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Digital Detox with the reading Ellie

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

We’d like to introduce you and your kids to our new friend – the reading Ellie! Turn off the smartphones and tablets and rather get your little ones to browse our collection of children’s books.

reading ellie

Plus, the reading Ellie is positioned right by The Garden Room, so the parents can relax with the kids in sight, happily reading some of our favourite stories.

ellie 2

We also have books for the grown-ups! Order a delicious drink ( wine, cocktails, coffee, freshly squeezed juice…) and sit back in our lounge for a reading adventure.

lounge books

How refreshing!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Today we officially re-open! During our annual winter closure we weren’t resting on our LQF laurels however… The dynamic team from Wonderland Works (the folks behind the whimsical and glam interior of The Bacon Pop-up Bar) joined in with our building company for some refreshing renovations . See a sneak peek below; and please pop in for a visit to see the changes.

new floor bar

Our bar has been extended to include a side lounge - plus we have a beautiful new floor!

Our new bar counter casts a pink glow...

Our new bar counter casts a pink glow...

The Garden Room is bright and beautiful

The Garden Room is bright and beautiful

...with interesting design elements throughout, such as this textured wallpaper

...with interesting design elements throughout, such as this textured wallpaper

The Garden Room

A gorgeous new interior for The Garden Room - table for two anyone?

Go for a walk outside; along our new pathways to find a glorious vegetable garden in place of the Herb & Sculpture Garden. This is the view our guests can now enjoy while getting a treatment at our day spa, B.gorgeous.

Go for a walk outside; along our new pathways to find a glorious vegetable garden in place of the Herb & Sculpture Garden. This is the view our guests can now enjoy while getting a treatment at our day spa, B.gorgeous.

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!

New Year’s Eve at the Lounge Bar

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Haven’t made plans for tonight yet? Don’t like the New Year’s hype? Well then, come celebrate in style with us at our Lounge Bar.
We’ll be mixing delicious cocktails all night long: our food-based’ craft cocktails are unique in that we use South African ingredients, much of it foraged locally in Franschhoek, such as, mebos, sour figs, buchu and nettles, and much more. Plus we have a delicious menu of inventive and moreish Bar Bites, tuck into sticky wildebeest vetkoekies, prawn popcorn with lime salt, suckling pig and bacon crumble, and, and… see the rest of the menu here.
Or slurp down a plate of West Coast oysters with a bottle of Moreson bubbly!
Our reccomedation for a New Year’s Eve cocktail? Our Français ’75 (if you can’t make it to us, make it yourself! Check out the recipe here.)

Haven’t made plans for tonight yet? Don’t like the New Year’s hype? Well then, come celebrate in style with us at our Lounge Bar.

Henry Rifle Martini and prawn popcorn

We’ll be mixing delicious cocktails all night long: our ‘food-based’ craft cocktails are unique in that we use South African ingredients, much of it foraged locally in Franschhoek, such as, mebos, sour figs, buchu and nettles, and much more. Plus we have a delicious menu of inventive and moreish Bar Bites, tuck into sticky wildebeest vetkoekies, prawn popcorn with lime salt, suckling pig and bacon crumble, and, and… see the rest of the menu here.

Or slurp down a plate of West Coast oysters with a bottle of Môreson bubbly!

Our recommendation for a New Year’s Eve cocktail? Our Français ’75 (if you can’t make it to us, make it yourself! Check out the recipe here.)

Make a Français ’75 this New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 30th, 2013
Wow your guests this New Year’s Eve with our take on classic champagne cocktail the French ’75. We’ve made it our own by using gin infused with Lady Bonin’s Earl Grey Tea—and of course of family farm’s delightful MCC, Miss Molly from Moreson.
Here’s the recipe for you to make at home, or you can come join us for New Year’s Eve at our Lounge Bar and let us make it for you! We have a host of creative cocktails that will surely keep you entertained, view the list here. Not to mention all of our delicious Bar Bites.
Recipe for Français ’75
Lady Bonin’s Earl Grey Tea, Infused Dry Gin, Miss Molly Bubbly, Fresh Lemon, Sugar. Bright & Sparklingly Aromatic, Afternoon Tea at its Best
To start, make the infused gin by adding four teaspoons of Lady Bonin’s loose leaf Earl Grey  to a bottle of Beefeater Gin. We placed the gin in the freezer first and brought it down to -20*c. This allows us great control of the amount of tannins we release from the tea. After about 10 days we remove from the freezer, strain and bottle. (We realise you don’t  have time for this with New Year’s around the corner, but do it today to allow maximum infusion in this short time frame.)
35ml Earl Grey Gin
15ml Fresh Lemon Juice
7.5ml Vanilla Sugar (2:1, sugar: water, slowly steeped with vanilla pods)
Topped with 100ml of Miss Molly MCC
Serve in a champagne flute and garnish with a lemon zest spiral. The drink is thrown from shaker to shaker before topping with MCC; this allows us control over dilution and to further aerate the drink, allowing for a sharper taste.

Wow your guests this New Year’s Eve with our take on classic champagne cocktail the French ’75. We’ve made it our own by using gin infused with Lady Bonin’s Earl Grey Tea—and of course our family farm’s delightful MCC, Miss Molly from Môreson.

Here’s the recipe for you to make at home, or you can come join us for New Year’s Eve at our Lounge Bar and let us make it for you! We have a host of creative cocktails that will surely keep you entertained, not to mention all of our delicious Bar Bites.

Recipe for Français ’75

Matt Roberts

Lady Bonin’s Earl Grey Tea, Infused Dry Gin, Miss Molly Bubbly, Fresh Lemon, Sugar. Bright & Sparklingly Aromatic, Afternoon Tea at its Best

To start, make the infused gin by adding four teaspoons of Lady Bonin’s loose leaf Earl Grey  to a bottle of Beefeater Gin. We placed the gin in the freezer first and brought it down to -20*c. This allows us great control of the amount of tannins we release from the tea. After about 10 days we remove from the freezer, strain and bottle. We realise you don’t  have time for this with New Year’s around the corner, but you can infuse the tea at room temperature which will take about 5 minutes to get the flavour – by freezing though you get a much fresher flavour and satisfying tannic dryness.

35ml Earl Grey Gin
15ml Fresh Lemon Juice
7.5ml Vanilla Sugar (2:1, sugar: water, slowly steeped with vanilla pods)
Topped with 100ml of Miss Molly MCC

Serve in a champagne flute and garnish with a lemon zest spiral. The drink is thrown from shaker to shaker before topping with MCC; this allows us control over dilution and to further aerate the drink, allowing for a sharper taste.

Ndlovu Brewery

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

One of our favourite local winemakers, Rob Armstrong of Haut Espoir – has caught the craft beer bug and is brewing up a storm on his fynbos-covered farm.

ndlovu brewery

“In the rumbling mountains of Franschhoek the Elephant walks again. Coming back to Olifants Hoek in the form of a Stampede (Barrel fermented Lager) and a Mock Charge (Naartjie Wit).”

We’ve tried both beers and can highly recommend them—in fact we’ve incorporated one into a cocktail at our Lounge Bar: NDLOVU GRAPEFRUIT SOUR made with Inverroche Dry Gin and Ndlovu Grapefruit & Coriander Seed Weiss. Bright and velvety textures and citrusy fresh components complement one another, ‘proving two wrongs do make a right.’

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New cocktails for you to try

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Feeling thirsty? It’s a good thing then that we’ve added a number of new craft cocktails to our Lounge Bar menu for you to try.

A brilliant aperitif, the Wood Sorrel Margarita has been flash-infused with herbaceous wood sorrel foraged in Franschhoek and the short drink zings with fresh lemon.

Wood Sorrel Margarita

Wood Sorrel Margarita

For something completely different try the Pineapple Mezcal Cooler—a mix of La Muerte Mezcal, Medium Dry Sherry, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Angostura and Orange Bitters—it’s a refreshing drink with a subtle, sweet smokiness.

Keeping it local, the Ndlovu Grapefruit Sour incorporates a grapefruit and coriander seed weiss beer made in Franschhoek with Inverroche Dry Gin for a cocktail that combines bright and velvety textures.

See the rest of the new cocktails here.

The Croiss Dog Cult

Friday, November 15th, 2013

It’s an obsession. It’s not a croissant. It’s not a hotdog. It’s the ultimate hybrid in snacking.

Croiss Dog

The Croiss Dog! Layers of flaky, buttery, croissant pastry ensconce a delectable bacon sausage made by Neil ‘His Royal Porkness’ Jewell. The mania-inducing crossed croissant is served with confit tomato and mustard cabbage.

The sausage has been cold-smoked and seasoned with garlic and coriander. Made from three of Neil’s favourite meats: pasture-reared bacon, waygu beef and Charlie’s pork – “It doesn’t get any better than this,” said the Charcuterie King.

Some didn’t think it was possible. Until that first bite.

Come and join The Croiss Dog Cult at Le Quartier Lounge Bar!

Petite Breakfast Menu at Le Quartier Français

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Have you heard about our Petite Breakfast Menu? We’re well known in the Franschhoek Village for our breakfast in The Garden Room, where guests and visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dishes off of the à la carte menu.

Le Quartier Français is known for having the best breakfast in the Franschhoek village. Served in The Garden Room, guests and
visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dish from the à la carte menu.
In addition to this, the hotel has just launched a “Petite Breakfast Menu”. Items include their famous cinnamon sticky buns,
eggs benedict, and their delicious croissant with scrambled egg and Neil Jewell’s bacon. This menu is perfect for locals who
want a quick bite with their morning newspaper and coffee, guests and visitors who do not have time to indulge in a full buffet
breakfast, or those who prefer to order something simple. Served in the front lounge and veranda from 7am, it is the perfect
setting to watch the village wake up and start bustling, with the backdrop view of the mountainis known for having the best breakfast in the Franschhoek village. Served in The Garden Room, guests and visitors can enjoy the delicious continental buffet, as well as order a hot dish from the à la carte menu.

In addition to this, we’ve just launched a Petite Breakfast Menu! Items include our famous cinnamon sticky buns,  Eggs Benedict, and a delicious croissant with scrambled egg and Neil Jewell’s bacon.

This menu is perfect for locals who want a quick bite with their morning newspaper and coffee, guests and visitors who do not have time to indulge in a full buffet breakfast, or those who prefer to order something simple. Served in the front lounge and veranda from 7am, it is the perfect setting to watch the village wake up and start bustling, with the backdrop view of the mountains.

Petite Breakfast Menu