One of the biggest events in Franschhoek life is celebrating July 14th, usually called in the English-speaking world Bastille Day, but in France called La Fete Nationale, the national day, or familiarly, Le Quatorze. Accommodation is often fully booked, restaurants do wonderful business, and the town plays host to thousands of visitors. There are marching bands in the streets and a full festive ambience for the weekend. It is wonderful to go there, but what to eat?

Made for you!

Obviously, the town has many fabulous restaurants to go to, one of my favorites at the moment being Ryan Shell’s restaurant, ELEVEN.  Ryan is a brilliant chef, very well known in this area, having worked at some of the most prestigious establishments and owning two or three of his own. The space at Eleven is cool and calm, with an absolutely necessary fireplace in winter months, because, after all, July is the middle of Cape winter and we have often seen snow on the Franschhoek mountains on July 14th.

Irresistible presentation

The menu is unparalleled and there are various versions of it available. The wine list, especially as you are in a major wine area, is brilliant and the cocktails are clever and diverting.  The menu features things like truffled goats’ cheese with pickled beets, citrus gel, and walnut soil, and prawn tortellini with pea, basil and salsa Verde, both brilliant.



Not to be missed is the harissa cauliflower with hummus, tahini and sumac labneh. and my favorite, the Lowerland pork belly with gem lettuce, onion, confit garlic and Jus, irresistible.

Personal service of the highest order


Spoil yourself with a cocktail

Finish up with the spectacular citrus cheesecake with grenadilla, orange, vanilla and honey, yay!

Do make sure that you book ahead as the place is popular— don’t miss it