We chat to our general manager, Linda Coltart, about our new bar. Linda has been an integral part of the new concept and has been tasting, testing, swirling and sniffing her way to uncover the new offering. The bar will be unlike anything Franschhoek has ever seen—a place for locals and international visitors to mingle.
The front area of LQF is currently undergoing renovations, what is it expected to look like?
We’re aiming for a funky yet comfortable lounge area with a bar;
What kind of ambience can we expect?
I want people to feel relaxed and comfortable in a calm and inviting space where quality drinks and fun bar food can be enjoyed.
What would you say the core focus of the bar is?
Innovative cocktails driven by seasonal produce both sweet and savoury, craft beers and local wines.
Tell us about the journey you’ve been on creating this new experience, from décor design to cocktail design
We know what we want but still putting it all together. We have pored hours over different concepts, colours and textures, spent lots of time on Pinterest absorbing other creative ideas. It’s still a work in progress…
When it came to designing the cocktails, I flitted around London’s bar scene for two days and saw a lot… but nothing much jumped out at me. One I did like was a pub called Powder Keg Diplomacy, so I got in touch with the owner who happens to be a South African living in Cape Town!
I met up with him and so the project started. We knew we had to do something that really makes us stand out; so we have played with all sorts of local ingredients, like mebos and sour figs. We’ve also incorporated many different techniques, from infusions and sous vide to blending and smoking—and I really think we’ve created something different.
You’ve sourced a number of craft beers; can you give us a hint of what will be available?
On tap we’ll have two delicious beers from the Cape Brewing Company [found locally in nearby Paarl] as well as a number of other craft beers in the bottle.