This month marks Café Rouge’s 30th birthday. So, to toast the big 3-0, we’ve crowned them our Restaurant of the Month for June.
Known for their Parisienne bistro-style menu and relaxed dining experience, they’re a favourite for tastecarders. And we’ve delved into the past 30 years of Café Rouge to uncover a few highlights for the occasion and find out what’s made them just so good.
IN THE BEGINNING
Founded in 1989, the very first restaurant opened in Richmond, London. Thought up by two devoted foodies with a love for authentic French food and bistro-style settings, Karen Jones and Roger Myers made their French-inspired goals a reality.
BRIDGET & ROUGE
One of the most popular characters of the 1990s, Café Rouge made an appearance in Bridget Jones’ Diary in 1996. With the help of Bridget and author, Helen Fielding, it wasn’t long until the restaurant became a household name.
Sold by Whitbread in 2002, Café Rouge became part of Tragus Group. In 2015, they became Casual Dining Group and also own other tastecard favourites like Bella Italia, Belgo and more.
Café Rouge walked away from London’s MIDAS Awards as the proud winner of the Mediterranean Casual Dining category in 2012.
A NEW LOOK
In 2015, more than two thirds of Café Rouge bistros were refurbished and revamped. Boasting brand-new, authentic interiors to match the classic French food and wine and offer, Café Rouge took on a whole new, stylish look.
Doing their bit for the planet, some of the restaurant’s seafood was officially certified with the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Blue Fish label in 2018. And now, all of their mussels, hake and cod are fully certified. So, you can tuck into their seafood dishes with peace of mind.
Here’s to 30 more years of delicious food, wine and big moments. Happy Birthday, Café Rouge!
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