It’s always tea time
“It’s always tea time.” said the Mad Hatter to Alice when she stumbled upon his tea-party in Wonderland. Well, dear friends at Le Quartier Français it’s always tea time too.
Pull a chair up by the fire in our Lounge Bar and try one of our many Lady Bonin blends – indeed the ‘Purveyor of Magical Infusions’ has created a tea especially for us, ask for the LQF blend.
What’s tea-time without some treats? We have pastries galore, ready for the eating. And if you haven’t tried them yet, we highly recommend our famous sticky buns.
In the mood for a more languid soirée? Then book our Long Tea Table for an incredible menu of canapés, pastries and savoury bites. Mad hats not included, but you’re welcome to bring your own.
Make tea, not war. ~Monty Python
Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2014
Our annual festival of all things French is all grown up! Franschhoek Bastille Festival turns 21 this year!
Don your red, white and blue for the weekend of 12 and 13 of July. This is going to be one for the books: in celebration of the 21-year milestone, festival-goers will be treated to a performance by a troupe of 10 Seychelles dancers and musicians who will take part in the street parade as well as perform in the Food and Wine Marquee over the duration.
Keen for an island holiday? Then you had better start practising your dance moves. The dance troupe will be judging the Best Seychelles Dance by participating revellers.
The prize for the best performance is two return tickets to Seychelles, courtesy of Air Seychelles. The prize also includes six nights’ accommodation in the Seychelles, courtesy of Eden Island Development Company (Seychelles) Limited!
Amazing right? Not to mention all the great food, wine and activities on offer too. Hop on over here for more info on the festival.
And why drive when you can sleep over? We have two fabulous accommodation offerings.
The Auberge offers nine en-suite Auberge Rooms, three Grande Rooms, three Petite Garden Suites and two deluxe Auberge Suites (with private pools), which open onto a rose-filled central courtyard and swimming pool. For the ultimate in luxury, there are four state-of-the-art suites, The Four Quarters, overlooking a private pool and sun-splashed deck. For those looking for a great location and an affordable, fun, no frills room try our delicious hotel next door . www.delicioushotels.com
Tip: Make some time to visit our incredible destination offering. Enjoy breakfast or tapas in The Garden Room followed by a treatment in our beautiful day spa B.gorgeous. Then head to our exquisite Lounge Bar for fabulous craft cocktails and bar bites. Plus, indulge in a bit of culinary shopping at our Le Creuset pop-up shop!
The Winter Sculpture Fair 2014!
Franschhoek is off to Joburg again for The Winter Sculpture Fair 2014! The annual food and art extravaganza will dazzle festival-goers over the weekend of 10 and 11 May 2014. Presented by MasterCard, it will once again take place in at the NIROX Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind.
And, both Bread & Wine and Bacon of the Month Club will be heading to the City of Gold: “Artlogic have partnered with Franschhoek to bring the town’s top chefs and wine producers to Johannesburg, thus creating an unmatched culinary experience in Gauteng. Expect a day of top-end exclusive meals, charcuterie, and wine and bubbly by the glass.”
It’s said that: ‘There is currently no single event in South Africa that focuses on sculpture, although the phenomenon is gaining momentum internationally with events such as Frieze Sculpture Park in New York.’
At this fair you will be able to walk through and experience the ‘NIROX SCULPTURE | WINTER 14’ exhibition (with a glass of bubbles in-hand naturally).
Tip: Look out for the unveiling of a sculpture that was commissioned last year.
Up, up and up! Our new management team
We announced earlier this month that Linda Coltart our extraordinary general manager of 16 years will be saying goodbye to us in the middle of June.
Linda is leaving big shoes to fill. We have decided to transform roles and promote within—and together as a family we’ll step forward in these new shoes and into the future of hospitality management.
We caught up with three of our team to talk about their new roles.
Roger Boonzaaier, Hotel Manager
In your opinion what experiences in Franschhoek are not-to-be-missed?
What is the strangest request you have had from a guest?
Eleanor Kerwan, Culinary Manager
What do you love about working at LQF?
What cocktail would you recommended in the Lounge Bar?
Louise du Valle, Reservations Manager
Can you share your favourite guest memory?
Which is your favourite room and why?
Red Balloon Revolution Celebration
After a wonderful day of cupcakes, laughter and presents, we caught up with Margot Janse to ask her about the experience.
“It was really amazing to see to the expression on the children’s faces as they were all made to feel special. That a little attention and a small gift is so appreciated, and goes such a long way; it puts things into perspective for me and makes me realise what it’s all about. The responsibility we have to share and engage ourselves with everything around us is huge. Especially in this country.”
Petit à la carte at Bread & Wine
The kiddies’ menu at Bread & Wine was created by the Jewell kids, Ellie & Rachel! After much tasting and experimenting, we think they come up with a menu to make little tummies very happy.
Charcuterie workshops with Neil Jewell
The only limit to what you can make is your own imagination. Discover the world of nose-to-tail eating and preserving through the ancient craft of charcuterie with local legend, Neil Jewell!
The workshops – which each take place over two days – cover the making of savoury French style sausage, cooked and air-dried hams, blood sausage and more. The cost per person is R2750, and this includes not only in-depth two day workshop, but also a feast in Bread & Wine with award-winning Môreson wines, charcuterie tastings, secrets and recipes to take home, as well as your very own Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant apron. Hop on over here to see some photos from last year.
Space is limited to just 16 participants, per course, so early bookings are essential! See the full details below, and to book please contact Tina Jewell on 021 876 4004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil’s Charcuterie Programme:
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22nd & 23rd May
We think one of the many reasons Room 16 is special, is for its private courtyard. The tranquil space is just the spot to enjoy a morning cup of tea, or indeed a Nespresso. Or a glass of wine at night while gazing at the stars…
The Auberge offers nine en-suite Auberge Rooms, three Grande Rooms, three Petite Garden Suites and two deluxe Auberge Suites (with private pools), which open onto a rose-filled central courtyard and swimming pool. For the ultimate in luxury, there are four state-of-the-art suites, The Four Quarters, overlooking a private pool and sun-splashed deck.
Bread and Wine have knocked our socks off! There’s a new dish on the dessert list, and it’s a dream. The official description? Prune soufflé with prune & Armagnac ice cream… The unofficial? Wow, just, wow.
Five ways to warm up at LQF this autumn
There’s a cold snap in the air… so why not snap your fingers and wish yourself to Le Quartier Français, we have a variety of ways to warm you right up.
1. Pop into B.gorgeous and get a wash-and-blow in a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere—you may as well take advantage of the foot soak that comes with the pedicure too.
2. Sit by the fireside in the Lounge Bar with a cup of Lady Bonin Tea.
3. Cuddle under blankets in your own private garden in one of our suites, while gazing up at the stars in the clear country sky.
4. Grab a colourful casserole dish from our Le Creuset pop-up shop and cook something hearty at home.
5. Indulge in a hot breakfast in The Garden Room, ensconced in a cosy nook.
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