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The Tasting Room’s annual closure for 2015

Heads up! The Tasting Room’s annual closure in 2015 will be as follows:

Last service: Saturday, 06 June 2015
Re-open: Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Now we know that may seem like far away now—but tables get booked up quickly and you may need to book a couple of months in advance. Head to our reservations’ page to see the available dates and terms.

During the annual closure, the hotel and The Living Room will be open as usual—so you’ll still be able to enjoy craft cocktails and Chef Margot Janse’s small plate sharing menu throughout.

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Condé Nast Traveller’s Best Hotels in Africa: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014

More amazing travel news! We’ve been named as one of the Best Hotels in Africa: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 by Condé Nast Traveller!

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Condé Nast Traveller wrote: “This “gem of a place with superb food” garners a perfect score for its location in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley. The privately owned auberge is “small and intimate, with beautiful secluded gardens.” “Book far, far in advance to indulge in the world-famous” South African-inspired menu at the Tasting Room. “Fine rooms” range from Four Quarter Suites set around a private courtyard, to Grande Rooms with heated bathroom floors, to Auberge Suites with walled gardens and private pools. “Superb staff couldn’t be more helpful.”

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The Tasting Room won a 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award!

Wonderful travel news! The Tasting Room has been awarded a 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award by Tripadvisor!

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The Tasting Room has been named on two lists: as one of the favourite fine dining experiences in South Africa as well as Africa.  Well done to the team!

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Neil Jewell on StreetSmart

Not familiar with StreetSmart? The organisation raises funds for street children through participating restaurants.

“StreetSmart has been in operation in Cape Town since June 2005 under the founding patronage of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The funds raised go to selected and approved organisations that run programmes for the normalisation of street and vulnerable children’s lives. The restaurants in each town raise funds for their own community street children programmes.”

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Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine an avid supporter of the cause recently said: “R5 does not buy much, but it can make a big difference! We were one of the very first restaurants to start supporting this charity and why not? If we can help make a difference or better the lives of these kids, then we certainly will try. I believe more restaurants should get involved. It’s a voluntary R5 on each bill (that’s nothing) and the more people that get involved, the more lives we can better.”

Sign your restaurant up here.

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Nespresso Chefs Academy

“I drank a lot of coffee…” said Chef Margot Janse of her experience at the Nespresso Chefs Academy held recently in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Chefs were invited from around the globe to take part in coffee tastings and food pairings.

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One of Margot's snaps of beautiful Lausanne

Margot noted that at the Nespresso HQ they’re constantly tasting and checking that the quality of the coffee is good; and was impressed at how they uplifted employees from all over the company with coffee tasting training . She loved and was fascinated by the green coffee tasting.  Did we mention she drank a lot of coffee?

Margot and the fellow chefs

Margot and the fellow chefs

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Nominees: Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards for 2014

We are thrilled, proud and honoured that two restaurants of the Le Quartier Français family have been nominated for the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards for 2014!

Both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine have both been shortlisted for the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa! The award ceremony takes places on 16 November 2014, in Thunder City, Cape Town. Grab tickets here.

A scene from last year's awards

A scene from last year's awards

That’s not all, Chef Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine is also cooking on the night, alongside  David Higgs of Five Hundred, George Jardine of Jordan Restaurant, PJ Vadas formerly of Camphors at Vergelegen, Bertus Basson of Overture, and Vanessa Marx of Dear Me.

We can’t wait for the night. Go team!



  

LQF Waterfont Apartments

We’re very excited to share that the LQF family now includes two self-catering apartments at Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront! Plus, guests staying at the apartments can also make a reservation at The Tasting Room – and not have to worry about the drive home after a wine pairing menu! We’ve partnered with uber! Our guests can use our promo code and uber to-and-from dinner – so you’ll get the best of both worlds; the charm of Franschhoek and a culinary journey, paired with a luxurious  stay in the heart of beautiful Cape Town.

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For more info on the apartments visit; 201 Carradale and 204 Juliette

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Sweet treats in The Living Room

“I feel the end approaching. Quick, bring me my dessert, coffee and liqueur.” – Make that last one bubbly for us!
Did you know our small plate sharing menu in The Living Room has a host of delicious sweet treats too? That you can enjoy anywhere, from on the outside terrace to the bar, or overlooking the garden.
Stick your spoon into:
Sticky bun ice cream
Granadilla brûlée, coconut sorbet
Chocolate & pear tartlet, hazelnut  custard
Strawberry cheesecake verrine

“I feel the end approaching. Quick, bring me my dessert, coffee and liqueur.” – Make that last one bubbly for us!

Did you know our small plate sharing menu in The Living Room has a host of delicious sweet treats too? You can enjoy your dessert anywhere, from the outside terrace to the bar, or even overlooking the garden.

dessert

Stick your spoon into:
Sticky bun ice cream
Granadilla brûlée, coconut sorbet
Chocolate & pear tartlet, hazelnut  custard
Strawberry cheesecake verrine

So, next time you’re in Franschhoek, let us show you how sweet we can be.
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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Celebrating 25 years of Le Quartier Français

**** POP*** goes the Môreson bubbly! This October, 2014, we’re celebrating 25 wonderful years of Susan Huxter as the owner of Le Quartier Français! It’s been an incredible journey that spanned into luxurious, unique accommodation and globally lauded cuisine in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, which we’ve watched evolve into a world-class destination!

Thank you to all our guests for all your support through this quarter century – we love making you smile and will continue to do so!

We have the most loyal, enthusiastic team that we’re proud to call LQF family, thank you for all your hard work.

And, to celebrate this milestone, we’ve created a new logo!

LQF logo

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Spring it’s a G&T thing!

Our Tanqueray G&T special in The Living Room has proved to be so popular; we’re going to run it in October too!
Perfect for a catch up with a friend, a fun business date, or even some quiet couple time. Our spring special includes: a Grazing Board served with two G&Ts for R150.
The Grazing Board is a showcase of Neil Jewell’s chacuterie and sourdough as well as local cheese, along with our chef’s favourite bite of the day, which can be anything from bitterballen to terrine.
Now, we won’t pour you any ordinary G&T either. Served with clear, globe ice, we use premium Tanqueray Gin and Fitch & Leedes Tonic in specially crafted Tanqueray glasses.
Spring, it’s a G&T thing.

Our Tanqueray G&T special in The Living Room has proved to be so popular; we’re going to run it in October too!

G&T special

‘Perfect for a catch up with a friend, a fun business date, or even some quiet couple time. Our spring special includes: a Grazing Board served with two G&Ts for R150.’

grazing board

The Grazing Board is a showcase of Neil Jewell’s chacuterie and sourdough as well as local cheese, along with our chef’s favourite bite of the day, which can be anything from bitterballen to terrine.

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Now, we won’t pour you any ordinary G&T either. Served with clear, globe ice, we use premium Tanqueray Gin and Fitch & Leedes Tonic in specially crafted Tanqueray glasses.

Spring, it’s a G&T thing.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: The Living Room,
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