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Undies and the Rolls Royce …

Last month I visited London with my mother. We stayed at the newly revamped Four Seasons which is, in case you’re wondering, sensational. It is still one of my all time favourite London hotels. Not just because of its excellent location and impeccable design, but also because of their fantastic and personable service.

While we were at the Four Seasons we made excellent use of their complimentary Rolls Royce. Nothing beats being chauffeured around London in the back of a Rolls … nothing.

In fact I’m not sure I can go back to shopping for undies in anything other than an expertly chauffeured Rolls. Wistful sigh.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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Taking Room Service to the Next Level

Nothing says holiday escape like room service. Not having to venture out to enjoy sublime cuisine is, in our books, a definite vacation perk.

This year you can expect to see far more synergy between a hotel’s in-house restaurant and their in-room dining options.

Local is in definitely lekker with locally grown ingredients being given prime position on the best in-room dining menus. There is also a big return to comfort food, which totally makes that night-in feel a bit more homely; and our favourite room service trend is the fact that desserts are getting the precedence they deserve.

We are just so excited that hotels are saying hasta-la-vista-baby to second-rate room service menus … finally!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Trends,
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Only one more month of our 2011 Local is Lekker Special

It’s time to make the most of what’s left of winter. Our 2011 Local is Lekker special runs until the end of August 2011 and our rooms and suites are filling up rapidly. In case you haven’t yet heard you can stay at Le Quartier Français for just R950pp* sharing (this rate includes bed & breakfast) until the 31st of August 2011.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

But that’s not all each person will also get an additional R100 worth of Le Quartier Français Money to spend during their stay. Yip that’s R100 worth of cold-hard-Le-Quartier-Français cash you could spend in The Common RoomThe Tasting RoomThe Treatment or Screening Room and Bread & Wine.

Now that sounds great!

To book call 021-876 2151 or email: res@lqf.co.za

This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions** apply.

*Price includes 14% vat and excludes 1% tourism levy.

** Prepayment required when booking is made. Any amendments are subject to a surcharge and acknowledgement that the rate might not be available for new dates requested. The R100 Le Quartier Français Money – per person – can only be spent on extras, it cannot be used to pay for the room. No refunds.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Franschhoek Restaurant,
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Nip and Tuck

OK it’s time for us to come clean we are addicted to room cosmetic surgery. It started innocently enough – a nip here, a tuck there – but now we can’t seem to go a year without scratching that itch.

This year we’re converting an Auberge Room into a new Petite Garden Suite. We’ve also added a wheel-chair friendly Auberge Room to our offering, Room 16 is getting a new super-bathroom, all our Auberge Room bathrooms are receiving a serious facelift – think more Dolly Parton than Joan Rivers – and we’re sprucing up The Tasting Room.

After all the work is finished we’re going to look younger, firmer and perkier than ever. Come visit us – when we officially reopen on the 1st of August 2011 – you won’t be disappointed!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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Hi-Ho-Hi-Ho it’s off to Bastille we go …

The beautiful and decidedly tasty Mademoiselle Lamb Burger – Lamb Burger’s lesser known but equally delicious niece – will be making an appearance this weekend at the 2011 Bastille Festival. She’ll be accompanied by a selection of her favourite treats including: bitterballen, boerewors rolls, Toulouse rolls; game & walnut sausages, filled focaccia, brownies and – of course – a healthy supply of Tina’s totally-addictive fudge and brownies.

In addition there will also the full range of Miss Molly wines for tasting and sale; and a variety of Neil’s famous charcuterie – Coppa, Saussison Sec, Spanish Cured Loin, Biltong and Tasson – for purchase in the town hall.

P.S. If the tent gets a bit crazy for you pop into is art, The Common Room or down to Môreson. They’ll be a lot calmer but no less delicious!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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Our hearts skip a beat for beetroot

The grated and pickled beetroot of our childhoods has been banished and replaced with whole, cubed or saucy delights that showcase the best this nutty and sweet vegetable has to offer.

You’ll find beetroot on all the great menus of the moment and this is one vegetable that looks set to WOW for a while. Viva la beetroot!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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If you go down to The Common Room Today …

You simply have to try: The Pork and Bacon Crumble.

It is knee-weakeningly good. Seriously you’ll trade in your first born for a second helping.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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