Diners devastated as L'Absinthe bistro closes

Radio host Matthew Wright: 'I am absolutely devastated as Amelia and me were regulars every Tuesday for discount burgundy'

Thursday, 31st January 2019 — By Tom Foot


Closed: L’Asbinthe

A FRENCH bistro has closed leaving regulars “devastated” – but the owner hopes he’s only saying au revoir and not farewell to Primrose Hill.

L’Absinthe has been serving a traditional menu including onion soup, tarte tartin, duck confit and crème brûlée from the corner-side restaurant in Chalcot Road for more than a decade.

Yesterday (Wednesday), popular owner Jean Christophe Slowik – known as JC – said: “I would like to thank all our customers, friends and staff for 11 amazing years. I will miss you all dearly, but I’m taking a well-deserved break and spending time with my family. I’m sure you will see me again in the street of Primrose Hill, more likely to be having a drink on a terrace than serving it… ce n’est qu’un au revoir [it’s only an ‘until we meet again’].”


L’Absinthe gets its name from a famous painting of 19th-century Parisian café life, by impressionist Edgar Degas. JC had branched out in 2014, taking over the next door shop and running it as a street-level “traiteur” selling takeaway lunches.

Yesterday, a sign on the window said the business was shut down for good and letters have begun piling up on the doormat. Bottles of wine, tables and chairs remain in the building.

Former Wright Stuff TV host Matthew Wright, now on TalkRADIO, said he and his wife had been stunned by the closure of one of their favourite restaurants. He said: “I am absolutely devastated as Amelia and me were regulars every Tuesday for discount burgundy.”

Mr Wright, whose wife gave birth to their first baby last week, added: “I suspect JC’s takings took a hit when Amelia got pregnant and stopped drinking! We’re all hoping JC bounces back with a new venture as soon as possible”.

Matthew Wright was a regular

Mr Wright returned to his show yesterday and spoke about how he and his partner had spent eight years trying IVF treatment before baby Cassady was born last Friday.

He told his radio show: “I think babies are generally really ugly, but mine, mine is beautiful. She cried, which is good, and because she’s premature she has to feed every three hours. Luckily, Amelia is still in hospital which means I don’t have to do any of it. Amelia is doing good – she suffered pre-eclampsia, which is why I had to rush from the studio on Friday.”

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