Grande Provence Goes Festive for Xmas & New Year 

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Did 2017 do you in or do you proud?  In case a grand bash is what you plan to bid the year farewell, Grande Provence is laying on the 5-star stuf for Christmas and New Year.

A jewel of the Franschhoek Valley, The Restaurant at Grande Provence will host lavish festive menus for year-end lunch and dinner. To welcome 2018 in style, a no holds barred New Year’s Eve buffet will get you swinging right up and into the magic midnight hour.

4-course lunch and dinner feasts will be offered at The Restaurant from Christmas Eve right through till 26 December.

Christmas Festive Menu:

Starters are a choice of Angus beef carpaccio or lightly cured Franschhoek trout. For mains, choose between prawn-stuffed tortellini or masala-roasted butternut risotto. Meat lovers can savour rich, 14-hour slow-cooked free-range pork belly or oven-baked farmed cob. 

Deluxe desserts include ‘Ode to Chocolate’ – degrees of cocoa content served salted, tempered, aerated and frozen, with wild summer berries. Alternatively, plump for the tempting Honey Tasting Plate.

New Year’s Eve Luxury Buffet:

A lavish spread of home-baked breads with infused butter and delicious toppings, or the ultimate tuna tartare with harissa paste for starters.

Salads: cured and fermented root vegetables, I salts Caprese, Cajun roasted butternut, Salad Niçoise, or the famous Grande Provence Coronation Chicken salad.

A Seafood Bar offers a selection of fresh sustainable seafood, with your own choice of accompaniments.

Meaty mains are: Karoo Lamb Rogan Josh with traditional sambals, 24-hour slow-roast Angus beef cheek or confit duck. Sides include lamb-fat roasted hasselback potatoes and king oyster mushrooms with rosemary. 

Vegetarians rejoice: ample choice from charred corn with red cabbage; black rice pilaf with cranberries, leeks and coconut, or sweet potato and pumpkin dauphinoise.

A quirky Ice Cream Polar Station is promised with spectacular sweet treats: popcorn-infused double cream mousse with lightly salted caramel, or Key lime & lemon curd pie with hazelnut meringue.

A classic old school cheese trolley will be laden with French and local artisanal cheeses. The petits four served with coffee are pure bliss: truffles of Grande Provence Shiraz, red velvet and rose; hazelnut-crusted chocolate nougat: strawberries and cream tartlets, and white chocolate ganache spheres.

A feast fit for royalty, and all yours at R1 195 pp for lunch. Dinner has a few additional festive surprises, at R1 650 pp. Both meals include a gift and a complimentary glass of Grande Provence wine on arrival.

A choir will set the Christmas spirit at lunch on the 25th and 26th, with an accordionist playing Christmas classics during dinner.

The New Year’s Eve luxury buffet is R2 250 per person, with a complimentary glass of Grande Provence Brut and West Coast oysters served on arrival. A string trio kick off the night’s musical entertainment, followed by diversions and merriment in the guise of traditional African face painting, a magician with a bag of tricks, a caricaturist to capture your likeness,  plus a DJ to get those toes tapping right into the wee hours of 2018.      
Booking is essential, phone The Restaurant on 021 876 8600 or e-mail For accommodation enquiries for The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale Villa in the Vineyards, e-mail 



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