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Café Rouge to close Hampstead High Street branch

No more croque monsieurs

21 February, 2019

CAFE Rouge has confirmed it is closing its popular branch in Hampstead next month.

The New Journal revealed last March that its future was unclear as its landlords planned an overhaul of the building in Hampstead High Street.

The French bistro chain said: “We are very committed to the local community and remain interested in new sites in the area.”

Café Rouge, regularly mentioned by the eponymous character in Bridget Jones’s Diary, was formed in 1989 and has grown to more than 100 outlets serving bistro dishes, including croque monsieur and mussels.

Hampstead is thought to be one of Café Rouge’s busiest branches and is popular with the area’s famous residents. This Morning presenting couple Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are among past customers.

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