Food and drink
The French classics are covered. It's not a terribly exciting menu, but you'll find your favourites and the standard is consistent, both from day to day and within the chain (there are more than 100 Café rouges now in the UK). I'm a sucker for the eggs of any variety at breakfast - you can even get Le Petit Déjeuner Anglais (that'll be the Full English Breakfast), if you so desire.
The Entrecote Rouge - a hunk of rib-eye steak with rosemary and garlic, with French fries of course. The moules are pretty good too and, as ever, I top if off with a creme brulee.
Buzzy and active during the day, the typical atmosphere of nice cafés up and down the land. I've known it to be both fairly lively and too quiet during the evenings, I prefer the former but there's no saying what you'll get on any night of the week.
Mostly friendly, can be a little slow: perhaps just teething problems following the opening?
Very central; just off the main shopping drag that is Eastgate Street.
I think the standard menu is already pretty decent value, but the chain is constantly running offers such as 2 for 1 on main courses - it's always worth checking the website for vouchers.
There's another Café Rouge at shopping mecca Cheshire Oaks - a ten-minute drive from central Chester.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss