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Eating Out at Center Parcs

Last week during our trip to Center Parcs we ate out several times. It’s important to get the correct balance; for us Center Parcs is a place to spend family time together, spend time with friends, relax, and fit in the activities that we all love.

We try to ensure we eat out several times during our stay but also love a movie night by the open fire. The lodges are lovely and so cozy, and a family night in with a takeaway is something we really look forward to.

Last week we ate at 3 restaurants and had great experiences in them all,

Cafe’ Rouge, I have to say this is my favourite restaurant a Center Parcs. We tend to dine here with our wonderful friends Ruth and Darren. Cafe Rouge at Whinfell forest is fantastic, it has a play area over the top so the younger boys can play, it is an area geared up for older children rather than toddlers so you can relax and enjoy a glass of wine and your starters whilst the boys are happily burning off a little steam.


Cafe Rouge is mainly set outside under the dome, so you feel you are dining alfresco and the atmosphere is just great. Very chilled, and continental. The Menu has lots of choice from sharing platters, tasty burger and my favourite Moules Mariniers.

Bella ItaliaIMG_5077, this is great for the whole family. The teens in particular love Bella Italia, the Menu has something to suit everyone, and I love the decor and atmosphere. They also have a great cocktail menu for us Mums.

We tend to book a meal here for both families. Which is fab to all get together. Our children fall into 3 different age groups and we all look forward to a meal and get together with all our children. The youngest is 8 the oldest 18 yet this is a place that everyone loves.


And lastly but by no means least, we had lunch at Huck’s. Huck’s is a cool diner style restaurant, the walls are covered with memorabilia, it has an option of a children’s buffet which Joe loved, he felt really grown up serving himself. I like the fact that it also has healthy options such as salad and vegetables. The menu is typical American Diner style, offering ribs, fajita’s and burgers. And I must say the burgers were delicious. The boys loved the kids, teen’s area which is a pc area with iMacs where they could play games whilst waiting for dinner, great for Chris and I as we had the opportunity to chill and chat over a drink as we waited for our meals.


What I loved about the restaurants is they really appealed to all ages, there was something to keep the boys happy, yet the environments were not overrun with kids, if you get what I mean? Yes Center Parcs is a family environment, but they cleverly provide a space for the kids that is discreet so Mums and Dads can relax, keep a close eye on children and teens, whilst not feeling they are in the middle of a kid zone. This is so important to me, as I avoid places that are overrun and disorganised at all costs. Center Parcs has got it so right in this department.

IMG_5227Center Parcs have been fantastic with Jack, every restaurant we have ever dined with has accommodated him and helped him with his carbs, and you can see the confidence Jack has when we visit.

He even want to Huck’s with his pal Harry for dinner the evening we dined at Cafe Rouge, as they wanted to have a lads night bless them. It’s great that he felt the confidence to go to dinner and work out his carbs, he even had a pudding thanks to the great staff that helped him. Of course we were only in the restaurant next door and at the end of the phone, but I love the fact that he felt confident enough to dine without us, and deal with his carbs and injection alone. I feel so proud of him for taking this step, and thank Center Parcs staff for helping him with such a huge milestone.

So there you have it, we love Center Parcs, eating out is a real family event. My only regret is we didn’t get time to visit the pancake house. But you can only eat so much in a day can’t you? In fact we loved its much we are going agin next month and I can’t wait.



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