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Penelope Alice samples the Christmas menu at Café Rouge

“Bon appetit” so the French say. Last night, PA Life Club members were treated to an evening of samples of the Christmas menu at Café Rouge at its St Paul’s location. Of course yours truly had to attend.

The swanky restaurant truly looks like a classic French bistro, with red window frames, textured filigree wallpaper and cosy booth seats. With two sections to the restaurant set on separate levels, it has the perfect space for parties. We comfortable fit nearly 50 of us in at one time.

The menu puts a French twist on the usual festive fare, with starters ranging from warm and creamy Camembert to salmon tartar served with crème fraîche and Melba toast. All of the meaty main options come with pigs in blankets. I loved sampling these little pieces of heaven – tasty sausage wrapped in bacon and covered with a sweet sauce. Although we didn’t get to try the desserts, I can tell I’d love them simply from looking at the menu.

If you’re looking for a convenient Christmas lunch or dinner to treat the team in the City, this location is ideal and offers great views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Not in the area? The menu is also available at other locations around the country. Have a look at the menu for your local branch at


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