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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.

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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.

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Lounge Carradale

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Second Bedroom Carradale

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Margot Janse on Misset Horeca

Dutch hospitality bible, Misset Horeca, has our Executive Chef Margot Janse on its latest cover! As well as an in-depth interview with the fascinating chef.

See the cover below, and if you can read Dutch, we’ve attached the interview too. Go Margot, go!

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Môreson, Press & Media,
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Hot deal: Blessing of the Harvest 2015

It’s soon time for our family farm’s annual harvest party on 7 February 2015!

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Don’t miss this day of fun: making wine the traditional way, tasting (and drinking) Môreson’s award wining wines—and feasting at famous farm restaurant, Bread & Wine.

We’re offering a special hot deal for our last three large tables! Book for 10 people, and only pay for 8!

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More info:
Come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.

As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.

Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2015 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.

Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.

Cost per person R520pp ; children between 5-14, R225 each .

Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

7th FEBRUARY 2015 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME

10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of day

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Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek, Môreson,
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Like a virgin

Our mixologists have taken the same amount of care with our non-alcoholic cocktails as they have with the rest. You won’t find any watered down virgin mojitos or sickly-sweet virgin strawberry daiquiris.

No, instead expect cooling artisan drinks made from local ingredients, incorporating homemade sodas and infusions.

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Strawberry & baobab solice: a refreshing fruit trio

Cool down with these summer sippers too

Passion pop
Sparkling, tangy granadilla

Homemade lemonade
Zesty & savorous

Kapokbos soda
Earthy & lemony

Homemade Gingerbeer
Fresh with a spicy kick

Want to know more? Take a look at The Living Room’s beverage menu.

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In the pink!

In The Living Room our team has got a brand-new-look. And, yes, of course it’s pink! Let us know what you think in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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What is The Living Room? Three spaces for all day grazing. Think artisan cocktails and sharing plates in The Lounge Bar, sumptuous breakfasts in the idyllic Garden Room – and a laid-back atmosphere for coffee in the Reading Room. Whatever you’re looking for; there’s a spot for you in our Living Room.

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LQF in National Geographic Traveler South America

Journalist, Silvina Pini came to visit South Africa just over a year ago; and enjoyed a beautiful stay with us too. Her trip has been featured in National Geographic Traveler South America, published in the October 2014 issue.

Please see the article below—and yes it’s in Spanish, so the excerpt where we are mentioned has been Google translated–excuse the slightly clumsy conversion.

‘A 140 kilometers of Grootbos; north, is the most French of all the villages of the wine route: Franschhoek. More than three centuries ago, elephants roamed the valleys Southwestern South Africa, behind the mountain range to which belongs Table Mountain, one of the new Seven Natural  Wonders, so the Dutch called it Oliphantshoek, elephants corner in Dutch. in 1685 expelled from France arrived Huguenots and its name changed to Franschhoek, today the epicenter of the Wine Route andgourmet capital of South Africa. The main street, Huguenot, just 10 blocks, concentrates many of the nearly 40 restaurants.The charming village of French architecture is dedi cate to fine dining. Besides the variety of restaurants offering everything from sushi to contemporary South African cuisine, There bazaars selling wine accessories and utensils. In Le Quartier Francais, a relay & Charming chateaux, surrounded by gardens and backyard gardens, sell the famous iron pots and teach classes Le Creuset Kitchen. The hotel is also the restaurant The Tasting Room, the multi awarded chef Margot Janse, which prepares a menu of several stages with touches of molecular cuisine and African exotic ingredients such as the baobab. They take reservations three months in advance.’

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Blessing of the Harvest 2015 at Môreson

It’s time for our family farm’s annual harvest party!

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At Môreson we believe that wine is about 3 things; passion, love and magic. It’s what we put into everything we do, into every bottle of wine we make and it’s what makes our annual Blessing of the Harvest an event not to be missed.

In 2015, come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.

As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.

Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2015 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.

Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.

Go here to see pics from last year’s event.

Cost per person R520pp ; children between 5-14, R225 each .

Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

7th FEBRUARY 2015 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME

10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of day

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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.

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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.

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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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