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Who’s the 25-year-old?

Le Quartier Français turns 25-years old this year, and to celebrate Suzanne Bayly-Coupe of Classic Portfolio wrote this fun fact sheet about us. Also take a look at our special recipe stirs up our #LQFfamily magic.

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FUN FACTS:

Le Quartier Français has been with Classics for 24 years!
Younger brother, Bread & Wine at Môreson is 20 years old.
Excecutive Chef, Margot Janse, celebrates her 20th anniversary with LQF this year.
Together, the LQF staff offer 926 years of combined service!
Through Isabelo Feeding Scheme, guests can accompany the LQF staff at delivering healthy meals to local school children.

HIGHLIGHTS:

THE TASTING ROOM – In the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants in the World! Guests have the option of booking The Tasting Room when they book accommodation. Patrons NOT staying at LQF can only book 30 days before dining – BOOK ONLINE.
FOUR QUARTERS SUITES – full complimentary bar, private butler and a 10m solar heated swimming pool exclusive for the 8 guests.
POOL & HOUSE SUITES – full complimentary bar, and a solar heated private swimming pool at each.
PRIVATE CINEMA – available for guests on exclusive use basis with a preferred movie from the DVD library. Seats 30 people.
VARIOUS ACTIVITIES – including guided Historical Walk, guided Garden Tour Experience, World Heritage Hike, cycling, hiking or riding and cooking classes in foodie paradise!
SPECIAL OFFERS:
FOODIE HEAVEN – 2 nights accommodation, Tasting Room dinner, lunch at Bread & Wine and a fabulous cocktail in The Living Room – from R 5700 pp sharing!
SWEET SUITES – book 2 nights in any of the Suites and receive the 3rd night free!

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Our recipe for Le Quartier Français

This year, 2015, we’re celebrating 25 years of #LQFlove. How do we do it? We have a very special recipe that makes Le Quartier Français the heartbeat of Franschhoek…

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Equipment and utensils
an exquisite setting
nine luxury auberge rooms
three grande rooms and
three petite garden suites
four quarters
one, world famous, tasting room restaurant
a culinary concierge
the screening room,
b.gorgeous and
one living room and a
teeny weeny bit of delicious

Recipe
Sift together a tablespoon of passion, 150g of bliss and a dusting of romantic candlelight. Shower this with one garden of flowers and a cup of sincere smiles. Crack open the magic, remembering to separate the charm from the cheekiness. Scatter the charm over the rest of the mixture. Add a dash of Méthode Cap Classique from the surrounding winelands and stir gently until all the ingredients are well-combined. Whisk up the cheekiness only stopping once soft peaks have formed. Fold this into the rest of the ingredients, sprinkle with innocence, and when the moment grabs you, throw a pinch of wishes over your left shoulder.

Serving suggestion
Serve on a plate of out-of-this-world personal service and attention to detail, garnish with an unlimited supply of love and a fresh sprig of soul.

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Mind, Food and Wine Weekend

Join us for a weekend of mind, food and wine this June.

In conjunction with Open Mind we’ll be hosting a special, one-of-a-kind experience that will aim to ‘exercise the brain’ while inspiring—and relaxing—you with food, wine, and luxurious accommodation.

Open Mind is an educational centre, based in Cape Town, which offers short courses for people who enjoy learning and want to enhance their general knowledge, without the stress of exams or homework. The courses are open to anyone who is interested in expanding their worldview and exploring fascinating topics through talks by professional experts.

The weekend will help to raise funds and support our ‘Isabelo – Sharing is Caring’ feeding scheme. Watch the video to learn more about the initiative.

Relaxing accommodation

Relaxing accommodation

The best breakfast in town

The best breakfast in town

The programme:

Friday, 26 June 2015
13:00: Check in
18:00-19:30: Talk by Jonathan Grieve
19:30: Tapas-style dinner in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français

Saturday, 27 June 2015
8:00-10:00: Full breakfast in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français
10:30 – 12:00: Talk by Prof Kevin Thomas ‘Our Memory’
17:00-18:30 – Talk by Braam Malherbe – ‘The Power of the Mind’

Sunday, 28 June 2015
8:00-10:00: Full breakfast in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français
10:30-12:00: Talk by Prof Nola Dippenaar – ‘Highlights of Human Metabolism’
13:00 – Check out

The rates that will be honoured for the weekend are R 3900 per person (Friday & Saturday night). This is inclusive of the following: Accommodation at Le Quartier Francais; A tapas style dinner on the Friday night in The Living Room at Le Quartier Francais; Full breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday morning in The Living Room at Le Quartier Francais; 4 lectures.

Excluded would be meals not mentioned above, sundries, gratuities and any extras. Room allocation would be at the discretion of the management team.

For more info, or to book your spot, please email: jean@lqf.co.za

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10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse

CHASE has included Le Quartier Francais in this excellent list of turndowns. See the article: 10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse.

turn down

good night

And here’s our mention:

Sleep Tight
Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, South Africa has a sweet way of wishing guests pleasant dreams. Once the housekeeping team has turned down the bed, they attach a brightly-colored note with a handwritten message to the bathroom mirror. The messages say things like “Sweet dreams,” “Sleep tight,” “Slumber well” and “Good night.” Next to the note: a single bloom vase with a freshly handpicked flower from the property’s garden.

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Summer dining overlooking our garden

Our Living Room is comprised of three spaces: The Garden Room, The Reading Room and the Lounge Bar; where you can tuck into scrumptious all day grazing, local wine and artisan cocktails.

Camembert dish

New on the menu is this dish of summer tomatoes, baked Camembert bruschetta, with olives. We recommend you eat it overlooking our summer garden, with a glass of  Môreson Chardonnay. The menu.

Tables looking out over the garden

Tables looking out over the garden

The view of the Garden Room from outside

The view of the Garden Room from outside

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Want to be a part of the LQF Family?

Now’s your chance! We’re looking for a fabulous new receptionist.

LQF sign

Description:

Le Quartier Français in the Cape Winelands is looking for a full time receptionist. The successful candidate shall be energetic, passionate about the hospitality industry and be fluent in English with knowledge of another European language an advantage. Other requirements are proficiency in Microsoft Office, previous experience in a property management system such as Opera / Roommaster and the ability to work shifts.

Please send CVs and references to roger@lqf.co.za

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Iced Coffee from The Living Room

If there’s one thing you know about us—it’s that we don’t ever do anything the ordinary way, and our iced coffee selection is no different.

Feeling that afternoon slump? Chase the doldrums away with one of our invigorating Nespresso iced coffees.

iced coffee

Try the Granadilla Coffee for an unexpected flavour profile that zings across the palate; or be indulgent with the Sweet Milk Coffee, frosty and completely sweet. And for something completely different and utterly refreshing? The Nespresso Tonic: fizzy, fresh, enchanting.

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201 Carradale

LQF living in the heart of Cape Town… Now you can enjoy an all-round Le Quartier Français trip when you come to the Western Cape with our self-catering LQF Waterfront Apartments.

This means that you can create a specialised itinerary. You could begin your journey in Cape Town—in the heart of the world-famous V&A Waterfront with views of Table Mountain and the marina—then journey to Franschhoek in the winelands to Le Quartier Français and dine at the multi-award winning Tasting Room, taste superb wines, relax in unforgettable beauty and so much more. Of course you can also do it the other way round.

We have a variety of  LQF Waterfront Apartments to choose from; but first up, we’d love to introduce you to 201 Carradale.

This superb two bedroom apartment, one Queen bedded en suite and one twin bedded en suite (which can be converted to a King), focuses on privacy with easy access to a communal heated pool, where one can enjoy the afternoon sun and Marina life. In walking distance to the bustling centre of the V&A Waterfront which has a wide selection of restaurants and entertainment to suit every need. Luxurious and elegant finishes paired with creature comforts ensure that this two bedroom self-catering apartment is the ideal home away from home.

View

carradale

Lounge Carradale

carradale kitchen

Main Bathroom 1

Second Bedroom Carradale

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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.

private guide

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

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“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”.

Steven Andrews

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“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”.

For more info hop on over to our website.

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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.

For just one week, our Executive Chef Margot Janse is a Gastkok aka guest chef  at the the newly opened RIJKS® Restaurant at the world-renowned cultural icon, The Rijksmuseum. For more info go here.

margot and Rijks team

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.

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Sweetcorn veloute, milk cloud, madagascan pepper maize meal, sesame

Sweetcorn veloute, milk cloud, madagascan pepper maize meal, sesame

Haring, vetkoek, oyster braaioli, lemon and champagne chutney

Haring, vetkoek, oyster braaioli, lemon and champagne chutney

Afrikaanse gruttenpap, buchu, chicken, pumpkin in a wonderbag (Barley, millet, sorghum, lentils)

Afrikaanse gruttenpap, buchu, chicken, pumpkin in a wonderbag (Barley, millet, sorghum, lentils)

Cheese course cheese custard salted dried grapes and sticks  with fynbos and inspired by floris van dyk

Boeren opleg custard, grapes, walnuts, wild rice, fynbos bread sticks, Grape jelly and salted dried grapes

Boeren opleg custard, grapes, walnuts, wild rice, fynbos bread sticks, Grape jelly and salted dried grapes

Baobab hangop, coconut sorbet, macadamia, salted honeybush caramel

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