An exhausting and lovely day of touring around Steenwijk is best spent with a delicious High Tea. Steenwijk is the ideal destination for nature lovers as it is home to the mysterious yet enchanting Weerribben-Wieden National Park and is close to the car-free village of Giethoorn. People visit the village for hiking trips, cycling trips, sailing, nature adventure, and peace and quiet.
If you’re into these kinds of outdoor activities, below are some of the best locations to have high tea in Steenwijk.
1. Restaurant ‘t Binnenhof
Restaurant ‘t Binnenhof serves one of the best High Tea arrangements in the Weerribben. It is nestled in the village of Paasloo, in the province of Overijssel. High Tea is served from 11:00 am in this well-loved family restaurant, with a buffet-style option and on the table. It is best enjoyed by two people or more on the restaurant terrace or in the lounge.
For only EUR 23.50 per guest, High Tea is complete with muffins, tartlets, scones, brownies, petit fours, sandwiches, sweet treats, and apricot-strawberry marmalade.
High Tea comes with unlimited tea of various blends. Coffee may be included but not unlimited. There is also an option for children – mini High Tea with only sweet snacks (EUR13.50).
Others want to combine High Tea with a high wine and/or beer, and that works, too. Restaurant ‘t Binnenhof also serves Afternoon Tea with a variety of sweet treats.
2. De Maargies Hoeve
De Maargies Hoeve, with its dairy farm, care farm, tearoom and cooking room, offers exciting daytime activities and overnight care for its guests. Located in Kallenkote in Overijssel, De Maargies Hoeve is known for its atmospheric Tea Room, and its Cooking Room has been enjoyed by many since 2016.
For EUR19.50 per person, the High Tea arrangement includes a soup, a delicious mini cake, chocolates, brownies, wraps, scones, sandwiches, and savoury cakes, plus fresh fruits with a delicious mascarpone sauce.
Reserve in advance, as this place is quite popular. People love seeing the cows, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, pigs and other animals at the Care Farm.
3. De Heren van De Rechter
De Heren van De Rechter (or The Gentlemen of The Judge) is a well-loved restaurant in Steenwijk, nestled in the beautiful monumental building on the Markt.
This is a cosy living room that offers a homely and friendly atmosphere for everyone. The terrace can comfortably seat 50 people.
High Tea at the De Rechter costs EUR16.95 per person and includes delicious sandwiches, sweet and savoury snacks, jam, and whipped cream.
For lunch and dinner, this restaurant uses fresh products and various regional products, with a menu that changes with the seasons.
4. Eetcafe Giethoorn
Eetcafe Giethoorn is located in the beautiful town of Giethoorn. Visitors are guaranteed to have a place to enjoy the peace and quiet after a boat trip or walk on the terrace. Children will have a treat on the sandpit or play attic. This is a child-friendly restaurant that serves delicious meals, including gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan options.
High Tea here costs EUR22.50 per person, including scones, muffins, brownies, tartelettes, chocolates, various sweets, sandwiches, clotted cream, and apricot-strawberry marmalade, with free use of English tea blends and one coffee per guest.
Children aged 4-11 years may join.
5. Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant De Eese-Giethoorn
Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant De Eese-Giethoorn in De Bult serves a delicious High Tea for only EUR29.95 for two. To buy and enjoy a Fletcher High Tea, it is necessary to first secure a voucher with which you can reserve a High Tea at one of the 100 Fletcher locations. All information will be sent by e-mail using the voucher code.
High Tea here includes various types of muffins and small cakes, different kinds of bonbons, cookies, sandwiches, mini rolls, and luxuriously topped with fish and meat, with unlimited tea (or coffee).
Rietstulp or Reed Tulip, in addition to High Tea, serves lunch, dinner, buffet, barbecue, brunch, and gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan options.
High Tea in Rietstup includes various English blends, muffins and scones, sweet and savoury sandwiches, cake and quiches, chocolate cakes, tartelettes, artisan bread, clotted cream, various marmalades and butter, with unlimited tea at EUR22.50 per person.
Everybody loves High Tea, and Steenwijk restaurants do not disappoint. Officially, a High Tea is behind a replacement dinner, where the leftovers from the previous day are used and the tea is completely missing. What is known in the Netherlands today as High Tea is actually an Afternoon Tea.
The Afternoon Tea was created by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, around 1840. She was always hungry towards the end of the afternoon, and so always asked for a tray of tea, sandwiches and cakes.
Soon, she started inviting friends to join her, until the idea of an afternoon tea caught on. Today, major restaurants all over the country serve High Tea.
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