COVID-19 Protocols – We have implemented strict hygiene practices and safety protocols throughout the kitchen and restaurant to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. To find out more, please feel free to contact us.

*Please note that anyone showing the related symptoms including a higher than acceptable temperature will not be allowed in the restaurant. *

The Restaurant

Darren Badenhorst’s newest venture is the fully renovated space at the Manor House on the exclusive Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. Le chêne, meaning “The oak tree”, is another testament to the culinary capital where Badenhorst has become synonymous in delivering fine cuisine at his first establishment, Le coin Français. This sister property, with sweeping panoramic views within the glass observatory dining room offers a selection of two or three course dining experiences with the option to add on various courses to create a full tasting menu experience. Utilizing only the finest local ingredients off the estate itself, the menu is a true testament to the diversity and beauty of the region.

Darren Badenhorst

Multiple award-winning Chef de cuisine and owner, Darren Badenhorst, will take diners on a journey through his interpretations of nostalgic food memories encompassing “art on a plate” and leading them through a unique culinary exploration of flavours, textures and interactive creations.

Oelof  Vorster

Heading up the kitchen is internationally experienced Head Chef, Oelof Vorster. After spending time in some of South Africa’s finest establishments chef Oelof brings a wealth of knowledge to the Le chêne team. Creativity and thinking outside of the box is what he does best, implementing classic French techniques with modern flair and ingenuity.

Elroy Parson

After gaining experience in many world class establishments, our Maître d, Elroy Parson ,brings finesse and passion to the front of house team. From arrival to departure, with his refined eye for detail and gracious hosting techniques, he will guide you on a unique and sophisticated dining journey whilst feeling like you are in his own home. He is supported by a seasoned team of motivated and professional local staff who will ensure your experience is of the highest standard.


Monday to Sunday     07h00–10h30


Monday to Sunday     12h00–14h30


Monday to Sunday    18h00 – 19h30

Booking is essential

The flagship property in the Leeu Collection, Leeu Estates encompasses various luxury accommodation options, Leeu Spa & Gym, innovative cuisine in Le chêne by Darren Badenhorst, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Indaba – an event and meeting venue, an exceptional art collection and immaculately landscaped gardens.

Follow Le chêne






021 492 5988


Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek, 7690



A deposit of R200 per guest is required to secure your reservation, payable within 24 hours of making the provisional booking. Please be aware that non-payment constitutes a cancellation of the provisional booking.

A 100% REFUND WILL BE RETURNED for any cancellation or modification made by the guest no later than 48 hours prior to your booking. 

In the case of a late cancellation or no notification of modifications by the guest or a no show, the full deposit per cancelled or absent guest will be held. This is at the sole discretion of Management.

* Please note that children from age 12 and up are welcome to join for lunch & dinner and are permitted to enjoy the tasting menus offered.