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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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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!



  

The American Express Fine Dining Awards 2014

Last night at The American Express Fine Dining Awards 2014 both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine came home smiling.
‘In recent years, we have seen a re-definition of fine dining for modern times,’ said Victor Strugo.  Strugo is a ‘long-time restaurant critic for the Saturday Star and convenor of the American Express® judging panel since the inception of the awards 16 years ago’.
“Restaurateurs and diners are acknowledging that the cornerstones of excellence can – and indeed should – exist across a wide spectrum of styles, ethnicities and ambiences and not only in “classic” or “formal” establishments.’
The annual awards saw a number of records broken:
• the highest number of awards in a single year – 95 – up from 83 last year
• the highest number of new entrants receiving awards – 17 – in any single year since the inaugural awards of 1998
• 7 restaurants received their 10th Award and were added to the Roll of Honour
• the widest footprint to date: the awards now cover 7 of South Africa’s 9 provinces
Gerald van der Walt of The Tasting Room commented: “We’re thrilled with awards and it’s always good to catch up with all the chefs and industry people!”

Last night at The American Express Fine Dining Awards 2014; both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine came home smiling.

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Eleanor & Gerald looking chuffed with their awards.

“The awards continue to reflect the country’s rising culinary spirit and serve as a catalyst in championing the enhancement of the fine dining industry and experience in South Africa. As the exclusive issuer of American Express in South Africa, we are honoured to be associated with this initiative as it not only celebrates South African restaurateurs but also promotes fine dining,” said Pamela White: Head: Corporate Card Services at Nedbank.

“The 2015 list of restaurants has stabilised considerably after the restaurant industry saw a lot of movement within the top echelon of restaurants in South Africa. This has persuaded us to revisit our judging criterion, which has been in place since inception.”

Gerald van der Walt, head chef of The Tasting Room commented: “We’re thrilled with awards and it’s always good to catch up with all the chefs and industry people!”

The Tasting Room's award

The Tasting Room's awards: they were also recognised for having 'reached the prestigious milestone of their TENTH American Express® Platinum Fine Dining Award'

Bread & Wine's award

Bread & Wine's award

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Bread & Wine’s Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor

Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! Thank you to all our guests who reviewed us, the whole team at Le Quartier Français appreciates your feedback – and we hope to see you all again soon!
Want to drop us a review? Find us here on Tripadvisor.

Fantastic news! Bread & Wine – a proud member of the  Le Quartier Français  family – has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! Thank you to all the guests who reviewed the restaurant, the whole team appreciates your feedback – and hope to see you all again soon for charcuterie and wine, wine, wine!

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Want to drop them a review? Find them here on Tripadvisor.

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Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

We’ve been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! Thank you to all our guests who reviewed us, the whole team at Le Quartier Français appreciates your feedback – and we hope to see you all again soon!

Want to drop us a review? Find us here on Tripadvisor.

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Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014

*** Pops Môreson Solitare! **** We’re thrilled to announce that Le Quartier Francais will be listed in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014, as one of the top Lodges & Resorts in Africa and the Middle East!

Thank you to all the readers who voted for us – and to our incredible team for all their hard work.

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The awards will be published in the August 2014 issue (on stands July, 18), on travelandleisure.com, and in their digital editions.

How are the results determined? Every year, Travel + Leisure readers vote on their favorite hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies, and more in their annual World’s Best Awards survey. Though your property is not ranked No. 1 in this category, this honor is a testament to how well you serve T+L readers as they explore the world.

How are the results determined? Every year, Travel + Leisure readers vote on their favourite hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies, and more in their annual World’s Best Awards survey.

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The Maverick Awards 2014: SA Youth Entrepreneurship Excellence Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that Nikki Friedman of Môreson has been nominated for two categories in the first ever Maverick Awards!
Celebrating ‘youth entrepreneurial excellence’ we’re not in the least surprised that Nikki has been recognised. Indefatigably creative, she’s always thinking a hop-skip-and-a-jump ahead; and is the true definition of a maverick.
Smart as a whipping cream; keen as mustard; and well, cute as custard, all we can say is go, Nikki GO!
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The winners will be announced on The Maverick Awards, hosted by Under 35 Mavericks will be launched to coincide with the country’s annual Youth Month.

We’re thrilled to announce that Nikki Friedman of Môreson has been nominated for two categories in the first ever Maverick Awards!

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Celebrating ‘youth entrepreneurial excellence’ we’re not in the least surprised that Nikki has been recognised. Indefatigably creative, she’s always thinking a hop-skip-and-a-jump ahead; and is the true definition of a maverick.

Smart as a whipping cream; keen as mustard; and well, cute as custard, all we can say is go, Nikki GO!

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The winners will be announced on 26 June at a gala dinner awards ceremony at The Scarlet Ribbon.

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The Tasting Room ranks on S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants!

The World’s 50/100 Best Restaurants were announced last night in London’s Guildhall in a dazzling ceremony fit for the culinary elite.

The Tasting Room was honoured with position 72.

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“We’re delighted to be featured once again on this prestigious list,” said Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français. “It’s wonderful recognition and it reflects the dedication of Chef Margot and her entire team.”

Executive Chef Margot Janse has consistently shown she can compete with the very best in the gourmet gauntlet. Chef Margot has maintained a spot on this celebrated list since 2002; in 2010 she was notably the only female chef to achieve a place in the World Top 50.

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The Tasting Room has been a recurrent competitor on the world-renowned list. In 2011, The Tasting Room took the 36th spot as well as the title of Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East. In 2012, the trend continued with 56th position and in 2013, 53rd .

By now the knowledge that The Tasting Room is one of the world’s best restaurants comes as no surprise, yet the innovative cuisine doesn’t play by the same rules.

Surprise and nostalgia take centre stage at the fine dining restaurant in Franschhoek. Diners embark on a journey of taste, guided by culinary story-tellers in the most beautiful and whimsical of settings.

Surprise: an emotion that occurs when something breaks our habitual pattern.

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The Elite 100 Restaurants 2014

We are extremely proud and honoured to be in the Elite 100 Restaurants 2014. The annual awards are sponsored by Laurent-Perrier and are announced in high-end glossy, Elite Traveler.

It’s wonderful that our South African restaurants are receiving such great recognition on the world stage, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Rust en Vrede and The Test Kitchen who are also on the list! We are in great company!

See the announcement below, or if you would like you can read the latest edition of Elite Traveler online.

Elite 100 Restaurants 2014

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