Hofstede Meerzigt: Culinary art
Once you realise that a quarter of the country lies below sea level, it soon becomes clear why 15% of the land is actually made up of polders, reclaimed land where the water has been pumped away and protected by dykes. With its windmills of yesteryear and modern wind turbines on marshlands dotted with typical farmsteads, this artificial landscape seems almost like a cartoon strip. And the Hofstede Meerzigt restaurant blends seamlessly into the landscape, located on the outskirts of Zoetermeer, to the southwest of the country.
Built on a farm dating back to 1640, Hofstede was completely renovated in 2006, while going to great lengths to retain its historical roots. The barn has been transformed into a dining room, complete with fireplace, while the stables now host a reception room.
In the restaurant, guests can partake in French-inspired, international cuisine, headed up by daring chef, Alain Adriaanse. He is one huge enthusiast of fresh ingredients, seafood and seasonal produce, mainly sourced when possible in Zoetemeer, and served with lashings of creative spirit. Winner of the coveted 2002 Golden Spoon Prize, awarded by the AD Haagshe Courant, (la Haye), he even positively encourages guests to dine in the kitchens and in front of his staff! To appreciate his meticulous showpieces first hand, you will be greeted with Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte’s breath of festive fresh air, followed by a selection of wines carefully chosen by the sommeliers to accompany each meal – a luxurious feast played out in 7 acts, strictly by reservation.
Zonnenberg 10, 2716 PG Zoetermeer
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