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Summary

These “accurate imitations of a well-run French brasserie” have become the survey’s most-mentioned chain, on the strength of the huge army of fans who find them an “always-dependable” standby. The “perfectly acceptable” food “is quite good when you factor in the price”: “stick to their basic menus and you get a quite a good-value meal (although stray onto the more expensive dishes and you are better off going elsewhere)”. The wide range of options – including breakfast and prix-fixe pre-theatre – means there’s “plenty of choice for different appetites”. Unlike some chains there’s no effort to make outlets individual: “every branch is cut from the same cloth, but that’s no bad thing”.

£52
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“You know what you’re going to get” from this ubiquitous French brasserie chain: a formula that’s “classier than Café Rouge’s”, and whose “easy and convenient, if uninspiring” virtues nowadays make it the survey’s most-mentioned multiple. The “classic bistro fare” is “formulaic but edible” (steak-frites is a popular choice) and while service is “hit or miss” and conditions often “noisy”, the “sensible pricing” especially of lunch or pre-theatre deals underpins its massive popularity.

£48
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“As a useful port of call”, these “safe” all-day French brasseries remain immensely popular, especially for their “bargain set lunch”, and pre-theatre deals. However, even many fans would concede that the “straightforward” fare is “solid but unspectacular”.

£48
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A step up from Café Rouge” – these useful “modern, all-day French brasseries” are nowadays the survey’s most talked-about chain; the cooking will “never win awards” but is “solid”, “affordable” and “pleasant enough”.

£44
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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