We are Ben and Bea James, Café Brun’s proud owners!

We met and fell in love whilst spending a fun… and rosé-filled summer in Cannes. We then spent the next decade working in restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels in the UK, plotting how we could one day own a restaurant of our own, in our beloved France.

We have both been lucky enough to spend our holidays in France since childhood. We both love France and the French way of life… not least the devotion to food and wine. We share the “joie de vivre” spirit and are lucky enough to speak French.

Ben spent some time in London working for the trendy fast-growing Burger & Lobster restaurant group then as Head of Food and Beverage at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. Ben trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu in London, before learning the trade over the following five years.

After working as a waiter, hostess and receptionist in hotels and restaurants, Bea spent the first part of her career in events management and marketing for various charities, before transitioning back into the hospitality sector as General Manager at The Litton boutique hotel and restaurant in Somerset.

We finally moved back to France, where we had our daughter Maisie and got our dog Alfie and took on a role together for family-owned rosé brand Maison Mirabeau, running the hospitality on their wine estate near St Tropez.

Ben and Bea, and our front of house team, Michel, Romain, Julien, Hélène, Marie and Aurélia plus chefs Baptiste and Nour look forward to meeting you soon at Café Brun!

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