French restaurant Abondance closes after 12 years

London-based French restaurant, Abondance has closed after 12 years in operation in the Primrose Hill area.

The restaurant formerly known as Androuet before a 2018 rebrand has blamed “basic cost increases, lower sterling value, and staff recruitment difficulties” on its closure. Restaurant owners Alex and Leo Guarneri had announced that the restaurant had gone into administration on 6 March.

Abondance’s rebrand came after the brothers ended their partnership with French cheesemaker and supplier, Androuet. Following the separation the restaurant began to supply cheese to other restaurants across London, including Brawn and Terroirs.

In a statement posted to social media, Abondance said: “Dear friends, sadly this morning our company went into administration. Thank you all very much for supporting us till the end, we will be forever grateful to all our customers, producers and our brilliant team.

“Last year has been very hard, due to basic cost increase, lower sterling value, and staff recruitment difficulties. However, our passion has remained as strong until the very end. We grew so much in this big city, took many lessons, made hard mistakes and experienced invaluable moments during this journey.

“We want to give a massive thank you to the entire Spitalfields community and all of the great restaurants and bars we were working with. Thank you to all of our suppliers and makers for all the great products we appreciated so much. Farewell and à bientôt! Alex & Leo.”

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