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Bombay Babe pops-up in The Living Room

Whatever your Friday plans are—cancel them. This Friday in The Living Room, a stunning resort wear collection, Bombay Babe will be on sale.


While browsing the beautiful clothing, we’ll make sure you’re not dry-handed, by pouring complimentary Miss Molly bubbly!

Need to do your Christmas shopping for the gorgeous women in your life? Look no further. Or, there’s no time like the present to get a gift for yourself.

“The Bombay Babe is amorphous and unidentifiable. She wears a bag made in the largest slum of the world, Dharavi, and mixes it with a vintage watch or a designer garment. It’s irreverence and the juxtaposition of things – labels have become too sacred, and too easy a way to access glamour or style. Discretion is the real luxury.”

Tip: Do all your Christmas shopping in one go. Head to our Le Creuset pop-up for luxe kitchen items, and B. gorgeous for summer accessories, jewellery, sandals, hats, beauty products and more.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Creuset Pop-up Store, The Living Room,
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Bread & Wine at The Magic of Bubbles 2014

Are you coming to this year’s Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’? Taking over taking place over the weekend of 29 and 30 November 2014, it Franschhoek’s most glamorous wine festival.

Expect a host of premium local MCC producers, including our family farm Môreson, as well as a number of French Champagne houses on the day.

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Neil Jewell will be presenting his masterful and delicious charcuterie—worth the ticket price alone!—along with artisan, sourdough bread.


Tickets for Saturday are SOLD OUT! There are still tickets availible for the Sunday. Pre-book tickets online at www.webtickets.co.za or buy at the door. Remember your MasterCard card to receive 10% discount on the ticket price. Tickets cost R200 per person and include access to the festival, which is open daily between 12pm and 5pm, a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons.

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Uber & The Magic of Bubbles

This coming weekend heralds one of our favourite wine and food festivals! The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’.

Our family farm Môreson will be there pouring their fabulous MCC, while restaurant Bread & Wine will be serving up delicious things to eat too.

Want to arrive and depart in style and safety? Uber has literally come to the party with this special offer:

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The festival has partnered with Uber to offer new users a free ride up to R200. Set up your Uber account using the code: MCCFEST. Already use Uber? Sign up a friend and ride along with them to enjoy the discount too!

The theme for this year’s festival is black and white, with the emphasis on parasols and panama hats, and in keeping with a tradition that is now as much a part of the festival as is the bubbly, a prize will be awarded to the best dressed couple on both Saturday and Sunday!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, French Champagnes, Magic of Bubbles, Môreson,
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In a good light

We’re constantly evolving at LQF—from our décor, to our food and service. We enjoy shining the light on all aspects of our destination to make the experience as magical as possible for our guests.


We’ve recently installed three new special orb lights, to add extra colour and light texture to our pool area and garden path just outside The Living Room.

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And… in true LQF style—we can change the colour of the light. Blue is our favourite at the moment!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Decor, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Travel & Leisure’s World Best Awards 2015 – Voting!

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

20 years! The time before our digital age was so encompassing. And fittingly, The 2015 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey will be conducted online from now until to March 2, 2015 at tlworldsbest.com.

Have you enjoyed the experience at Le Quartier Français? Then, please show your support by voting for us. Thank you in advance!


Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,


Craft Cocktails in The Living Room

Wondering what you’re going to be drinking this summer? Look no further than the Caribbean Mule…

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A zingy, refreshing craft cocktail made with our special LQF blend of spiced Caribbean rums with fresh lime and our very own homemade ginger beer.

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Can you say hello summer!

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And there’s a lot more from where that came from in The Living Room. Browse our craft cocktail list here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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White roses, white roses

Our garden is positively bursting with beautiful blooms of all hues, creed and size. But we thought we’d pay a special homage to the white roses, which are in full flush at the moment.

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Fat, creamy, with a velvet scent. They paint the morning air with sweetness, and in evening, as the sun dips down, the scent becomes deeper, more mysterious.

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The white rose is said to represent: ‘Purity, Innocence, Sympathy & Spirituality’. A peek into Reader’s Digest reveals that ‘early tradition used white roses as a symbol for true love, an association which would later become the hallmark of the red rose. Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, white represents unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new love.’

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Celebrating a legacy

On Saturday night the Friedman clan gathered, along with friends new and old, to celebrate Richard Friedman’s 60th birthday at Bread & Wine.


Richard is owner and founder of Môreson Wines and fittingly the black tie affair dazzled; fairy lights were strung throughout—like a sparkling snowfall suspended in time—and the food and wine was simply out of this world.

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Neil Jewell’s famous charcuterie was devoured with great big glasses of Mercator Premium Chardonnay. For mains, Neil and his sous, char-grilled hunks of fillet and the sweetest, fattest prawns, among many other delicious bites.


There was dancing, speeches by the Friedman brood, and yes, Môreson MCC flowed till the early hours. It was a generous, happy celebration for a man, everyone agrees, is an absolute inspiration.

Bread & Wine, part of the LQF family, offers the ultimate venue for a private celebration or wedding. Where the setting, food and wine combine for an incredible experience. Tailor your look and feel to black tie or rustic farm chic. Môreson farm is a beautiful place to act as a canvas for your imagination. And the food and wine? Nothing but the best. See more info here.

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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Môreson, events,
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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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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Neil Jewell,
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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!

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