The landmark thatch cottage at the entrance to Vrede en Lust has undergone significant renovation, while its menu has been overhauled by three top Winelands Chefs. The revamped Cotage Fromage will open its doors on 14 January 2008.
Vrede en Lust has entered into a partnership with chefs from Outcook Express, the kitchen and restaurant consultancy based in Franschhoek. Celebrated Winelands chef, Matthew Gordon, recognized event catering expert Duncan Doherty and baker extraordinaire Jean-Pierre Smith, promise an intriguing and fulfilling gastronomic experience.
‘These chefs travel extensively and will bring fresh international trends to our patrons,’ said Dana Buys, owner of Vrede en Lust. ‘Their artistic combination of ingredients makes for an astonishing food experience. Our partnership with them includes our functions and accommodation offerings.’
Gordon regards two components as paramount in every dish he presents: depth of flavour and superb presentation.
‘Our shared vision is to create a really world-class country restaurant and deli experience, complementing the excellent Vrede en Lust wines with light, sophisticated and delicious cuisine’ he said. ‘The emphasis will be on healthy food made with the freshest ingredients’ added Buys.
A bakery and a deli stocked with local and specialty cheeses, olives and cured meats will serve the restaurant and offer clients the chance to buy fresh country goods for their own kitchens.
‘The restaurant has been designed to be a full-time venue catering for up to 160 diners. The new layout allows for private areas that may suit conferences or tour groups. Intimate evening functions for up to 70 guests at Cotage Fromage complement our new Vineyard Terrace venue, which caters for larger events’ says Buys.
The restaurant has been redesigned in keeping with the rustic, country feel of the original thatch and its historic roots. A new, wraparound, wind-protected veranda makes the most of the magnificent setting and views. The 120sqm kitchen has quadrupled capacity and is cleverly placed at the centre of the restaurant giving efficient service to the adjacent deli as well. Parking has been provided for more than 100 vehicles.
Cotage Fromage is the ideal stop for breakfast or a leisurely lunch in the heart of the Winelands. Visitors can taste and buy some of Vrede en Lust’s award-winning wines, play a game of Petanque or Boules on the two competition sized courts, go for a peaceful stroll among the vineyards or a more energetic bike ride up into the forests to take in the spectacular view of the Franschhoek Valley. The Cotage Fromage is open 7 days a week from 7.30am till 6pm.