|image by Christopher Frost|
My friend Janette and I have often eaten in the cafe and generally enjoyed the ambiance, relaxed atmosphere and the food. Prior to our visits I have been with a large group when I worked at Capital One, with family and friends and on my own a few times. Also when the branch first opened around the early 1990s my ex and I had migrated from the continental style cafe 'Metz' on the edge of Broadmarsh centre (steak baguettes being a favourite) to Cafe Rouge and often had to queue on a Saturday so popular was the new French style venue. We would have gone there a fair few times over the years so much did we enjoy it.
Cafe Rouge describe their branches style as:
“With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989. Now with over 90 sites across the country it's just the place to mull over the morning papers with a cafe au lait and a croissant, pop in for a spot of lunch, share a post-work drink or relax over an evening meal. The menu covers a range of French classics from croques and baguettes, ideal for a quick and easy snack, to more substantial fare such as steak frites and boeuf bourguignon. Likewise, the wines are predominately French; many made by lesser known producers, and provide the perfect accompaniment to the food on offer. No hassle, no rush, no skinny- decaff-double-shot-to-go, just a vibrant atmosphere that moves with your moods throughout the day.”
So In Memorium of this branch I give you a few photographs that I hope show the pleasant venue that apparently will be developed into a large branch of Hugo Boss. Thankyou Cafe Rouge for some very pleasant moments and some good food and a fair few times pretending I was in France for an hour or so. We'll miss you on Bridlesmith Gate.