to try the alternatives, all of which are at least a ten minute walk away.
Of course, the best thing is the lack of 15 TV screens (one unobtrusive one at the bar) and ear-deafening music.
by johndorayme, 28 Nov 2007
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