After seven years spent transforming local pubs into gastro gems, the Renaissance Pubs team have returned to their very first tavern to completely transform it. The Abbeville in Clapham now boasts a smart new look – think rural gem meets urban chic – and a new chef, Angelo Brotto (ex-Harry’s Bar, Mayfair). The menu now offers a feast of affordable and seasonal British fare, while the bar stocks some great British cask ales and international wines.
If you’re just popping in for a drink, you can chill out in the main bar or tuck yourself away in one of the cosy snugs. Better yet, head downstairs to the den where they have installed burgundy Chesterfields and vintage Vogue magazine covers. Upstairs, head past the zinc bar and take a seat in the mezzanine dining room to enjoy lunch with workmates or dinner with friends.
There’s something to suit everyone on the new menu, including tasty bar snacks like mini Cumberland sausages with mustard mayo, battered cod and chips, and the classic pint of prawns. If you’re feeling hungry, try the seven-hour braised lamb shoulder; the whole roast sea bass; or pop in on Sunday for one of their legendary roasts.