Le Quaf’s Private Guides
Do you balk at the thought of a tour group? Do you want more than a standard set of sights to see when travelling? Yes, we thought so, that’s why we’ve created Le Quaf’s Private Guides.
Ansie du Toit and Steven Andrews have joined the LQF family and will be available exclusively to our guests for bespoke experiences of our renowned valley and beyond…
Get to know our Private Guides:
Ansie du Toit
“Having grown up in some of the most renowned national parks of South Africa (think of the dusty plains of the Kruger Park with herds of zebra stalked by majestic lions, then The Tsitsikamma Forest of the Addo Elephant Park, with its citrus scented air and monarchical elephants) a lifetime of travelling and eventually being part of creating memories of our amazing country for others was inevitable”.
“My passion to impart knowledge and memorable experiences has never dwindled”.
“I grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era, the accounts of my youth and the phenomenal changes I have witnessed over the past two decades are tales that astound and intrigue visitors and locals alike”.
Steven does naturally gravitate to more active forms of travel and thus has been extensively involved in walking and bicycle trips (making him a great bicycle mechanic!).
“I have an eagerness and selfless dedication to ensuring guests have the best experience of our beautiful country”.
Margot Janse Gastkok at RIJKS® Restaurant
What a way to start the year… by introducing unique African flavours and ingredients to a willing, and hungry culinary audience in Amsterdam.
Here’s the one-of-a-kind-menu; from the heartlands of South Africa, to no doubt, the hearts of Holland.
Sweetcorn veloute, milk cloud, madagascan pepper maize meal, sesame
Haring, vetkoek, oyster braaioli, lemon and champagne chutney
Afrikaanse gruttenpap, buchu, chicken, pumpkin in a wonderbag (Barley, millet, sorghum, lentils)
Boeren opleg custard, grapes, walnuts, wild rice, fynbos bread sticks, Grape jelly and salted dried grapes
Baobab hangop, coconut sorbet, macadamia, salted honeybush caramel
* ‘Braaioili’ is a smoked Aoili and ‘The Afrikaans Grutenpap’ is a combination of Beluga Lentils ( Black Lentils), Millet, Barley, Sorghum (once prepared a spinach and onion puree is stirred through it before serving).
Founder, owner and head of the Le Quartier Français Family, Susan Huxter was on the field, or at the table as it were, and delivered these behind the scenes snaps for us.
New Year’s Resolutions from our team
We have so much to be thankful for from 2014, not only have we garnered numerous awards and accolades for our restaurants and hotel experience, but we’ve also transformed our space, to include The Living Room, B.gorgeous as well as the brand new Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar adjacent to Bread & Wine. What an exciting year it’s been—and so true to our philosophy to keep evolving.
Here some of the members of the Le Quartier Français family share their New Year’s resolutions. Wishing all of our guests and friends a simply magical 2015.
“That every single one of our guests falls in love with our magical space we call home!”- Susan Huxter, owner
“I’m looking forward to the year ahead and playing & creating with my team in the kitchen. We’re in a constant evolution, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.” – Margot Janse, Executive Chef
“I want to keep on looking for new limitations and horizons and work to surpass them, readjusting my rules and breaking a few in the hope of progressing and improving, but still at the same time respecting tradition, staying humble while aiming for new heights.”- Gerald van der Walt, Head Chef
“I am looking forward to a positive year where the goals that we have set are met and hopefully exceeded. I am striving to teach each and every staff member to stay positive at all times – when things goes wrong, we should learn from it and turn it into a positive.” – Eleanor Kerwan, Culinary Manager
“Increase the amount of positive reviews and feedback that we get from our guests”- Roger Boonzaaier, Hotel Manager
Posted by: Susan Huxter
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The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar
The trendy new grazing spot is located in what was the ‘Farm Grocer’; and has been transformed into a light, airy space, with voluminous A-frame ceilings, wine bottle chandeliers and shelves full of delectable produce and quirky merchandise. Spacious seating is available throughout, which spills out onto a protected garden courtyard.
No reservations are necessary, and this makes for an ideal refuelling station in the heart of the Franschhoek Winelands. Open from 10h00 to 16h00, Neil Jewell’s renowned charcuterie is served in wooden boxes, accompanied by ever-changing accoutrements. The artisan breads are all freshly baked daily on premises, think sourdough, beetroot, ciabatta and more. Plus, so are the fabulous tarts and pastries.
Alongside the sensational charcuterie, there’s also a light menu with dishes that change daily, think sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and ‘our all day brekkie’: the egg ‘n bacon (egg mayonnaise and poached bacon pudding).
Miss Molly– a range of wines named after Môreson’s beloved Weimaraner – acts as the perfect pairing to Neil’s delicious food. All Miss Molly wines are available by the glass and bottle, as well as a selection of Môreson wines. We highly recommend the flight of Miss Molly Wines to go along with your box of handmade charcuterie—something for the foodie bucket list!
Not just a sit down experience, take home Neil’s beautifully packaged charcuterie, artisan bacon, tarts as well as the Miss Molly wines (available by the case) and so much more. The most important thing to remember though—is to have fun. Neil Jewell & Co certainly are, at The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar.
Letter from a guest
We received this wonderful letter from a guest who enjoyed their experience with us.
“We recently stayed with you October 22 to 25 and thought we would tell you about our visit. It was wonderful from beginning to end. Our room was very well set up and taken care of by the lovely staff. Breakfast had every option one could seek and cheerful presentation of the same each morning. We loved our dinner in The Tasting Room. It was fun and unusual.
But the best thing you did for us was to arrange two guided tours. The one of Franschhoek village with Siegfried Schafer was wonderful. He was full of knowledge about the places we looked at and about the history of the town, which he clearly loves. The second was an art tour with Ivan Le Kay and an artist, Kirvin Cupido. They were fun to be with as well as able to let us meet several artists in their studio-homes. We not only saw their work, but we learned about their art and their lives. Just a wonderful day. We ended up buying a work by Frank Ross in a township style and a landscape by Kirvin. You helped us by allowing us to put the price on our bill to you in order to pay him with credit. The painting just arrived today, and we couldn’t be happier with it. We would encourage you to support this new art touring that they are beginning. It adds so much to a trip to engage with the people whose work you are viewing and get their perspective on their own art. Thank you again very much.
Our fly new ride
We’re channeling the chic streets of Italy with our fly new ride. And… we’re doing our bit for the planet too. Our team is kept so busy zooming around Franschhoek running errands, we decided it would be more econimical and greener to get transport that’s lighter on fuel and road space.
Don’t forget to wave when you see us flying past!
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.
And… in true LQF style—we can change the colour of the light. Blue is our favourite at the moment!
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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!
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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