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Café Rouge Leamington Spa

We love eating out as a family, it’s something we do most weekends and if Baby Gourmand is lucky he gets taken out for lunch during the week too.  What usually puts me off about most places when we go to eat out is the amount of places that don’t cater for children.  I’ve lived in both a big city and a medium sized town and both have a huge number of restaurants who don’t have high chairs, small cups, smaller cutlery or a children’s menu.

We recently visited Café Rouge to sample their new children’s menu, we have visited before when Baby Gourmand was much younger and it’s the perfect place for a family to visit for lunch or dinner.  Our local Café Rouge is very spacious so people with a pram wouldn’t have a problem getting a table, there are high chairs available, staff are incredibly child friendly and best of all they have a great children’s menu.

Colouring pencils cafe rouge

For £6.95 children can have a starter, main course, dessert and a drink, there were quite a few main courses that Baby Gourmand would have loved so I found choosing a dish for him almost as difficult as deciding what to have myself!

childs starter cafe rouge

Baby Gourmand’s starter was artisan bread with d’Isigny butter, cucumber, carrot and tomato with a tomato dip which he proceeded to get all over his fingers ready to lick off.

bread basket cafe rouge Olives cafe rouge

Instead of ordering a started each, Mr Gourmand and I thought we would just order some bread and olives so we ordered the Rouge Olives (£3.25) and the Plateau de Pain (£4.95) The Rouge olives were delicious and the caper berries added a sweetness which cut through the heat of the Roquito chillies perfectly, for such a small little chilli they really can pack a punch.  The bread was all warm and I particularly liked the rye & caraway bread.  Baby Gourmand was convinced that the black olive tapenade was chocolate and didn’t look too impressed when I popped some into his mouth, I thought it was delicious and could have happily ate it with a spoon – I’m such a glutton.

Croque Monsoir Cafe Rouge

I was torn between ordering the Poulet Ooh La La and the Petite Croque for Baby Gourmand and went for the latter.  I had ordered the cheese and ham one but the ham seemed to have taken a holiday from the toastie as it was missing, this didn’t seem to bother Baby Gourmand though as he thought it was rather tasty.

Rouge burger cafe rouge

Mr Gourmand is a little predictable so I knew even before he did that he would be ordering the Rouge Burger (£10.95) I’ve just actually realised whilst writing this that the greedy man didn’t even offer me a bite so I’ll just have to take his word that it was delicious, it didn’t stay on his plate for very long so I assume it was just as good as he said it was.

mussels cafe rouge

I was torn between a couple of dishes, I thought since we were in a French restaurant I should really go for a typically French dish and something that I’ve never had whilst on holiday in France, The Moules (£11.95). I wasn’t expecting to receive such a huge pan of mussels, I wasn’t complaining though as I ploughed my way through the mussels which were steamed in a cream, garlic & wine broth, my favourite part of the meal was dipping my French fries or frites into the salty broth. Yum.

Ice Cream Cafe Rouge Vanilla Ice Cream Cafe Rouge

Surprisingly both myself and Mr Gourmand were too full for dessert but Baby Gourmand still had room so we ordered him Vanilla Ice-Cream which came with a choice of toppings.

The above food plus a diet coke, glass of milk and large bottle of water came to £39 I was incredibly impressed with the choice of food especially the food on the children’s menu.

The restaurant was full during our visit, we were there for 1 hour and 45 minutes which is an awfully long time to sit with a toddler, our main course took around 50 minutes for our main course to arrive from the point of ordering this had nothing at all to do with the waiting staff who were great it’s just something to think about if you’re visiting with small children.

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Cafe Rouge – Leamington Spa

Our last visit to Cafe Rouge in Leamington Spa saw us leaving before we had ordered any food or drinks, the service was diabolical and the attitude of the staff, in particular the manager was abysmal which resulted in me writing a heated complaint to head office.  We always think second chances are owed so we decided to visit Cafe Rouge again on a lunchtime to see if they could redeem themselves.

Stella_Cafe Rouge

As it was a nice warm day we decided to sit outside, I went in to ask for a menu just in case the waitress hadn’t seen us.  I was determined to actually get served on this occasion and wasn’t taking any chances.  We both ordered a beer which was served in chilled glasses, we were both very pleased about this as so often you get a fresh out of the dishwasher warm glass in which to put your cold drink.

Calimari_Cafe Rouge

We both picked Calamars for our starter which was lightly fried squid with an aioli dipping sauce.  The squid was cooked to perfection, it wasn’t chewy like squid can sometimes be, instead it was soft and delicious.  Baby Gourmand ate a pretty decent sized portion and loved the aioli (he’s a bit of a garlic fiend).

Salad_Cafe Rouge

Grandpa Gourmand had the Salade De Poulet for his main course which was a warm salad consisting of chicken, bacon, potatoes, red onion, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes and green beans.  The salad had a deliciously sweet dressing that I’ve just not been able to replicate no matter how hard I try. Grandpa Gourmand went as far as to say it was his favourite salad by far.

Fishcakes_cafe rouge

My main course was Croquettes D’Eglefin which was smoked haddock and chedder fishcakes served with fries and a side salad.  The aioli dip was supposed to be a citrus dip but it just tasted like the one served with the starter, I wasn’t complaining though as it was delicious and Baby Gourmand happened to agree.  My fishcakes were extremely filling and there were so many fries that I had to get Grandpa Gourmand to help me eat them.

The food we ate got a 10/10 but it all went a bit downhill when it was time to pay.  I wont go in to the ins and outs of what happened next as I don’t want to embarrass any of the staff working that day but what I will say is that I won’t be visiting Cafe Rouge in Leamington Spa until they hire a new manageress.