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Cycling in Franschhoek

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Franschhoek’s fresh air can enliven the mind and soul like nothing else. Hop aboard a bike for this free tonic and take in some utterly spectacular scenery while you’re at it.

cycle in Franschhoek

Whether you’re simply cruising the Main Street, or flying over Franschhoek Pass—there’s a route to suit every type of cyclist.

Both Le Quartier Français and Delicious are centrally located; offering the ultimate launching pad for savvy cyclists. (Not to mention hot showers, soft beds and incredible cuisine after the trip.)

Plus, Delicious Hotels has a special package for bike lovers.

Have a look at the trails reccomeded by the Franschhoek Cycling Club for beginners and advanced bikers.

Bacon and beauty

Friday, June 13th, 2014

How does a bacon sandwich followed by a mani and pedi sound? Like heaven. Next door to us you’ll find The Bacon Pop-up Bar, and guess what? The back terrace is a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from our fabulous day spa, B.gorgeous.

So gather the girls for a bacon and bubbly lunch, then head to us for a spoiling. (Plan a special date for when we re-open from 7 July).

bacon

Franschhoek Winter Wines 2014

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Franschhoek Winter Wines 2014
Red wine and hot cars—what a way to spend a winters day.
Franschhoek Winter Wines 2014 is back to warm up hearts and minds.  Join the winos and the petrol heads at the Franschhoek Motor Museum on L’Ormarins Estate from 12pm to 5pm.
“Each of the Franschhoek Vignerons will be showcasing their top reds”
Along with the luxury cars and luscious reds there’ll also be live entertainment and delicious food.
Tickets are available directly from www.webtickets.co.za at R180 per person. This includes a wine glass, a tasting of all the wines on show, as well as entrance to the Franschhoek Motor Museum.

Red wine and hot cars—what a way to spend a winter’s day.

Franschhoek Winter Wines is back to warm up hearts and minds.  Join the winos and the petrol heads at the Franschhoek Motor Museum on L’Ormarins Estate from 12pm to 5pm on 21 June.

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“Each of the Franschhoek Vignerons will be showcasing their top reds”

Along with the luxury cars and luscious reds there’ll also be live entertainment and delicious food.

Tickets are available directly from www.webtickets.co.za at R180 per person. This includes a wine glass, a tasting of all the wines on show, as well as entrance to the Franschhoek Motor Museum.

Franschhoek Mystery Weekends 2014

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Need some mystery in your life? Every winter, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends showcase some of the best experiences the charming winelands village has to offer.
How does it work?  “We – Franschhoek Wine Valley – randomly select a range of amazing Franschhoek experiences and create your unique couple Mystery Weekend Package. This means that you have no idea where you’re staying, where you’re eating or what other experiences are in store for you.”
The cost of this spoiling is R2950 per couple.
The Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:
Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s excellent four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
A breakfast voucher (for two people) to enjoy at two different establishments;
A dinner voucher (for two people) to one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine dining establishments;
Two surprise Franschhoek experiences to be enjoyed during your stay;
Wine tastings at participating Franschhoek wine farms;
A shopping voucher to spend at one of the participating retail outlets in the village;
Two tickets to The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français ;
A trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which includes a visit to two wine farms in the area.

Need some mystery in your life? Every winter, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends showcase some of the best experiences our charming winelands village has to offer.

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How does it work? “We – Franschhoek Wine Valley – randomly select a range of amazing Franschhoek experiences and create your unique couple Mystery Weekend Package. This means that you have no idea where you’re staying, where you’re eating or what other experiences are in store for you.”

The cost of this spoiling is R2950 per couple

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:
Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s excellent four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
A breakfast voucher (for two people) to enjoy at two different establishments;
A dinner voucher (for two people) to one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine dining establishments;
Two surprise Franschhoek experiences to be enjoyed during your stay;
Wine tastings at participating Franschhoek wine farms;
A shopping voucher to spend at one of the participating retail outlets in the village;
Two tickets to The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français ;
A trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which includes a visit to two wine farms in the area.

Dates: 15 & 16 August 2014 AND 26 & 27 September 2014

For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on office@franschhoek.org.za

Cook Franschhoek 2014

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Bread & Wine’s theme this year is Snout to Tail: and Chef Neil Jewell has planned a rather cheeky demonstration. The local legend will be making pigs’ cheek bacon; pulled springbok cheek, bone marrow & brioche as well as salmon cheek oysters.
Participating guests will enjoy this sumptuous spread with the equally delectable Môreson Chardonnay.
Taking place on the Sunday, this is a once off demonstration—with limited space—tickets can be booked at www.webtickets.co.za.

It’s that time of year again folks; the annual Cook Franschhoek is set to take place on 13 to 15 June: a weekend of interactive and exclusive hands-on demo kitchens and culinary experiences.

Neil Jewell at his most recent charcuterie course at Bread & Wine

Neil Jewell carving away at his most recent charcuterie course at Bread & Wine

Bread & Wine’s theme this year is Snout to Tail: and Chef Neil Jewell has planned a rather cheeky demonstration. The local legend will be making pigs’ cheek bacon; pulled springbok cheek, bone marrow & brioche as well as salmon cheek oysters.

Participating guests will enjoy this sumptuous spread with the equally delectable Môreson Chardonnay.

Taking place on the Sunday, this is a once off demonstration—with limited space—tickets can be booked at www.webtickets.co.za.

It’s always tea time

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

“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.

Lady Bonin Tea

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.

pastries

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.

The Long Tea Table

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

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Our annual festival of all things French is all grown up! Franschhoek Bastille Festival turns 21 this year!

Bastille Day Festival

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.

One of our many private and intimate suites

One of our many private and intimate suites

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

Henry Rifle Martini

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!

Friday, April 25th, 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.

winter sculpture fair

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.”

winter sculpture fair

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

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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.

New Management LQF

We caught up with three of our team to talk about their new roles.

Roger Boonzaaier, Hotel Manager
Roger describes himself as ‘dependable, impulsive, and pragmatic’. He knows the hotel like the back of his hand. After all, he’s spent18 years working in all of the departments, ‘except the kitchen’. Contact him on: roger@lqf.co.za

In your opinion what experiences in Franschhoek are not-to-be-missed?
Neil’s Charcuterie & Wine Tasting; the Franschhoek Motor Museum; a fynbos walk with Rob Armstrong and Mandela’s home at Victor Verster Prison.

What is the strangest request you have had from a guest?
There was once a young boy, who kept snails he found in the garden as pets in small boxes—which we had to supply.

Eleanor Kerwan, Culinary Manager
Eleanor loves food: from when she was a little girl, eating ‘plumes, acon & bacon’ as she used to call her breakfast, to working in the restaurant and hospitality trade since qualifying. She has been a part of the team for 13 years. Contact her on: eleanor@lqf.co.za

What do you love about working at LQF?
Mutual respect, team work and it’s loads of fun!

Your favourite dish in…
The Tasting Room – the Paradyskloof quail with amasi, sweetcorn and granola; The Garden Room – Margot’s famous sticky buns; The Lounge Bar – the prawn popcorn with lime salt.

What cocktail would you recommended in the Lounge Bar?
I love the Franschhoek Fruit Cup, it’s refreshingly delicious!

Louise du Valle, Reservations Manager
Louise describes herself as ‘friendly, considerate and determined’. She has over a decade of hospitality experience (both local and international) and has worked at LQF for three and a half years. Contact her on: louise@lqf.co.za

Can you share your favourite guest memory?
I once took a honeymoon couple on an extraordinary experience to the Mandela House at Victor Verster. The couple didn’t know what to expect and were truly moved by the experience.

Which is your favourite room and why?
I feel a lot of warmth from Room 4. I love the secret garden, where you can escape and just be…

Red Balloon Revolution Celebration

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Yesterday the Le Quartier Français family joined the Red Balloon Revolution in celebrating the lives of 1500 children in Franschhoek. Find out more about the initiative here.

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.”

Margot Janse an d her son delivering cupcakes and gifts

Margot Janse and her son delivering cupcakes and gifts

The LQF team laden with gifts

The LQF team laden with gifts

A beautiful rainbow painted the sky

A beautiful rainbow painted the sky