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Beauty sleep

This summer season has been nothing short of spectacular. The weather
has been glorious in Franschhoek, the town alive with visitors; and it
feels good to know we’ve made so many people happy at both Le Quartier
Français and Delicious. We’ll be closing both hotels for between 18
June and 18 July 2013 for some rejuvenating beauty sleep.
While Le Quartier Français sleeps we’ll be upgrading the auberge
bathrooms and suites. Plus we’ll be transforming The Common Room into
a bar—like one never before seen in Franschhoek; follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates as we tailor our bar offering that will include out-of-this-world drinks and food.

This summer season has been nothing short of spectacular. The weather has been glorious in Franschhoek, the town alive with visitors; and it feels good to know we’ve made so many people happy at both Le Quartier Français and Delicious. We’ll be closing  for some rejuvenating beauty sleep on 18 June and reopening the hotels on 12 July, and The Tasting Room on 23 July.

While Le Quartier Français sleeps we’ll be upgrading the auberge bathrooms and suites. Plus we’ll be transforming The Common Room into a bar—like one never before seen in Franschhoek; follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates as we tailor our bar offering that will include out-of-this-world drinks and food.

The team during a recent cocktail brainstorming session for the new bar!

The team during a recent cocktail brainstorming session for the new bar!

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Our Season Exhibition at is-Art

is-art, our contemporary art gallery, has opened its Season Exhibition with colourful and innovative works from all over South Africa. The exhibition will run until 4 February 2013. The gallery is open from 10am-5pm daily. Pop in for a browse then head over to The Common Room for lunch. For more info on the gallery visit their Facebook page.

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Some of the works on display

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Head over to our Facebook page to see more

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The Common Room’s Strawberry Daiquiri

Summer is most definitely here, and what better way to drink in than with an icy strawberry daiquiri? Here’s our recipe for our popular strawberry daiquiri from The Common Room. Cheers!

Ingredients:
50ml Bacardi
50ml Grenadine
25ml Triple Sec
50ml lime cordial
100g frozen strawberries

Method:
Put all ingredients in a blender with a scoop of ice and blend until slushly.

To serve:
Pour into daiquiri glass with sugared rim, and serve with a straw

daquiri

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Win this Movember!

It’s halfway through the month and by this stage all of you growing a mo for Movember should be looking bright-eyed and bushy faced.

As a reward for your hirsute pursuit snap a picture of yourself at either Bread & Wine or The Common Room and you stand a chance to win a return meal at the restaurant as well as a bottle of Miss Molly bubbly.

Either tweet us the pic or load it up onto our Facebook page.

Go! Make like Tom Selleck.

tom selleck

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Eat with your eyes

The Cape Craft & Design Institute’s (CCDI) Handmade Collection 2012 is on display in our restaurant – a collection of the best handmade products from the Western Cape. The beautiful works range from ceramics and textiles to glassware and upcycled materials. From 264 entries the judging panel decided on 70 final, outstanding objects.

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CCDI chairperson Bart Verveckken said this: ““The panel has always been looking for products that are not only very well made, but have a strong visual or conceptual appeal; objects with a wow factor.”

pillow

Come see for yourself, and feel free to browse with a glass of bubbly in-hand.

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Baby goat and bacon crumble

bacon crumble

Here’s one of the dishes on The Common Room menu; the baby goat and bacon crumble…warm, moreish and designed to share.  Looks delicious yes? The restaurant specialises in small plates packed with big tastes, and are mean’t to be shared-the fun way to eat.

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Joy to the World

The Common Room – and its menu packed full of lip smacking delights – will be operating as normal on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

So if you’ve had enough of the turkey, ham and crackers pull into The Common Room. It is incredibly popular so bookings, unless you like living on the wild side, are a must.

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If you go down to The Common Room Today …

You simply have to try: The Pork and Bacon Crumble.

It is knee-weakeningly good. Seriously you’ll trade in your first born for a second helping.

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Bye Bye Bunny

This week we bid a sad farewell to our Common Room Bunny. *sob*

Bunny, our beautiful boy, has found the perfect home in the UK and we couldn’t be happier for him and his new family.

Our dearest Bunny we want to thank you for being such a fabulous and supportive member of the Le Quartier Français team. We know that you’re going to love your new family, new home and new friends. We will miss you Bunny!

P.S. Don’t be a stranger. Please send us the occasional postcard, letter or little SMS.

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Bookings are so 2010 …

A huge trend this year – in restaurants around the world – is the implementation of a no bookings policy. Yip no need to call ahead just pitch up and queue with the rest of lunch or dinner crew. This trend is spreading like wildfire abroad and – from the looks of things – it is working. People don’t seem to mind waiting for a table as much you’d think they would.

We’ve been in love with the no reservations concept for years! When we opened The Common Room we implemented this exact trend and we quickly discovered that – although it’s a cool idea – it’s not a concept South Africa is ready for … at least not yet. Maybe we should try again a year from now?

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